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What are you doing to live (more) chemical free?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2011 at 4:04 PM

So, most of us have the perspective of Paleo being about food - eating organic, free-range, grass-fed, etc. Another perspective is eschewing chemicals we ingest or are subjected to or otherwise are harmful environmentally - laundry detergent, deodorant/anti-perspirant, toothpaste, etc.

To what lengths do you go to live chemical free? Do you drink florinated water? Use bleach on your clothing? Use natural toothpaste? How about plastic containers for food (worried about chemical leaching?). Does any of your concerns extend to other living environment variables, like using pesticides or fertilizer on your lawn, etc?

Thanks for your responses.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:02 AM

@akd I ordered from the Lehmans catalog. They sell canning lids like this in bulk. They said they are not coated with BPA. They don't have the white coating that most lids have. They fit Ball jars and Kerr jars. There are also some re-usable plastic lids that say they are BPA free.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:55 AM

Yeah toxic punctuation:) I always forget when I make a list that unless I put a space in between each line it will post like this. oops.

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 26, 2011
at 02:04 PM

I hope it helps you Doris - I've been using a Sonicare electric toothbrush for a few years, I used Colgate Total toothpaste because it has an antibacterial in it and I use Listerine pre-brushing rinse. My gums are in pretty good condition as long as I keep up with perio maintenance every 3-4 months.

0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on June 26, 2011
at 01:35 PM

After using Ecodent toothpowder for 6 months without my gums improving, I decided to take my dentist's suggestion of getting an electric toothbrush and using a commercial brand of toothpaste especially formulated to protect against gingivitis. We'll see I'm giving his way 6 months to see improvement. I use very little of the toothpaste which I find gaggy, but my mouth feels fresher and teeth cleaner than with the powder.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:04 AM

yeah, I'm in the US. It's intolerable.

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on June 26, 2011
at 04:49 AM

I have to disagree to some extent. We have 2 TV stations in Australia run by the government, one is advert free and the other has only just started showing a few adverts. I only watch these and dont feel like i am ever being sold crap. Both have excellent shows and although they are government run they are amazingly un-biased. I cant stand watching commercial TV though.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on June 26, 2011
at 04:45 AM

That is impressive. Do you believe that punctuation is made of chemicals, therefore choose not it use it? :)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 26, 2011
at 04:28 AM

do tell where you get the BPA-free canning lids! are they compatible with the ball jars??

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 26, 2011
at 04:25 AM

WEEEEIRD, i almost posted this same question earlier today, but didnt have time to type it up properly.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on June 26, 2011
at 03:57 AM

The number one thing you can do: take off your shoes when you enter your house.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 26, 2011
at 03:55 AM

I'm not uppity about it, I just really don't like it. TV, I mean. Sometimes I watch shows online.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 26, 2011
at 03:53 AM

It's easy not to drive when you live in the city. It would be tougher in a rural or suburban area. And TV's only purpose is to advertise stuff to you that you would otherwise hardly even know existed, much less desire. It is a selling machine. A billboard that people welcome into their homes, allowing themselves to be shilled to for 16 minutes of every hour.

9846ee79687cfcdb8f67da838f295e0c

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on June 26, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Woah, no car or tv, now that's tough...

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 26, 2011
at 12:06 AM

impressive! :)

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 26, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I do all my house-cleaning with baking soda and vinegar. I buy 'eco' dish-soap and laundry soap. I do have bottle of bleach somewhere.. it doesn't really get used for anything. I barely ever use a dryer sheet. Only if I think it's stuff that will get static-y. I've had the same box for years. I have a clothesline on the porch to dry stuff, weather permitting.

I use coconut oil on my skin, I only shampoo once a week (switch up the brands, I look for detergent/paraben free), sometimes rinse with vinegar. Conditioner occasionally. I use bars of real soap, not liquid/detergent hand-soap. I don't use those yucky plastic body scrubber-puffs things, instead I use a natural-bristle brush. I use a 'natural' toothpaste (currently trader joe's fennel one). I rarely use antiperspirant, I don't use shaving cream, and I never got into special face cleansers/concoctions. I do, however, dye my hair and buy/wear a little bit of conventional make-up. I have a couple of conventional fragrances, but I usually wear an essential oil.

I'd never buy or use chemical pesticides or fertilizers, though I don't have a yard, just a porch with some pots of stuff. I have a little vermiculture bin (i.e. composting with worms, which is totally awesome and fun, I must say).

I avoid storing food in plastic (especially fatty or acidic things) (I hoard jars to re-use). I use cast-iron and stainless cookware. I never use a microwave.

I don't buy CAFO meat, never have (I was a vegetarian for over 15 years). I usually, but not always, buy organic veggies. I have a filter on my tap. I buy unbleached coffee filters.

I don't own a car. Walk/bike most places. I always carry an extra cloth bag in case I stop at the store.

I've been living this way for a lotta years, so I don't really think about it. - It was interesting to sit here and try to think of all the ways I avoid chemicals. I guess the changes were incremental, I wasn't brought up this way.

Oh, and I don't watch TV either.. but that's a different kind of poison!

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 26, 2011
at 03:55 AM

I'm not uppity about it, I just really don't like it. TV, I mean. Sometimes I watch shows online.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:04 AM

yeah, I'm in the US. It's intolerable.

9846ee79687cfcdb8f67da838f295e0c

(209)

on June 26, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Woah, no car or tv, now that's tough...

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on June 26, 2011
at 04:49 AM

I have to disagree to some extent. We have 2 TV stations in Australia run by the government, one is advert free and the other has only just started showing a few adverts. I only watch these and dont feel like i am ever being sold crap. Both have excellent shows and although they are government run they are amazingly un-biased. I cant stand watching commercial TV though.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 26, 2011
at 03:53 AM

It's easy not to drive when you live in the city. It would be tougher in a rural or suburban area. And TV's only purpose is to advertise stuff to you that you would otherwise hardly even know existed, much less desire. It is a selling machine. A billboard that people welcome into their homes, allowing themselves to be shilled to for 16 minutes of every hour.

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9846ee79687cfcdb8f67da838f295e0c

(209)

on June 26, 2011
at 03:12 AM

I go with the no soap, no poo movement. I use vinegar in laundry, coconut oil and baking soda tooth paste, and I buy every thing I can organic and full fat( low and non fat stuff are more processed, and besides saturated fats are healthy). When I grow up(I'm 14) I plan to use vinegar and baking soda to clean my house too.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 25, 2011
at 08:14 PM

Before I came to Paleo this was my mission.

Under sink water filter Hepa Air Filter Shower filter/de-chlorinator Glass only containers for food Can my own food, BPA free canning lids Castile soap for everything from toothbrushing to body wash Homemade laundry soap (borax, washing soda, grated castile soap) Organic bedding organic latex mattress mineral cosmetics Homemade lotions Coconut oil for everything no deodarant/toothpaste no-poo no more bleach or cleaners The list goes on and on...

No chemical food is a whole 'nother list

Is there a name like "orthorexia" for this kind of obsession:)

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 26, 2011
at 12:06 AM

impressive! :)

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on June 26, 2011
at 04:45 AM

That is impressive. Do you believe that punctuation is made of chemicals, therefore choose not it use it? :)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 26, 2011
at 04:28 AM

do tell where you get the BPA-free canning lids! are they compatible with the ball jars??

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:55 AM

Yeah toxic punctuation:) I always forget when I make a list that unless I put a space in between each line it will post like this. oops.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 28, 2011
at 03:02 AM

@akd I ordered from the Lehmans catalog. They sell canning lids like this in bulk. They said they are not coated with BPA. They don't have the white coating that most lids have. They fit Ball jars and Kerr jars. There are also some re-usable plastic lids that say they are BPA free.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on June 25, 2011
at 06:05 PM

i use the principle that all the little things add up.
i don't drink tap water, don't let the dentist use fluoride on me, i wash all my fruits and veg with soap if i can't get organic, i don't use anti-perspirant or deoderant, i wash my hair once a week, don't wear make-up or use perfume, never use plastic in the microwave, hand wash my dishes and i walk to places i can.
the list of possibilities is endless.

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 25, 2011
at 05:52 PM

I try to be as green as I can - I'm not fanatical about it. I buy cleaning products that are supposed to be better for us and the environment like Seventh Generation, I use bleach very rarely for anything anymore. I do use mainstream toothpaste/oral care products because I have periodontal disease and I'm afraid if I don't manage that correctly I'll lose my teef! I use mostly Origins brand of personal care products (deodorant, face wash, creams, shampoo etc) They're supposed to be natural. I don't use bug sprays anymore or anything un-natural on the lawn and I recycle all of our plastics, cans, paper etc.

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 26, 2011
at 02:04 PM

I hope it helps you Doris - I've been using a Sonicare electric toothbrush for a few years, I used Colgate Total toothpaste because it has an antibacterial in it and I use Listerine pre-brushing rinse. My gums are in pretty good condition as long as I keep up with perio maintenance every 3-4 months.

0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on June 26, 2011
at 01:35 PM

After using Ecodent toothpowder for 6 months without my gums improving, I decided to take my dentist's suggestion of getting an electric toothbrush and using a commercial brand of toothpaste especially formulated to protect against gingivitis. We'll see I'm giving his way 6 months to see improvement. I use very little of the toothpaste which I find gaggy, but my mouth feels fresher and teeth cleaner than with the powder.

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2f17885a1a2cd610d85f1346218f93e5

on June 26, 2011
at 11:55 AM

Oh God! This is literally the first time I have ever thought about how chemically fuelled the rest of my life is. Not just what I put IN my body but what I put ON my body, in my hair, on my dishes, in my home! WOW! I mean, I buy the non-chemically "eco-friendly" products for cleaning etc. but really, that's probably not going to cut it. THanks for the tips on substitutes!

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on June 25, 2011
at 09:45 PM

It has been a journey for me, having found I had lead, aluminum & mercury poisoning. Reading "No More Dirty Looks" shifted my thinking about cosmetics. (you can go to www.skindeep.som and review most cosmetics...scary!) Changed pretty much everything from laundry detergent to cleaning products to glass containers, etc., Another great resource is http://toxics-health.com/

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