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7 Ways to Go More Natural in the Hygiene Department ...

As a girl whoโ€™s always budget savvy, Iโ€™ve found that there are some pretty fabulous ways to go natural in the beauty department that wonโ€™t break the bank at the same time. I made the mistake several years ago of setting out to redo my hygiene routine and bought all the latest natural products on the market. My budget and I quickly realized that something just wasnโ€™t cutting it! If you have to spend as much money or even half as much money on your hygiene products as your groceries, youโ€™ve got a problem! Try these ways to go natural in the hygiene department and youโ€™ll find that they arenโ€™t only easy to maintain, but also help to make you more naturally beautiful. Theyโ€™re also super cost-efficient and each container of these products lasts forever. Many also have multiple uses too, which I just love!

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1. Coconut Oil

Is there any better product than coconut oil to emphasize ways to go natural in the hygiene department? This miracle oil has literally handfuls of uses that you can use in your routine each day. I quit buying all lotions, unnecessary conditioners, and dry skin moisturizers once I found coconut oil. I buy an organic coconut oil that lasts about 6 months and I store it in my bathroom year round. I then use it to condition my hair before shampooing by letting it soak onto my hair while I wash my face and body. Then, I shampoo as normal. I also use coconut oil as a total body moisturizer and hand cream as well. It smells absolutely wonderful too, if you havenโ€™t tried it yet! In winter, when my hands and face are dry from the weather, I also use coconut oil as the perfect dry skin moisturizer. Coconut oil can even be mixed in equal parts with baking soda to make a homemade deodorant. This oil is incredibly useful to add to your routine. I highly suggest purchasing some and seeing for yourself!

2. A Great Toothpaste

Toothpaste is one area that I believe should be 100% natural and toxic-free. Anything you put in your mouth multiple times a day should be pure as possible. Everything you put into your mouth and onto your skin ends up in your blood stream. Do you really want commercial abrasive agents and foreign food dyes in your bloodstream? What about petroleum based ingredients? I didnโ€™t think so! I love all natural toothpastes, which actually donโ€™t cost much more than regular, and this is one thing I always make sure to have on hand.

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3. Essential Oils

Essential oils have been around for years, but some people are just now catching onto how many uses these amazing oils actually have. When it comes to hygiene, essential oils are great to use. You can use peppermint oil to make a homemade toothpaste, tea tree oil as a natural anti-acne agent, or scented oils like orange and lemon to make a natural laundry detergent. There are tons of recipes for natural hygiene products online, so definitely try these out. It can be so easy to use essential oils with other ingredients to make your own hygiene products at home, and it is so much cheaper than buying conventional items in the long run!

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has many, many uses in the hygiene department. For starters, it is great to use as a natural hair rinse to remove buildup in the hair and scalp. It also makes for a great astringent to combat acne when mixed with water too. Apple cider vinegar can even be used as part of a natural laundry detergent too. I keep a few jars of this on hand and even use it just as I would white distilled vinegar when cleaning.

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5. Baking Soda

If I want my teeth super white in a hurry, Iโ€™ll make a paste of one part aluminum-free baking soda to two parts water and brush my teeth with this before brushing as normal. Baking soda is great for whitening your teeth, instead of all those commercial whitening gels. It can also be used as a cleaning agent, and applied as a paste on zits to combat inflammation and redness.

6. Sea Salt and Sugar

In the summer months, my skin can get dry, so I like to make a sea salt and sugar scrub to use to exfoliate my legs. I also use the same scrub for my face once a week and keep these in separate containers. All you have to do is mix equal parts sea salt with equal parts sugar and youโ€™re set to go! Just be sure not to get any in your mouth, which I donโ€™t think would taste too great! I also buy a sea salt soap bar that costs only $2, which contains only sea salt and natural oils. This is great to wash your body and even your face with, and has become a regular in my routine.

7. Organic Hair Products

One area of hygiene and beauty that Iโ€™m willing to spend money on is organic hair products. Anything I use as much as I do shampoo and conditioner needs to contain as few toxic ingredients as possible. I go for inexpensive brands of organic hair products that keep my hair soft, manageable and clean. I also never mind spending a couple extra dollars on each of these products since I save everywhere else.

Going natural in the hygiene department can seem like a chore if youโ€™ve always bought the more popular, commercial brands instead, but I urge you to try it out! Iโ€™m willing to bet youโ€™ll love it as much as I do, and wonโ€™t ever go back to the old stuff again. Do you use natural hygiene products? If so, which ones?

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