DIY Staples + Pricing

One of the biggest issues I hear when it comes to living this toxin-free lifestyle are the upfront costs.

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We’ve already nailed down how much each of our toxic products cost (minus doctor visits for what it does to our bodies), and we’ve added that into our budget, so how do we make the switch without breaking the bank?

What’s even harder to figure out is how we’re going to front this cost while still buying the toxic products as we wait to gather the non-toxic.

I’ve created this list of what is used the very most in common recipes and some average pricing that comes along with it, so you can budget out how to get started on this cleaner, healthier life.

DIY Staples + Pricing

1.) Coconut oil: $15 for 32 oz.

I get the big tub because this is such a necessity for so many recipes. I also use it for cooking or popping popcorn, so it makes sense. Also, every time I pull it out, I only need a couple tablespoons, so it lasts a good, long while.

2.) Beeswax: $15

First, let me give you some advice.

You may see an opportunity to save some money by getting the beeswax bars. Save yourself! Don’t do it!

My friend, Laurie and I got a good laugh out of our frustration from trying to slowly chip away at and shave a block of beeswax once, and while it was surely funny, in the end it was something that wouldn’t have been quite so hilarious if I was in my own kitchen trying to make it just another part of my day.  Trust me. Get the pellets.

I also find this to be such a great money saver because again, I can get so many uses out of this beeswax bag, and the recipes make so much that I save a ton in comparison to buying any in-store organic or toxin-free options! For example, 3 tbs. of beeswax will make 30 tubes of chapstick. Talk about savings!

3.) Baking Soda: $5

Oh my goodness, do I ever use the heck out of baking soda!

However, it’s only a small amount at a time, so this 4 lb. bag really lasts a good, long time!

4.) Shea Butter: $12

Shea butter, how I love you. I only use such a small amount in recipes that stretch for so long that I maybe only buy shea once or twice a year!

5.) Castile Soap: $16

Again, I use such a small amount each time, but the products I make with it last so long that I come out ahead every time!

TOTAL: $63

Recipes Using the Staples

Sun Lotion
Three Ingredient Lotion
Self Tanner/Bronzer
Non-Toxic Handsoap
Deodorant
Dishwasher Detergent
Powerful Grease-Cutting Dish Soap
Laundry Detergent
Fabric Softener
Baby Wipes
Makeup Remover
Best Chapstick Ever!
Face Wash
Shaving Gel

Real Life Uses

As I shared in my Step-By-Step Toxin-Free Living guide, I choose to mix my DIY with in-store and Young Living purchases.

I do this for both convenience as well as current needs.

For example, having all the ingredients I need for sun lotion (screen) is super important to me with two little boys and skin myself that burns easily. I hate running out and getting to the store just to find the toxin-free options are sold out or way over priced.

On the flip side, I cannot find a conditioner in the store or in DIY form yet that can match Young Living’s Lavender Mint conditioner. Seven months into this 10 oz. bottle with my horse’s tail-like head of hair, I’m shocked at how well it’s stretched, so why not earn 25% back with a 24% discount on a product that I love?

Finally, I choose to buy something like shampoo because I’ve yet to find one that fits my crazy hair like this one. However I do make sure I use my ewg.org app. each time I pick up a new bottle just to make sure it hasn’t undergone any changes in formula that will make it toxic.

Final Note

These are simply the staples. The ingredients that we use time and again.

Of course there will be others that come up often like washing soda for cleaning or vitamin E for skincare, but my advice no matter what is this: go at your own pace.

Not sure where to start?

Try my Step-by-Step Toxin-Free Living guide!

Step-by-Step Toxin-Free Living: Week 1

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Welcome to this week-by-week simplified version of going completely non-toxic!

My dream since starting Grace Blossoms was to walk families through the non-toxic process step-by-step, and I am so blessed to say it’s finally here!

Prerequisite

Please don’t let this shy you away from this amazing transformation! I just want to make sure that we’re totally clear about what is needed to walk through this together.

You agree to ditch fake stuff.

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Before you even think about jumping into this class, I have to ask (even beg if I must!) that you rid your home of any and all synthetic fragrances.

It’s painful. I know it is because I’ve done it.

Survived the marital argument about wasted money. Cringed as years of finding my favorite scents got tossed into the oversized garbage bag.

BUT.

It. Is. SO. WORTH. IT!!

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Go ahead. Take the plunge.

Here are some main offenders you’ll need to hunt down:

-air fresheners

-candles (yes, even soy and other “special” ones)

-wall plug-ins

-wax melts

-fake, store bought essential oils (yes, those are synthetic!)

-room sprays

Why is it so important to completely rid your home of synthetic smells?

Our homes are 3-5 times more toxic (AKA carcinogenic, hormone disrupting, respiratory debilitating, developmentally harmful, environmentally harmful) than the outdoor pollution because of toxins in our homes. Synthetic fragrance is a HUGE contributor!

Ready? Drumroll, please…

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That mountain fresh scent you’ve come to love? It’s killing you.

Man, do I hate being the bearer of that bad news.

So many people get angry hearing it, but I only share it with love and because I know it will help your family in so many ways.

Decisions, Decisions…

Okay, you’ve got to figure out what kind of non-toxic kind of person you are. There are three types:

Type 1: The Hardcore DIY-er.

You’re cool with stocking up on all the ingredients and going boldly into the DIY lifestyle.

Type 2: The Straight Shooter.

A person who just wants the link to whatever works so you can move on with life.

Type 3: The Combo.

If you’re like me, you’re a combination of both, so I’ll offer both each time we make a switch.

Laundry Detergent

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Option 1: Simple and Awesome DIY Recipe!

You’ll want to bookmark this amazing DIY detergent recipe that has been our family’s go-to for a while now.

Best DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe: DIY Laundry Detergent

Option 2: Links to Non-Toxic Detergents

Keep in mind that the only one you can actually count on never going toxic is the Young Living option.

There have been many times when I’ve found that after a good amount of time using an off-the-shelf product, they’ve changed their formula, and it no longer is clean enough for our home.

Young Living’s Thieves Laundry Detergent: Click HERE

Attitude Little Ones Laundry Detergent, Fragrance Free

I wanted so badly to give you this big list of detergents you could click and buy, but this was the only one that rated an “A” and also had no concerns for asthma, cancer, environmental, Skin Allergies & Irritation, or Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity.

If you’d like to go to EWG’s website to see all those who rate an “A” feel free, but I must warn you against any that have a scent.

There’s a serious misconception that fragrance is somehow natural when it’s labeled as something we commonly use (i.e. grapefruit, lavender, eucalyptus), but the truth is that unless it discloses that Young Living is supplying its oils to create a fragrance, you’re getting synthetic fragrance, which means you’re messing with your body’s hormones, increasing your cancer risk, etc.

Real Life Use

As a mom running every which way, I must say I really don’t mind the five minutes it takes to make the DIY detergent. The links in the recipe lead to buying in bulk, which means I have all the ingredients I need to make this about once a month for a little over $3 per month, saving me lots without much trouble.

Fabric Softener

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One of the worst offenders when it comes to our home’s air quality is fabric softener and dryer sheets. They release fragrance that sticks to your clothes and whose chemicals enter into your blood stream through your largest organ-your skin.

Option 1: Super Fast DIY

This DIY is literally two ingredients. You can add dryer balls to the dryer with a few drops of essential oils (we like the Premium Starter Kit options of Citrus Fresh, Lemon, or Lavender).

DIY Recipe Here:  2 Ingredient Fabric Softener

Option 2: Links to Non-Toxic Fabric Softener

So many people have fallen in love with throwing a Young Living baby wipe in the dryer as their dryer sheet that I have to share it!

Young Living Seedlings Baby Wipes:YL Baby Wipes

Attitude Little Ones Fabric Softener-Fragrance Free:Ewg.org Approved Attitude Little One’s Softener

Real Life Use

Mixing two ingredients together once a month for a few bucks and reusing our dryer balls whenever we want a little extra fragrance is my personal choice because it’s just too easy not to!

My boys are older, but we still find ourselves in need of wipes now and then after snack, especially if we’re on-the-go, so I am definitely considering grabbing some Seedlings wipes!

Final Thoughts…

Just by removing all air fresheners from your home and switching your detergent and softener, you have created a much cleaner and safer environment for your family!

While the idea of pulling all the toxins from your home can be daunting, please remember that what you’re doing this week is making a huge difference and to give yourself grace through this process.

You will get there, and I do so wish I would’ve done it this way instead of the panicky, scrambled way I learned.

Please feel free to message me on my Facebook page or to post your own thoughts and questions on this week’s switch on that platform, so we can all work together toward a better, cleaner, and safer future!

Make it Even Simpler

If you’d like to find out how to get the simplest form of this amazing toxin-free life, click here.

WEEK 2: Multi-Purpose Cleaner >>>>

 

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Non-Toxic Laundry Detergent

It always seemed a little suspect that I could barely handle the smell of the laundry detergent aisle.

Wasn’t it odd that something made to smell great made me nauseous?

I guess because of this, I wasn’t too surprised to find how dangerous they are.

The worst part?

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