Mom time-saving product: Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap

When I find something that makes my life easier, I feel compelled to share it.  When it is a time-saving product, a natural product, performs multiple functions, and smells heavenly, I honestly almost feel selfish NOT taking the time to toss together a quick post.

Today that product is Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap.

Part of feeding your family well and eating well is learning how our bodies respond to natural ingredients in our food, as opposed to chemicals created in labs.  It is no different where the products we use in our homes are concerned.  You can eat flawlessly, only letting the cleanest and most nutritious foods pass your lips, but if the products you use on your skin and in your home are less natural, then your body will still be confused.  And a confused body is an unhappy body.

My goal is not to overwhelm you with everything that you can and should be doing to make your home a natural and less-toxic environment.  I am all about keeping things as simple as we can, and making simple swaps wherever possible.

In fact, my love affair with this soap was born out of the simplest of motivation:  I liked how it smelled.

I use the lavender, and the fragrance is heavenly!  When I realized that it smelled amazing, and was all natural, that was all I needed to know to turn it into a staple in my home.

But then a couple things happened that shocked me, and are why I feel like I have to share this stuff!

Because my kids have always had skin issues, I’ve always been diligent that they use all natural, gentle cleansers.  While we’ve been able to keep some conditions, like eczema and hives, under control, my son Jack has keratosis pilaris.  You may have seen KP in action and not even realized it, but it translates into very bumpy skin that looks much like acne but isn’t.  His has been awful and nothing has helped it, including prescription lotions.  Finally we just decided that if it doesn’t bother him too much, we aren’t going to let it bother us.

Here’s where this gets interesting.  After putting Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap in the shower maybe a month or so ago, I actually was chatting with a friend who recommended a particular ointment for Jack’s KP.  I figured it sure couldn’t hurt, so I had him roll up his sleeves, intending to give it a try, and… his KP is gone!

The only thing we’ve changed in his life is his soap.

Another story:  I have had a heck of a time dealing with shower mold.  I will admit to being a little OCD, so it drives me NUTS!  It’s not all over, but we have enough grout and lack of sufficient air flow in our shower, so these things happen.  I have tried every natural cleaner I could find.  I have tried straight vinegar.  I have tried bleach (YUCK).  And nothing has really tackled it.

How on earth could a product that is gentle and natural enough to solve my child’s skin issues deal with mold in my shower?

I have no idea.  I only know that one day I got it in my head to try.  I actually used the soap straight, rubbing it right on the black moldy areas in the grout.  I then scrubbed with my scrub brush, the same way I have with every other product, and rinsed.

Black mold gone.  And still gone a week later.  Craziness.

That’s huge, right?  In fact, Dr. Bronner’s claims that this product is 18-in-1.  They say that you can use it “or washing your face, body, hands and hair, for bathing, shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing fruit, aromatherapy, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows, scrubbing toilets, washing dogs, controlling dust mites, and killing ants and aphids.”

Add on clearing skin conditions and mold where no other product has helped.

This will be a staple in my home from now on!

I want to hear from you!  What natural products do you swear by?  Comment below and we’ll idea-swap!