Trying to remove toxins from your diet and household can be a daunting task. Not only that, it can be expensive as well. Sure, you get what you pay for, and you want higher-quality items and foods. But practically, the budget has to be kept in mind. Below are some handy tips to help you switch to a healthier, non-toxic lifestyle without breaking the bank.
Use Up What You Have
The temptation is strong to throw every item in your cleaning closet and bathroom into the dumpster, and either buy or make healthier items in pretty glass jars. But keep in mind all that went into making the products you currently have. While your current shampoo might not be “green”, neither is throwing three full bottles into a landfill. Use what you have, and as each item gets used up, that’s when you make the switch! This takes the initial cost and spreads it out over multiple months – and is healthier for the environment as well.
Beware Of Greenwashing
Companies are aware of the trend towards healthier products, and want to capitalize on that trend with the least amount of effort on their part. Through aesthetic labeling and slapping targeted phrases on the bottle, they come across as being healthy and non-toxic. But read that ingredient list! Run the product through one of the many websites that rank products based on toxicity. Many companies and products look a lot more “natural” than they really are, and those products often sport a high price tag.
Make Your Own
Sure, you could purchase an array of cleaners and a pantry of granola bars, but you know where the savings are? In making your own. Vinegar, baking soda, essential oils – even citrus peels steeped in vodka – are all powerful household cleaners on the cheap. Healthy convenience snacks are great to have in a pinch, but your budget will pay for them. You can make your own granola bars and date balls for a fraction of the cost with minimal effort.
Change How You Shop
While many grocery stores are trying to offer healthier or allergen-friendly foods, the truth is that there’s only so much space on their shelves. But by changing the grocery shopping model, some companies such as Thrive Market have found ways to offer healthy, non-toxic food items to you at a considerable discount! Small membership fees are more than paid for by the price discounts and the vast array of items available. You’ll find healthy swaps for staple foods that you might not see offered in a brick-and-mortar store.
Particularly with animal products, it can be expensive to steer away from poor farming practices, pasteurization, grain-finishing, or hormone and antibiotic use. You want your food to be as nourishing as possible with no added toxins! So, go directly to the farmer. Support your local farmers that are striving to deliver a healthy product. While it will be more expensive than the typical meat in the grocery store, you will know exactly what went into your food and will cut out all of the middle men and their associated costs. You also will likely need to buy your meat from your farmer in bulk, which will significantly cut your cost per pound!
Save Your Storage
Storing foods and household items in glass containers is a great way to minimize the plastics and associated toxins in your life, but those can add up! Mason jars are a great way to purchase multiple glass containers for cheap. Also, save the jars your food comes in! With some elbow grease to remove the label, and maybe a quick paint job on the lid if you choose, you’ve got free glass containers!