Go To Items When Budget Gets Tight

🌟Ways to live healthier on a budget - Swapping an item out for a cheaper one.

There have been many times in my 22 years of marriage that we have been on a tight budget due to a job loss or a business not succeeding. But that didn’t mean, I had to give up living a healthy lifestyle. I just had to do some replacing of items for cheaper products. The two above are my main “go to” when the budget gets tight.

Laundry detergent is one of the best household items to help you stay on budget. There are so many options out there from cheap to expensive to chemical filled to natural. So here’s an idea for a simple, natural, economical way to do laundry:
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🧽Use baking soda for laundry detergent. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer, cleanser and it helps soften the washing water (1). I use 1 cup and put it in the powder detergent section of my washing machine. Each machine may be different though. You can also add essential oils for smell.
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🧽Use white vinegar for fabric softener. White vinegar helps whiten, brighten and soften clothes (2). I use 1/4 cup and put it in the fabric softener dispenser.
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🧽Use wool balls in place of dryer sheets. Wool dryer balls absorb moisture which reduces drying time and helps with static. This is one of the most economical swaps as wool dryer balls can last 3-5 years (3). In my “Top 10 First Changes” to replace Cheat Shert, dryer sheets is one of them due to the amount of chemicals on them.

Why make laundry swaps❓
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👎🏻Laundry products are infamous for being formulated with fragrance, surfactants, EDTA, 1,4 dioxane, VOC emission and more. These chemicals are linked to various ailments like skin, eye and lung irritation and even hormone disruption. (4,5).
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“A University of Washington study of top-selling laundry products and air fresheners found the products emitted dozens of different chemicals. All six products tested gave off at least one chemical regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, but none of those chemicals was listed on the product labels.”
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Using these laundry swaps or the beauty ideas shown on the picture, can be a ways to take baby steps toward positive changes in your home while staying within a budget.