Since we have gone all natural with our animals and our land, it only makes sense that we are going all natural in our home as well. Okay I'll have to be honest with you, we are trying to go all natural. It's a hard switch to make. I mean really hard. I haven't figured out yet why it is so EASY for us to make sure our animals get the best of the best; but for us, it is the hardest change to make. Easy decision but hard change. If you really think about it, everything in our everyday lives depends on chemicals; from cleaning products, clothes, soap, sheets, furniture, our food, and more. In order to go natural - we have to change every single aspect of our life. Sound easy to you? It's not. I'm learning that. Making the switch is difficult.
Most of our friends think we are crazy. We get a lot of weird looks when they find out our way isn't "normal". We are very thankful for those friends that don't think we are too crazy and support us and then there are the few who have even made the changes with us.
Here is an easy example and an easy change for you to make. Your soap. It doesn't matter if it is hand soap, body soap, shampoo, or whatever- look at the label and I can bet that it has one or both of these ingredients in it: ammonium lauryl sulfate and/or sodium laureth sulfate. Do you have any idea what these are? To start they are what makes your soap foamy when you use it. They are surfactants that break up the oil or sebum on your skin so that the dirt will wash away. Ok that's great. It's getting me clean....right?
Wrong. Some reasons to avoid Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate: They are KNOWN skin irritants, they pollute ground water, they are a herbicide and pesticide, emit toxic fumes when heated, is corrosive, has the ability to permeate your body's tissues, it's an eye irritant, toxic solvents including carcinogenic nitrates are used in the
manufacturing of them, and there's plenty more reasons why, but I have to stop somtime.
Have you gone through your bathroom yet to look at the ingredients of your products? It's scary. You may never be the same.
So we changed our soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.
Natural smells better. Cleaning your house with natural products takes some getting used to as well. It's not that it's hard - it is just so different that what we were lead to believe growing up. But what's really nice is how FEW things I have to keep around. Mostly baking soda, white vinegar, and a few essential oils. That's it. When I do actually get the time to clean the house - it's easy, my house smells naturally clean and I have to admit that my hardwood floors look outstanding. So much better than when they were cleaned with store bought cleaners, which always leaves a residue. I think I'm ready to uncover the rest of the hardwood floors in the house since they are so easy to care for.
Next on our list to change - our sheets and our towels. I always wondered why on earth there would be a reason to sell organic towels, sheets, and furniture. Quite honestly I thought it was the stupidest thing I ever heard. I finally looked into why and boy did I get my lesson of the day. I'll leave it up to you to look into it further, but you can go here for a great FAQ page on the topic.
Rising Phoenix Farm
Rising Phoenix Farm
14093 Madison Pike
Morning View, KY 41063