If you’ve spent any time on the blog, then you know that I am pretty obsessed with doing anything to protect the environment… from making your own beauty and personal care products to discovering new eco-friendly hacks. All of the ones listed below are based on the concept that it is better to reuse items that purchase disposables. When you make your own items and then reuse them, you are telling manufacturers that you aren’t interested in their throw away, one-time use products.
Not to mention that disposable items end up costing more in the long run (because you keep having to buy them in order to replace them). And, they also complicate your life. How many times have you found yourself going to the store to by something you just ran out of? This used to happen to me ALL THE TIME. Now that I have a toddler, I just don’t need that in my life anymore. If you’re a mama, you know how difficult it is to pack up your kids, drive to the store, buy what you need, drive back home, and get settled again. I’d much rather keep things simple by developing natural solutions at home. I am the Simply Natural Mama, after all!
So now, without further ado, here are 5 totally awesome, totally eco-friendly, totally time-saving and money-saving ideas for you:
Reusable Clorox Wipes
I know, I know. Clorox Wipes are awesome. You whip one out, clean up a mess, and you are done. But have you ever thought about how much trash you are generating from cleaning wipes alone? Sheesh! These reusable wipes keep things simple too. Store them on your counter or under your sink, and when you are finished, just toss the rag in the laundry. Please note that this particular recipe uses dish soap, but virtually all recipes calling for dish soap can be replaced with castile soap instead.
From One Good Thing.
Grow Your Own Loofahs
My husband is not a washcloth man. Never has been, probably never will be. He’s a shower pouf guy, and so natural loofahs are a great, eco-friendly alternative for him. They are compostable, meaning that they won’t be sitting in a landfill for the next 1,000 years. But what’s better than a natural loofah? Growing your own, of course, and it couldn’t be easier!
Homemade Scented Wool Dryer Balls
I love wool dryer balls. In our house, we don’t just use them to scent and soften our laundry, but we also use them as a really sweet baby toy. We bought ours off of Amazon, and that was before I discovered how easy it was to make your own.
From Sunkissed Kate.
Beeswax Fabric Food Wrap
Am I the only one that thinks plastic cling wrap is totally creepy? It’s so, well… clingy! Plus, it is a major pain to use. It’s always sticking to the wrong thing or not covering your entire plate. Agh! And, of course, talk about a one-time use item! Beeswax wrap is a reusable alternative to cling wrap and easy to make.
Furoshiki Gift Wrap
Furoshiki is the Japanese art of wrapping gifts with fabric. When you use traditional wrapping paper, it is such a waste of paper! Natural fabrics like cotton or linen can be used again and again. Besides, have you noticed how many super adorable fabric patterns exist right now? One of my favorite places to order from is the Etsy shop, IndeedFabric.
From The Glitter Guide.
A Word About Curated Posts
The above is a curated post. Some people call them round-ups, but I like the phrase “curated post” a lot better because I have spent hours putting each of these lists together. I have been a Pinterest junkie for years, and I am always looking for the newest or best or most interesting DIY project out there. Finding these items, testing them, and then using them on a daily basis is so much fun AND, I have discovered, helps save me money.
So if you enjoyed this post, here are some others that you might like:
All-Natural Beauty DIYs
All Natural Personal Care DIYs
Healthy Living DIYs
So there you go! A list of awesome life hacks that are environmentally friendly AND budget saving. It doesn’t get much better than that! And now I want to hear from you. What are some ways that you are reducing and reusing in your life? Leave me a comment below.
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