Never before have I been so careful about looking around my house and seeing what is sustainable and reusable and what isn’t. Thankfully, years of being thrifty and pinching pennies are putting me ahead of the curve. Here are a few simple changes to make to keep your home sustainable.
Prefold Cloth Diapers Are Sustainable and Will Last Years
I am thankful I don’t have any little ones in diapers and equally thankful that my daughters both made the switch to cloth diapers months ago.
No, these diapers aren’t cute and they take a bit of effort to learn how to use, but this is the kind of diapers my mom used for both my brother and myself. Once your baby is potty trained they can be used as washcloths, rags, or window cleaners.
Cloth Diaper Fasteners Make Cloth Diapering Easier
These simple fasteners make using prefolds so much easier. Having about six of these onhand will make cloth diapering just a little easier.
Baby washcloths are perfect for bathing your baby, wiping them down while changing those cloth diapers, and in a pinch can be used as toilet paper.
Eco-Friendly Laundry Balls Are an Amazing Laundry Soap Alternative
After I forgot to take laundry soap to the laundromat one day and was too cheap to buy what they had to sell, I found myself with clean, fresh-smelling laundry and began to wonder if the entire laundry soap industry was a scam. When I asked about it on Facebook several people commented that it was likely the built-up residue in the washing machines that left my laundry smelling fresh.
Once our washer was working again, I tried the no soap method at home and the kids insisted the laundry did not smell fresh. Then I decided to try out these Beron Eco-Friendly laundry balls. I don’t really care about the claims or the science behind it, only about whether or not they work. I have been using these for a few weeks now and love them. Our laundry is as clean as ever, smells fresh, and never before have I been so thankful to not have to buy laundry soap.
Glass Jars are Sustainable, Sturdy, and Recyclable
A couple years ago I ripped down the dark cupboards in our 80’s style kitchen and Chuck replaced them with open shelves. I love these shelves. I love how keeping my spices, beans, and grains in glass jars adds natural beauty through the textures and colors. Since having open shelves, I have been using glass jars for food storage.
Glass jars are usually free (pickles, salsa, etc), are sustainable, and sturdy. I now store all sorts of leftovers in my glass jars. Since they are clear, it is easy to see what is in them. I use my label maker to avoid any confusion about what is what.
What are your favorite sustainable products?