Sunday, February 11, 2018

Non-Toxic Munchkin Approved Everyday Must Have Products

Kids may be only 30% of our population but they are 100% our future" -
Robyn O'Brian recently said this in a workshop I attended and I immediately wrote it down... I mean of course it makes sense but why, I wonder, are so many lawmakers and company heads failing to protect our future?  

We could be talking about diet or education....because the reality is that things need to improve to give our children a stronger future BUT today we are talking about the need to protect our children from harmful chemicals that are in every thing we use/eat/smell/clean/play with every single day.  

Our children, more than ever, need parents that will look out for their present and future health- Among the challenges we face as parents are:

  1.  Babies today are born with over 200 chemicals in their umbilical cord blood
  2. Today there are over 87,000 chemicals used in the US- of which approximately 7,700 – are produced in what the EPA considers “significant amounts”  while not all of them are necessarily harmful to us virtually none have been tested for safety specifically for children and only about 200 have been tested for safety in adults in the US.
  3. Fetal, Baby and children's immune systems are not developed enough to protect from and eliminate toxins like adults
  4. Data from new research available today shows that chemicals can show effects at low doses that are not seen at high doses.  Chemicals do different stuff at low levels that they do not do at high levels.

Bottom line?  We as parents have to protect our children.  With 85% of household product  purchases being made by moms- the buck stops with us.  

Having said that, I understand that one of the biggest challenges when making a switch to non-toxic products is, simply, not knowing what products to buy.  

Which brands are trustworthy?  

Which do what they claim they will? 

Do I have to pay a lot more for a non-toxic product?
Where can I find these products?

So I asked my followers on Instagram (@nontoxicmunchkin) what products they wanted to change in their homes and needed recommendations for - here is the list:

This is the largest of the categories, mostly because - although I have a couple of reliable regulars I purchase- I also like to try out new brands.   Included below a wide range of prices and availability.

Beautycounter Baby Gentle All-Over Wash (baby soap)

Beautycounter Kidscounter Nice Do Shampoo

Dr. Brite Natural Whitening Toothpaste, Strawberry Sky, 4.2 Ounce

*Generally I recommend using a soft damp cloths to clean you little one's behind- this is better for your baby and for the planet BUT, of course, I understand the need for wipeys! Here are some I really like.
Joonya, Baby Wipes, 3 Pack of 80 ct

Adults Bath
99% of the time I use castille soap (usually from Dr. Bronners- it is trustworthy, pure, smells great and widely available near my home) but I included a couple of other options.  Avoid artificial fragrances, parabens, foaming agents.

Some of these are on the pricier side.  I have dry hair and these are the ones I have found work for me.  

Beautycounter Shampoo

MamaSuds Hand Soap

From $6 to $90 - I have used and really like all on this list  

Goop by Juice Beauty Luminous Melting Cleanser

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser - 50ml

General Cleaner
- Before I include my list of recommended products I have to mention how easy and effective making your own general cleaner is. As in: fill a spray bottle with 50% organic white distilled vinegar and 50% water (you can add pure organic eucaliptus essential oil for the smell or r tea tree oil for an extra antibacterial punch). This is edible. This is perfectly safe for your children. This is cheap. This cleans (yes, vinegar in a natural disinfectant.) It is the ideal multi purpose cleaner.

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner - Spray - 26 oz (1.62 lb) - Lemongrass Citrus Scent

Ecover Cream Non-Scratch Cleaner (500ml)

Shower and Bath Tile Cleaners
Bon Ami Powder Cleanser 14oz

Earth Friendly Products Shower Cleaner with Tea Tree Oil, 22-Ounce (Pack of 2)

MamaSuds Toilet Bombs Cleaning Tabs

Seventh Generation Tub & Tile Natural Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir

Alternative to Bleach

Laundry Detergent/Stain Remover
When determining which one to buy:  I find it helpful to take into consideration what I am washing. Is it baby clothing ?  Is it adult (or teenage) sweaty gym clothing?   Is soccer stained clothing?
Eco Nuts, for example, I really like for its purity but I find it works best on clothing that does not have heavy stains.  Also, don't just try one and give up and return to your conventional detergent.  Give other brands a chance.  
Molly's Suds Laundry Powder

OxiClean Baby Stain Fighter, Soaker, 3 lb Tub Baby stain Soaker

Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value 2X Concentrated Powder Laundry Detergent, Unscented

Ecover Naturally Derived 2x Laundry Detergent, Zero Fragrance-Free, 93 Ounce (Pack of 4)

DIY: Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and add 10 drops of tea tree oil. soak affected areas. Let it sit for a few hours, and then scrub it with a brush or a coarse scrubbing sponge.

Swan Hydrogen Peroxide Topical 32 Ounces Pack of 2: similar to the vinegar, spray hydrogen peroxide onto affected are and let sit for a few hours.

Clorox Wipes Alternatives

Aunt Fannies Vinegar Wipes Eucalyptus, 35 ct

Whole Foods Market green MISSION Surface Cleaning Wipes, Minty Fresh 

Spray bottle with vinegar and water (and maybe a pure organic essential oil like tea tree or eucalyptus for the smell) work well too.

Hand Sanitizers

I would love to hear from you!  Do you have a non-toxic product you absolutely love? What did you think about these ?

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