Companies jump on the opportunity to make money with what is currently popular. Cereal companies add fiber to their products if that is the current fad, more protein if people are into eating more protein, or less sugar if people are into low-carb diets.
When fat-free became the rage, I was amused to see bread companies put “Fat Free” on their breads — most bread has been fat free forever!
Being green is in, but cleaning product and detergent companies adding “natural” or “green” on their packaging doesn’t mean that they actually made their product more environmentally friendly or gentle or safe for you or your children.
Manufacturers have no obligation to tell you that their cleaning product is harmful.
That’s outrageous — so outsmart them and don’t buy into their misleading, unethical marketing tactics. And certainly don’t buy their products.
Become your family’s advocate. Really do your research and only buy organic, plant-derived cleaners, or make your own laundry detergent and household cleaners.
Making your own natural cleaners doesn’t take a degree in chemistry — it’s very easy and will also save you tons of money. This HealthyChild.org post lists all kinds of recipes for natural cleaners.
I like using soap nuts and I have been using dryer balls instead of toxic dryer sheets for years. A 1 kg bag of soap nuts is enough to do 250-350 loads of laundry and replaces nine, 32-load plastic bottles of detergent!
Just today I bought 4 pounds of soap nuts. I got them for 40% off (use code GIFT-NUTS-40 until November 30), and because I ordered more than $75, I got free shipping. (Tip: fill cart with $75+, then apply gift code = free shipping although order went down to $53.)
Even though I love soap nuts, I can’t wait to make my own laundry detergent at least once– I bookmarked several blog posts by other bloggers and will definitely give it a try and report back.