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Old 06-15-2008, 09:13 AM
 
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For laundry I use Bio Kleen, it comes in liquid or powder. Very cost effective a box can do 50 loads of laundry. For dishwashing I use Seventh Generation or Sun and Earth.

For body lotion and soap I use Dr. Bronner, I LOOOOVE their lime/patchouli body lotion and their soaps have been around for ages.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:00 AM
 
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Baking soda.
Do you really like Baking Soda Ellie ?? I know it whitens teeth but not sure how else it works for teeth and gums.

Anyway Thanks....
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:02 AM
 
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I use the Weleda toothpastes, they are available at health food stores, Whole Foods etc. No SLS, no flouride or other nasties. There are various ones, my favorite is the gel one.
Thanks Katzenfeund as i'll check those out next time i make it over to Whole Foods.....

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Old 06-15-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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6/3, I pay special attention to avoiding the SLS, as it is supposed to be fairly aggressive and I wonder what it does to delicate gum tissue. And I really don't want flouride in my toothpaste either. Unfortunately there is added flouride in our drinking water and our Britta water filter does not remove it .
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Old 06-15-2008, 12:03 PM
 
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Do you really like Baking Soda Ellie ?? I know it whitens teeth but not sure how else it works for teeth and gums.

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6/3
No, I don't care for baking soda myself. Tastes yucky. But the OP was asking for a green product to use. Based on its price, availability, lack of packaging, etc., I'd say it is pretty green. (yes I'll use it in a pinch)

I also think that it's a major component of the polishing paste that dentists use. I can taste it.

Maybe we need to do some real research on its pros and cons?

I've gotten it in my head that high priced items are less green because it requires more resources to be able to afford them. Not that cheaply made is better. But a high-end green product that is expensive simply because it calls itself green may not necessarily be the most sustainable.
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Old 06-15-2008, 02:50 PM
 
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Supposedly you can use Dr. Bronner's for toothpaste but I tried it once and it was too foamy. I looked like I'd gone rabid. I like ECOS laundry detergent because it smells so good. I know that you can make a lot of cleansers at home from baking soda, borax, or vinegar but I'm too lazy to do that.
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Old 06-15-2008, 06:01 PM
 
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Supposedly you can use Dr. Bronner's for toothpaste but I tried it once and it was too foamy. I looked like I'd gone rabid. I like ECOS laundry detergent because it smells so good. I know that you can make a lot of cleansers at home from baking soda, borax, or vinegar but I'm too lazy to do that.
I've always been a fan of Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap. Never tried brushing my teeth with it. But oooh aaah, the soap will make you tingle.
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:57 PM
 
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I like to mix Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap with the dish soap and hand soap, very nice smell!
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:51 AM
 
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6/3, I pay special attention to avoiding the SLS, as it is supposed to be fairly aggressive and I wonder what it does to delicate gum tissue. And I really don't want flouride in my toothpaste either. Unfortunately there is added flouride in our drinking water and our Britta water filter does not remove it .

I use to break out with painful canker sores on the inside of my mouth every month and finally did some research as to the causes. I eliminated all the possible foods that might be causing it and introduced them one by one with no break outs... finally discovered my toothpaste to be the problem. I was very sensitive to the SLS. I switched to vita-myr herbal toothpaste, and "kiss my face" 6 months ago and haven't had any more problems with canker sores!! Yeah!!
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:00 AM
 
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Smile Thank you!

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has posted and shared so far...really appreciate the great input!

One of the big wins for me so far has been the Crystal Deodorant! Wow, is it working super!!! I have always had super sensitive skin and could only use powdery kinds of deodorants with success.

So, I first tried one greener deodorant, can't remember the name, but it is a longer thin container with green label with raindrops on it...it did not work at all for me. Then I tried Kiss My Face Active Enzyme and in a few hours it felt like my pits were on fire.

Then, I tried Crystal...and it is amazing. I worked out twice yesterday and, let me tell you, I can sweat. But, no odor at all. This rocks!

Thanks, friends!
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