With the upcoming birth of my first child, I have been making it my goal to transfer back to the non-toxic lifestyle I once lived five or six years ago. In my early twenties I was extremely dedicated to health and fitness. I was a devoted yogi and vegetarian for two years and had successfully swapped drug store brand beauty, home and bath products to non toxic and natural ones. Needless to say, life got in the way, and I eventually became less and less dedicated to the lifestyle I had so proudly achieved.
I stopped going to yoga, I wasn’t active anymore, let’s just say that fitness became more of a once in a while things rather than part of my daily routine. I was not cooking as healthy as I was in the past. In fact, I wasn’t cooking much at all anymore. I began picking up bad eating habits, and became lazy and unmotivated. I resorted back to cheap, toxic-filled products. This went on for about three years.
With Summer quickly approaching, I have made it my goal to turn my home into a non-toxic environment and I have been working towards making those changes every day! I have begun to follow inspiring Instagram accounts devoted to the non-toxic lifestyle, and have also began reading tons of awesome articles on Mind Body Green (I definitely suggest checking it out). As I run out of my old makeup, bath and home products, I am opting for natural and non-toxic brands to replace my old stuff.
One household chore I have already managed to change is how I now do my laundry. For a while I would just buy “natural detergent and fabric softener”, without taking the time to really read what was in these products. I wasn’t too surprised to find lots of ingredients that weren’t quite as natural and “safe” as they claimed to be. I now wash all of my clothes with Natural Soap Nuts and instead of using fabric softener, I use 100% New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls. I found an amazing site that offers the best quality of these two items, NaturOli.com — I first heard of their site when I was searching for Belly Butter for my pregnancy stretch marks, and was so pleased to find that they offered a huge array of natural and non-toxic products.
What are Soap Nuts??
“Soap nuts are known worldwide by many names such as soapnuts, soapberry, washing nuts, soap nut shells, wash shells, soapberry nut husk, Ritha (Hindi) nut shell, Chinese soapberry and many more. Very simply, soap nuts are the dried shells (or husks) from the soapberry (or soap berry nut). These berries are the fruit from a quite unique tree species. These shells contain a substance called saponin that produces a soaping effect. Saponin is a 100% natural alternative to chemical laundry detergent and cleansers. It can replace many chemical detergents such as those containing sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) “ (courtesy of NaturOli.com)
Just 5-6 soap nuts will leave a load of laundry (small or large) so clean, fresh and also unscented which is so important for those who have sensitive skin. You can reuse 5-6 soap nuts up for 8 times (or until they are spent). I was very excited to try this product because I wanted to wash all of my babies clothes, bedding and cloths in the most non-toxic way I could. The dryer balls work extremely well too! They help reduce wrinkles in clothes, static and are total non toxic and environmentally friendly. I have been extremely happy with my new way of doing laundry, and feel even better knowing that I am using totally natural and non toxic product that are safe for my entire family.
I am so inspired by this company and all of the natural and non-toxic products they offer. Already was such a huge fan of their 100% natural belly butter, and now their laundry items.