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Last year it was fun and beneficial for me (in a plethora of ways) to transition from a mostly processed diet to one that focused on clean foods. I realized that by simplifying ingredients, gravitating to real foods, and removing all the weird chemically-sounding additives that had no business being in the foods I was consuming, I felt so much better. Yes, I lost weight. Yes, I got slimmer. Yes, I started wearing smaller sizes. But none of that compares to the fact that I actually FELT so much better. I was less tired. Less sniffly. Less gassy. I generally get sick several times a year and often for weeks at a time, but knock on wood I haven't been sick once since I started eating clean. My daily napping and antacid-popping habits have been eliminated. My energy level has increased and I feel lighter and better in my body.

My big goal for this year is to clean up other areas of my life, too. Specifically, I would like to cut down on the amount of chemicals and harsh ingredients in my household cleansers and the products I put on my skin, hair, nails and body. If I feel this much better after changing what I put into my body, i can only imagine how great I'll feel when I change what I put on my body.

My goal is to try one simple DIY project a week. Let me emphasize the word "simple." I think there are few things as frustrating as trying out a new recipe, whether it's for food or some other product, only to be intimidated by the number of ingredients and steps involved. There's always that one ingredient you've never heard of and have to track down at some very expensive natural store, and then proceed to use a tablespoon of it once and never again. There's always that one step you didn't read ahead of time and don't realize until it's too late that you were supposed to chill something for 24 hours and meanwhile it's two hours until you're trying to take it to a party. I think the main reason why so many people don't cook healthy food at home is because they assume it's complicated based on the recipes they've been exposed to. I'm not interested in complicated. The whole point of clean living, to me, is to simplify things. So on this blog, I will only be trying simple projects.

 

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That's how we find ourselves here: making a lemony household scrub with two — TWO! — ingredients. This recipe ran in the October 2015 issue of Clean Eating Magazine and it was created by Lauren Toyota, one of the masterminds behind a fun blog called Hot For Food. This blog specializes in all things clean and vegan: foods, beauty products, and cleaning products. For my first foray into the world of clean living, I can think of no better place to start. All you need is 1/2 cup of baking soda and the juice of one lemon. 

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Put the baking soda in a bowl or other container.  

 

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Juice a lemon.  

 

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Add lemon juice to baking soda.  

 

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Mix with a spoon to form a paste and voila! 

 

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I used a sponge to spread the paste over my bathtub and bathroom sink.  

 

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After spreading the mixture around and letting set for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water. That's IT. You're done. And let me tell you, when I was done, my bathtub was sparkling.

 

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My sink sparkles now, too. I'm a full believer. I cleaned my bathroom — like, it is NOTICABLY cleaner in there — and used no harsh chemicals in the process. I'm sold. I will not be buying bathroom cleaners anymore now that I know how simple (and safe) it is to make my own.

If you're interested in reducing the amount of weird ingredients and going more natural with your diet, beauty, and household products, check out Lauren's blog (I have never met her, have no affiliation with her, but really like what she's doing). And be sure to check back with this blog too as I experiment with more fun, clean, SIMPLE projects in the future.  

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