One evening while giving my sons their bath, I began to wonder what exactly was in the "natural" body wash I was using to wash their precious little bodies. Both of my boys have asthma and one of them has severe eczema, so choosing something gentle and safe was at the top of my priority list. But at the time, I had no idea that the personal care industry was unregulated and that I may actually be harming my sons health with my choice of body wash.
But thankfully I had a wakeup call. A friend had mentioned earlier that day that words like "natural" & "organic" had no meaning in the personal care industry like they do in the food industry. I also learned that the industry had not had a major update to the law since 1938, only 1.5 govern the industry & only 30 ingredients have been banned from being used in our products (compared to the EU banning or restricting over 1400, we are WAY behind). So that evening, I began to question the safety of the product I was using on them.
I began to research each and every ingredient in the products I was ugin and what I found was shocking. I found out that I was unknowingly lathering harmful ingredients linked to asthma, eczema and even cancer onto my precious kids! How in the world could that be? I was trying to protect my sons and come to find out, I was potentially harming their long-term health.
So, I went searching for safer options over the next few years put in a lot of hours researching and trying products to find the best ones that were not only safer, but also worked.
I also found that SO MANY people really had no idea how to find safer options. That's when I decided to start Clean Product Junkie. There are a lot of great options out there if you know what to look for and helping others find the best products for them homes is what I was put on this earth to do.
We deserve so much better than what is happening in the industry right now and most people don't think twice about the safety of the products they are using. So my hope is that you will be inspired by my story & begin to find safer alternatives for your family.
There are a lot great resources on this site, but a great place to start is at the Clean Living Made Easy Blog.
A bit about me...I live with my husband, twin sons & crazy hound dogs outside of Philadelphia, PA. My day job & passion is helping people find safer, high-performing alternatives to traditional household products. I do that sharing my favorite clean household products through my website, Clean Product Junkie & through my Home Detox Concierge services.
I may be a clean product guru now, but just a few short years ago I was completely clueless about just how many harmful ingredients were lurking in our home. I have spent years searching for safer alternatives for most of the household products we use on a daily basis. Countless hours have been spent doing research and testing new products. My passion is to help others cut down on the time it takes to find truly safer solutions that actually work.