Do you ever go to the store and get overwhelmed by all the options?! How do you know what's best? What is the least harmful to your skin and environment? Often what we purchase is influenced by recommendations from others; your friend posts a product on his wall that he swears by, or maybe you use a hand soap at someone's home that is unlike any other.
Here are some suggestions for household items you want to have on hand! I'm talking about items that I've found to be the best without breaking the bank!
If you're reading this than you've probably been to Bath & Body Works- I don't know anyone who hasn't. At least you've walked by it in the mall. I don't know any of their products that are advertised as eco-friendly or organic, yet their prices reflect that. This is why I'm not suggesting a lot of commonly known products!
1.Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day - Specifically their hand soap- it's amazing! It smells fantastic, probably because they are made from essential oils. Their products are earth-friendly, cruelty-free and not tested on animals! They have an array of items including cleaning products and air fresheners that really do the job. You can find items at Giant grocery store in our area, or other places like Wegmans. Or you can buy from their website.
2. Dr. Bronner's Soaps - These products are certified fair trade and organic. I've used their castile liquid soaps as a body wash. They smell nice and your skin is your largest organ so it's best to use this kind of cleaner to make sure you're not absorbing toxic chemicals into your body! They do have other items to try like lotions, all purpose cleaner and shave gels. You can purchase from their website, or find the soaps at the Health Cupboard on 5th st.
3. Mostenbocker's Lift Off - This is a family company that has a solution for your mess. They have tape, latex paint, markers, pens & ink and stain removers. I've used the tape remover which works on tape, gum & wax and it works better than anything else I tried! If you have children this will be a helpful item in your home! Their products are water-based, biodegradable, and have low or no–VOC’s! They have an assortment of other products as well. You can purchase these on their website, or at Home Depot of Lowe's.
4. Scrub Daddy (or pig version)- This versatile sponge you might've seen on Shark Tank. This is the best sponge that I've ever used to remove baked on foods. It stays firm in cool water, and softens in hot water. You can use it to do the dishes, clean the bathroom, or wash the car to name a few. It won't scratch stainless-steel.
Give these products a try next time you're at the store, they will help make your life easier and you'll be happier for it! Let me know what you think when you try them!
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.