Cosmetic bottle containers with green herbal leaves, Blank label for branding mock-up, Natural beauty product concept, Flat lay on color background.

I’ve often wondered…is it really worth buying organic or non-toxic products? Like really worth it? In a lot of cases, no. I don’t think I need organic kitchen towels as long as the ones I typically buy aren’t toxic or poisonous. There are some things I’m curious about though. Not the kitchen towels or the wine, but the things I use every day, on my skin without a second thought, that could be harming me in the long term. Here’s a list of things you should probably go organic for.

1. Shampoo Closeup side view of attractive mid 20's woman taking a shower in her bathroom after a long exhausting day at work or college. She's gently washing her hair and skin.

These are typically non-allergenic, gentler on the skin and the scalp, environmentally friendly, and free of harmful substances like sulfates and other synthetic chemicals. Check the ingredients list on your current deodorant and run a few of those chemical names through Google – are you sure you want those in your scalp?

2. Deodorant Attractive young woman in bathroom after shower is standing in front of mirror with deodorant in hands. Women care.

Most of us have heard about the potential risks from using antiperspirants with aluminium. The truth is, we still don’t know if the rumours are true. We’d still advise though, that when you’re putting something directly on your skin like that, you opt for something that is as close to natural as possible, as you don’t want it messing with your hormonally or triggering any other kinds of weird chemical effects.

3. Dishwasher tablets and dishwasher soap Put tablet detergent in the dishwasher

This is what you wash the things you eat off of. It needs to be chemical free. ‘Nuff said.

4. Birth control and menstrual care ?ondom packed in air levitation on a pink background. Empty space for text. mock-up

Casein, Nitrosamines, Latex. All regular condom ingredients. It’s good to protect yourself, but make sure your protection is protecting you on all counts. Organic tampons, condoms, and lubricants are widely available now, so just read the label and choose wisely.

5. Toothpaste Green toothpaste on a toothbrush on white background - close-up

There are few things worse than plaque on your teeth. They are: Triclosan, a pesticide; saccharin, the sugar substitute that’s a couple hundred times sweeter than sugar; aspartame, the common artificial sweetener; propylene glycol, commonly used in antifreeze.

So don’t freak out, but most of those are commonly found in toothpaste. We’d highly recommend changing this up for something organic.

Where else do you think it’s important to avoid toxic products? Do you use any organic products around your home?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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