The Chemicals In Your Closet

Facts- The Chemicals In Your Closet

If you’re here, that means you are interested in some aspect of healthy living. Maybe you are improving your diet, working on sleeping, or drinking more clean water.

You’re working to make sure that you are only ingesting healthy foods, and it’s important to make sure you aren’t using the unhealthy ones on the outside either!

Chemicals in Cleaners and Beauty Products

Most conventional beauty and cleaning products are full of questionable or outright dangerous chemicals that can be just as harmful to your body’s largest organ as the chemicals you ingest. If you’ve gone out of your way to clean up your diet, it is time to take the next step and clean up the rest of your life!

If you have kids, this is especially important as they are even more susceptible to chemicals in cleaning products, shampoos, lotions, plastics, air fresheners, laundry detergent, etc.

Unlike healthy eating, natural cleaning/ living is an area where it most definitely is CHEAPER to go the natural route. With a few master ingredients, you can keep you house and body clean for practically nothing. At my house, the ingredients I always keep on hand for cleaning are:

  • White Vinegar
  • Borax
  • Washing Soda
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Lemons
  • Liquid Castile Soap

For beauty/personal care, I can make practically everything with:

Not Convinced?

Here are a few basic recipes for homemade cleaners and beauty products that you can easily make:

Natural Cleaning Recipes

Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent
Natural All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
Natural Oven Cleaning
Natural Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe
Easy Homemade Scouring Powder Recipe
Floor and Tile Cleaner Recipe

Health and Beauty Recipes

Natural Homemade Substitutes for Conventional Beauty Products
Seven Natural Remedies you Already Have at Home
Seven Natural Beauty Tricks From Your Kitchen
Natural Homemade Baby Wipes-Easy to Make
Make Your Own Natural Deodorant With This Simple Recipe
Natural Homemade Toothpaste- Easy Recipe
UPDATE: Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe!
Natural Homemade Sunscreen Recipe
Natural Bug Spray Recipes that Work
Health Tonic: Vinegar of the Four Thieves

The Challenge

You are eating healthier, now its time to stop inundating your body with junk from the outside!

I challenge you to hit the bathroom counter, cabinets, under the kitchen sink, etc and get rid of all the chemical filled products that aren’t good for you or your skin! Some examples would be: all purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, disinfecting sprays, conventional deodorants, lotions, toothpastes, soaps, beauty products, etc. Give them to a toxic waste disposal place or, if you aren’t sure you are going to make the switch permanent, put them where you can’t use them for a month and see how you feel then!

What products will you get rid of? What will you replace them with? Share below!

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  1. i have done this challenge for a while and can’t really find anything… but what i have done over the past few months, if it counts:
    -toss deodorant
    -i used to love 409, not sure why, but i did… and no more!
    -i use baking soda for the toilets, sinks and shower
    -i make my own laundry soap
    -and get goat’s milk soap from a friend
    -vinegar as a rinse aid and fabric softener
    -my face scrub is a wonderful mix of brown sugar and olive oil
    -and oil cleansing method of castor oil and olive oil with some yummy scent in it
    -water bottle with lavender for the “smell good stuff” that helps my son go to bed
    -hair spray with water, salt and orange in it… and soon to be hair gel with chia seeds

    i did toss out the bath and body works lotion my little princess came home with from a friend’s house… she won’t ever know! and the coconut oil is so much better

  2. and dishwasher soap

    • How do you make your own dishwasher soap?

      • 1 cup baking soda
        1 cup borax
        1/2 cup salt
        1 packet lemon kool aid (unsweetened) {optional}
        mix together
        i store in an old applesauce container and use just enough to fill the soap thingy. 🙂

      • Thank you so much! I am new to all of this and eager to try some new recipes!

  3. and my own shampoo and conditioner

    • Please tell me  what your formula is— I would really appreciate that.

      • there are a ton of non-shampoo recipes, even specifying for hair type. mine has castile soap, jojoba oil, orange essential oil, and as bad as it is, i forgot the other stuff. i looked for the recipe and i can’t find it. but you can good no-poo or non-poo recipes and you can find a lot of stuff!

  4. glass cleaner- natural glass cleaner
    spic and span- all purpose natural cleaner
    hair volumizer- for your new recipe for hairspray using lemon and sugar
    sunscreen- ordering ingredients to make your homeade version
    toothpaste- baking soda
    handcream, body creams, and lotions… all now for coconut oil

  5. I started my health journey this June and have already begun to do some of these changes. (Hope this counts). All homemade ingredients are natural 🙂 
    Liquid Dawn dish soap- Diluted castile soap and water 2:1409- diluted castile soap for granite counters with microfiber cloth disinfecting- homemade all purpose cleaner and disinfectantDeoderant- homemadetoothpaste- homemadesos pads- baking soda and scrub brush or scouring sponge padlaundry detergent- homemade windex- vinegar/water in a spray bottlepledge- homemade in a spray bottle with microfiber clothspray and wash for laundry stains- borax/ washing soda- peroxide combo/ peroxide/ washing soda/ biokleenbleach- boraxbleach toilet cleaner- homemade toilet scrub and homemade scouring powdersoap in shower- castile in spray bottle 409- homemade purgo floor cleanerSoon to make baby wipes *your recipein the process of ordering #2 foam pump bottles to add water and castile soap for bathrooms/kitchen/showerdawn- to cut gooey stickers etc. oil works great!Cascade- costco natural dishwasher detergent/ and soon to use my homemade dish detergent (after much trial and error)Spray for odor- cinnamon leaf essential oil on que tips dropped in garbage cans/ also vinegar and baking soda 

    • ooo, thanks, i was wanting a recipe for dish soap and i was thinking to use castile. so you use 2 parts castile to 1 part water? 

  6. oh, i just thought of something else… i use the diva cup instead of pads or tampons

  7. now, the things I am working on getting rid of:
    first my old deodorant, I tried your homemade version and I got a rash from it

    • I am trying to use just plain cornstarch powder and we’ll see if that works.  baking soda plain gave me a rash too

  8. I got rid of my conventional shampoo and conditioner…

    • for an all natural version

  9. I got rid of all handsoaps with triclosan in them

    • and replaced with castille soap mixed with water

  10. I replaced my beloved Dawn dishsoap..

    • with seventh generation natural dishsoap

  11. I got rid of most of my conventional brand makeup…

    • and ordered new natural makeup from a website certified by ewg as safe

  12. I also got rid of all my conventional facial cleansing products because they were reted as not very safe…

    • and either bought safe and natural products or made homemade  versions of facial products, like face wash, toner and exfolliator

  13. lastly, I switched most of my conventional cleaners like tub cleaner and chlorox wipes…

    to homemade versions consisting of any combination of white vinegar, water and baking soda,to which I add essential oils for the pretty scent! Whew, we’ve been busy around here ?

  14. I have been waiting for this challenge!  I really want to try some of these recipes and now here is my chance to try.  I am keeping some of the things in a box for 30 days just to see how i do.  I’m really nervous about giving up some of my products — especially the ones that keep us smelling good!  LOL

  15. oh I forgot a very important one for my family because we are in our pool all summer-we switched to a natural mineral sunscreen instead of the store versions and I tell everyone that I know about how bad they really are for you 🙂

  16. I got rid of bleach, now i’m working on getting out the coconut oil, baking soda and vinegar to make some new products.  This week i plan on getting some essential oils for fragrance.  I’ve also got to work on finding some castile soap.  Where can you find this? Online?  Something else i did this week was i “bleached” out a spot on some clothing with lemon juice instead of bleach.  Worked great!

  17. soap – bought homemade soap from a local lady
    laundry detergent – going to give soap nuts a try
    windex – homemade glass cleaner
    lysol all purpose cleaner – homemade all purpose cleaner
    lysol floor cleaner – vingar & water
    comet – homemade tub scrub
    hand soap – castille soap & water
    facial wash – homemade soap
    deodorant – trying your homemade recipe…good so far
    toilet cleaner – vinegar & baking soda
    lotion – coconut oil
    baby diaper rash cream – homemade w/ coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, lavender oil
    dish soap – homemade
    facial toner – apple cider vinegar
    bug spray – going to try your homemade recipe
    baby wipes (never thought about this one…I mean what could be harmful in baby wipes, right?) – making your homemade ones (thanks!)
    toilet cleaner – vinegar & baking soda
    bug spray – going to try your homemade recipe

  18. I wash my face with honey.
    I use homemade apple mint facial toner.
    I use all natural toothpaste.

  19. I just made homemade toothpaste…my girls are even using it!
    Our all-purpose cleaner is vinegar & water–we have little bottles in all the bathrooms. That way, the kiddos can help clean & I don’t have to worry.

  20. I already clean with vinegar
    I also clean with borax
    Use salt scrub weekly
    I use homemade deodorant
    I make my own soap-and yes it takes a while for a batch to be ready!

  21. moisturizer-coconut oil and shea butter

  22. -Rid of Head and Shoulders shampoo
    -use face naturals organic lavender shampoo
    -rid of Lysol antibacterial spray.
    -rid of softsoap
    -back soap with organic shea butter
    -black soap with organic shea butter
    -rid of burts bees body wash
    -use face naturals organic lush lavender body wash
    -rid of degree antiperspirant
    -use Salubritas deodorant balm
    -vinegar and water and a couple drops 7th generation dish det to clean windows.
    -hair rinse-braggs organic apple cider vinegar and water
    -face cleanser-coconut oil and honey
    -face moisturizer: coconut oil and shea butter
    -baths with salts and lavender essential oil to detoxify
    -olive oil and lemon juice for the wood products
    -cleaning scrub-baking soda,borax,lemon juice and vinegar
    -rid of snuggle fabric softener
    -use vinegar in homemade laundry detergent
    -rid of Arm and Hammer natural laundry detergent
    -son now uses goats milk soap to wash his face instead of body wash.
    -natural laundry detergent-baking soda, borax,washing soda, castille soap, vinegar, essential oils
    -moisturizer-coconut oil and shea butter
    -carpet deodorizer-baking soda, borax and essential oils
    -skin exfoliator- coffee, sucanat, coconut oil
    -rid of st ives apricot facial scrub
    -Tropical Traditions cinnamon teeth cleaner.
    -apple cider vinegar as an astringent
    -linoleum floor cleaner-vinegar and hydrogen peroxide sprayed alternately on the floor.let sit a few minutes and take an old towel or t shirt and walk the floor.

    -deep hair conditioner-coconut oil enough to cover hair and scalp. rub in and cover completely massaging into scalp.Cover hair with plastic hair cap and sleep with cap on.Can rinse hair with water or shampoo and rinse.

    -use 1 bottle with white vinegar and another bottle with hydrogen peroxide. spray on surfaces alternately and let set for a few minutes.longer on surfaces like commode rims and seats and any areas that are really dirty.This has been tested at UVA labs to be as effective as clorox at disinfecting surfaces.Note: Change the hydrogen peroxide if it does not bubble with new.

  23. Replaced Windex with vinegar and water!
    Replaced store laundry soap with homemade version (though I don’t love it yet).

  24. Hi Wellness Mama! I recently found your blog, and am so so grateful for the time you take to share this information with the world! This blog is such a great resource for anyone who is looking to make their lifestyle a little healthier. I am an ex-pat currently living in France, and have been trying to find castile soap (and kale, but that’s another story), but have not yet, even at co-ops and natural markets. I am wondering if there is a good replacement for castile soap? I am looking for a great all-purpose soap for hands/body/dishes/laundry. The options that are available that seem best are Marseille Soap (in true French style) and Soap Nuts. Do you have any information on either of these? Thank you SO MUCH again for taking the time to share all of this information with the world. You are so appreciated!

  25. NORWEX! No chemicals at all!!!! Let me know and I can answer any questions for you!

  26. I’m a Norwexer! Clean with water and microfiber!

  27. For mirrors, windows and all cleaning except for wood I use food grade hydrogen peroxide and peppermint oil for the smell. I buy 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide and dilute to 3% so it is very inexpensive.