DIY Diaper Wipes

Have you ever read what the ingredients are in your store bought diaper wipes?!?  I never did until I became more aware.  Let me tell you I could not pronounce half of those words and that just confuses me since diaper wipes should be so simple.  So, I simplified it.  You can use cloth wipes or paper towel for this recipe, both work well but I tend to lean towards cloth since there is less waste and it’s cheaper.  If you use paper towel let it sit for about 30 minutes after you’ve poured the liquid on top, then remove the middle cardboard

    

 

  • Bucket full of cloth wipes or recycled paper towel (you can cut a paper towel roll in half and put it in a container, I used an old frozen yogurt container)
  • 1 cup filtered water (more or less depending on how many wipes you have)
  • 1 Tbsp organic almond oil or other carrier oil
  • 2 oz alcohol free witch hazel

Mix water, oil and witch hazel.  Pour over wipes.  Let it soak for about 30 minutes and pull out the centre roll, if using paper towel.  Use within a week to prevent it from rotting or molding.  Please note that I do NOT use any essential oils.  This is because they don’t belong on your babies privates.  If you’d like your wipes to have a scent you can either infuse your water, witch hazel or oil before adding it to your wipes.  You can also get creative by adding fresh Aloe Vera or calendula oil for their healing properties.  This is a great way to be more eco-friendly since the commercial wipes are not only full of harsh chemicals they apparently can take up to 100 years to decompose.  Where as a paper towel decomposes in 2-4 weeks and cloth wipes can be used indefinitely.  Don’t you feel like you should try and do your part to help lessen the worlds weight of garbage?!?

            

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The Bad Guys

This List is very conservative right now, it will keep growing as I do more and more research.

Acesulfame K: Sugar substitute. May increase cancer in humans.

Acetaldehyde: Found in many nail care products. Known to cause cancers in humans and experimental animals.

Acetone : Also known as Dimethylketone, 2-Propanone, Beta-Ketopropane. Inhalation of moderate to high amounts, even for a short time results in entry of acetone into bloodstream where it is carried to all other organs. Nose, throat, lung and eye irritant, headaches, confusion, increased pulse rate, effects on blood, nausea, vomiting and unconsciousness, coma. Shortens the menstrual cycle in women. Effects of long-term exposure include kidney, liver and nerve damage, increased birth defects, metabolic changes and coma. Found in nail polish remover.

Acrylamide/polyacrylamide: Produced naturally in some foods when cooked at high temps. Manufactured for use in polyacrylamide gels, sometimes used as a treatment for drinking water and/or wastewater. Acrylamide causes cancer in animals and in large doses, nerve damage in humans. Smoking is a major acrylamide producer as is frying, deep frying or extended micro-waving.

Alkyl-phenol Ethoxylades: May reduce sperm count. Found in shampoo and bubble bath.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid: Destroys skin cells and leaves skin more susceptible to damage from the environment and skin cancer. Actually ends up aging skin. Found in anti-aging facial creams and lotions.

Aluminum: Heavy concentrations may be linked to Alzheimer’s dementia. Aluminum is in many antiperspirants and prevalent in water supplies. Processed foods contain dietary aluminum. Sodium aluminum phosphate appears in pickles, cheese and baking soda.

Ammonium Glycolate: A photosensitizer with potential to increase risk of sunburn and skin cancer by intensifying UV exposures in deep skin layers. This sensitizer can instigate immune system response that includes itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin. It is also a penetration enhancer which alters the skins’ structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, thus increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream. Found in body products.

Ammonium Hydroxide: eye, lung and skin irritant; organ system toxicity

Ammonium Persulfate: Found in hair color and bleaching kit sensitizer – can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin, lung sensitizer – can instigate immune system response that can include asthma attacks or other problems with the lungs and airways.  Immune system toxin, respiratory toxicant, skin or sense organ toxicant, classified as toxic in one or more government assessments.

Aspartame: Genetically Modified, synthetic sugar substitute. People report dizziness, headaches and even seizures. Scientists believe it can alter behavior due to altered brain function. Long term effects of this genetically modified organism on human health has not been studied or tested. Found as a sweetener in foods and some body products, such as shaving gel.

Benzalkonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride and lauryl dimonium hydrolysed collagen: Found in hair treatment products. Both are toxic and allergenic.

Benzene: Inhalation of high levels can cause headaches, rapid heart rate, tremors, confusion, unconsciousness and death. Hodgkin’s and Lymphomas result from inhalation. Used in detergents, drugs, pesticides and adhesives.
Benzoic / Benzyl: Contains carcinogens, endocrine disruptor, may cause birth defects. Found in shower gels, shampoos, bubble bath.

Benzoic Acid: Inhalation affects nervous system and is moderately toxic by ingestion. Severe eye and skin irritant. Used as a food preservative and in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics

Benzoyl Peroxide: In acne treatments, bar soap, facial cleansers and food additives! Highly toxic/ irritant
Benzyl alcohol: skin, eye and lung irritant; prolonged or repeated exposure can cause allergic contact dermatitis; may be toxic to the liver and CNS

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene): In moisturizer, makeup, etc. Can cause cancer and interfere with hormone function. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in the skin. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies BHA as a possible human carcinogen. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has also listed BHA as a Category 1 priority substance, based on evidence that it interferes with hormone function.

Bisphenol A or BPA: Toxic plastic chemical used as a can lining in brands of some infant formulas. Also found in water bottles, this chemical is used to produce polycarbonate and epoxy plastics. For babies, check food container labels and beware of polycarbonate plastic baby bottles. Chemical reactions can occur when plastic is heated.

Bronopol: May break down into formaldehyde, may form carcinogenic nitrosamines. Found in body products.

Butylparaben: Potential breast cancer risk and endocrine disruptor raising concern for impaired fertility or development, increased risk for certain cancers, itching burning and blistering of skin. Found in body products.

Carbon Black: organ system toxicity; possible human carcinogen

Carboxymethylcellulose: Causes cancer in animals. Used in cosmetics, inhalation could cause chemical pneumonitis.

Cetyl PEG/PPG-10: organ system toxicity

Coal Tar Dyes – (includes D&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 33, etc.): Even though their carcinogenicity has recently been proven, the 1938 Act includes a specific exemption for them. Severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, lack of concentration, nervousness, increased risk of Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Found in bubble bath, hair dye, dandruff shampoo, toothpaste and foods. For more information, see the Dyes Commonly Used in Food and Body Product Section.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine: May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products, itching, burning and blistering of skin. Synthesized from coconuts, this chemical is found in body products and may be labeled natural or organic.

Coumarin: Formerly the active ingredient in rat poison. A carcinogenic ingredient used in the manufacturing of deodorants, shampoos, skin fresheners and perfumes.

Cyclopentasiloxane: organ system toxicity

D&C Yellow 11: Found in: Lip gloss, polish remover, nail polish, bath oil/salts/soak, body spray, mositurizer, lipstick, styling gel/lotion, bar soap, after sun products,
Formaldehyde: Suspected carcinogen and neurotoxin, it may be fatal if swallowed, absorbed through skin, inhaled or swallowed. Can cause spasms, edema, chemical pneumonitis and is extremely destructive to tissue of the mucous membrane, this chemical is found in many nail care products and vaccines. Known to cause cancers in humans and experimental animals. Found in baby shampoo, bubble bath, deodorants, perfume, cologne, hair dye, mouthwash, toothpaste, hair spray, nail polish. Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea,
Heavy Metals (Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Nickel and More): Heavy metals can build up in the body over time and are known to cause varied health problems, which can include: cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological problems; memory loss; mood swings; nerve, joint and muscle disorders; cardiovascular, skeletal, blood, immune system, kidney and renal problems; headaches; vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea; lung damage; contact dermatitis; and brittle hair and hair loss. Many are suspected hormone disruptors and respiratory toxins, and for some like lead, there is no known safe blood level.

cologne, nail treatment. Color safe for external use only, found in ingested products, Color not approved for use around eyes, in eye products

DEA: Diethanolamine: A chemical used as a wetting or thickening agent in shampoos, soaps, hairsprays and sunscreens, blocks absorption of the nutrient choline, which is essential to brain development in a fetus. Repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer. Also found in skin cream, bubble bath, shaving gel, conditioner, lotions.

TEA/MEA: Suspected carcinogens used as emulsifiers and foaming agents for shampoos, body washes, soaps.

Diacetyl: An additive that tastes like butter causes a serious lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn workers’ lung. Found in foods, especially microwave popcorn.

Diazolidinyl Urea: Found in facial cleansers, shampoos and conditioners. Linked to neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): A chemical used to keep nail polish from chipping, has been connected to cancer in lab animals as well as long-term fertility issues in newborn boys. Banned in Europe, but still in use in the U.S. Found in nail polish.

Dimethicone: A silicone emollient, which coats the skin not allowing toxins out. May promote tumors and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. Found in lotions, creams, hair products, cosmetics.

Dioforms: Damage and weaken tooth enamel allowing more staining and discoloration to take place. Found in tooth whitening products.

Disodium EDTA: Harmful if swallowed or inhaled, causes irritation to skin, eyes and respiratory tract. Found in cosmetics.

DMDM Hydantoin: Contains formaldehyde , an ingredient linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity. Allergenic, can be an irritant to eyes skin and lungs. Common in manicure/pedicure products and hair treatment packages.

Elastin: Suffocates skin by not allowing moisture in or out. Found in facial creams and body lotions.

Ethoxylated surfactants and 1,4-dioxane: Never listed because it’s a by-product made from adding carcinogenic ethylene oxide to make other chemicals less harsh. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found 1,4-dioxane in 57 percent of baby washes in the U.S. Avoid any ingredients containing the letters “eth.”

Ethylacrylate: Found in some mascaras’s suspected as a cause of cancer in humans, based on studies of human populations or laboratory animals.

Ferric Ferrocyanide: depending on usage; organ system toxicity

Fluoride: May contain lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Accumulates in body and contributes to bone disease. Carcinogenic. Found in toothpastes.

methenamine and quarternium-15.

Fragrances (Synthetic): Some perfumes/fragrances contain hundreds of chemicals. Some, such as methylene chloride are carcinogenic. Some cause brain damage or are neurotoxins. Avoid unless you can be sure they are not carcinogenic.

Glycolic Acid: Penetration enhancer which alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream, skin or sense organs. As a sensitizer it can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin. Toxicant, neurotoxin, kidney toxicant, gastrointestinal or liver toxicant. Found in creams, lotions, cosmetics.

GMO/Genetically Modified Organism: Plants, animals or foods that have been genetically modified, genetically engineered or BT/Biotechnology modified. Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally. Minimal testing shows that animals fed GMO feed, refuse to eat it. When force-fed the feed (corn, soy, tomatoes etc.) the animals developed stomach lesions and malformations of organs. GMO food is not labeled as such in the U.S. Almost all other countries have banned the use of GMO in food and body products due to insufficient testing.

Heavy Metals (Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Nickel and More): Heavy metals can build up in the body over time and are known to cause varied health problems, which can include: cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological problems; memory loss; mood swings; nerve, joint and muscle disorders; cardiovascular, skeletal, blood, immune system, kidney and renal problems; headaches; vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea; lung damage; contact dermatitis; and brittle hair and hair loss. Many are suspected hormone disruptors and respiratory toxins, and for some like lead, there is no known safe blood level. (See individual metals for more info)

High Fructose Corn Syrup/HFCS: High fructose consumption has been fingered as a causative factor in heart disease. It raises blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. It makes blood cells more prone to clotting, and it may also accelerate the aging process.

Hydroabietyl Alcohol: Found in styling gel/lotions. Unsafe for use in cosmetics according to the fragrance industry’s International Fragrance Association.

Hydrogenated/Partially Hydrogenated Oils: Hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats. A trans fat is an otherwise normal fatty acid that has been radically changed by high heat. Trans fats are poison: just like arsenic. Partially hydrogenated oils will not only kill you in the long term by producing diseases like multiple sclerosis and allergies that lead to arthritis, but in the meantime they will make you fat!

Hydroquinone: A severely toxic and very powerful chemical. Banned in the United Kingdom, but still used in the U.S. Found in skin lightening products and hair dyes, this chemical alters the skins natural structure inhibiting the production of Melanin. Without natural protection, the skin is more susceptible to skin cancer. Prolonged use of Hydroquinone will thicken collagen fibers damaging the connective tissues. The result is rough blotchy skin leaving it with a spotty caviar appearance.

Hydroxymethylcellulose: Used in cosmetics. Inhalation could cause chemical pneumonitis.

Imidazolidinyl Urea: This allergenic chemical finds its way into deodorants, shampoos, hand cream and some mascaras.
Isobutane:  eye, lung, skin irritant; organ system toxicity; allergen; restricted in Canadian cosmetics

Isobutylparaben: Potential breast cancer risk. Itching, burning and blistering of skin. Found in body products.

Isoproponal/Isopropyl Alcohol: Moderately toxic chemical causing flushing, pulse rate decrease, blood pressure lowering, anesthesia, narcosis, headache, dizziness, mental depression, drowsiness, hallucinations, distorted perceptions, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting and coma. Used to clean/disinfect skin, lower temperatures. Found in some body products.
Japanese Honeysuckle: a natural source of Parabens but chemically identical to the synthetic variety.  The build up of Parabens in the body and their interaction with other commonly used chemicals may lead to hormore disruption and can lead to an increased cancer risk

Kajoic Acid: A chemical that inhibits melanin production. Used in skin lightening products, it damages the skin and makes it more susceptible to cancer.

Lacquer: Can cause eyelashes to fall out. Found in mascara.

Lanolin: While lanolin itself is skin beneficial, it may contain carcinogenic pesticides such as DDT, lindane, dieldrin and other neurotoxins. Can cause rashes. Found in body products.

Lead: Known carcinogen found in lipstick and hair dye, but never listed because it’s a contaminant, not an ingredient.

Magnesium Stearate/Stearic Acid: May contain phosphatidyl choline which collapses cell membranes and selectively kills T-Cells which breaks down the immune system. An execeptant that is used to bind medicinal tablets and make them smooth it is also used in pharmaceuticals, foods, talcum powder, ammunition, and as a drying agent in paints.

MEA: Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, Linoleamide DEA, Oleamide DEA: NDEA (N-nitrosodiethanolamine) forms when DEA reacts with nitrosating agents or the actual addition of nitrite as a preservative. As there is no way to determine if NDEA has been formed, it is imperative to avoid all products containing DEA as it is a known carcinogen. Often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser.

Mercury: Known allergen that impairs brain development. Found in mascara and some eyedrops.

Methyl Methacrylate: May cause fingers and nails to inflame. Found in nail polish.

Methylisothiazoline, or MIT: Causes neurological damage. Found in shampoo.

Methylparaben: Potential breast cancer risk and endocrine disruptor raising concern for impaired fertility or development of fetus, and increased risk for certain cancers, itching, burning and blistering of skin. A close cousin of benzoic acid: poisonous and moderately toxic it is found in body products.

Mineral Oil: A derivative of petroleum, this additive clogs pores, locks in toxins, suffocates and dries skin and inhibits your skins natural oil production further increasing dehydration. Causes testicular tumors in the fetus, deposits accumulate in the lymph nodes and prevent absorption of vitamin A from the intestines. Found in blush, baby oil, lotions, foundation and creams.

Monosodium Glutamate/MSG: MSG is an excitotoxin, which causes nerve damage and allergic reactions. Found in hundreds of foods, often under other names.

Neotame: Neotame is a reformulated aspartame that will require smaller amounts than aspartame to achieve the same sweetness. Neotame, like aspartame, contains aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and a methyl esther. Animal studies reveal aspartic acid and glutamic acid load on the same receptors in the brain, cause identical brain lesions and neuroendocrine disorders, and act in an additive fashion.

Nitrate – Nitrite: While nitrate itself is harmless; it is readily converted to nitrite. When nitrite combines with compounds called secondary amines, it forms nitrosamines: extremely powerful cancer-causing chemicals. The chemical reaction occurs most readily at the high temperatures of frying. Nitrite has long been suspected as being a cause of stomach cancer.

Nitrosamines: Extremely powerful, cancer-causing chemicals formed at high temperatures when the preservative nitrite combines with compounds called secondary amines.
Octinoxate: biochemical or cellular level changes; endocrine disruption; may be implicated in cardiovascular disease

Octyl methoxycinnamate: (OMC for short) is the main chemical used in sunscreens to filter out UVB light. OMC is present in almost ALL wide-spectrum sunscreen brands. Worse yet, OMC has been shown to be particularly toxic when exposed to sunshine. According to the Cosmetics Database, which rates Octyl Methoxycinnamate as 70% safe, there are many concerns regarding its use, including: biochemical changes that cause mutation and cell death upon exposure to sunlight (which is likely when used as a sunscreen ingredient); immunotoxicity and photoallergic effects; reproductive toxicity that leads to estrogenic effects; organ system toxicity, especially in the liver; and enhanced skin absorption. Octyl methoxycinnamate is relatively easily absorbed into the skin and has been shown in some studies to promote generation of potentially harmful free radicals.

Olestra: While fat-free, this additive has a fatal side effect: it attaches to valuable nutrients and flushes them out of the body. Some of these nutrients, called carotenoids, appear to protect us from such diseases as lung cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration. Olestra replaces fats in ‘fat-free’ foods.

Oxybenzone: Active ingredient in chemical sunscreens that accumulates in fatty tissues and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage, low birth weight.

p-Phenylenediamine (PPD): Very toxic substance, used in hair dyeing, shampoo’s and hair spray. Highly carcinogenic, developmental and reproductive toxicity, it is allergenic and can cause skin irritation issues.

Padimate-O (PABA): Nitrosamines, potent carcinogens, may form in products that contain Padimate-O. There is no way of knowing if they have formed. Found in cosmetics and sunscreens.

Parabens: Used as preservatives, found in many products. Linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity.

PBDE: Toxic flame retardant, used in baby bedding to slow advance of fire.

PEG (Polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, oxynol: any ethoxylated compound, including SLES): Moderately toxic, eye irritant and possible carcinogen. Many glycols produce severe acidosis, central nervous system damage and congestion. Can cause convulsions, mutations, and surface EEG changes. Found in cosmetics, body products, foods, lotions. Penetration enhancer used in many products, it’s often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, both known carcinogens.

PEG Stearates: Potentially contaminated with or breaking down into chemicals linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in cosmetics, creams and foods.

PEG-12 Distearate: May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in creams, lotions, cosmetics and foods.

PEG-14M: May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in foods, lotions, creams and cosmetics.

PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate: May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems, gastrointestinal or liver toxicity hazards. Found in cosmetics, creams, lotions and foods.

Petroleum (Petrolatum): Suffocates skin and traps toxins in body, clogs pores. Found in lotions, skin creams, and body jelly.

PFOA or C8: Used when processing polytetrafluroroethylene (PTFE) or Teflon. This toxic chemical remains in animals and humans for indefinite periods.

PFOS: Perflurooctanotane sulfonate. A fluorocarbon used in producing repellents and surfactant products, like stain resistant fabric.

Phenoxyethanol: Possible connection to reproductive or developmental harm to fetus, potential for reduced fertility, classified as toxic and an irritant, potential risks to wildlife and environment through excretion of body product toxins and disposal of cosmetics.

Phthalates: Accumulates in the body; proven damage to liver, lungs, kidneys and reproductive systems. Appears in vinyl flooring, plastic wallpaper, perfume, hair spray, deodorant, nail polish, hair gel, mousse, body and hand lotion. Look for it in children’s toys, as; DEHP, BBP and DBP.

Placental extract: Used in some skin and hair products, but linked to endocrine disruption.

Polypropylene: Possible carcinogen. Found in lipstick, mascara, baby soap, eye shadow.

Polyquaternium-7: May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in body products.

Polyscorbate-60: Used in cosmetics. Inhalation could cause chemical pneumonitis .

Polysorbate 20:

Potassium Bromate: An additive that increases the volume and crumb of bread, is banned worldwide except in the U.S. and Japan. Considered carcinogenic.

Potassium Hydroxide: toxic on organs; eye, lung and skin irritant; potassium is a caustic inorganic base

Potassium Sorbate: skin toxicant or allergen

Propylene Glycol: Kidney damage, liver abnormalities, inhibits skin cell growth, damages cell membranes causing rashes, surface damage and dry skin.  Absorbed into blood stream and travels to all organs. Many glycols produce severe acidosis, central nervous system damage and congestion. Can cause convulsions, mutations, and surface EEG changes. It is derived from petroleum products. The Material Safety Data Sheets on propylene glycol warns against contact with eyes, skin and clothing. It also says inhalation can cause irritation of nasal passages, ingestion can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  Research also shows that it alters cell membranes and causes cardiac arrest. Found in shaving gel, lotions, shampoo, conditioners, foods, deodorant.

Propylparaben: Potential breast cancer risk and endocrine disruptor raising concern for impaired fertility or development, and increased risk for certain cancers, itching burning and blistering of skin, gastrointestinal or liver toxicity hazard. A close cousin of benzoic acid: poisonous and moderately toxic. Found in body products.

PVC/ polyvinyl chloride: When produced or burned, this common plastic releases dioxins, may cause cancer, affect immune and reproductive systems.

Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60 etc.: Toxic, causes skin rashes and allergic reactions. Formaldehyde releasers. Found in body products.

Retinyl Palmitate: It’s a form of synthetic Vitamin A.  The sunscreen industry uses vitamin A in its formulations because it is an anti-oxidant that is thought to slow skin aging. However, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study found that a form of vitamin A, retinyl palmitate, when used in sunscreen and therefore exposed to sunlight may actually speed the development of skin lesions and tumors.

Silicone-derived emollients: Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.”  Used to make a product feel soft, these don’t biodegrade, and also prevent skin from breathing. Linked to tumour growth and skin irritation.  Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate): Ether mixtures may contain carcinogenic nitrosamines. Avoid ethoxylated compounds as a precaution. May form 1.4 dioxane, a potential carcinogen, endocrine disruptor and estrogen mimic. Allows other chemicals to penetrate skin more deeply and enter bloodstream. May cause hair loss when applied to scalp. Found in shampoo, toothpaste, bubble bath, body wash, soap.

SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate): Builds up in heart, lungs, brain and liver from skin contact and may cause damage to these organs. Corrodes hair follicles and may cause hair to fall out. Damages immune system. Contain endocrine disruptors and estrogen mimics. Impairs proper structural formation of young eyes. May contain carcinogenic nitrosamines. This is a detergent derived from coconut oil and may be labeled natural or even organic. Found in toothpaste, soap, shampoo, body wash, bubble bath, facial cleansers.

Sodium Benzoate: with the addition of vitamin C creates benzene (a known carcinogen)

Sodium Borate: Organ sytem toxicity

Sodium Chloride: Table salt (processed at high heat). Eye irritation, some hair loss, and dry and itchy skin. Found in shampoo as a thickener.

Sodium Hydroxide(Lye):Organ system toxicity; eye, skin and lung irritant and dangerous to work with. Once made into soap sodium hydroxide evaporates and you’re left with soap in that form it is NOT dangerous

Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate: Potentially contaminated with or breaking down into chemicals linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in facial moisturizer, facial cleanser, facial treatments, skin fading and lightening products, anti-aging products, eye makeup remover, concealer, makeup remover, around eye cream, acne treatment, shampoo, conditioner, styling lotion and gel, styling mousse and foam, hair spray, hair relaxer, tanning oil and sunscreen, after tanning products, body cleanser and wash, body exfoliants, body firming lotion, baby soap, baby lotion, baby wipes, baby bubble bath, pain and wound products, hand sanitizer.

Sodium Metabisulfite:  eye, lung and skin irritant; organ system toxicity;

Sodium Nitrite: Makes meat look red rather than gray, and gives meat an overly long shelf life of months. Clinically proven to cause leukemia, brain tumors and other forms of cancer.

Sorbic Acid:  organ system toxicity

Soy: Contains several naturally occurring compounds that are toxic to humans and animals. Soy foods block calcium and can cause vitamin D deficiencies. One health agency estimates than 100 grams of soy protein provides the estrogenic equivalent of the pill. Processing and all modern soy foods contain MSG, which cause neurological problems. Soy products inhibit thyroid function, which may lead to fatigue and mental issues. Infants on soy formula are vulnerable to developing autoimmune thyroid disease when exposed to high amounts of isoflavones over time. These Isoflavones have been found to have serious health effects, including infertility, thyroid disease or liver disease, on a number of mammals. Long term feeding with soy formulas inhibits thyroid peroxidase to such an extent that long term elevated thyroid stimulating hormone levels can also raise the risk of thyroid cancer. It is said that two glasses of soy milk a day over the course of a month contains enough of the chemical to change the timing of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Only eat soy if it has been fermented: such as soy, misu and tamari and if it is labeled as organic or non-GMO.

Stearalkonium Chloride: Toxic and causes allergic reactions. Used in hair conditioners.

Steareth-20: organ system toxicity

Steareth-4: organ system toxicity

Sulfites: Can cause reactions in asthmatics, and lead to death. Sulphites are now banned on all foods except raw potatoes, wine and dried fruit.

Talc: Similar to asbestos in composition, it’s found in baby powder, eye shadow, blush, deodorant. Linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems. Carcinogenic when inhaled

TEA: Tea, Triethanolamine: TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects (although still in use in the U.S.)

Thimerol: At one time in most vaccines for children. Still believed to be in many vaccines. This form of organic mercury, functions as a preservative. It is highly toxic as it metabolizes into methylmercury.

Tocopheryl Acetate: skin toxicant or allergen

Toluene: Poison to humans. Hallucinations, bone marrow changes, may cause liver and kidney damage and birth defects, endocrine disruptor and potential carcinogen linked to brain cancer. Irritates respiratory tract. Found in nail polish and cleaning products. Known to disrupt the immune and endocrine systems, and fetal development, it’s used in nail and hair products. Often hidden under fragrance.

Triclosan: Found in a lot of antimicrobial soaps and toothpaste products, it can react with chlorine in the tap water to create Chloroform. This is a toxic chemical that can give you cancer. If you breathe enough chloroform, you will die. When you wash your hands with antibacterial soap that contains Triclosan, you are getting the fumes emitted from this chemical reaction.   Avoid the brand Microban.  Suspected endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Vinyl chloride: Used to create PVC (polyvinyl chloride) a known carcinogen. Often found in toys. Children chewing on toys can release toxins into their bodies.

Zinc Stearate : Carcinogenic when inhaled. Found in blush and powder foundation, avoid loose powders to reduce inhaling it.

5 DIY No Poo Recipes

When I made the change to natural, toxic free products I started using shampoo bars as my new shampoo. I thought it should clean my hair. I was quite disappointed when hours after I showered, my hair which at the time was shoulder level, was feeling waxy or greasy and I was so frustrated with it.  After doing some research I came to the conclusion that I wanted to experiment with my hair and give the no poo method a try.  Now, a year and a half later, my hair is down to my waist and I would never go back to using commercial products.  I love giving my hair the nutrients it needs from things in my kitchen.  Not only that, it’s great for our environment by not flushing down toxic ingredients into our sewer system!

 

For those of you who don’t know what the no poo method is, it’s really just washing your hair with shampoo alternatives like clay, egg, soap nuts, milk, etc.  The sky is the limit when it comes to different things you can use.  I have a few regulars that I rotate through but I always like to experiment with new ideas as well.

 

Here’s what I use…

  1. Egg- your hair is protein, primarily keratin and chains of amino acids and to make your hair stronger you need to wash it with protein and that’s just what egg is.  Just don’t over do it because you can get protein overload.  To use an egg wash I crack the whole egg, or you can just use the yolk, scramble it and add water to double the volume.  Take it to the shower and rub it into your scalp.  Let it sit on your scalp while you wash your body then rinse it out well with cool NOT warm water (or else you’ll end up with a bunch of cooked egg in your hair and that’s not easy to get out, trust me!). Find some at your local egg farmers.
  2. Besan flour- or organic chickpea flour is rich in protein as well.  I mix about 3 Tbsp of besan flour with 3 tsp of honey (great for moisturizing the hair), about 6 Tbsp of water and a drop of lavender or rosemary essential oil.  Take it to the shower and rub it into you scalp, let it sit while you wash your body then rinse out well, really well or you’ll be left with grainy hair. You can find it here.  
  3. Bentonite Clay– it’s a great clarifier because it pulls toxins from your hair and replaces it with minerals from the clay.  I mix about equal scoops of bentonite clay, honey and ACV (apple cider vinegar) then about enough distilled or filtered water to double in volume, make sure it’s not just tap water because if there’s any metals or toxins in there the bentonite clay will just pull them out and put them into your hair instead of clarifying your hair.  I also like to add a drop of rosemary or lavender essential oil to this concoction.                                                                                                                    
  4. Organic Soap Nuts-I take about 5-6 soap nuts, a few Tbsp of both dried lavender buds and rosemary add 2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Let it simmer for 30-40 min then add another cup of water so it’s not so concentrated.  To wash my hair I put enough of this mixture in to saturate my whole head, wrap my hair into my hair towel and let it sit for 20 min before I go into the shower and wash well.                                                   
  5. Organic baking soda & Organic Apple Cider Vinegar– I dilute 1 tsp baking soda with 1 cup water and pour over my head and rub.  Wash out like you have a head full of shampoo, then follow with a rinse that has 1 Tbsp ACV mixed with 1 cup water.  Again, I add essential oils, and don’t worry once your hair dries you won’t smell like vinegar ;).

There you have it, those are the no poo washes I rotate through and again I’ve experimented with other things like rye flour, coconut milk, aloe, etc. but I find that these five are what my hair likes the best for now.  I’m still going to try new recipes and research to learn about new things that I can try to help my hair be the best it can be.  This post contains affiliate links and some items are not made in Canada but as you know not everything can be made in Canada, for example soap nuts, but I would never recommend anything that I wouldn’t use myself and I’m very particular!  If you have any questions about no poo washing or want to share your experience I’d love to hear from you!

The Easy Etsy Mansket

Ok so I know I’m not a dude and can’t really give a manly perspective of what men want but I have been buying my husband gifts for over 10 years so I think I have a pretty good idea which gifts he likes the most and I have a few ideas of what I think he would want in the future.  Here it goes…

 

For the Mansket (mans-basket) I’d start with a base that I could put everything on and this BBQ set looks like it would work great to fit a bunch of items on like this spice set and BBQ scraper and then of course I would get my husband some personal items since he likes to take care of himself.  He has a great beard so I’d get him this oil or balm and maybe a comb to help Maintain it.  If you have a man that shaves be sure to get some after shave cream for him.  I’d also get him a manly soap for the shower or you can just buy this gift set to make things a little easier.  A deodorant or cologne is a great idea to help him stay clear from the harmful ingredients they use in commercial products, and if you have a guy that gets dirty every now and then a scrubbing soap isn’t a bad idea.  I also feel like adding a lunch bag might be a nice touch, you can even use it to put some of the personal care items in there.

 

There’s a few great mens gift ideas that are on my 61 Gift Ideas for Your Natural Christmas so head over to see what else I’ve recommended.

 

Affiliate links are used in this post.

11 Etsy Finds That Will Make Her the Perfect Gift Basket

Now husbands, boyfriends, partners, etc. if you’re ever wondering what your woman would love to have without a doubt, it’s time to take care herself!  So here’s what you do, get yourself a nice basket that she can reuse or even make one yourself out of wood or cardboard and fill it with some of the following ideas (all are affiliate links from Etsy)…

Start with a love letter to her saying that she needs to have a relaxing spa day at home.  Something like…

 

 

 

My Dearest,

 

Run your self a nice warm bath and add these bath salts, put on a face mask and rub your body with this body scrubs before you get in.  While your at it light this candle and pour yourself a glass of wine.   You can then wash off with this beautiful soap (they’re taking a short break but the soap should become available soon) listen to some relaxing music.  Once you feel like your ready slip into these slippers (opt for natural latex for your sole) and wrap yourself with this robe, you can then use this lotion bar to hydrate your skin and this skin renewal cream for your face.  Spray yourself with this body mist and take some time to write in your note book while you have your second glass of wine.  For all the times you’ve looked after all of us it’s time you have a chance to look after yourself.  Enjoy your day, see you at supper time (don’t make anything I’ve got it covered 😉

With Love

 

 

I’m pretty sure she’ll be quite pleased in your taste seeing as they’re all natural and mostly organic items that are handmade right here in Canada.  So not only will you feel good about giving your wife the tools she needs to have an at home spa day but you’ll also be supporting a small business who appreciates your purchase more than any box store would!

 

I hope this has help many men out there and it can even be a nice basket for an over worked co-worker or a girlfriend going through a rough time.  It’s going to be well accepted by anyone since it’s a basket filled with your time and love.

 

Stay tuned for then Mansket.  (The Man’s Basket)

 

 

 

 

61 Gift Ideas for Your Natural Christmas

All I want for Christmas is an eco-friendly, natural, sustainably and fairly made present that’s possibly organic and made in Canada.  Your family sighs (cuz you now have become the most difficult person to shop for).  That’s when you say “Just head to ecofriendlymamacanada.com and you can find something for me” 😉   No worries…

 

Also, plan your Christmas shopping early this year!  I don’t know about you but I buckle under pressure.  Last year I tried to find everything at local markets but failed in the end due to poor planning and needing to get other things done for the season so I resorted to last minute gift cards 🙁 So this year I’m planning far enough ahead and wanted to help you all out as well so here’s my breakdown of great gift ideas that are made in Canada, natural, eco-friendly and made sustainably.

 

Women

Hair Band

Multi use cardi

Candles

Decor

Shampoo

Scarf

iPad case

Bath and Body Products

Journal

 

Expecting Women

Body Pillow

Ring Sling

Baby Carrier

Diaper bag

 

Men

Wallet

Beer- find your nearest brewery and support local business

Knife

Custom Docking Station

Tools

Beard Products

Axe

Beef Jerky

Boxers

 

Unisex

Phone Case

Bottle of Wine

Planners

Apron

Beanie

Reusable Bags

Photo Book

Adult Colouring Books

Socks

Wine accessories

Reusable Beeswax Wrap

 

Teenagers

Key Fob

Skateboard

Snowboard

Guitar

Body Spray

Sunglasses

 

Kids

Kids Teepee

Puppets

Wooden toys

More Wooden Toys

Even More Wooden Toys

Clothing

Play Dough, Paints and more (made in the US, unable to find any in Canada)

Board Games

Apron

Books

Toboggan

Jammies

Personalized Wooden Puzzle

 

Babies

Blanket

Sleepers

Wash Cloths

Baby Sled

Stuffed Animals

Towel

Shoes

Slippers

Teether

 

Fur Babies

Toys, treats, and more for cats and dogs

Organic Pet Toys

 

There’s a lot more out there so if you’re in the business of producing truly natural and safe products in Canada or know if a company please send me an email at info@ecofridendlymamacanada.com.  This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the link and purchase something from that online store I would then receive a small percentage of your sale so thank you for supporting my website!

 

Hope you all have fun Christmas shopping this year instead of feeling stressed out, I know I’m looking forward to it!

5 Ways to an Eco-Friendly Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner I figured I would list off some ideas to help make the candy giving day more eco-friendly…

 

1) Donate the items you receive to a local food bank

2) Save all the packaging and turn it into an at home art project

3) Find second hand costumes or make your own, no need to buy a new one!

4) Donate your old costumes and/decorations to a second hand store or Church

5) Buy organic candy and/or fair trade chocolate to hand out (or at least give to your kiddies, see list below)

 

5 places to find candy and chocolate that are organic or fair trade (some aff links):

 

 

 

Never Buying Face Wash Again

I know that there’s some good (looking) natural products out there for washing your face such as this one, this one or this one, but I don’t wash my face.  Up until two years ago I was still using homemade hand soap for washing my face, it was a little drying but I am frugal and stubborn and didn’t feel the need to buy a special face wash.  Then I read about oil cleansing and I was like, ew.  Oil to “clean” your face?!?  That’s ridiculous!  But then I tried it and it wasn’t ew, it was beautiful.  The warming sensation on your face, the silkiness you feel when you rub the oil in.  The fact that you don’t NEED to use a moisturizer after but you can if you like. It’s all quite nice!

 

For those of you who don’t know what oil cleansing is, you take about a tsp of your chosen oil(s), not essential I’m talking about carrier oils like Argan, jojoba, avocado, etc. and rub it into your face for about a minute or two then take a warm wet wash cloth and wipe it off.  For added moisture rub a drop or two into your skin after.

 

The theory behind it is that there’s dirt that gets locked in your natural oils and the cleansing oil attaches to your dirty oil and washes off with the warm wash cloth which opens up your pores for easy removal.   You can read more about it here if you like.

Oil Cleansing Recipe

Here’s the cleansing oil recipe I use, (affiliate links):

1/4 cup Castor Oil

1 Tbsp Seabuckthorn Oil

1 Tbsp Wheatgerm Oil

1 Tbsp Argan Oil

1 Tbsp Camellia Seed Oil

1 Tbsp Rosehip Oil

1 Tbsp Jojoba Oil

1 Tbsp Tamanu Oil

Mix them all together and put in a bottle with a pump.  I use a pump a day and my face has been pretty consistence over the last few years.  I do get a pimple or two if I’m not consistant with my oil cleansing.

 

Do you oil cleanse?  If you do what oils do you use?

DIY Toilet Cleaner

 

Ok, so this post is a little embarrassing for me since I enjoy having and presenting a clean house… especially the kitchen and bathroom.

 

Ever since I started my journey of living a natural life I struggled to find a great replacement for toilet cleaner.  I used baking soda, DIY toilet fizzies, vinegar, scrubbing by hand, scrapping it with a knife and leaving a coke in the toilet overnight only to leave me disappointed, defeated and left with a dirty looking toilet.  To all the people who came over and saw my toilet I’m sorry, I really did try and clean it!

 

A few months ago the toilet wasn’t flushing properly.  We had to hold the flusher down for a certain amount of time to get it to flush, not only that but the toilet started to clog up ALL. THE. TIME.  We were fed up and about to replace the toilet!  My husband said as a last resort we needed to try commercial toilet cleaner to see if we can fix this issue, and with me feeling defeated and guilty that I couldn’t clean my toilet I had no choice but to let him take the reins.  To both of our surprise, it did nothing.  Not a darn thing!  Back to the drawing board or it was time to go toilet shopping.

One day it hit me.  I knew that you could use citric acid to clean your washer and dishwasher so I googled to see if I could clean my toilet with it on its own (I used it in my toilet fizzies which helped nothing).  One website, sorry I forget which one, said to use 2/3 cup and leave it overnight.  I started with 1/3 cup and left it for a few hours during the day and I could see it at work already.  After a scrub it was looking much better!  I did another 1/3 and let it sit for another few hours and presto it was good as new.  I was truly amazed!  Not only does it look brand new it also flushes like a charm as well!

We’ve found a new love for our toilet <3

 

Most citric acid is made from fermenting mold  (Aspergillus niger) and sugar.  I would NOT use this citric acid on/in products for yourself.

 

Is there something that you feel has got you beat, that you’ve done everything naturally possible but still can’t seem to get a hold on it?

How to Make Milk Kefir

Do you like yogurt? How about those drinkable ones?? Well milk kefir is kinda like that only it has more probiotics than yogurt!  Given you don’t get the sweet taste as you would from those sugar added drinkable yogurts but you can add any fruit to it and even a little honey to make it taste the way you like.  Personally I like to add it to my all in one power smoothie which I’ll get to in another post.  Today I’m gonna talk you through how to make milk kefir, which is really simple.

 

First, you need to find kefir grains.  I found mine locally from another lady who makes her own as well.  If you can’t find someone local you can always check a local health food store or order some online like these or these, they’re both from Canada and affiliate links.

Kefir Grains

Secondly, you need a glass jar like this one and a coffee filter, cheese cloth, beeswax cover like this one or a piece of an old shirt to put on top of the jar to keep fruit flies, dust and other nasties away.

Thirdly you need a strainer, don’t use a metal one as the grains may leach some of the metal into your kefir, don’t want to chance that!

The fourth and fifth things you need are organic milk and a rubber band (to hold the cover in place).

Fresh milk with kefir grains

 

Milk turned into Homemade Kefir, notice the difference in colour?

 

Now you’re ready to make Kefir!  Strain your newly obtained grains (or follow the package directions for your culture), I like to use a mini spatula to move them around a bit in the strainer.  Put your grains in your glass jar, depending on the amount of grains you have add the correct amount of milk.  I typically use a 1 teaspoon of grains to 1 cup of milk but it depends on your room temperature, type of milk you use, etc.  Once you get the hang of making it you’ll know what your ratio should be :).  Place the cover on your jar and secure with the rubber band.  It stays on your counter to ferment until 24 hours have passed.  Strain your home made kefir into a clean container and put the grains back into another clean jar and add milk again according to how much grains you have.  Continue like this indefinitely.

 

You can drink it plain, throw some fruit in there and let it ferment on the table for another hour or two strain and drink like that.  Or, like I said I just add it to my daily power smoothie.  Which ever way you drink it your body will thank you for the probiotic boost!

 

Over time your grains will grow and multiply, use that opportunity to connect with local people and gift them your extra grains.

 

How do you drink your Kefir?