Recently, we did a story on some of the products loved by Latinxs. Although they have been bought and used, generation after generation, these products are all harmful in one way or another. They may contain toxic chemicals, cause health issues, and aren’t part of a healthy lifestyle. We buy these household products — like Vick’s Vapor Rub, Fabuloso, and Mazola — have been in our pantries, on our television sets, and on our shopping lists for so long, we don’t even think to question them. It’s time we make a shift towards something healthier.
But where do you start? What are the other options? Often, making a switch can become overwhelming, as there are so many options, and we don’t automatically know what’s better and why. We also don’t want to spend all that extra time in the aisles reading through ingredient lists (although we should start making this a habit). Finally, buying healthier, organic, and natural versions of products usually means paying way more. It seems like a losing battle.
That’s why we made it a point not just to let you know which ingredients are harmful, but did the research to find you healthy and affordable options so you can make the switch. Here are 15 healthier, natural, and often organic replacements for those items we all know and love but ultimately aren’t good for us.