Clean Living 80/20 Style

In the Perrin household we “try” to eat whole foods and live a clean life style at least 80% of the time.  We do not always succeed.



Please remember, this is a life style change.  It isn’t easy or cheap to make these changes and never happens over night.  At least not for us.  So please understand this is how “we” do things.  You may be better at it or do things differently then we are, but we are trying.  If you’ve never thought about this type of life style, you may be wondering what it looks like.


 We need to establish what whole foods are.  I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing so I did a little more research.  Whole foods are mostly non-packaged foods.  Like fruit, vegetables and meats that are fresh.   Also, natural, organic, non gmo dairy and eggs. Any packaged foods are very low in ingredients and nothing artificial, such as peanut butter.   Also, with Organic and non GMO labeling.


We need to establish what clean living is.  In my opinion it means to eat whole foods and to use natural, organic, non toxic products for cleaning, and personal use.


Lets establish what 80% of the time means.  lol  I know it sounds silly, but just to be clear.  If you eat 6 small meals a day, making sure that at least 4 of those meals are whole food meals.  Then, making sure that of all the personal products you use, at least 80% of those are natural, organic products.


 We do not live on a homestead.  We do not raise chickens for meat, only eggs.  We do not have pigs or cows for meat or milk.  We have a garden for vegetables, but do not raise our own grains.
So, here is a list of the packaged foods I currently buy.  I wish it was shorter, but I would say that 99% of what we purchase are organic and/or non GMO foods:
Breakfast Items:  Cereal (very little), Granola Bars, Milk, Almond Milk, Half and Half, Butter, Yogurt, Oats, Pure Maple Syrup and Honey
Lunch/Snack Items:  Peanut Butter, Jam, Bread, Turkey and Ham from Trader Joe’s, Wild Caught Tuna, Crackers, Kettle Chips, Blue Corn Chips, Back to Nature Cheese Crackers, Back to Nature Snack Pack Cookies, Cheese Puffs, Mustard, Mayo (I’m experimenting with my own), Chocolate Chips (regular and sugar free), Coconut Sugar, Swerve sweetener, Stevia, Non Bleached Flour, Coconut Flour, Nuts, Shredded Coconut, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla, Baking Soda, Arrow Root, Caramel Sauce ( I have made my own)  and Chocolate Sauce (I sometimes make my own), Cottage Cheese, Popping Corn.
TJ's No Nitrate Turkey_2_3
Dinner Items: Pasta, Seasonings, Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Vinegar, Brown Rice, some Salad Dressing, Smoked Gouda Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, White Cheddar Tillamook Cheese, Sour Cream, Chicken and Beef Broth, Salsa, Raw Tortilla’s, Annie’s organic mac & cheese (for the kids), beef, chicken and bacon (from the butcher).

Personal and Cleaning Products

About 2 years ago I began switching my cleaning products to natural and pure products.   I “thought” that Mrs. Meyers, Method, Seventh Generation and Dr. Watkins were good products to use.
The labels and the websites claim that are all natural, pure products.  However, after some research of the ingredient lists, I have learned, they are not so much.
Many of their products contain ingredients that are considered Toxic. You can read more about those on an earlier post of mine, 0%Toxic Cleaner”.
Below are the cleaning and personal products we are currently using (some of them are not what I call clean or natural):
I like the Mr. Yuck sticker.  lol
Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner (to use up what we have left) Gone!
Dr. Watkins Glass Cleaner (to use up we have left) Gone!
Soap Nuts for Laundry (now mostly Trader Joe’s brand)
Method Fabric Softener Spray (to use up what we have left)Gone!
Epson Salt for Laundry Softener
Method Toilet Bowl Cleaner (to use up what we have left)Gone!
Method Dishwasher Tabs (to use up what we have left) Gone! Now we use Trader Joes Brand
Seventh Generation Brown Paper Towels
Charman TP
Trader Joe’s Shampoo and Conditioner (may have questionable ingredients)
Nourish Organic Body Wash
Nourish Organic Deodorant
Naked Bee Body Lotion (has some questionable ingredients)
Coconut Oil
Homemade Sugar Scrub (which I shave with)
doTerra Tooth Paste (has questionable ingredients will not purchase again)
Earth Paste Tooth Paste
Gillette Shaving Gel (to use what is left)Gone! Now we use homemade shaving lotion
Terra Firma Eye Color
Naturtint Hair Color (questionable ingredients)
doTerra Essential Oils
Advil and Tylenol (very rare usage, sometimes I cannot get rid of my migraine with EO’s)
Of the 24 items listed, 7 of them with questionable ingredients have already been or are being replaced.
The newest additions to the cleaning products are – Branch Basics non Toxic Cleaner and Dr. Bonnors Castile Soap.  Branch Basics can be used for everything.
Once the Mrs. Meyers, Method  and Dr. Watkins is gone, I will use Branch Basics exclusively for all purpose cleaning, the dishwasher dishes, window and bathroom cleaner.
I also use it as an after shower spray to keep the shower clean.   Since there are 4 of us in the house, I have added the Nourish Organic Body Wash to the shower.
The Branch Basics goes fast.  I have also just added the Dr. Bonnors Castile Soap to use for those dishes that are hand washed.  Like what few plastics we have left, wooden spoons, Cutco knives and the pots and pans.  I do not use soap on cast iron.
The other new addition to the list is the Soap Nuts.  I had tried making my own laundry soap, but I was never happy with the soap chuncks left by the dry soap or the too thick consistency of the liquid or the amount of work involved.
I began using ECOS brand, thinking it was natural.  It isn’t completely.
You can purchase the Soap Nuts from Amazon and read more about them on
I like them, they clean our clothes and towels well.  I haven’t introduced them to the teens yet, because I think their clothes are a bit more stinky then mine and Jeffreys.
I have made up some laundry soap for them using Dr. Bonnors Castile Soap.  We will see how that works.
One of the biggest things I have noticed with leaving all the chemicals behind is our sensitivity to smells.
Jordan was going through some of his storage tubs from his child hood and came across one with old finger paintings in it.  Just standing by the tub, smelling the paint gave me a headache.
There you have it.  My Genuine openness about what we use.  I have HOPE that the Lord will protect us from those ingredients that are questionable.
What about you?  What do you use?  Do you have ideas on what we could use that would be better?  I’d love to hear from you.
*Update …  I have update the “what we use list” with “Now we use”…

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