I've only lately become aware and uncomfortable about slathering the largest organ in my body with petrochemicals. I recall Tynan recommending a Dr Bronner's soap in an RV video, though I can't find any reliable information that comments on the safety of the potassium hydroxide used in the liquid soaps. Products I use often that I should probably consider altering consist of:
- liquid body soap (also used to shave)
- dandruff shampoo (I've tried no-poo and failed)
- antiperspirant (lots of scare over the Aluminum Z.T.G.)
- sex lube
- clothing (Tynan mentions wool; is organic critical or are things like pesticides easily washed out?)
- bedding (would you go as far as mattresses, pillows, & toppers too?)
- clothes detergent ? (I don't have sensitive skin, but maybe it's still a risk)
- dish soap (also used as hand soap)
- all purpose cleaner (windows, kitchen, bath. I don't use it often; I guess gloves would help too)
- Can you share recommendations for any of these products?
- Can you recommend vendors with good prices (online or otherwise)?
- Is there similar other major health risks that you'd add that I haven't considered?
Deodorants - The aluminum zirconia octa---something is in the antiperspirant part. You won't find aluminum anything as long as it's not an antiperspirant.... Don't buy the natural stuff like Tom's if you are active, it gave me a rash, probably due to oversweating and yeast/fungi on the armpit, had to go to the doctor to treat it. I switched back long ago but now I buy just plain "deodorant" not "deodorant+antiperspirant" there are several options in the drugstore, I like Old Spice.
Laundry Detergent- I like "All"- the plain stuff, comes in a white jug, no perfumes..it's suppose to be good if you have allergies, I don't. but I just don't like the fragrances on my clothes. I think you can clean clothes with oxygenating and use Oxy clean.
All purpose cleaner - I like simple green and 409, read the directions. You can use ammonia, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide for cleaners, I don't like natural cleaners as I like all the bacteria and virus' dead. I'm not cleaning daily, a biweekly schedule should suffice, although unless you are married or have a woman at your place clean before they come over.
Soap - I'm a fan of Dr Bronner's soaps, I like the Almond and Tea tree. Tea tree oil is an antiseptic so anything with that is decent. There are some decent tea tree shampoos out there.
I really dig this stuff:
There's no Zinc in it and you only have to apply it a few times a week, instead of putting it on every day. Also, it doesn't leave any residue or "pit stains", which has kept my Icebreaker t-shirts looking brand new!
I could be wrong but honestly don't think you need anything fancy for any of these. In most cases, you can buy the original, simple product that's been around for fifty years and it'll be just fine. Everything else I find is just marketing to buy more expensive items that are often made in the same factory, on the same factory belt.
Especially for toothpaste. Any and all good toothpastes just use fluoride. The $1 bottle and the $10 bottle are both just fluoride. I can't understand why people pay more money for toothpaste. I just get whatever is cheapest and has only flouride in it.
I woke up this morning at 4:46am. I went to sleep at 11:30pm, so that's approaching reasonable. As soon as I woke up I began thinking of how great some things are, so I got my laptop and now I'm in the dark writing about them. That's inspirado.
1. Blankets. How cool is it that blankets don't use any electricity? If I was a supreme deity of the earth and one of my minions said, "Look at those humans. They're making big cotton pancakes and sleeping underneath them because they think that will keep them warm," I would seriously question why I built humans in the first place.
It's just so cool that we generate enough body heat to keep ourselves warm like that. I would expect that it would help maybe, but that we'd still need external heat.
After a reader asked about why I don't use shower products on the cold showers post comments, I started thinking of other things people do or use that I find I don't need. Here's a short list, preceded by a disclaimer: I'm not a joyless robot, deranged workaholic, or dirty hippy, so don't start with the pattern matching of stereotypes and questioning of my humanity. I just like to experiment.
Dessert. I randomly decided to only eat one dessert (the French macarons at my wedding) in 2013, and it has been great. It's simpler this way: I never have to resist eating desserts, and I appreciate tasty non-dessert food more. Drawback: sometimes I have nightmares where I accidentally eat a cinnamon roll, or some baddies are chasing me and trying to shove donuts into my mouth.
Drinking things that aren't water. From an early age I never wanted to try soda or coffee, and this persisted to never trying alcohol, either. I eventually accidentally had a digestif on a romantic date with Chloe in Paris, but it was gross. I stopped drinking fruit juice because it's too sweet, milk because of experiments with cutting out dairy, and vegetable juice because it gives me gas. What else do people even drink? Tea, I guess--I drink that when Chloe makes it, but I honestly don't see much difference between tea and hot water. It's just easier to be content with water than to ever crave some other sort of beverage.
Shower products. I gave more details in this comment, but basically I found that after five weeks of not using shampoo, my grease production shut down and I no longer needed shampoo (just like the internet said would happen). I tested body wash on one half of my body for a while and so no difference, so stopped that. I cut out conditioner when I cut off my long hair, and I use a dry-shave electric razor, so I never used shaving cream. Showers are now quite straightforward.