Grocery Shopping Cheat Sheet for the Clean Living Beginner
The other day, I was talking to my sister about integrating nontoxic products into the household. My sister shared a belief that it was too expensive to switch to products that were cancer free, nontoxic and absent of hormone disruptors. I have spoken to many people who claim that clean living is too expensive. My fiancé and I are a young couple, just starting out and we don’t have a lot of money. However, we manage to very easily avoid toxic products. We’ve discovered buying nontoxic products usually only adds a few extra dollars to the grocery bill because nontoxic living means buying less not more. This week I decided to put together a little cheat sheet of the nontoxic products I use, most of which I buy at the local Giant (I live in Eastern Pennsylvania). Giant has a great selection of nontoxic products but for everything else I need, Amazon Prime is the way to go.
These are the products that I personally use. I have checked the ingredients in each product using the Think Dirty App on my iPhone & the EWG website.
Keep in mind that a lot of the products listed below would only be purchased once or very, very rarely.
I would love to use prices for every product but if I use a link to Amazon, as an Amazon Affiliate, I am not allowed to post prices because of the products fluctuating financial status.
All Free & Clear Laundry Detergent: If you want easy access, order from the link below. However, I’ve seen All Free & Clear laundry detergent (31 loads) at my local grocery store for anywhere from 3-5 dollars.
I have been using organic lemon slices for deodorant. However, my skin is very sensitive and I’ve decided to use this Crystal Body Deodorant instead because it is sustainable and much more affordable! I have never seen this natural version in any store. From my research, you want to purchase a crystal that is translucent and this product is known to last 10+ years. Apparently, the salt kills bacteria and takes away any odor instantly! It doesn’t clog your pores and is perfect for sensitive skin!
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Full Circle Market Free & Clear Dish Soap: You can visit the Full Circle website to read about their mission, products and to find a full circle retailer near you. They have many other optional cleaning products.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Acure Organics Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Volume Natural Shampoo and Conditioner 8 oz
For a full Review of this shampoo & conditioner dio click here!
Ever since I started using ACURE Body Wash, Ultra-Hydrating, 8 Ounce, I never have issues with dry, itchy or tight skin after using soap. My skin actually feels much smoother, plus it has a pleasant, light scent!
Lotion/Makeup Remover/Hair Mask/Facial Moisturizer
I use organic unrefined coconut oil in or out of the shower if my skin feels dry. There are tons of lotions available with nontoxic ingredients but coconut oil is so affordable and it doubles as an antibacterial home remedy ingredient. I also use it as a makeup remover, a skin moisturizer (best applied twice a week using sugar and coconut oil to exfoliate or in the shower) and a hair mask. There are so many uses to organic unrefined coconut oil!
You can find organic unrefined coconut oil in most grocery stores for around $10.
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I use Organic Endlessly Beautiful Mascara.
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Dryer sheets are seriously so unnecessary!
The dangers of dryer sheets:
If you must use some kind of fabric softener, use wool dryer balls with the option of adding essential oils to the wool ball. These balls are reusable and you will save about !
For DIY Wool Dryer Balls Click Here **These are so easy to make!
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I love my Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste – Simply Peppermint 5.29 Oz/150 gm!! This toothpaste is much more satisfying than mainstream toothpaste you can find at the grocery store. It is also way safer to use than brands like Colgate or Crest.
Cut out all of those cancer causing cleaning products and replace it with one bottle! Glass Spray Bottle + Essential Oils = The perfect cleaning combination for glass, wood, tile, kitchen & bathroom surfaces. This awesome bottle comes with all of the natural recipes printed on the side of the bottle. ⇓⇓⇓Affiliate Link⇓⇓⇓
This is the same essential kit that I use for my home remedies, medicines, in my glass diffuser and for cleaning! Getting your organic essential oils in a kit is the most affordable option! When you see how long these oils last, how many commercial products you begin to stop buying and how good you feel using them around your family, you will definitely begin to love essential oils! I never even knew about essential oils until this past year and since discovering their versatility, I will never go back to buying toxic mainstream cleaning & beauty products!
Make sure that your essential oils are organic, therapeutic grade oil.
I spray my face with rosewater throughout the day!
Thank you for your support! I really hope that this list can serve as a guide to make clean living a little easier for everyone!