#12: Cheap, Natural Items that are Better (favorites list)

“If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.” But not today.

Here are 5 of my favorite cheap, natural items that are better – yes better – than the expensive alternative:

  • Homemade body lotion scented with bergamot mint and rosemary. Click here to watch the step-by-step video.
  • Diluted Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap as facial cleanser. Read more about my natural skincare routine here.
  • All-purpose cleaner made of white vinegar, water and 5 drops of lavender.
  • Using glass jars with BPA free plastic lids for storage and – my favorite new use – as an alternative to plastic water bottles for our guests. Label the top: “fresh, filtered water” and place at bedside.
  • Cloth napkins. Comfy, durable and no-fuss – just toss them in a basket in the kitchen. No need to fold. Each time I use a paper napkin, I’m amazed at how useless it feels. 

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds. ~Aesop

  • Exercise: Try one or all of the natural items listed above. Find the ingredients during routine shopping – don’t make an extra trip. If you can, check for sales or clearance. Then, let me know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

What are your favorite cheap, natural items?

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1 Kay October 6, 2011 at 6:31 am

Love your ideas–use many: also: apple cider vinegar and distilled water in spray bottle; baking soda and Bronner’s castille soap mixed into a soft scrub; first cold pressing olive oil as face cleanser and moisturizer; olive oil to get gunk off bottles etc. where labels were.

2 Melissa October 7, 2011 at 8:42 am

Hi Kay – Thanks for sharing. I tried the oil cleansing method, but couldn’t get it to work for me. I’m glad you’ve had success! I never thought of using olive oil as Goo Gone. Nice tip!
Take care,

3 Lisa Ahn October 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Dr. Bronner’s also works great diluted in one of the foaming hand soap pumps. It’s less expensive than buying any other liquid soap.

4 Melissa October 10, 2011 at 6:55 am

Great tip, Lisa! I haven’t tried it in one of those, but I will now.
Have a lovely week!

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