You wipe down the counter tops, clean the bathroom, spray some air freshener and wash the windows. It’s been a productive day so you sit down for a break and pull up some good ole fashioned social media. On your news feed is something shocking, a popular baby brand that you use has fiberglass or chemicals in it. Outraged, you link the page with a three paragraph rant about how the company will no longer receive your business. All after blindly spraying dangerous chemicals on every surface of your home…
I can wholeheartedly understand the anger some parents feel when there’s some sort of recall going on. Right now a dozen moms I know are examining every inch of the Huggies wipes they have in their home looking for fiberglass. It feels like the worst kind of betrayal, you trust that company and then you find out that they put your child at risk. How dare they?
Just a couple weeks ago it was Johnson & Johnson baby wash and shampoo, I blindly used these products for the last three and a half years. Not only were there toxic ingredients in the washes but also carcinogenic byproducts such as 1,4 dioxane. The chemical that releases formaldehyde was said to have been removed from their formula, but the bottle I had at home still listed it as an ingredient. I believe I threw out two full shampoos and two and a half full head to toe body washes. I replaced these with Honest Shampoo & Body Wash, which can be found by following the link attached.
Regardless of how well I can personally understand the feeling of being betrayed by a company I once trusted, I’ve sadly grown accustomed to it. Years ago I discovered that there were several known carcinogens in every day cleaners like Windex, Clorox and Febreeze. It’s a disgusting truth. What we as parents and as people need to keep in mind is that our skin is our largest organ. Maybe you already use an all natural body wash at home, but if your children are bathing in a tub cleaned with serious amounts of chemicals then what use is it?
There are a lot of other options for cleaning available, perhaps the most simple, cost effective and safest is to make your own cleaners with a water and vinegar base. I make three basic cleaners at home. Two all purpose (one grapefruit scented and one lavender scented) and one air freshener (lemon scented). All you need are some empty spray bottles, hot water, white vinegar, essential oils and baking soda. (FYI, for the air freshener you leave out the vinegar).
There are also other options available for things like baby wipes and all natural bath supplies. The Honest Company is not the absolute cheapest in the world but I have noticed that you don’t have to use as much soap to get the same results. These are also products that you can find on http://www.amazon.com for less than the cost on the actual webpage.
As far as baby wipes, I have posted a lot of this information before. I will post a step by step to making homemade wipes as soon as I make a new batch.