I distinctly remember my father telling me as a young girl that the air inside of our home as equally as polluted if not more polluted than outside from chemical cleaners and household products. My father also insisted that I use natural lotions, soaps and cold remedies. My father was full of little gems of wisdom, gems that I didn’t appreciate until I had children of my own. I would have loved to use this knowledge during my pregnancies, but what matters most is what I am doing differently now.
I began to research the benefits of making household cleaners, soaps and natural remedies about 3 years ago when my youngest daughter turned two, and since then I have become a DIY maniac. I’ve often peeled my eyeballs off of the countertop after long nights of experimenting with hand soap consistency. I was skeptical at first, thinking that making cleaners, lotions and soaps would take too much time, effort and money. (I am a student and a full-time mother of two with a part-time job and a crazy schedule). I also bought into the hype of commercial cleaning products with natural ingredients, believing that the label meant it was better. They were not, in fact, they basically placed a sprig of thyme into a bath of deadly chemicals. To date, since February of this year, I have saved over $200 by making my own products. I busted through the roadblock and I’m here to tell you that you can do it too!
My family began to think I was insane, and yours may too, when the kitchen became overrun with castile soap, vinegar, orange peels and essential oils. When my six-year-old grabbed my hand and said; “Ok, mama, I think you need to sit down because you are just making a huge mess for no reason, we can buy more counter stuff”, I decided it was time for an intervention. I sat my girls down then and there to explain to them why mama was doing this. Needless to say, I now have two of the prettiest co-chemists a girl could ask for because ALL of the recipes I have used are kid safe. If you lack the “gentle” words to explain to your babies how unhealthy things are, just take my advice and be searingly honest, trust me, they will understand and appreciate your explanation and will be willing to participate. That said, if you are an expecting Momma, or have little babies you can just do what you have to do and of course explain it them later when they will really understand and appreciate it.
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