There are many ways a household can promote cost savings these days, and these tips and tricks will do just that. With everything from easy homemade household recipes, to how to cut, peel and eat fruit without the waste, these might just put a little money back in the wallet. It seems in this age of technology and fast foods that many things are coming full circle to the way things used to be done. Just like back in the day, many consumers now want organic fruits and vegetables, and free range meats. The informed buyer is staying away from what some consider to be harsh chemicals and preservatives. It stands to reason that some household cleaners have become a bit too dependent on chemicals and things that most would rather not know about.
Laundry detergent is one of the most popular items that some people are finding is easy to make and can provide a considerable cost saving. Detergent can be made in powder or liquid, or gel type. It is simply bar soap (any all natural kind like Ivory, Dr. Bronner or other unscented soaps) borax and washing soda, and takes about 15 to 20 minutes to make. It sits sealed in a bucket for 24 hours, and the end result is five gallons of soap for approximately 11 cents per load. Sodium Hydroxide which was found in store-bought detergent was found to irritate the skin and cause injury if coming in contact with the eyes. The Consumer Product Safety Committee has documented a recall of one such detergent. They do note that other products have even higher levels, however, they are marked with strong warnings on their label. Making laundry soap is not only frugal but it will help the family take a step towards a healthier home.
For general cleaning around the house, many savvy homemakers are going back to the basics. Store bought cleaners can contain Diethylene glycol and this can depress ones nervous system, or worse. According to the U.S. Poison Control Center up to 10 percent of exposure to toxins was due to common household cleaners. Vinegar and water is a healthy alternative, put it in a spray bottle and it will clean just about anything, squeeze a little lemon juice in the mix to mask the vinegar smell. Replacing all those cleaners with vinegar and lemons will give the homeowner a healthy dose of cost saving. Speaking of lemons, a couple of lemon rinds will clean out the garbage disposal and leave the sink smelling fresh. Lemons can also be used to eliminate stains on porcelain sinks.
Another cost saving idea that is making the rounds as one of the most popular, is doing away with shampoo. This is called No Poo and it is simple in concept and for some a bit hard to stick to and implement. The benefit of not shampooing hair is to put it back into its natural state, and to reverse damage such as use of hot irons and relaxers, that are put on it on a daily basis. Store bought shampoo’s can have chemicals that can damage the hair, and the Consumer Product Safety Committee has done extensive research on what is safe and what is not. When containing harmful ingredients, a warning label is put on these everyday products, however, if the consumer is not looking for them, they could easily be missed. Women more than men abuse their hair in multiple ways, from the products they put on it, to the cleansers they use to take it out. The cost saving from not washing the hair could be staggering in larger households. People that have tried this note that not washing the hair for seven days will get that oily dirty looking hair one would expect, however, getting past this phase is supposed to give the hair un-told benefits including, more shine, stronger and healthier hair and all with the ability to continue to use styling implements like mousse and hair spray. Those that do this strongly believe that simply using baking soda to absorb extra oil, and apple cider vinegar as a conditioner will leave the hair, and the person, healthy and happier, not to mention with a lot more money in the pocket.
One of the most interesting things that can be found out in the world of technology is an abundance of wonderful tips on how to peel fruit. It is amazing the savings just from leaving less waste on the skin of a kiwi or less fruit on the rind of a watermelon. The following video is just one of these helpful videos with tips and tricks that will make the person watching scratch their head and wonder why they never thought of that. So as the laundry is washing and hair is not, sit back and get the most out of that costly fruit that is sitting in the fridge or on the table, and put all these cost savings ideas to work for the pocketbook.
Opinion by Kristi Cereska