5 Ways We Switched to Safer!

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Before I knew better, I went about choosing what I purchase for our family with regards to household products by what was easily accessible, inexpensive or familiar to me. More often than not, the choices I used to make were carried over from what I grew up with. Over the last several years, I’ve made more of an effort to bring products into our home that are safer my family and for the environment. With so many different products to choose from, we’re often faced with a wealth of misinformation and while we might be thinking we’re making a safe product choice we’re often tricked by “green washing”. Green washing is often used when companies attempt to capitalize on the consumer’s desire to purchase “organic”, “safe” and “environmentally products” by using deceptive advertising strategies. One of the ways I get through all of the misinformation is by using the EWG app on my phone or by going to their website www.EWG.org. The Environmental Working Group provides a wealth of information when it comes to safer options for food, household and skincare products, cosmetics, etc.

In this post, I’m going to focus on household products using the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning.

  1. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Pods ~ these guys score an A+ on the EWG app, meaning they are one of the cleanest options when it comes to washing your clothing for your family. Why choose a “clean” laundry detergent for your family? Most laundry detergents on the market are petroleum based, petroleum is a know endocrine disrupter which can impact our metabolism, hormones and reproduction. Many laundry detergents also contain fragrance, which are made of phthalates. Not only are phthalates endocrine and hormone disruptors, they are  harmful to our air and water supplies. It’s important to note that just because a brand has one A+ rated item, it doesn’t mean that all of their products are rated that way. Adding fragrance significantly reduces how “safe” or “clean” a product is. img_0130
  2. This brings me to the second way we’ve switched to safer. We use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. While I sometimes miss the “fresh” smell of Bounce or get frustrated by a little extra clinginess in our clothing, it’s worth it knowing I’m not using products that are both damaging to the environment and harmful to our bodies. I got our dryer balls off of Amazon awhile ago but I know Norwex has them too! In order to get a little extra scent into the laundry, I add a couple drops of Essential Oils to the dryer balls. img_0131
  3. Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Pods~ another A+. Choosing a healthier option for your dishwasher detergent will help your family avoid the list of harmful chemicals that are normally used to create detergent, like bleach, fragrance and dyes. These chemicals can potentially cause adverse side effects like endocrine disruption, respiratory issues and carcinogenic effects.img_0128
  4. Aunt Fannie’s Floor Cleaner~ A+. I recently placed an order from The Grove and purchased this floor cleaner for both our hardwood and tiled floors. I love the smell and the fact that it’s not leaving behind harmful chemicals. img_0132
  5. Seventh Generation Multipurpose Disinfecting Cleaner~ A+. With cold and flu season nearly behind us, this stuff was a lifesaver for us this winter. There are many multi-purpose disinfecting cleaners that score really poorly, for something that you’re spraying all over every surface of your home this is one I’d want to be sure is safe for my family.
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Sorry, stock photo because I ran out!

This post was just a short round up of some of my favorite household products and how they rate on the EWG. Through this process, I also found out some of our products were not so great (dish soap and hand soap being two of them!) If you haven’t checked out your products before and how they rate on safety, I’d encourage you to do so! We use Amazon’s Subscribe and Save and The Grove to purchase our products. I included a referral link for The Grove it you want to check it out!

Have a great day!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

What’s Up Wednesday!

Hi there and Happy Wednesday! We’re making it people…half way to the weekend! I’m linking up with Sheaffer and Shay for What’s Up Wednesday, thanks for following along to find out what we’re up to this week!

What's Up Wednesday

1. What We’re Eating

I’ve learned over time that the simpler we keep our menu the less frustrating it is for everyone. Our kids really like to keep things basic. Our dinner usually consist of a protein (typically poultry or fish), a vegetable and a complex carb.  On Monday I made THE EASIEST dinner you’ll every make which is also a staple around our house. We call it Russian Chicken, super creative being that it’s made with Russian Dressing. Ha!  One of my good friends made this meal for us when we first had Parker and we’ve been making it ever since.

Russian Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts (thawed)
  • 1/2 a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mis
  • 1 bottle of Wishbone Russian Dressing
  • 1/2-1 full jar of Apricot preserves

Directions

  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix onion soup mix, dressing and apricot preserves in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, place the 4 chicken breasts in a 9×13 glass baking dish.
  • Once the mixture is brought to a boil, pour over chicken and place pan (uncovered) into oven for 30 minutes
  • *Cooking time may vary depending on your oven and the size of the chicken breasts

We usually serve our chicken over a bed of brown rice alongside green beans or asparagus.

2. What I’m Reminiscing About

Now that the weather’s getting nicer, I’m thinking a lot about summer! I’m looking forward to summer break and being home with the kids!

3. What We’ve Been Up To

Since we got back from Spring Break, it’s pretty much been business as usual around here. Our weeknights are filled with hockey, gymnastics, dance and flag football.

 

4. What I’m Dreading

I honestly can’t say I’m dreading anything right now!

5. What I’m Working On

I’m working on organizing our basement. #alwaysaworkinprogress  You know what, this brings me to something I WISH I were working on. I wish I were re-organizing my Tupperware cabinet, anyone of any great tips on how you organize all of your Tupperware?

6. What I’m Excited About

I’m really excited about Parker’s Hockey Tournament this weekend! It’s Thursday thru Sunday and I’m looking forward to seeing the boys play! I’m also really excited that it’s supposed to get up to 63 degrees today, woot!!  #timetobreakouttheshorts Ha!

7. What I’m Watching/Reading

I have been trying to watch the Heal documentary on Netflix for forever! I’m about half way through and I really am enjoying it but it’s one of those movies that you really have to be watching 100% in order to get everything out of it and a lot of times I’m doing about 50 million other things while I’m watching a movie or TV show. #whoswithme  Has anyone else seen it, what did you think?

Other than that, the only other thing of watched at home recently was “Abducted in Plain Site”. This story is beyond tragic, especially since as the story continues to evolve you can’t help but to think her parents could have done a much better job of protecting their daughter…instead they were protecting themselves. I try to keep my TV viewing a little more upbeat than the last show.

Over the last month I’ve read “Rising Strong” by Brene Brown, “The Dinner List” by Rebecca Serle and “Beneath A Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan. All three books were great. “Rising Strong” is in the personal development genre while “The Dinner List” is fiction and quite an entertaining read. I read this one while we were on vacation, you can read about our trip HERE. The last book, “Beneath A Scarlet Sky” is a fictional book but based on a true story about one person’s account of their time in Italy during Word War II. A very interesting, suspenseful and heart wrenching story. I would recommend all three books.

 

 

8. What I’m Listening To

I spend a lot of time in the car on the days that I’m working driving from patient to patient. I used to listen to talk radio a lot but I’ve gotten into the habit of either listening to audiobooks or podcasts. Usually I’m listening to self improvement, motivational speakers or educators on various topics or listening to a non-fiction audiobook. The podcasts I listen to most are:

  • Rise Podcast
  • Rise Together Podcast
  • Goal Digger Podcast
  • TED talks
  • Earn Your Happy
  • Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
  • Healers
  • Parenting Beyond Discipline #becausegivemeallthepointers
  • This American Life
  • 20/20
  • Heather Dubrow’s World ~this is where I get all my updates on world news 😉
  • Brandi Glanville Unfiltered~she covers a lot of current events too
  • House of Kim with Kim Zolciak #oncearealhousewivesfanalwaysafan

If I’m at home, I’ve been telling Alexa “play me some Jason Mraz” , please and thank you.

9. What I’m Wearing

I’ve been wearing a ton of Athleta lately, mostly their travel pants. I bought The Wander pant and The Brooklyn Pant in olive before we left for our trip to San Francisco and I’ve been wearing them a few times a week ever since.

 

10. What I’m Doing this Weekend

Hockey Tournament and flag football x 2!

11. What I’m looking Forward To Next Month

I’m really looking forward to the month of April because my parents are coming back to Minnesota after being gone over the winter. Also looking forward to celebrating Easter with our extended family.

12. What Else is New

That’s a wrap, not much else new here!

Thanks for reading today, Happy Hump Day!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo