Identifying Our Dependencies on Household Items

Identifying Our Dependencies on Household Items

In this second post of the series “Identifying Our Dependencies”, I am going to focus on some of the common household items that we use and how we plan to be less dependent on them.

Household Items

cleaning chemicalsWe were finally hit by the stick and started to realize all of the bad chemicals that are in most of the household items that we use on a daily basis. The area of household items seems like it would be an easy quick win for us, so let me break down some of the things that we are trying to do.

Not only are we concerned about all of the harmful chemicals in a lot of these products, but the cost of them are outrageous! In order to become homesteaders, we need to become more frugal and start producing more than consuming.

Body Soap

For as long as I can remember, I’ve used Irish Spring as my bar soap of choice. Once I started looking into making our own soap, I started to realize that it doesn’t seem to hard. Be on the look out for some posts on my adventures with cold process soap making in the near future.

Hand Soap

Same with hand soap, there is a lot of bad chemicals in here that we don’t want our family exposed to so we hope to start making our own hand soap. Currently we buy all of our soap at the store but we really want to get away from that.

Toothpaste

I’m not too sure about making our own toothpaste as I have never looked into it. We currently buy name brand toothpaste from the store and would also like to get away from that. We might look into some of the organic type of toothpaste out there before attempting to make our own.

Shampoo

As I get older, I’m starting to lose more and more hair. I’m not sure if this is from the shampoo or what, but I blame the shampoo. After doing a little research, making your own shampoo doesn’t seem too difficult, and is something we would like to start doing. The less things to buy from the store, the better 🙂

Laundry Detergent

Each and everyday, we are in closest contact with our clothes. I’m not exactly sure what chemicals are in store bought laundry detergent, but I’m sure it’s not good, especially since it’s rubbing against you all day long. We hope to start making our own powdered laundry soap, so that we know exactly what’s in there.

Paper Towels

Paper towels are a tough one, they come in handy in so many situations, but they cost so much! We plan to start to ease our dependence away from paper towels and try and use clothes/rags instead. In the situations where clothes/rags wouldn’t really work, such as with bacon grease, we plan to start using newspaper!

Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is one of those things that just might not be able to be avoided. I mean yeah, you can use a leaf, but no, just no. Since getting away from buying toilet paper probably isn’t going to happen, we’re just going to stock up on it so that we don’t have to buy it as often. Buy in bulk and use coupons on it and you should be able to get a really good deal.

So there you have it, those are some of the common household items that we are trying to be less dependent on. If you have any tips, tricks, or suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Homesteading!

Andrew & Maria

4 thoughts on “Identifying Our Dependencies on Household Items

  1. We’ve been transitioning to “clean” household products for about a year or so…sometimes we do awesome and other times we get lazy and buy stuff from the store.

    I love Earthpaste toothpaste, but my boyfriend doesn’t. Tom’s of Maine and Dr. Bronner’s toothpaste are good alternatives if you, too, don’t like the Earthpaste.

    Laundry detergent is, as you noted, full of nasty chemicals (think possible carcinogens!). Making your own is super easy and, in the long run, a lot cheaper…baking soda, washing soda, and a grated bar of castille soap + a few drops of essential oil if you like. Also, consider ditching dryer sheets and replacing them with wool dryer balls!

    We still use hand soap, body soap, and shampoo, but I opt for cleaner brands like Mrs. Meyers, Dr. Bronner’s (in the big bottle). They’re a bit more expensive, but last a lot longer than the generic store brands or Dial because you don’t need to use as much at a time. Baking soda rinses and vinegar rinses are great alternatives to shampoo as well!

    1. Thanks a lot for sharing this information! It’s very encouraging to hear about your experiences with this way of life.

  2. This might sound gross to you, but there are a lot of countries that don’t use toilet paper. Instead they just use water to wash themselves immediately. You could easily fill a squeeze bottle and use specifically designated washcloths. Personally, I’m used to toilet paper and I’m using it, but when it comes down to it, its a luxury item that you have to decide whether to keep or ditch.

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