• No, Your Shampoo Isn’t Killing You

    I started my own green living journey because of environmental reasons, nearly 15 years ago as an engineering student. 10 years later when I was pregnant with my first child, I realized that there were some pretty good health benefits to what I was doing too. But the messaging was all wrong. Maybe you’ve seen them too? Those click-bait headlines telling…


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    How to Green Your Valentine’s Day

    It may be a sea of red and pink as we head into Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it a little green too! Unfortunately, conventional traditions for the day of love are less than lovely for your health and the planet. Let’s take a look at a few of the more common traditions and how you…


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  • How CertClean Wants to Detox Your Bathroom

    A few weeks ago on the blog, I shared tips on replacing your toiletries – what to do with your conventional products once you’ve decided to make the switch to healthier alternatives. But what if you know you want to make the switch, but don’t know how to choose better…


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    How to Detox Your Cosmetics: Getting Rid of What You Have

    So you’re ready to ditch your conventional cosmetics, toiletries and body care products. Maybe you’re sick of the eczema, or allergies, or headaches that many people get from products with synthetic fragrances. Or maybe you want to stop contributing to water pollution. Perhaps you are now aware of the carcinogens and hormone disruptors in every-day products….


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    The Dirt on Disinfecting Wipes

    Wipes used to be reserved for baby bums and rib fests. Now they’re on countertops and cleaning kits in 50% of homes. Studies continue to show that our obsession with killing germs has gotten out of hand and is actually doing more harm than good.


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    Why you should try natural deodorant (and which ones really work)

    Summer can be a scary time to think about testing a new deodorant. Especially a deodorant branded “natural”. But there are a few good reasons to ditch your conventional anti-perspirant and opt for a deodorant with fewer chemicals. The best part is, you don’t have to sacrifice personal hygiene to do it! Here’s why natural deodorants are the way to go, and what…


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    What’s in Fragrance and Parfum

    HINT: Mountain air and meadow flowers are not actually used in your air freshener. We’ve been sold on the idea of a clean smell. So we use air fresheners, room sprays, plug-ins, candles and dryer sheets to add fragrance to our home. But the ingredients used to create those “Mountain Fresh”, “Spring Meadow”, and “Lavender Vanilla” scents are not as natural…


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    What is the Best Natural Sunscreen?

    I hear a lot of people asking about the best natural sunscreen. Being a fair-skinned redhead, sunscreen is a big part of my life. In my opinion, it’s also the hardest product to switch from chemical to natural brands. Conventional sunscreens are full of additives and some chemical sunscreen ingredients are identified as carcinogens. However, these chemicals are often what gives…


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    Why You Should Switch to a Menstrual Cup

    Ladies, this one’s for you. Have you tried a menstrual cup yet? You should. I started using the Diva Cup 10 years ago, and I’ve never looked back. It’s a great way to reduce your household waste, your exposure to chemicals, and your monthly expenses!  Read my article in So Fresh…


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    Don’t Let Label Reading Stress You Out

    I had a rare night away recently. Hubby and I got a night at a B&B while the grandparents enjoyed time with the kids. When I realized that I forgot my shampoo, I was reminded of a blog post I read from an advocate for toxic-free products. She said that she would rather go 4 months without…


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