Letter from The Publisher

Over the years, I’ve gotten away from using mainstream products for my hair, skin, laundry and cleaning. I remember the days when I would clean the floors with harsh pine-scented cleaners. I would go out for the afternoon, and when I returned I would almost be knocked over by the smell!

Since I started using natural products, I’ve noticed a big difference in the aroma of the house. I didn’t realize all of the chemical smells that co-mingled throughout our abode until I stopped using these “regular” products.

I’m working on my husband, who still likes his smelly commercial soap. The other night, I woke up thinking, “Hmmm, I smell a chemical soapy odor,” and it was the smell of his soap emanating from our master bathroom! Apparently, we have so few fake fumes floating around, that even the slightest hint seems strong.

And it’s not only inside the house that’s a problem. Dryer sheets share their stinky scent with the world. I remember back when I still used them—I’d take my dog out in the front yard in the evening and instead of smelling the flowers and spruce trees, all I could smell was the dryer sheet! Now, I pour a little vinegar in the wash; it works great, and there’s no need for those evil little sheets.

As a final note, I quit using regular laundry detergent years ago. In the beginning, it was because I was worried how much it must bother my dogs with their keen noses. I started with unscented mainstream brands, and then progressed to natural products. After reading one of the local articles in this issue on soap berries (see page 20), I may have to give them a try—I’m intrigued!

I hope you enjoy this issue of Natural Awakenings. As always, please feel free to contact me with comments, suggestions or questions. This is your magazine—enjoy!




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