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Day 5: Simple Swaps for a Greener Home

You’ll wonder why you didn’t do these sooner.

Hi Green14 team!

How would you rate your home on a 1-to-10 scale for sustainability? These days, there are endless eco swaps for your home and personal care routine that you only have to make once for a lifetime of sustainability – but most of us haven’t taken that leap out of nothing more than habit. 

It’s so much easier than you think and not nearly as inaccessible as it once was where you’d have to drive miles and miles and seek out little-known health stores looking for things like Castile soap and essential oils. 

When it comes to making swaps in your household, think about your typical routine and what is essential and non-essential. When it comes to cleaning products, the average family spends around $40 to $50 on cleaning supplies per month, which adds up to $600+ a year. By making your own cleaning solutions instead, not only do you save on tons of single-use plastic, but you also reduce your family’s exposure to unknown and toxic chemicals and ingredients. Ick! 

Here’s a video on how to make your own 5-minute multipurpose cleaning solution, and read on for more of my favorite go-to solutions for saving money, detoxifying and reducing plastic waste in your home.

Within your bathroom, consider trading in your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. Try corn floss instead of wax floss, toothpaste and mouthwash tabs instead of plastic bottles, and use konjac sponges to swap out plastic loofahs. 

Another one of my favorite swaps is washable, cotton makeup remover pads instead of the toss-away ones and a safety razor. For shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturizer and so much more, save your empty bottles and refill them at a refill shop. Finding a package-free, refill shop could mean never buying a new plastic-packaged household or body care product ever again! Imagine the good you could do and how good you will feel. I like to save up 5 to 10 of my old laundry soap containers and refill them once or twice a year and not have to worry about it for a very long time. With the right containers and perhaps an extra set of arms, one big shop could set you up for half the year or more! And not only will you save yourself time and do a world of good for the planet, but you’ll also save money in the process.