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5 Products You Probably Aren’t Buying Organic (But Should)

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5 Products You Probably Aren’t Buying Organic (But Should)

by Susan Lutz, Co-Editor of Organic Living on

Editor’s Note from Susan Lutz: I am constantly amazed at the array of organic products becoming available on the market, outside of organic foods. It’s exciting to see that “organic” is losing the label as alternative and instead becoming a normal, preferred way of life. From top to bottom, from pests to pets, we can all go more natural and chemical free. Price can still be an issue with a few items but adding a product here and there can be a way to ease into the system. With some strategic thinking you can choose to spend a little more on the items that really count, when it comes to organic. Here are 5 items you might not think to buy organic, but probably should.

Organic Mattress: It’s said we spend a 1/3 of our life sleeping. Imagine how many particles of inorganic chemicals we’re breathing every night. Where you rest might be a great place to control more of your environment. Wouldn’t you rather snuggle up to organic cotton or wool? An example of an organic mattress can be found at Janice’s. However, there’s no need to stop at the mattress. The entire bed can be an organic haven complete with pillows, sheets, and covers. It’ll make counting sheep so much easier and that much better for you and the planet.

Organic Mosquito Repellent: Bugged out this summer? There’s no question that DEET – the chemical used by many major brands of mosquito repellents – works. But at what price? Mosquitoes are a pesky problem, and the use of harsh, chemical-laden sprays and lotions will eventually take a toll on the liver in the detoxification process. We also must not forget that choosing chemicals also means supporting a system that makes our planet more toxic. Not only do we have to manufacture it, we have to dispose of it. I’ve fought back many mosquito climates and swear the alternatives work. The only difference is to use it often as the natural scent will wear off. A few good examples I like are Bite Blocker or Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent, which just smells so yummy it’s kind of nice to dab a little on even when there isn’t a mosquito in sight!

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8:43PM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

Thanks :)

8:04AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Organic shoes. That would be awesome to have. I have no idea where to find them.

3:13AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

interesting article! thanks

3:50AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Good article.

9:30AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

This doesn't explain how I am supposed to use the lemon rind or orange rind to brighten my teeth. I know about brushing my teeth with baking soda. Should I just eat the rind of the fruit? I zest lemons and add to lemon ade and it is so good.

9:26AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Horrified to realize the chicken strips I buy for my dogs (who know it as "chickie" comes from China. Need to find another treat for them. The sweet potato treats are probably from China also. I am a vegetarian, but my dogs aren't.

8:32AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Wow, didn't know such things existed. Thanks for sharing and I will try the mosquito repellent soon!

3:38AM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

Chemicals are like milk; if we don;t continulously drink milk over our lives, we become intollerant to lactose. We live in a chemical world & the trace ammounts of chemicals we consume are nonlethal 7 work toward immunity; remove that from your body & the world around you will just make you sick because you've lost your resistance to the constant exposure.

10:09AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

noted with thanks

12:08PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011


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