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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach
Friday, March 28, 2008

 

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This following list of five ways I have reduced chemicals is not exhaustive. 

1.         Cleaning the home.
For the past three months, we have been using a steamer. Also, instead of using chemicals to prevent color bleeding, I use salt and wash in super cold water. I remain addicted to the ‘regular’ softeners, but use one-quarter of the recommended amount.

2.         Laundry day.
I have been using Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent for washing our clothes. Besides being free and clear of chemicals, it is good for our septic system. Even before I switched to this earth-friendly brand, I was cutting down the amount of soaps and softeners I was using by three- quarters. In the wash cycle, I would add a proportion of three-quarters of the soap to one-quarter baking soda Also, instead of using chemicals to prevent color bleeding, I use salt and wash in super cold water. I remain addicted to the ‘regular’ softeners, but use one-quarter of the recommended amount.

3.         Bathing and beauty.
Fighting acne and dry skin over the years, it remained challenging to find a product that worked with free of chemicals, dyes, animal products, etc. That finally drove me to start making my own soap with essential oils. In addition to using these oils and other fragrances in soaps, I use essential oils as perfume instead of the commercial preparations, again saving on chemicals. Lastly, to soften skin and hair, I occasionally ‘take oil baths,’ a beauty trick I learned in India where I apply different oils (coconut, olive, grapeseed, almond, etc.) to my body alone or infused with herbal powders, spices or essential oils.

4.         Daily Nourishment
Cooking from scratch and buying organic eliminates chemicals used in food production such as hormones (in milk, for instance), pesticides (on non-organic produce) and chemicals used in preserving and coloring foods and drinks. In addition if these food items can be purchased locally, this encourages the local economy and cuts down on transportation costs and impact (i.e. gas and petroleum usage), as many locavores know! 

5.         Health Care
I try to employ alternative health care whenever possible. Instead of over the counter medicines full of colorants, sugars and chemicals, I opt for herbal supplements, reflexology, massage, essential oils, diet changes, spiritual enhancements, and other related approaches. Herbal supplements and diet changes (especially eliminations in diet) are done under the supervision of my ayurvedic herbalist.

A few other interesting ways I struggle in reducing chemicals include: my affinity for hair conditioners, using dryer sheets, 1000 Flushes, toothpaste, and buying a lot of products packed in some kind of plastics.

Thank you for reading.

I am tagging a few other bloggers in this post: GreenStyleMom, Debra Moorhead, Erin, Christine Kane, Lakshmi

Related Posts/Sites: Five Ways to Go Paperless  |  My Handmade Soaps  |  Reducing Pitta: My Introduction to Other Forms of Wellness Care 

Photos courtesy of Krishna Kumar.

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