How my sun conure has changed my use of various products

Natural products are important for both me and my parrot. Since having Goldie and her housemates the parrotlets and finches, more and more of my life revolves around natural type products. Natural products are both good for me and will not harm my birds either.

I used to use furniture polish, disinfectant spray, all kinds of bathroom cleaners, and hair spray. Over time I realized that these things really were not good for my birds or for me for that matter.

Follows are some of the products that I use and a few that I don’t use anymore:

I use pure skin care oils instead of expensive skin creams. Example of oils that I use includes argon oil, maracuja oil, coconut oil, and almond oil. Just a little bit of oil patted on dry areas works wonders and you can even put a little bit on the dry areas of your hair.

I use mineral based cosmetics. I prefer to use fragrance free and paraben free makeup too. Mineral based cosmetics are easy on the skin and look great too.

I use natural soaps with no synthetic chemicals. I had noticed in the past that if I used a stronger fragrance in my soap that Goldie sneezed a little, so I stopped using those types of soaps.

I don’t use perfume or nail polish or hair spray even. I find that some of the oils that I use smell naturally pretty and that I can grow my nails long and natural.

Vinegar and baking soda are household cleaning staples that I use for cleaning all over the house. I really love to use vinegar and find that just a dab of lemon juice keeps it from smelling funny.

I don’t use any non-stick cookware. Non stick cookware can produce fumes that are deadly to birds. I don’t use furniture polish or air fresheners which could be potentially harmful to my bird’s delicate respiratory systems. I clean the oven with basic baking soda and a little elbow grease.

I use a steam mop that steams away germs and lifts away dirt naturally. It works great and leaves a slight shine on the floor too.

I eat more organic fruits and vegetables and I also eat more whole grains. Many fruits and vegetables are better to use when they are organic; in particular grapes, apples, and strawberries. Pesticides are used on these types of fruits and washing doesn’t always wash off the pesticides.

I have to admit prior to owning a bird I was not a big vegetable eater. I have Goldie to thank for helping me to eat better. I have to have vegetables for my sun conure and having them around I am just more inclined to eat them too.

If you had asked me about these natural type things 10 years ago, I would have thought “Yuk” no way that’s crazy; I am not one of those people. Now however I feel better, look better, and these more natural products help keep my birds safe too. Just another way that birds have changed my life for the better.

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