I don't like labels. I don't think I've ever found one that truly fits me. I do things myself so I can make them my own and make them fit. I have for as long as I can remember.
When I agreed to marry my high school sweetheart I couldn't find "the" wedding dress, so I made one. Of course, not with just one pattern because there wasn't one that was me. This continued through all aspects of my life.
Fast forward a few years to when my first son was an infant he was covered in a rash; we couldn’t figure out what was causing it. We tried all the "normal" things without success. None were the right fit. A friend encouraged me to try a different laundry detergent, of course I was willing to try ANYTHING at this point. Within days it cleared up. Awesome right? I didn't feel like a terrible mom anymore. So, we jumped all in and switched over all our cleaning products to this same series of “safe” products…I should mention here that in addition to the rash on my son I would get nauseous on cleaning day and my hubby would get really bad headaches thus the full switch over. Now, had I really found a perfect fit right off the shelf? That would be a first for me.
We would use the "safe" cleaners most of the time then do a deep clean with the really nasty stuff when we noticed a residue, or anything wasn’t getting fully clean. Apparently, they didn't work on "all the things". We still felt a little nauseous when cleaning and hubby still got headaches, but they were nothing like before… We figured this was as good as it gets. We had after all tried many things over the years. Our ongoing nausea and headaches must be from a combination of “other” things. Still frustrated at our lack of thriving and ongoing bleh feelings. We didn't realize the products we thought were safe were still the cause of our discomfort.
Fast forward again and another friend was talking about completely natural plant-based stuff... And things to look out for in your current products… like "fragrance" (the magical catch all for a company’s mystery ingredients) … What I found is that I didn't have to fit into one thing! There were so many ways to customize this plant based awesome sauce that I could modify it and clean literally everything and not only did it work, but it smelled like Christmas around my house on cleaning day… How amazing is that? Not only does everything actually get clean but no more nausea or headaches. We even started getting sick less often. (Our puppy likes it too, she tries to "reclean" everything after me). So beware of the “side effects” like happiness, more handwashing by the boys, a great smelling house, etc.
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