Friday, January 2, 2015

Cleaning with Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

New year, fresh start, clean slate. While no one can really expect to start a complete overhaul on Day 1 (or 2 even), I like to sit down and take inventory on what I can do without in my life and what I can do better. Maybe it's cutting out dairy, maybe it's shopping less and saving more and one of the more simple ones on my list is continuing to use less chemicals. 

All this talk of a clean slate added with that goal of less toxic products (and less products in general) brings me to sharing a product line I have completely fallen in love with over the past few months that aids in all of that. 

If you've never discovered Dr. Bronner's, well let me tell you - this is a revelation. I had always seen it at Target and Whole Foods, but really didn't know what it was, and what was all over that label... it seemed confusing, so I never tried it. However, I kept searching for truly powerful cleaning items that were safe and Dr. Bronner's came up every single time, so I tried a few of their items.

The stand out star on Dr. Bronner's list is the 18-in-1 Castile Liquid Soaps. We're using the Unscented Baby Mild, but they do have some with natural additives like tea tree, lavender, citrus and peppermint. Now, I can't name you all 18 purposes (though I'm willing to bet you can find it somewhere), but I can name you a few that I have personally used: face wash, body wash, shampoo, baby wash, surface cleaner, laundry detergent, dish soap. Which could essentially eliminate 6 items from our home with potential harmful ingredients. 

So what is this Magic Soap? It's a liquid vegetable based soap, the Unscented Baby Mild has no fragrance and double the olive oil. Perfect for delicate skin. My husband uses it on his fresh ink, and as mentioned we use it on our son. I personally love it for mopping and mixed in a spray bottle for surfaces, I even add a little Lemon or Melaleuca essential oil. The soap is relatively thin, liquidy, yet extremely effective.  It leaves you or your surface feeling squeaky clean, without residue, yet without stripping. There isn't much more I can say about it other than it's wonderful for cleaning just about anything, is perfect to travel with and Dr. Bronner's items are Certified Organic, cruelty free, vegan, non GMO and a highlight - Fair Trade. 

Another staple in our house is the Organic Hand & Body Shikakai Soap. Again, we're using the Baby Unscented - and I must confess, I've never used a hand soap like this. Of course it can be used for other reasons, but it's a must by our sink where we wash our hands from coming in from outside. We have chickens, are often handling them, their eggs (some of us are chasing and snuggling them), playing with the dog, climbing on the tractor and even after every diaper change. The soap is rich and thick, almost oily. I massage it in as it coats my hands and wrists, then I add a little water, it lathers beautiful and then rinse. Your hands have never felt so clean! And you know they are clean. But it never leaves me in search of lotion later, it's really moisturizing too. It gives me that peace of mind that we aren't spreading yucky around. 

*Hopefully you've already seen my other Dr. Bronner's loves, the Fair Trade & Organic Hand Sanitizing Spray and Organic Baby Mild Balm.


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