How to Select a Toxin-Free Aloe Vera Gel

Have you ever used aloe vera on sunburned skin? Or as a face moisturizer? Or when making DIY products, such as hand soap or hand sanitizer? You would think that since it is based on a healing liquid that comes from a plant that we wouldn't need a safe swap for this. Right?!? Turns out that most also vera gel on store shelves is FULL of junk, including carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and allergens... and usually more junk than actual aloe vera! Here are a few of the nasties I found when reading ingredient labels: ❌ DMDM HYDANTOIN -- A whopper of a carcinogenic, formaldehyde releasing preservative. ❌ DIAZOLIDINYL UREA -- Another carcinogenic, formaldehyde releasing preservative. ❌ FRAGRANCE/PARFUM -- Associated with all...

The Truth About Candles (and healthier options to use instead)

Who here LOVES candles???        Take a moment to think about what prompts you to bring a new one into your home.    Perhaps it's the fragrance that calls to you? Will it make your room feel cozy, comfortable, or relaxing? Or maybe it has a fresh, clean scent? Or a spicy aroma that’s perfect for the winter holidays? The scent of a candle can absolutely add to the ambiance of a space!    Or maybe you are compelled by a candle’s aesthetic appeal. Does the color or design fit perfectly with a particular room’s décor?    Or maybe you found some on super sale? Those clearance tags can be hard to resist! 😊   Regardless of why you’re drawn to them, candles are can be found virtually everywhere. You can easily pick one...

How to Buy Low-Toxin Furniture

Hi, everyone! Until now, I've personally written all of the posts that have appeared on the Holistically Healthy Home website and haven't purposefully sought out any other contributors. That is, until I met Amanda Klecker of Healthy House on the Block , who knows many things about creating a healthier home that I still have yet to learn.   Amanda is a certified home inspector, who teaches homeowners how to keep their homes hazard-free and safe.  She's also a building biology practitioner helping find solutions to reduce toxins at home and improve the indoor air quality.  Like me, Amanda believes that the home is our second skin, which can either promote a healthy body or further burden it with...

How to Make Beautiful, Non-Toxic Bath Bombs

Are you in on the bath bomb craze???    Bath bombs are an easy way for tired bodies and souls to wind down, relax, and indulge in a bit of pampering at the end of a long day. Depending on the combination of ingredients, they may help detoxify your body, moisturize your skin, soothe sore muscles, or reduce stress.    These colorful, fizzing orbs also make bath time considerably more fun for kids. Mention I have one and my 6-year old will run for the tub without complaining. Certainly better than the usual runaround!   Over the last few of years, bath bombs have become increasingly popular. I feel like I see them almost everywhere I go these days! This weekend alone, my daughter spotted displays of them in the grocery store, Tar...

How to Clean Your Home Without Toxic Chemicals (+ Recipes for Natural Cleaning that Actually Work)

Hi, again!  Welcome back for part 2 of my green cleaning series. As I discussed in  this blog post , many of the cleaning products on store shelves have been linked by peer reviewed studies to both acute and chronic health issues. Definitely not something to mess around with! Is it possible to clean your hom...