The next time you are at the grocery store and you turn down the isle for cleaning supplies, stop, and look in your shopping cart before you load up on any traditional cleaners, you may already have what you need in your cart. Things like, lemons, vinegar, baking soda, and Castile soap can be used to do a number of household jobs. In fact, this article from Mind Body Green, shows 72 (yes 72!) different uses for common household products. So, rid your home of the chemicals found in traditional cleaners and save some bucks on beauty and dietary products as well, by trying out some of these alternative uses of these common household products.
Here are a few more tips to help you go green and save money!
- Cut up old bath towels. Reuse these as rags for cleaning your house rather than paper towels, which are expensive and contribute to 3,000 pounds of waste in landfills each day.
- When you grocery shop, leave your list at home. Instead, fill your basket with local, seasonal, and organic items that are on sale that week. Once you have your fruits and veggies, you can start to plan what other items you might need for the week.
- Stock up on staples when they are on sale. Some ideas: look for jars of organic pasta sauce, condiments, and, frozen organic veggies or fruit.
- Purchase things in bulk like quinoa, granola, beans, nuts, seeds, and dried herbs.
- Cook up large pots of grains and beans then divvy them up smaller portions to freeze for later meals.. Staples that work well: quinoa, brown rice, black beans, and kidney beans.
- Prep veggies on Sundays. You can wash, chop, blanch or steam them.
- Invest in a high quality blender. This will allow you to make your own nut butters, almond milk, oat flour, soups, dips, and smoothies. Choose one with at least a 5 year warranty.
- Limit the amount of beauty products you use daily.Keep your routine simple!