8 Swaps That Are Simple, Safe & Sustainable

Can I be honest? This blog post is a work in progress. ‘Progress not perfection’ has been one of my recent mantras.

So while I’m sharing some of the swaps I’ve already made, there are still a lot I have to do. Hopefully something you read today will be an easy swap you can also make right now, because if you’re anything like me… you know that the products you’re bringing into your home aren’t safe and you want to make all the changes right away. But that’s not realistic for most people! (Time? Budget? Discerning the truth? There’s so many factors.) Let’s set ourselves up for success and choose one or two things that can be done today, and then slowly chip away at the rest.

You may be surprised (like I was!) that a lot of the safer products are actually less expensive than the ones full of chemicals. Isn’t that crazy? We’re paying so much to bring yucky things in! Click any picture for a direct link to a product I’m using or a recipe I’ve made.

Without further ado, here are my current swaps:

In The Kitchen…

 
Bamboo Scrub Brush: $6.30 (lasts for years)  Scotch Brite: $7.97 (for 9 disposable sponges)

Bamboo Scrub Brush: $6.30 (lasts for years)

Scotch Brite: $7.97 (for 9 disposable sponges)

 

My Honest Review: I love the aesthetic. It feels really good in my hands, and the wooden handle protects my already over-dry hands from being soaked while doing dishes. My only complaint is some items, such a wine glasses, are more difficult to clean because the brush isn’t flexible like a sponge. I’m hoping over time, it loosen up and I’ll come to love it even more.

 
DIY: ~$.50 (1 bottle)  Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-purpose Spray: $3.89 (1 bottle)

DIY: ~$.50 (1 bottle)

Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-purpose Spray: $3.89 (1 bottle)

 

My Honest Review: My best swap thus far! Easy to make, minimal ingredients, and it actually smells good! I don’t miss my Mrs. Meyers spray at all, as I feel like this replacement does the exact same thing but better. It doesn’t leave a residue and it’s safe, so I feel happy each time I use it.

 
DIY Sink Scrub: ~$.85 (1 jar)  Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: $4.74 (4 pack)

DIY Sink Scrub: ~$.85 (1 jar)

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: $4.74 (4 pack)

 

My Honest Review: How did it take me so long to learn this? I’ve never found a solution that cleans the sink as good as this. It’s basically just baking soda + Dr. Bronner’s castile soap, and the result is incredible. It even got rust off that my magic eraser never could.

 
Seventh Generation Detergent: $7.99 (70 oz jug)  Cascade Detergent: $7.49 (75 oz jug)

Seventh Generation Detergent: $7.99 (70 oz jug)

Cascade Detergent: $7.49 (75 oz jug)

 

My Honest Review: I’ve been using this for over a year, and it’s absolutely worth the extra few quarters. Glassware is always spot-free and completely cleaned, and I’ve been impressed with this product.

In The Bathroom…

 
Schmidt’s Deodorant: $7.99 (for 3.25 oz)  Degree Deodorant: $4.24 (for 2.6 oz)

Schmidt’s Deodorant: $7.99 (for 3.25 oz)

Degree Deodorant: $4.24 (for 2.6 oz)

 

My Honest Review: I’ve always struggled to find an effective deodorant. This is literally the first ever that I consider effective, so that in itself makes the extra expense worth it. Highly recommend! My husband uses this brand, too. Tip-I’ve found it’s cheaper at my local Kroger grocery store than Amazon, but I included the Amazon link in case you can’t find it at your grocer.

In The Laundry Room…

 
Molly’s Suds Detergent: $18.04 (for 120 loads)  Tide Detergent: $34.73 (for 110 loads)

Molly’s Suds Detergent: $18.04 (for 120 loads)

Tide Detergent: $34.73 (for 110 loads)

 

My Honest Review: We’ve only used it for a week, but I am so impressed. Before Molly’s Suds, I had tried Seventh Generation and one other, “all natural” detergent, but I could never get the spit-up smell out of my baby’s clothes. (That is the WORST!!) My clothes actually smell good, and I’d consider this as effective as other detergents I’ve used in the past. I’ll update my review if something changes over the next few weeks.

 
Norwex Wool Dryer Balls: $29.99 (for 3, last at least 1,000 loads)  Kirkland Dryer Sheets: $15.83 (for 250 loads)

Norwex Wool Dryer Balls: $29.99 (for 3, last at least 1,000 loads)

Kirkland Dryer Sheets: $15.83 (for 250 loads)

 

My Honest Review: These haven’t actually arrived in the mail yet. Ha! I haven’t used dryer sheets for two years, but my hubby still does, and I asked him to switch to dryer balls. They will be here in a few days, and I’ll start using them, too. I can hardly wait for my clothes to come out of the dryer without crazy static! These were personally recommended to me by two friends, who I know and love and trust, so I am sure I’ll love them.

In The Whole House…

 
Squeegee Set: $24.95 (lasts forever, can be used in shower, too)  Safelite Glass Cleaner: $19.99 (set of 4)

Squeegee Set: $24.95 (lasts forever, can be used in shower, too)

Safelite Glass Cleaner: $19.99 (set of 4)

 

My Honest Review: For outside windows, YES! I have really high windows, so I love the attachment piece that allows me to get to the top. It sometimes leave streaks, so I’ve had to redo more than one window. However, I will never wash outdoor windows again without this! For indoor, I like using it for the bigger windows and doors, but for mirrors or small windows, I have found two microfiber clothes (one dry, one wet) with water do just fine.


If you decide to make a swap, would you comment below and let me know which one? And give yourself grace-we’re all doing the best we can with what we know. Change doesn’t always happen overnight!

Xoxo,

Kimberly

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