If the whole idea of "going green" feels overwhelming — don't worry!
We'll help you break it down into small,
achievable steps that make it super doable...and FUN!
Do you have triggers you might not have noticed or paid much attention to?
Step 1: Laundry
The foundation product at Green Pear Organics is natural laundry products. Why? Because all day, every day, your clothes touch your skin — the sheets you sleep on, the towels you use after showering and the clothes you wear. You breathe the fumes and touch the detergent directly and your largest organ (your skin) is exposed constantly and consistently.
It's an easy switch! You just buy something other than what you've been buying.
Nellie's All Natural products make switching easy. They have a long-standing reputation, are transparent in their ingredients (we cannot count on the government to monitor our safety in this area!), they offer a variety of options to mimic what you've been using and most of all they are safe and effective natural laundry solutions!
Soap Berries, also called soap nuts, are another alternative to conventional, chemical-infused laundry detergents. Soap Berry Liquid or in the traditional "berry" form, both are organic, sustainable and clean alternatives for your wash.
These Soap Berries, which grow on trees, create a natural soap when agitated that lifts dirt and grease and cleans your clothes leaving them looking and smelling...well...CLEAN!
Watch this Short Video on Soap Nuts
Step 2: Household Cleaners
There has been so much information released lately on the pollutants and chemicals in ordinary household cleaners. This is the next step. If you must, finish what you have but then VOW never to buy dangerous cleaners again.
1. Avoid cleaners with ammonia and bleach, these are highly toxic and create chloramine gas when mixed together
We've got a couple solutions for you in this area. Soap Berries are an amazing thing. And here they are at Extreme 18x Liquid Soap Nut concentration in liquid form to do all and any cleaning you need. You can use this for just about everything from stain removal and laundry to wiping down the counters, cleaning out the fridge or even washing your hair! Organic, sustainable and cost-effective with none of the nasties mentioned above because they come straight from a tree!
If you'd like to take a more conventional approach Nellie's All Natural also produces a safe, effective and proven formula with Nellie's All Natural All Purpose Cleaner. It's long-lasting and strong enough to do the job, yet safe enough that you can get the kids to use it!
Step 3: Personal Care Products
This is a frustrating area that is often overlooked. With statistics including on average that we eat 7 pounds of lipstick a year — and how about that NO new law governing ingredients in cosmetics has been passed since 1938 (yet more than 80,000 chemicals have entered the market in the last 30 years). For these reasons, we must be our own best advocates.
There are countless ingredients to look out for and many toxins and poisons can be hidden under the ingredient "fragrance" including lead, mercury, arsenic, formaldehyde and additional carcinogens.
In addition to navigating the list of nasties, sadly many companies that claim to be organic aren't listed on the US registers or with the appropriate agencies.
So what do we do?
Again, we start with baby steps. If your head itches or burns after shampooing start with your shampoo and conditioner. If your eyes sting with your makeup (applying or removing), start there.
By the way...did you notice that many of these ingredients are THE SAME as the ones used in your household cleaners?! Shocking!
Because we are asked so often about personal care products and because there are SO many areas to explore, examine, research and study...we have opted instead to recommend a company that does this full-time.
Beautycounter is a California based business founded just five years ago that sells non-toxic makeup, hair and skin care products. They are by no means 100% organic, however, they significantly safer and cleaner than the department and drug store brands many of us are now using.
We've signed up as consultants so that you can use this resource to research the personal care products best suited to you. So far we have been impressed with the makeup and hair care. Cleaner than what we were using, no side effects and and the performance of those you expect from big name brands. In addition they have full transparency of ingredients...unlike many of those on the shelves of even our favorite health food stores.
So there you have it! Three easy steps to set you on the path to going green in your house and your life.
As always — WE.ARE.HERE — to help you with big questions and small. If you're struggling to start or far along the path, either way, going green isn't a trend...these days it's a health MUST!
Nellie's All Purpose Cleaner
Nellie’s All-Natural All-Purpose Cleaner gets the job done naturally. The lemongrass-scented cleaner provides exceptional cleaning power against household dirt and grime.
Free from harsh chemicals, phosphates, dyes and perfumes and contains no SLS or SLES.
HOW TO USE: Spray surface area and wipe clean using a damp cloth. For heavily soiled surfaces, spray area and allow to soak for 30 seconds before wiping. Repeat as needed. For any surface that you are not sure of, test before use.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Alcohol, Laureth-7 (derived from coconut oil), natural lemongrass fragrance.
Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda
$15.00 - $25.00
Do you suffer from allergies, asthma or worry about what toxins you and your family are being exposed to even in your laundry soap?
Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda is highly-concentrated but doesn't contain any of the usual dyes, fragrances or chemicals used in ordinary detergents. Nellie's is hypoallergenic, made from a trusted formula using simple, gentle ingredients that clean all the way to the fiber, rinse thoroughly and leaves no residue.
You only need one scoop per load and it dissolves quickly in hot or cold water. Available in 100 Load Tin or 50 Load Pouch and Nuggets.
HOW TO USE: Use one scoop for each regular sized load. Wash according to instructions on garments. Always test on garments that may bleed or fade.
FREE FROM: SLS, SLES, gluten, phosphates, fragrance and chlorine.
INGREDIENTS: sodium carbonate, linear alcohol ethoxylate, sodium chloride, sodium metasilicate
You may also need:
Soap Berry Eco Laundry Soap
$19.95 - $29.95
Soap berries, also called soap nuts, are a natural alternative to traditional laundry detergent and fabric softener.
These super-powered little berries provide a wonderfully toxin-free, clean and effective option for those wanting to eliminate the use of chemical-based laundry detergents.
Soap Berries grow on trees in Nepal and contain a natural detergent called saponin. The Soap Berry absorbs water then releases saponins which circulate in the washer freeing up dirt, grime, oils and even stains.
They don't suds-up like mad but provide a gentle, powerful way to wash your clothes! Put 4-6 Soap Berries in the cotton bag provided. Scent with your favorite Laundry Tonic. Place in the washer with clothes. Wash as usual with cold, warm or hot water in any size load.
After washing, remove bag from washer and allow the bag of berries to air dry. Dry clothes as usual. Each bag of 4-6 berries will wash approximately 25 loads. Replace Soap Berries when pale and flaky.
Your dark clothes will never look better and your whites will sparkle!
You may also need:
• Wash Bag —need to replace yours or want an additional bag? Ours are of the highest quality muslin 3x4" the perfect size for your Soap Berries
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