Being a parent has brought out my latent urge for safe living, safe cosmetics, safe foods. Perhaps it stems from the undergraduate chemistry lab when the best yield we would get in several organic reactions was 70% and after purification, still had by-products floating around. We extracted (or tried to, at least) lycopene from tomatoes once and could NOT get even remotely pure lycopene.
Air freshener – my roommate wanted to use it and said, “But it’s air freshener”! All I could see was, a soup of chemicals that I didn’t/don’t want to inhale. Products that I would be wearing gloves for and handling in the hood in the laboratory. Products that the very chemists who design them surely wear eye, ear, nose, hand, full body protection for. Products that one shouldn’t bring anywhere into a residential area, let alone spray it for purely cosmetic reasons.
I am looking for alternatives and here’s what I’ve brought home so far.
Baby Soap: Aleppo soap http://danstabulleblog.blogspot.com/search/label/alep
Hand wash: Dr. Bronner’s Eucalyptus Liquid Soap (1 in 6)
Shampoo and Conditioner: Green Beaver Cranberry Shampoo and Apple Mint Conditioner
(Ideally, I would like to use soapnuts, soaked and squeezed, but it takes too much time)
Diapers: Bummis Organic Cotton Prefold Diapers (what a money saving this is!)
Formula: Hope to keep it to none.
Laundry Detergent for baby clothes and diapers: Nature Clean Unscented Liquid
For adults: Seventh Generation or Bio-Vert
Cleaning supplies (kitchen, toilet, bathroom): Seventh Generation. They use some chemicals I don’t like but until I get down to brass tacks and start using baking soda and vinegar, these’ll have to do.