Creating a chemical free home is a process. This is one of those steps in the homestead journey you decide to incorporate when you feel ready. It’s a major change, like adding chickens or goats, except this is inside your house. So if you are following our model to only add one more element to your home each year, realize this is your element.
Creating a chemical free home can be overwhelming.
Where do you start? Do you throw all your chemical cleaners out and run to the natural food store? That is not affordable. And what about shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and deodorant? Do you even realize those are full of chemicals too?
If you decide to create a chemical free home and really research your products, you’d be surprised where chemicals lie.
No one can possibly do this change in one day, a week or even a month. Making a change this drastic is gradual. It’s taken us two years and we aren’t quite there yet. Here are 3 steps we took to create a chemical free home.
We changed our thinking.
For us, the hardest part was the mental shift in perspective. Depending on which chemical free products you use, it can be more work. We make a lot of our own products with ingredients. Making chemical free cleaning products is really no different than cooking. You’re using real ingredients to make a healthy dish. But you can’t just run out to the store and pick something up, so you’ll need to plan a bit and make sure you have the ingredients needed. Once you start thinking about limiting the chemicals you put in your body, you’ll slowly come around to accept this different way of living.
Start with one product at a time.
If you were to go through your house and pitch everything that had a chemical in it, you could probably fill several trash bags. And then you’d have nothing to use. So we favor what is known as the ditch and switch method. When you use up all your chemical filled product, you simply buy a chemical free brand next time. We are currently in the middle of a ditch and switch with our dryer sheets. There are only about 10 sheets left in the box, so I bought a package of wool dryer balls at Good Measure Market. Once we use that last dryer sheet we will be putting essential oils on the wool dryer balls and using those instead. They last for up to a year, so it’s much more affordable and more healthy!
Try a lot of recipes.
Not all recipes are created equal. We tried a lot of recipes in the beginning, and quite frankly none of them measured up. After a lot of failures, we now use an all natural concentrate and mix with water or other ingredients to get our desired products. We have a hand full of recipes we love and we no longer look for others. Different ingredients serve different purposes. You generally need a disinfectant (we use essential oils-you can also use Dr Bronner’s castile soap), a moisturizer (vegetable glycerin), and water. Most recipes contain these items it’s just a matter of finding the right proportions for you.
You’ll find some of the recipes we love and like on our Pinterest Board: Chemical Free Cleaning
We also have some recipes on our Pinterest Board: Essential Oil Basics
Just remember to be patient when trying out new things it can be a lot of trial and error. And if you get frustrated go back through these steps. Change your mindset, focus on one area at a time, and try new recipes. If you get to the end of your rope and feel like giving up give me a holler and I’ll let you try our Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner for free! It works great and only costs $1.57 a cleaning bottle.
~Until next time
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