The Clean Living Podcast

The Clean Living Podcast

What’s really in the products we use and buy every day? Is it possible to change our own health by becoming more thoughtful consumers? I’m your host Shannon Lohr and I’m an entrepreneur, mother and clean living advocate who thinks a lot about what I buy -- especially when it comes to home, food and beauty. For most people, it’s overwhelming to sift through research about parabens and sulfates when you’re just trying to make it through the day, put dinner on the table and get the kids to bed. But there is so much that we don’t know about the products we use daily. We don’t know who to trust, which ingredients to avoid, what to switch to and which companies are greenwashing a lie. With mini episodes under 10 minutes, The Clean Living Podcast explores how to live a more sustainable life without guilt, shame or overwhelm. I truly believe that taking charge of the wellness in our own homes is a huge step in changing the world. Ready to get started? Click play. Learn more at http://cleanlivingpodcast.com

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May 10, 2021 6 min

To piggyback onto the other encore episode I did on sustainable fashion, in this episode I want to talk about kids clothing specifically. What do you do when you want to buy sustainable clothing for your kids but you also know how fast they grow out of everything? Let’s explore, shall we…


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How often do you think about the clothing you buy? Where it comes from, where it was made, what it’s made from? When you think about all of the other things in the world to care about, why should fashion be one of them? That’s what we’re exploring in this episode…


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/sustainablefashion

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February 1, 2021 6 min

Yes, you read that right -- this is the final episode of season one of The Clean Living Podcast! In three and a half months, I’ve released 35 episodes and it has been a whirlwind. To close out the first season, I’m sharing some general musings and what to expect from the podcast moving forward.


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/seasonone

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January 28, 2021 12 min

How do you manage friends and relatives with different views? How do you make things ‘okay’ without surrendering your values? This is an unconventional episode with some personal stories about the challenges and rewards of “livin’ that eco life.”


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/you

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January 25, 2021 7 min

At the time of recording this episode, we are still at the height of a global pandemic. The repeated mantra is: stay 6 feet apart, wear a mask and wash your hands. It’s no surprise then that a bottle of hand sanitizer has become a mainstay in every house, school, bag and car. So, in this episode, I want to explore what’s actually in the average hand sanitizer and why we need to be more careful about the brands we use.


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January 21, 2021 6 min

The other day I ate a Reese’s Cup and instantly regretted it. It tasted nothing like the peanut buttery goodness of my youth. In fact, it tasted nothing like peanut butter. And that’s when everything I’ve learned about food additives and sugar and other food chemicals came rushing back to my brain, and I instantly knew why the taste was so different. And that’s what we’re talking about in this episode, nut butter.



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January 18, 2021 12 min

Ironically it wasn’t until several years into my career in sustainable fashion, and learning about eco-friendly fabrics, that I even thought about the fabric and materials used for bedding. We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping and yet most of us don’t think about our sheets or pillowcases beyond how soft they are -- or maybe what the thread count is. So in this episode, we’re talking about how to ensure non-toxic sleep…


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January 14, 2021 6 min

Mascara is the second most used cosmetic in the United States. But what are the ingredients actually used in our favorite mascara brands? That’s what we’re exploring in this episode.


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/mascara

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January 11, 2021 9 min

In the years leading up to the “Got Milk” campaign in the 1990s and early 2000s, U.S. milk consumption was at an all time low. The American dairy lobby knew they needed to do something to stay relevant and survive, so with enough persistence (ahem, money) it convinced the federal government to step in. Here’s what happened… 


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/milk

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January 7, 2021 7 min

Ladies, we have got to stop putting bleach up our hoo-hahs. “Bleach? I don’t put bleach up there…” you may be thinking. But if you use conventional tampons, you are absolutely putting bleach (among other things) into your vagina 4-7 days per month… 


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/tampons

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January 4, 2021 11 min

It’s the first episode of the new year and today’s topic was requested by a listener -- she wanted to know what my weekly grocery list looks like and some of the food brands I recommend. So, for today’s episode, here is my grocery list… 


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/grocery

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December 17, 2020 11 min

So many of us are cooking clean, organic, healthy food and yet, we’re not thinking about the cookware we’re using every day. So in this episode, I’m going to share all of the research I’ve done about this topic so you can start detoxing your pots and pans.


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/cookware

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December 14, 2020 7 min

You may recall from the episode I did on organic food that the Environmental Working Group ranks grapes as #3 on the dirty dozen list due to high levels of pesticide residue found on conventionally grown grapes. Grapes are also, obviously, the main ingredient in wine. So that begs the question, do you need to be drinking organic wine, too?


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/wine

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December 10, 2020 10 min

I understand that organic food is more expensive, less accessible in so-called “food deserts” and sadly, it has the reputation of being only for the privileged. But I hope to convey in this episode why it’s so important to start to transition into buying partly organic if you’re not buying any right now. And how small steps are better than none at all.


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/organicfood

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December 7, 2020 7 min

There is a common ingredient in our food (often associated with sugar) that I think is worth tackling this holiday season -- especially since it’s avoidable once you recognize it. So, in this episode we’re talking about food dyes.


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/dyes

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December 3, 2020 9 min

After visiting a friend and her newborn, I went down a rabbit hole of laundry detergent research -- starting with a popular brand marketed for babies. In this episode, I’m recommending that you toss the Tide (and others) and switch to these clean detergents instead.


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/laundry

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November 30, 2020 4 min

There are many reasons to keep bleach out of your house -- from accidental poisoning of kids and pets to highly reactive toxicity when combined with other chemicals -- but for the purpose of this episode, I want to talk about what it does to our overall health and wellness.


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/bleach

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November 28, 2020 6 min

It’s that time of the year when we’re getting all cozied up, maybe lighting the fireplace, pouring a cup of tea and lighting our favorite candle… the smell of petroleum sludge is just the perfect scent for the holidays. Wait what? Before you strike that match, listen to this episode.


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November 25, 2020 9 min

When I first found out that our Brita water filter wasn’t removing nearly as many contaminants as I thought it was, I went down a deep rabbit hole to find the best water filter at an affordable price. Turns out, the research wasn’t nearly as straightforward as I was hoping it would be. So in this episode, I’m going to share what I’ve learned about tap water with some suggestions for the best filters… 


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November 23, 2020 6 min

In my mind, hummus is the perfect snack -- it’s filling, can be spread or dipped onto any number of foods and it’s a great source of protein. So when I saw a study released by the Environmental Working Group about glyphosate levels in hummus and chickpeas, my throat dropped into my stomach. 


LINK TO SHOW NOTES: http://cleanlivingpodcast.com/hummus

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