Simple swaps for the home that will save you money. Why not simplify your life and your grocery list by not having to put disposables on the list every month and build a clean home while you are at it.
I think we can all agree when it comes to spending money we don’t want to spend more than we have to on things we don’t necessarily “need” but are nice to have around. Not to mention trying to get rid of extra waste and plastics in the home. Here are 9 simple swaps for your home.
Tip: I know we all want our homes to be plastic free, toxin reduced and organic but here’s a tip on doing things that won’t be a huge upfront cost and get you overwhelmed in this process.
Here are some simple swaps in your home.
1. Tin Foil and Parchment Paper – Silicone pan liners
These are so easy to clean and very convenient. Honestly easier to store too because they are flat, and you don’t have to have big boxed rolls in your drawers.
2. Plastic Wrap – beeswax covers
What a brilliant invention! I love love love these and I think you will too! Ditch that plastic wrap that only clings to glass bowls anyways.
3. Napkins – Cloth napkins
This may be a difficult one for most people. But think about how many times you run out of napkins and just grab a kitchen towel… yeah, I hear ya! Just get the cloth napkins 😉
4. Cleaners – Vinegar and water
Think about what your kids (or animals) chew on, or roll around and crawl on. Yeah…vinegar and water sounds like a better option doesn’t it?
5. Dryer Sheets – Wool dryer balls
Oh the days of folding laundry and having to dig out the six dryer sheets as you are folding laundry. Or putting on a hoodie and finding a dryer sheet in the sleeve. This is just so much more convenient as well. Check out Dryer Ball Scent Spray post for some added fresh smell to your laundry.
6. Paper Towel – microfiber rags
This was probably one of the hardest for me…I used paper towel for everything! Now I will say I sometimes buy a roll here and there. I do keep one in my car. But the costs just add up so fast and it really isn’t a necessity you NEED.
7. Makeup Remover Wipes – charcoal rounds
This wasn’t a hard swap because I was already using a Mary Kay microcellular water to remove my make-up so charcoal rounds are much more pleasant feeling than toilet paper or cotton balls.
8. Hand Soap – Use Castile Soap as a concentrate
Ahh hand soap…I never was a fan of plain Jane antibacterial hand soap, yet alone the smell and I feel like those cute little fish bottles would last less than a week. Yes, I used to use so much hand soap and every time I would go to Marshalls or TJ Maxx I would buy $6,7 sometimes even $8 hand soap that wouldn’t even last us a month. Now I simply buy one large bottle (unscented) soap and add it to some water and I have nice foaming hand soap I can just add different essential oils (I most often use lemon) depending on the season and still have nice smelling hand soap for guests.
9. Candles – Essential oil diffuser
This was a hard one…now don’t get me wrong I am not saying never have a candle burning. Because there is something about a nice candle burning in your home that just sets up such a relaxing mood, especially when you have just freshly scrubbed and cleaned your home. Burning an 8+ dollar candle all of the time adds up fast unfortunately and cheap candles aren’t the best to be burning anyways. You can simply buy an $8 bottle of essential oils and a cheap $10 diffuser and you are set for a very long time.
I hope this helps you along whether you are well on your way in your journey to create a sustainable home or if you are just beginning.