by Texas Homesteader ~
There are many things that I no longer buy at the store such as cleaners, convenience mixes, garbage bags, paper goods, etc. I’m typically able to make do (quite nicely, actually) with what I already have here at home.
I’ve found it just took looking at things in a different way. Come see what I no longer buy at the store.
How Can YOU Stay Out Of The Store?
Now I’m not casting stones. At one time I also bought into the convenience mindset and didn’t really think about the procedure itself.
It wasn’t until I challenged myself to provide the things that I typically bought at the store that I found out how incredibly easy it was.
Fewer runs to the store for household and recipe items.
Less trash from convenience items.
More money in my pocket – homemade is LOTS cheaper!
Things I No Longer Buy At The Store
More & more I’m finding ways to make do with what I already have. A few things I no longer have to buy:
…and much more!
The more I learn to make do for myself the easier I find it is. And the easier it is, the more often I’m able to stay out of the store.
Good for my health, our budget, or the earth. Or all three sometimes!
The biggest ways I’m able to use what we already have to fill a need without going to the store are:
Commercial Cleaners Replaced With Homemade Cleaners
I’ve included a nice long list of the more natural ways I keep our home clean at the bottom of this post or by clicking the button below. I encourage you to check it out.
Like most folks, I used to have a large cache of cleaners under my kitchen and bathroom sinks.
I had toilet cleaners, glass cleaners and tile floor cleaners. It seems there were cleaners specially formulated for cleaning only one specific type of surface.
I really never thought about it, just blindly picked up each one and put it in my shopping cart as I danced down the aisles dreaming of the sparkling clean home in my immediate future.
Then reality set in… REALLY??!? A different cleaner for each individual surface?
So I started learning about more basic and natural ways to keep our home clean.
These days to get my household cleaners I don’t need to go to a store. As a matter of fact, I need to look no further than my own kitchen pantry.
Homemade Non-Toxic Cleaners
That’s right, my all my Homemade Cleaners are non-toxic & safe! What are my secret weapons? (links below will take you to more information)
Dish Soap & Water – Mixed in a repurposed spray bottle for dishes, granite countertops & grease-cutting power on stovetops and more.
Simple Homemade Glass Cleaner – Using vinegar and crumpled black/white newspaper. It results in a streak-free shine!
Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaners – Baking Soda’s mildly abrasive qualities will clean the sink or toilet bowl to a sparkling shine. Vinegar will clean soap scum, mirrors & tile as well as disinfect the toilet bowl.
Homemade Carpet Cleaner – using salt, water and distilled white vinegar I’ve been able to remove even the toughest pet stains.
No More Disposable Paper Products
I’ve found disposable paper products are not needed here at the homestead.
Paper plates are replaced with honest-to-goodness dishes. Cleanup is as easy as scrape-load into dishwasher – push button – walk away.
Paper napkins are replaced with cloth napkins that still look new even after over 2 decades of heavy use.
And paper towels have even been eliminated and replaced with cloth rags cut from tshirts too stained to donate. No sewing!
Eliminating disposable paper products was an easy move at the Homestead.
Repurposing Bags For FREE Trash Bags!
Trash bags are another thing I no longer need to purchase at the store. Since we now buy fewer cans, boxes and convenience mixes our trash output has been drastically reduced.
But even though I shun plastic, there are still plastic bags that automatically make their way into our home anyway. Things such as our family-sized package of toilet paper or food wrappings and such.
So if plastic is going to come into our home despite my best efforts, I’ll at least make sure they get reused. And I’ll use them to replace a plastic item I used to buy – trash bags.
Now I repurpose those larger plastic wrappers to line our small trash can.
Our trash can is tiny so I’m able to tuck it away out of sight. This smaller waste basket fits neatly inside a small slide-drawer we had built into one of our bottom kitchen cabinets.
I’m thrilled that I no longer have a large, ugly, bulky trash can pretending to be a mammoth decorator item in my kitchen!
Since I compost my food scraps, and recycle plastics such as milk jugs, etc. this tiny waste basket only needs to be emptied about every 2 weeks or even longer.
Simple & Fast Homemade Desserts
No more cakes, cookies, etc. are purchased from the store now. But I’ve found the fastest easiest ways to make:
Easy Homemade Convenience Mixes
Commercially-produced convenience items are rarely used here now. I’ve found it’s super easy to whip up convenience items on my own.
Simple Homemade Pancake Mix
My pancake recipe takes no longer to mix up than the “premixed” kind in a disposable box or bag.
Homemade Chocolate Frosting
I’m thrilled that what’s now become my absolute favorite fudge frosting recipe can be whipped up in minutes. And it doesn’t even require cooking!
I just stir everything together in only 1 minute! Plus it doesn’t come in a chunky disposable plastic tub. There’s precious little trash when I make this quick homemade frosting myself.
Quick Homemade Chocolate Brownies
I can also whip up the most decadent brownies completely from scratch in about the same time it takes to mix the wet ingredients from a commercial box of brownies.
All of these items are made with ingredients I already have in my kitchen!
The kicker here (and believe me this is important):
It takes no more time than the “convenience” mixes!
Plus those are ingredients I recognize and can pronounce, unlike some of the strange-sounding ingredients on a box of pre-made mix.
And at substantially less cost both economically and environmentally.
Simple Homemade Seasoning Mixes
And whipping up your own customized seasoning mixes is easy too.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Any number of homemade seasoning mixes can be mixed together quickly, y’all!
I’ll often ask myself: “Do I already have something here at home that will take the place of that thing I used to buy?”
The answer more & more is – YES! But the thing is, it’s really easy to do. It just takes watching for places to substitute.
Give it a try – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Other Posts About Reducing Household Waste
- How We Reduced Household Trash
- 5 Zero-Waste Products We Love
- I Love Mother Nature So I Recycle LESS!
- Where Exactly Is ‘Away’?
- Easily Reduce Or Eliminate Junk Mail
- 7 Ways To Reduce Plastic In The Kitchen
- Ditch The Plastic! Using Glass In The Refrigerator
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Replacing Plastic Wrap With Beeswax Wraps
- Making Your Own Pourable Sugar Jar
- Eliminate Plastic Produce Bags
Health & Beauty
- Zero-Waste Hygiene
- Reducing Plastic In Personal Hygiene: Deodorant
- No More Plastic Razors – How To Use A Safety Razor
- Repurposing Empty Coffee Containers
- Denim Repurposed Into Fun Crafts
- Repurposing A Parmesan Cheese Lid
- 5 Handy Repurpose Ideas From An Old Sock
…and Many More
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