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Ditch And Switch: 50 Quick Low Tox Living Swaps 

Ditch And Switch: 50 Quick Low Tox Living Swaps 

My family started a toxic product ditch and switch three years ago. It’s been quite the journey, and while we are not living completely “clean”, we have been able to remove many chemicals from our everyday life. Allow me to share with you 50 swaps we have made to live a low tox life.

Definition of low tox life: living with as few toxins as possible.


Personal Care

Shampoo: Puracy Natural Shampoo

Conditioner: Puracy Natural Conditioner

Body Wash: Puracy Natural Body Wash Citrus and Sea Salt

Face Wash: OSEA Ocean Cleanser

Moisturizer: Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Cream

Face Mask: OSEA Red Algae Mask

Body Scrub: OSEA Salts of the Earth Body Scrub

Dry Shampoo: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

Tampons: Cora Organic Cotton Tampons

Miscellaneous: OSEA Sea Minerals Mist and Sea Vitamins Boost

Low Tox Life Makeup 

Tinted Moisturizer: ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

Concealer: ILIA True Skin Serum Concealer

Eyeshadow: Lawless The One Talc-Free Eyeshadow Palette

Blush: ILIA Multi-Stick

Highlighter: ILIA DayLite Highlighting Powder

Bronzer: ILIA NightLite Bronzing Powder

Eyebrow Pencil: Honest Beauty (EWG Verified)

Eyeliner: BareMinerals Mineralist Eyeliner or Milk Makeup Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

Mascara: ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara

Lip Gloss: Honest Beauty Tinted Lip Balm (EWG Verified)

Setting Powder: Kosas Cloud Set Setting Powder

Setting Spray: Lilah B. Aglow Face Mist

Primer: Lilah B. Aglow Priming Oil

Make Up Remover: MakeUp Eraser

Cleaning Products

Hand Soap: Everyone Hand Soap (EWG Verified)

Dish Soap: Puracy Natural Dish Soap

Dishwasher Detergent: Rosey Dishwasher Detergent Packs

Bathroom Cleaner: Rosey Tub & Tile Cleaner

Toilet Cleaner: Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Carpet Cleaner: Puracy Natural Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo

Low Tox Laundry Items

Laundry Detergent: Molly’s Suds Original Laundry Powder

Bleach: Molly’s Suds Oxygen Whitener Natural Bleach

Stain Remover: Molly’s Suds Stain Spray (Unscented)

Fabric Softener: Vinegar

Got Rid Of: Dryer sheets

Men’s Personal Care

Shampoo: Blu Atlas or Brickell Strengthening Shampoo

Conditioner: Blu Atlas or Brickell Revitalizing Hair Conditioner

Bar Soap: Dr. Squatch

Face Wash: Brickell Clarifying Gel Face Wash

Moisturizer: Brickell Essential Face Moisturizer

Face Scrub: Brickell Renewing Face Scrub

Ditch And Switch For Kids

Shampoo: Hello Bello Lavender Shampoo & Body Wash (EWG Verified)

Conditioner: Hello Bello Conditioner

Lotion: Hello Bello Lavender Baby Lotion (EWG Verified)

Bubble Bath: Hello Bello Lavender Bubble Bath (EWG Verified)

Wipes: Huggies Natural Care Wipes (Fragrance Free)

Sunscreen: Hello Bello SPF 50 Sunscreen Mineral Lotion

Bug Spray: Hello Bello Organic Bug Spray

Miscellaneous Ditch And Switch Items

Sunscreen: Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen

Hand Sanitizer: Purell Naturals Hand Sanitizer

Floss: Straw Wheat Floss Picks

Ditch And Switch: Why Is It Important?

Your skin is the body’s largest organ and it absorbs chemicals from the air, water, and anything that comes in contact with it. When chemicals are absorbed through the skin, they go directly into your bloodstream. By using products like hand soap, makeup, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner, or dish soap that contain toxic chemicals, you are mindlessly putting those toxic chemicals into your body.

Regular exposure to these chemicals is as bad for you as smoking cigarettes. They’ve been known to cause asthma, reproductive issues, neurological problems, and even cancer.

Not So Fun Fact: Your laundry detergent may be the product doing the most harm in your home. You breathe in its chemicals day and night without even noticing it, because you wear clothes, sleep on sheets, and dry off on towels that have all been washed with it.

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What Should I Look For?

You don’t want products with parabens, synthetic fragrance/parfum (unregulated–can be any mixture of chemicals and doesn’t have to be disclosed), phthalates, octinoxate, oxybenzone, or sodium laureth sulfate in them.

Be cautious of labels with the following words: botanical, dermatologist recommended, earth-friendly, gentle, plant-based, pure, and raw. Those are marketing buzz words.

Look for EWG verified or USDA Certified Organic products. Along with reading labels, I use the EWG Skin Deep website and Think Dirty app to guide me.

Note: You can always make your own products, but that’s not for me.

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Beware Of Greenwashing

Finding products for your ditch and switch is more difficult than it should be due to the common practice of greenwashing.

Labels with words like “green”, “natural”, and “organic” make you think the product is good for you (and for the environment), when in reality it’s just a marketing ploy.

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Do I Need To Throw Everything Away Right Now?

No—that would be really expensive. I recommend completing a ditch and switch when you run out of something. That will give you time to budget accordingly (you would need to replace that item anyway) and research a replacement.

What has worked for us may not work for you, but I hope it will at least help you start your ditch and switch journey to live a low tox life.

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