Choosing an organic diet is becoming more popular as the health benefits become more well-known — learn why you should be choosing organic foods! What you may not realize, though, is that there are many other ways to live an organic lifestyle, including the choices you make for your home, your clothing, and your skincare and makeup.
Below are some tips on living a completely organic lifestyle!
Organic Cleaning Products:
Cleaning product manufacturers are not required by federal law to disclose ingredients on their labels or websites. This means that the only way to know what exactly you’re using is to read what’s known as the products material safety data sheet (MSDS), which is usually long and complicated for regular consumers to understand.
Thankfully, there are many simple cleaning solutions that you can make yourself right at home. Not only are these homemade cleaning products that clean your home naturally with basic ingredients completely chemical free, they also only cost you pennies to make compared to store-bought products. Try making a diluted white vinegar solution such as this one from HGTV. Not only is diluted vinegar strong enough to remove dirt and soap scum, but it is also gentle enough to be used on more sensitive surfaces like hardwood.
Switching to organic cleaning products keeps the air you breathe clean and your household safer for everyone. You also won’t have that cabinet with chemical-filled cleaning products that you have to lock up to keep children away.
The environment will thank you too! Making the organic switch will decrease the amount of chemicals seeping into our water. This not only helps protect our natural resources, but it also helps save wildlife.
Clothing is probably the last thing people think about when they hear organic. But there are a few companies that are taking the initiative in creating an organic clothing option. What many don’t know, is that manufacturing cotton conventionally actually creates a large environmental footprint. So making this organic switch will not only keep chemicals off your skin, but you will also be doing a lot to help the environment!
Some great clothing companies to check out that are organic are:
Organic Health and Beauty Products:
Switching to an organic or all natural beauty regimen is relatively easy! Considering most health and beauty products are items you place directly on your skin is then absorbed, you want to make sure you know what you’re putting on your skin. Changing to all natural shampoos and conditioners, hand soap, face wash and even your makeup are some of the first items I would take a look at. However, do go slow and still patch test — even some natural and organic ingredients can be irritating!
Although switching to all organic can be a tad pricey, in the long run you’ll be saving! Organic products allow you to use less. For example, when you are using shampoo and conditioner that isn’t stripping all of the natural oils from your hair, it’s not necessary to wash it as often or use as much product.
One of the biggest ingredient offenders to cut out are sudsing agents like Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is highly irritating and found in most conventional shampoos and face washes. Look for “sulfate-free” options, like this shampoo and conditioner at your local Health food store on line! Another pro tip: when you switch to a plant-rich diet, your skin tends to be clearer and healthier, so you won’t need to worry about typical breakouts you may be getting from processed foods.
Taking the time to switch to an organic lifestyle may take a little time, but it’s possible and definitely beneficial.
If you have any suggestion or idea on some other ways to make that organic switch leave them in the comment section?