I’ve been trying to switch out a lot of toxic items in my household for clean, natural, and inexpensive ones over the past few months. Here are just three that I have going in my daily routine:
1. Raw Honey as a Facial Cleanser
This is all over the net lately, and I decided to try it out this week. From first use I have loved it. I’ve tried the oil cleansing method in the past, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea (or jar of facial cleanser in this case). Recently, I tried baking soda followed up with coconut oil for a good exfoliating scrub, and that one actually worked out nicely, but honey just takes the cake for its ease of use and effectiveness. It’s so simple! Here’s what you do:
- Wet your face with warm water
- Take about a teaspoon of honey into the palm of your hand
- Wet your finger on the other hand with warm water, and smooth it over the honey (this way there is no sticky mess!)
- Dab your finger in the honey/water mixture and start spreading it all over your face
- Gently massage it in (gets the blood flowing and helps flush away impurities under the skin)
- You may leave it on for a while if you’d like (and admire the way you glisten in the mirror like a 21st century vampire exposed to sunlight)
- Rinse with warm water
- Follow up with cold water rinse to close those pores
Yup, that’s it. Tell me your skin isn’t soft and radiant! Raw honey has all kinds of good bacteria and enzymes that your skin loves as much as your GI tract. I have acne prone skin, and so far the honey seems to be reducing the inflammation of my breakouts, and leaving a more even tone. So go, bee good to your face! (Yes I went there)
2. Baking Soda as a Weekly Toothpaste
Okay, so I lied–this one’s not in my “daily” routine. I don’t use this more than twice a week because I don’t want to be abrasive with my teeth. This is so clarifying for your mouth and gets all the plaque. It doesn’t taste great, but I find using a small amount isn’t too overwhelming. Here’s how it’s done:
- Wet toothbrush
- Dab it in a small amount of baking soda
- Brush your teeth
- Rinse thoroughly
- You may want to follow up with your usual paste or mouthwash to get rid of icky taste
Baking Soda is alkaline so it’s good at fighting acid wear (this is what causes sensitive teeth) and tooth decay caused by too much acidity. Although the most important part of changing your mouth’s pH comes from what you eat, this really doesn’t hurt. It’s much cleaner and more safe than the numerous ingredients found in commercial toothpastes which are not considered safe to swallow. Personally, I use Earthpaste daily in place of toothpastes with too many ingredients.
3. Virgin Coconut Oil as Moisturizer
Coconut oil is something you should really consider buying in bulk, otherwise it can be pricey. Plus, it’s extremely useful for all kinds of things (from cooking and baking to bug bites and bee stings) so you should have a lot of it anyway. In fact, I’m not sure how I lived before I started using coconut oil.
Make sure you are buying cold pressed or virgin coconut oil. You don’t want to end up with a refined or bleached scentless substance that barely resembles the fruit it came from. Nutiva makes a good one, but I use Carrington Farms because they sell it in large tubs at Costco for about 17-18 dollars (which is a similar price to the small tubs in grocery stores).
Coconut oil is really healthy, and unlike other oils, it absorbs into the skin quite readily. It won’t cause breakouts because it doesn’t clog your pores. And it stays solid/creamy at room temperature so it’s very easy to handle. Like honey, it also carries anti-microbial properties, so it cleans you too! It is still an oil, though, so don’t go crazy with it the way you might with a lotion. It’s best used:
- Right after a shower as a full body lotion (It does not leave you all oily after a shower and absorbs quickly)
- As a nightly facial moisturizer (You’ll wake up with soft skin, and won’t go to work with light reflecting off your face brighter than the sun)
- After washing your hands or doing dishes–just give it time to absorb in
- Any time you have a dry patch, an itch, or a scar that needs TLC
- If your skin is extremely dry and cracking, this stuff is made for you, and will not sting
So there it is. Using things on your skin your body can readily use without worrying about toxins is always a good thing. It’s okay if you accidentally swallow this stuff, or get it on your tongue, or if you accidentally get it on a spoon and it gets in your mouth… (well, you may want to avoid baking soda in spoonfuls, but perhaps that’s a personal preference).
I hope you enjoyed these tips! Do you have any clean cleaning practices you currently use or wish to in your home?
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