From clean eating to oil pulling, we spend a lot of time thinking about what we put into our bodies and how to detox our diets. But just as important as what goes into your body is what kind of products you bring into your home. So let me challenge you to a bathroom detox in 5 easy steps. Think of it as a juice cleanse for our bathroom cabinets (minus the hunger headache)! Because we can eat as clean as can be, but if we’re still using toothpaste, deodorant, and shampoo that contain questionable ingredients, we’re compromising our health. And no one needs that, right?
For those of you who have little ones or pets at home, this is even more important! Being mindful of the ingredients in your bath products, cleaning products, and personal care items is a great way to live the safest and healthiest lifestyle possible, for every family member.
So what’s a busy girl to do? Instead of spending hours reading labels at the grocery store in search of safe products, simply turn to Arbonne International. It’s a brand trusted to be safe and effective, and the membership system makes it easy and affordable to keep your cabinets stocked. Not to mention the products are absolutely amazing. So, let’s get to it! Read on to see some of my favorite Arbonne products and learn some tips for keeping your bathroom cabinets full of plant-based, safe and effective products and your life a little bit healthier…
- Deodorant – Aluminum is absorbed through the skin and accumulates in the body. It has been suggested that there is an association between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease. Alternative suggestion – Pure Mint Deodorant.
- Antibacterial hand soap – Trying to cut down on germs? If you’re using a triclosan – containing antibacterial hand soap, you could be risking exposure to dioxins, and contributing to the rise of super bugs that are resistant to antibacterials. Alternative suggestion – Shea Butter Hand & Body wash
- Moisturizer – Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in moisturizer to increase flexibility and softness and are known to be endocrine disruptors. Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product as it’s added to fragrances (remember the “secret formula” not listed), a major loophole in the law. Alternative suggestion for the face – Calm gentle daily moisturizer , for the body Aromassentials body lotion.
- Shampoo & Conditioner – Sodium lauryl sulfate. This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants and when combined with other chemicals are a known carcinogen. Alternative suggestions – FC5 Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner
- Body Cleanser – Shower gel, Bath Salts , Soap – Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds good, right? Not so fast, they do more than that. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. Alternative suggestions – ABC Hair & Body Wash for children or RE9 Nourishing body wash.
Don’t forget to check all your personal care products for expiry dates. All to often we accumulate huge amounts of rarely used products in our bathroom cabinet and don’t think to check the expiry date before using them.
Cleaning your bathroom …… THROW OUT ALL CHEMICAL CLEANERS. They are incredibly bad for your health. A girlfriend of mine recently had been told by her specialist that the wheezing in her chest was from the cleaner she uses in the shower every week !!! Make a switch to Microfibre cloths. By using just water I have found these cloths to be incredibly effective and quick. I also have make essential oil based cleaners which is a whole other conversation for another time !!!
It is so simple to detox your bathroom. Get started on the 5 above suggestions today and you will have reduced your toxic load significantly.
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