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Have you ever thought about switching to all-natural products?
All-natural products are more and more common nowadays. I’m sure you have done some research to see that the products currently in your home are not that good for you. And that’s okay! We have all started in that same place. I remember going through my products a few years ago and being shocked at what I was using! I was determined to switch to all-natural products.
Now that you have that knowledge, are you wondering what the next step is? Sometimes switching to all-natural products seems so overwhelming; you just don’t know where to start. Here is your guide on how to ditch and switch to natural products easily! Do have some questions about ditching and switching? That’s okay, most people do!
FAQS About Ditch and Switch
Are there really safe all-natural products?
Yes there are! You can find tons of safe, all-natural products in many stores. You have to do some research, but most small businesses will sell natural products because they have gone through the ditch and switch process themselves. You can also make products yourself, which I have done! You can find recipes for items in your laundry room, kitchen, and bathroom cabinets here!
How do I know if something is truly natural?
Reading the ingredient list is the only true way to know if something is truly natural, safe, and clean. If you see something you are not familiar with, research it! You cannot go off the label or a friend’s recommendation; you have to do the research yourself. No one can do it for you, unfortunately!
What is greenwashing?
Greenwashing is when a company will claim to be “all-natural,” “safe,” or “holistic,” but if you read their ingredient list, you will find many harmful chemicals. Tons of companies will try to trick you into thinking their product is natural, when in fact, it is not. Unfortunately, that happens all the time in many stores.
How can I have a chemical-free home?
Start by slowly switching products in your home for ones that contain no chemicals. It will take some time, even years for most people. But, it is completely worth it! I started my all-natural, non-toxic journey a few years ago. I am still working towards this goal every day!
Ditch and Switch to All-Ntural Products Tips
Here is how to make the switch to natural products easier. These tips will help you not get overwhelmed and know exactly where to start!
1. Start Slow
In the beginning, it will take a long time to figure out exactly what products are safe and what companies you can trust. Don’t rush into anything!
You do not have to switch as quickly as possible; if you do, you will become overwhelmed and most likely will give up trying. Taking your time helps you avoid burnout and exhaustion.
2. Research First
One way to speed up the process and make switching to natural products easier is by starting with research. Read up on what ingredients are bad, and keep a list on your phone. Then, when you go to the store, you can quickly look up if an ingredient in a product is bad or good.
You can never do enough research! No time is wasted when you are reading and learning how to find safer products. Just make sure you are looking at trusted and verifiable sources.
3. One Area at A Time
Start by only switching one area at a time. You can start with anything you want and slowly go by sections of your house.
Here are some of the most common areas to switch:
- Hair products- this shampoo bar is my favorite!
- Bathroom- These shave bars are fabulous & you can plant the wrapper for wildflowers! Olive oil soap also has wonderful benefits.
- Cleaning products
- Body products
- Baby products
- Candles and scented products- My favorite way to make a room smell amazing!
- Bedroom items
- Bug killers
- Flooring products
If these are too big of spaces for you, then break them down even smaller!
4. Create a list or a calendar
One thing that helps the most is to create a list of products you specifically want to switch. Once you have your list, create a calendar where you try to switch one product at a time once a week. If once a week is too quick, make it a month or even a few months. There is no set time frame.
When creating your calendar, you have to choose a time frame that works with your budget and means. Again, don’t try to rush into it. There is no particular time frame, as everyone will be different. Go at your own pace!
5. Focus on One Ingredient at a Time
There are tons of ingredients you want to look out for and avoid. So, instead of trying to remember all of them, start with one at a time.
The most common and toxic ones are usually synthetic fragrances. So, only buy products that don’t have synthetic fragrances in them! Then, when you feel like you can move on, choose another ingredient and go from there.
6. Finish What You Have First
It is so common to want to throw out every product you know contains harmful ingredients immediately and never use them again. But, most people cannot afford that.
Finish using the products you already have. Then, when you run out, it will already be in your budget and means to buy a brand new one (or make one!). Also, don’t forget to recycle the plastic bottles!
7. Make Your Own Products
When you research more about all-natural products, you will also find plenty of recipes to make your own products! There are tons of beauty, skincare, and cleaning products that don’t require many ingredients. More than likely, you already have them in your home!
This is also a very cost-effective way to ditch harmful products and switch to safer ones. If you already have the ingredients, DIY some new things for free!
8. All or nothing mentality
As soon as you learn how many chemicals are hormone disruptors and may cause cancer, you will naturally switch to an “all or nothing” mentality.
However, sometimes that is not feasible. You can do your absolute best, but there may still be times when you will need to rely on certain products and medicine you know is not the best.
Instead of that mentality, try to view this as a journey. All journeys have ups and downs. If you are doing your best, that is all that matters. Don’t beat yourself up when you fall short of what you wanted to accomplish. You can always try again!
Switching to all-natural products may not seem easy, but it is worth the effort you put into it. It will definitely take a lot of trial and error and plenty of time, but you can do it! This is a journey, so try to enjoy it! Please drop a comment below to tell me about your ditch & switch to non-toxic products journey.
Until next time,