You’re feeling overwhelmed right now, aren’t you.
You feel like there’s so much to do, so little time, and you don’t even know where to start.
You know you need to rid your home of harmful, toxic chemicals, but you’re stuck on where to go from here.
Do you really have enough time to make all of your home and body care products?
What about the non-toxic products at the store? Why do they have to be so expensive? Who can even afford that stuff?
I hear you.
I felt the same exact way when I first started this journey. And you know what? I still have days like that where I just feel like throwing in the towel and calling it a day.
But I’m going to let you in on a little secret…
Ready? Here goes…
You can’t do it all.
Say it with me now, you cannot do it all.
You were never meant to do it all. And once you realize this, accept this, and truly internalize it, you will be freed from the idea of perfection and that ‘all or nothing‘ attitude.
But that’s not all.
Because I’m also going to give you the exact formula I used to help me finally get the hang of this non-toxic lifestyle. And I know it’ll work for you because it worked for me and countless others just like you. And it’s still working for me every single day.
The Secret Formula to Create a Non-Toxic Home
After you’ve cleared your mind and accepted the fact that you just cannot do it all, here’s what you have to do to create a non-toxic home:
- Pick ONE area of your life that you want to focus on. Is it your cleaning products? Your bath products? Maybe your baby’s products?
- Now pick ONE product in that area that you want to find a safer alternative for. Is it your dish soap? Your shampoo? Your baby wipes?
- Decide if you’ll make it or buy it. Maybe you’re into DIY or on a tight budget and want to try your hand at homemade. Maybe you’re too strapped for time and would rather just buy it from the store. Maybe you choose to make it, but realize it’ll just be easier to buy it. Do what works best for you.
- Focus on that ONE product (and nothing else!) for as long as it takes for you to find a safer alternative that you’re truly happy with (or close enough).
- Then, and only then, do you move on to the next product/area that you want to change.
That’s it. That’s your secret formula.
So when you’re feeling overwhelmed; when you feel like there’s just not enough time to do it all; when you’re looking for direction on where to go next?
Remember these two things:
You were never meant to do it all. So stop beating yourself up over it.
And follow the secret formula – ONE product in ONE area, before moving on to the next.
Ditch the Harmful Chemicals Once & For All!
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Here’s some inspiration for where to start:
- Make your own: Look through my non-toxic home and non-toxic body care posts for ideas on what products you might want to try making at home.
- Buy safer products: If you’d rather buy your products, look them up in the Environmental Working Group’s website. Look through their guide to healthy cleaning and their Skin Deep database for personal care products, and check out the ratings for the products you’re considering. They use a very simple A-F grading system based on rigorous safety standards.
- Get my book!: Your Non-Toxic Home is a room-by-room guide to creating a non-toxic home. It’s more than just a list of recipes; it’s a complete guide that takes you through all the steps to gain confidence on this journey. Check it out here >>
- Ask for help: And of course, if you need further one-on-one help with anything, give me a shout through my contact page here. I would love to be able to help you on your journey to a non-toxic home.
So tell me, what ONE product in ONE area are you going to start with?
Leave me a comment and let me know!
My name is Helen I’m new to this non toxic world and am loving opening up “my lab” to experiment!! The areas I’m changing in our home is the soap we use in the bath etc and the air fresheners we use I have some amazing smells flowing around the house on “my lab “ days. Next will be the toilet cleaners. 💥 would love some suggestions if you have any. Your book, as I live I’m assuming on the other side of the world are the ingredients easily accessible to me?
Have a happy day I love yr approach
Look forward to hearing from you. 😀🐝🙏🏽
Hi Helen and welcome!
Yes, most of the ingredients are pretty basic and easily accessible from anywhere. The book includes some lists for places to purchase ingredients, as well as actual store bought products that you can buy, all categorized by world regions. 🙂
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Thank you for inspiration. I am going to focus on replacing my bleach toilet cleaner with your recipe.
I already use your granite cleaner recipe and all purpose cleaner.
take care Tony
Thank you so much. I am not a new visitor on your blog. Actually I am using some of you homemade recipes about 2 years and recommend them to my friends. Now, I am looking for safe laundry detergent for my kids, as one of them has eczema. I would like to buy, don’t have time to make it.
Hi Zina, oh I’m so glad you’ve been finding benefit from my posts, and thanks for sharing the love! You can always find my recommendations for the safest products to buy on my Shop page. Here is a direct link for the Laundry Detergents section. Hope that helps!
Hey Sarah! Loving your page so far. Very informative with so much info in one place. I’ve been on the non-toxic journey myself for a bit, but am excited about several of your diy recipes! I plan to start with the carpet freshener. I found some lovely essential oils on sale at my local grocery to include so double score! ☺️ Thank you!
Welcome, Faith! It’s nice to have you!
Thanks, Sarah. I’m fairly new to this, though I’ve been slowly simplifying my life over the past few years. Now I’m working on a list of DIY products, and where to access all the components. Your comment at the end of your article is spot-on.
This looks like a great blog. I have already made a few changes – EcoEgg for most laundry, wool tumble dryer balls, DIY toilet bombs, bamboo cloths, shampoo and conditioner bar – looking at dishwasher next.
Awesome, welcome aboard, Ali!
I truly am getting excited about making my home safer. I am just about finish your articles is OK to print my free download so that I can highlight and keep it for reference.
Absolutely, Nancy! Welcome aboard 🙂
Just found your website and downloaded the cleaning guide – thanks for all the info!
I read the section for the all purpose cleaner, and why you use the essential oils. I like the citrus-y oils, and was wondering if I can use lime and grapefruit instead of lemon (which I love, but don’t have right now).
Your formula follows my mantra, which is do one thing do it well and then move on.
Love that, Heidi! Great minds think alike. 🙂
Wow this is great, one has to actually start with one thing at a time and then go to the next. With this all will go well or will be achieved
Yes! You got it, Sarah 🙂
The area that I would like to make non-toxic would have to be my laundry detergent. I take care of my great niece several days a week. She’s only 4 months old and I don’t want any harsh chemicals being washed into her clothing.
Always a great place to start (that’s actually where I started as well when I was pregnant with my first!)
Thank you for the wonderful blog, very helpful. I have begun using vinegar and bicarbonate soda. It works wonderfully. Please can you advise: my garments have some stains, what can use to rid the stains?
One baby step at a time; that’s how I unclutter my home and that’s how I switch to all-natural good-for-me-and-the-environment products. I’m tackling laundry products. Making my own liquid laundry soap and using wool dryer balls. That’s it for now. Later it will be a general all-purpose cleaner but for now, laundry is it.
Janet, you’re off to a great start! Way to keep it small and simple. Best of luck to you!
Nice blog! I am working in cleaning supplies like laundry detergent, all purpose cleaner, dishwasher liquid etc. Not interested in making DIY. I am not sure what’s available out there claiming to be safe is safe or not? Lot of product says natural plant based cleaner? Are they ok? Do u have list?
That’s awesome, Anjali. Best of luck! I have a detergent list here: http://naturesnurtureblog.com/detergent-guide/ and will be creating more guides like this for all the different cleaning products.
From my first pregnancy (it’s often where it starts ;)) more than 12 years ago, I started doing changes in the products and food that comes into my house. It never lasted long enough for me because I was buying the products and they’re so expensives! I wasn’t doing enough research and was trying to do it all at once…
Now that I have my fourth (and last!) son (I know, I know, I must be a saint lol) I am making less changes but I think then more and most important: one at the time! So I can already tell: your formula DOES work!
So I have the cloth diapers and wipes that I started with, I have switched to DIY dish soap and now I am working in the laundry area.
Thanks for the great tips and recipes!!
That’s awesome, Caro, and thanks for sharing your story with me! Rock on, mama!
I’m going to start with diy ing my bathroom… cleaners, soap ( store brought) deodorant, hair gel, body wash, hair products
Nice! Good luck!
I have a sever allergy to dust. Just started using essential oils peppermint, eucalyptus Rosemary, lavender, clove. Trying to do everything to make my life more enjoyable. My allergies are paralyzing with headaches. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you , Dee
I know that diffusing lavender, lemon, and peppermint is known to be effective for allergies. I would also work on removing any irritants and contaminants from your air using an purifier. Might also consider making an inhaler or roll on with those essential oils blend. Please make sure you’re working under the guidance of a certified aromatherapist. I like and trust Lea from https://www.usingeossafely.com
I started with cloth toilet paper. Then I tried tackling everything. I’m glad to read this to get me back on one thing at a time. I look forward to many more posts.
Thanks for this post! It truly is overwhelming. You are right, one at a time. So far I’ve changed my laundry (still not sure I’m happy with the soap though), air fresheners and switched to vinegar for a lot of my cleaning. There is still so much to change but like you said, one at a time. The next one I’m tackling is my dish soap. Thanks for all you do! I love reading Nature’s Nurture!
Thanks Lisa, so happy you’re here!
Thank you so much for your information! I have really enjoyed reading your blog. I started with your homemade all-purpose cleaner and using Hydrogen Peroxide for an antibacterial/disinfectant. I had all the ingredients already and 2 empty spray bottles. I am the caregiver for my father-in-law who is on oxygen and wanted to eliminate harsh chemicals and residue from my cleaning (which I need to do often!) Thanks again for your commitment to teaching the rest of us. I look forward to making more products!
That’s wonderful, Paula! I’m so happy you’re here, and bless you – your father-in-law is so blessed to have you. 🙂
One area I would love to start with is room/ air fresheners or things I can spray to bring a fresh scent and clean the air with. I feel like the ones I use now are very harmful for me and my family. My pet got pneumonia because of the toxic chemicals and after that I Just had to do something about it. So yes, that is where I would like to start!
That’s a big one, Myrian, and a great place to start! Take a look at my non-toxic air fresheners post for some ideas.
I want to make a natural dish washing detergent.
Great Rebecca! There’s a simple recipe in my cleaning guide here.
I would like to to start with an all purpose cleaner. It’s versatility to use on many different things is something we can all use.
Great start, Lisa! I recently posted a brand new recipe for this super simple all-purpose cleaner – give it a try!
I’ve already done the powder laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, and scouring powder. i think my next area is going to be oven cleaner or spot remover for the carpet.
That’s awesome, Courtney! I have a carpet post for you here, if you want to take a look. 🙂
Hi Sarah, I have been using the glad/ air wick plugins to freshen my home and have recently found out that they can be toxic so I want to find better options. I also use the sentsy wax warmers. I was thinking of switching out the premade wax tartes with beeswax pellets and adding a drop of essential oil. My problem is that I have cats and want to make sure that I use and oil that is safe. There is conflicting information online and I wondered if you knew which oils would be safe for animals to be exposed to. TIA
Hey Linda, so glad you asked this question. Aura Cacia just posted some articles with this info here: https://noteworthy.auracacia.com/daily-plus/roundup-14 Hope that helps!
I used your recipe for making reed diffuser oil base today, I added May Chang, Geranium and Frankincense. I’m very pleased with the result. Thank you.
You’re welcome, Estelle! That combination sounds just lovely.
I’ve been detoxing for years; my biggest concern are food sold at the grocery markets to families every day loaded with poisons. Consumers honestly need to learn to read ingredients ; they’ll be stunned to find what they are putting in their months.
I’ve enjoyed your posts Sarah. Thank you. Dee
Hi Sarah I just found your all purpose cleaner as I was looking for a laminate floor cleaner. Sounded good so I mixed some up and went to town cleaning my entire kitchen and bathroom, windows, mirrors, (love the easy no streak) counters, cabinets and I can’t get over the job it did on my wooden doors. Also we have a wooden floor in the bathroom and I have never in the more than 10 years it’s been there found anything that makes it look clean and not streaked, until I found your all purpose cleaner. Thank you I will be looking for more products!
Oh that sounds wonderful! So glad it worked well for you!
I have been making my own laundry soap for a few years and now I’ve seen posts that claim that instead of cleaning our clothes this soap is causing our clothes to retain dirt even though it can’t be seen. My soap is made up of Fels Naptha soap, washing soda and borax. Now I’m searching for a safe laundry detergent that I can make or buy either one.
Yep, I wrote about my experience with this recently as well. I’ve stopped making and using homemade laundry soap recipes for this same reason, and only use store bought. I’m working on creating a list of non-toxic laundry detergents that you can buy instead so stay tuned!
Hi Sarah.. thanks for Nature Nurture.. I started trying to transform my home into a non toxic environment since last year but not really successful yet. Never tried this DIY.. but really wanna try one. I think it will be much better on my part. Something I would also be inspired of doing in times or moments I am feeling down. And these are the kind of things I am interested to do but I just do not know how to do it and how to start . Maybe you could help me with this. I would love to start with my cleaning spray for my bath room.. shower room..
I still can not find the right one that would help me at least remove these soap stains.. etc.. or maybe I just do not know how to do the right way as well..
thanks so much..
Hey Jewel, congrats on taking that first step! My go-to for cleaning bathroom surfaces is actually a combination of spraying my all-purpose cleaner + a squirt of soap + a generous sprinkling of baking soda. Then I just go to town scrubbing it all down with a heavy duty sponge (the ones with the rough green scrubby side). I use this combo for nearly every surface in my home that needs good scrub down. Then just rinse it all with water, and you’re good to go!
I am wanting to replace cleaning products, window cleaner and all purpose cleaners to start
Great place to start, Teresa. Have a look here for some ideas: http://naturesnurtureblog.com/non-toxic-household-cleaners/
Love reading this kind, common sense approach to the products we bring into our lives. Thanks, Sarah!
I would be interested in kitchen products
Keeping our home safe is our first priority…thanks for such blog post.
I am going to start in the cleaning products area and choose like an all purpose cleaner, so I can clean my grandchildrens toys. Thank you very much for all the helpful info. And bonus, I am going to make it myself
Great start, Tammy! Best of luck to you.
This interesting.i would like to start with a shampoo
My first product will be my bathroom and toilet floor? Thank you so much for prodding me in the right direction. When you use vinegar do you use double strength or what you buy at the supermarket. Do you have recipes at all.
I use plain old white vinegar (5%) that you can get from any grocery store. Here’s my post on household cleaners that’s a good place to start. Good luck!
Thank you for all the work and research you’ve done and for taking the time to share your experiences with us. You’ve already saved me precious time, money, and frustration – and I am just getting started!
To be honest, I wasn’t looking to reduce toxic products in my house – I was just looking for a way to get my clothes TRULY clean! I’m very glad I happened upon your articles.
Aww, that’s awesome Tina, and you’re welcome! I’m glad you happened upon my blog too! I don’t believe in coincidence, so I think we were definitely meant to connect on here. 🙂
I have decided to start with my dish washer detergent. Any suggestions?
Great start, Leanne. If you’re looking for a DIY version to make, I have a recipe on this page here. And for a store bought natural brand, I highly recommend the dish soap and dishwasher detergent from Nature Clean (assuming you’re in Canada?). You can get it at Whole Foods, Canadian Superstore, or online at well.ca. If you can’t find that, my second choice would be Seventh Generation. Best of luck!
Okey dokey, l’ve been trying so hard to do it all for so long now because of my health and yes have been getting quite overwhelmed about it all. I’m 58yrs old and am also a bit overwhelmed(although love it too, wish the internet was around whilst raising my two girls), with all the information online. l love reading it all and have plenty of time because of my disabilities to do so but l never quite know who to believe about what, maybe your info will help a bit so thanks for all your advice!! Starting with one thing will help me to quiet it all down a bit so thankyou. Looking forward to more of your informative emails, cheers Georgie <3
Thanks for commenting, Georgie! wishing you all the best on your journey!
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Hi I’m very new to all this non toxic and yes it’s very overwhelming. I want to clear all chemicals from my home not only to see if it’s those that are causing me migraines but also for my family. I’m going to start in the kitchen with cleaning products. 😊
Great, Emma! That’s where most people start as well. 🙂
I need help with laundry detergent and fabric softener.
Hey Jerry, you can check out this post, which should help get you started – http://naturesnurtureblog.com/how-to-naturally-freshen-your-laundry/.
I will start with dishwashing product
Hello Sarah! Thank you for the advice on taking everything on step at a time. I really want to eliminate products that come contacts with our skin like my detergents since my kids have eczema the eczema keeps coming back and I keep thinking the problem is my detergent!
You’re welcome, Huf! That was one of the first things we switched as well because of our sensitive skin issues.
I’m going to start with cleaning products
Awesome, Ellen! That seems to be a common place to start. 🙂
We installed vinyl flooring in our home. I use hydrogen peroxide (HP) 3% – available at your nearest dollar store, and mix a 1:1 (equal parts) HP and water with a few drops of essential oil for spray mopping the floor, as well as countertops and sinks.
HP needs to be kept out of the sunlight and heat, so I keep this mixture in a handy aluminum spray bottle on my kitchen counter which I use daily.
I have an additional spray bottle – without the essential oils which may cause streaks, for use on windows and mirrors.
HP is also effective in healing cold sores (not around the eyes).
I look forward to reading more of your wonderful suggestions!
Thank you! Ann
Interesting that you use it all over, because I just learned that peroxide is actually a very effective disinfectant!
I agree it is overwhelming to think about all of these consumer products that I buy mindlessly. Most of the products bought are because of advertisements that are drummed in my head daily. Thank you for the information you share!
You’re so right about the advertisements, Joan – that’s a huge part of it!
Living in a non-toxic kind of home makes feel very safe. I will surely take note of these tips. Many thanks for posting and I’m lookig forward to reading more of youre interesting posts.
I had to get man of house to finished using Costco Kirkland laundry detergent since I was getting reaction scratching my ribs red. I had switch to Nellie soap n wait for him to finish his soap but didn’t help me using his soap on sheets. We found Nellies huge pail that will last us yrs between two of us. Also lots dollars $$$ 😊 I had special bath soap from Heath store but it was getting expensive n use a regular soap without getting reaction too it.. I use personal shampoo from heathstore for yrs now since sisters once complimented that hair looked better than cheap salon store products … when I go to haircutters they compliment too. So shampoo must be working. I don’t dye my hair either.. I use heath food product too for toothpaste which helps with sensitive teeth. Than when I need extra gurgle I use olive oil n gurgle till I can’t stand it. It gives an extra clean in mouth & takes popcorn tight between teeth out spots. I use to have a cleaner that clean everything before I moved in with him. Mis place it since I deleted with water n not so tonic as regular cleaners around house. Maybe one day I’ll find it n return to trusty cleaner in this messy house..
Lots of great, small steps here, Sun!
Would be interested in shampoo’s
That’s a big one, Pat! I’m working on putting together a guide for different non-toxic products you can buy at the store/online. Shampoo is definitely at the top of my list!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WEB SITE AND ARTICLES, ETC.!!! I really appreciate all YOU do to educate us, Sarah!!!
I am starting my non-toxic home process by replacing all cleaning products with gentler and kinder alternatives!!! The very first thing I changed was my floor care product since I have 6 house cats and 3 small dogs and a great-grandson that play all over my floors, touching and breathing them.
I am especially grateful to you for sharing that I no longer need to feel guilty for NOT DOING EVERYTHING AND BEING PERFECT!!!
You are SO WELCOME, Alicia! There is just too much pressure out there to be perfect and do it all. I’ve totally been there! I’m so happy this post helped you today. Thank you so much for commenting!