Eating Healthy on a Budget

Monday, April 27, 2009

Cookin' Up Green Products

We've recently been inspired in our home to go green! Here are some resources we have used that are helping us save $$$ but also our planet!

Jacob takes a lunch to work every day. He will now have a reusable lunch sack and reusable snack bags from

Another thing we spend a lot of money on is: paper plates, napkins & paper towels. Once we run out of these supplies we will not be buying any more! I plan on finding 8-10 hard-plastic-fun plates for dinners we eat at the couch like pizza or when we don't have enough clean "nice plates"! We already have linen napkins that I NEVER use.... as for paper towels I will be finding a few hardy wash clothes to help scrub and clean my oven and countertops.

Last, one of my favorite products I use is 409. It is SO awesome at cleaning up the counters and I enjoy the strong clean scent! (eye watering strong!) However, I found this (or see below) recipe for an all natural cleaner. The supplies to make 4-6 bottles are around $15. This will last us well over a year. I ordered the majority of the supplies from They have really cheap castile soap, tea tree oil, lemongrass and lavendar oil. PLUS use this code HES906 to get $5 off your first purchase regardless of the amount!

Gorgeously Green All-Purpose Spray
32-ounce plastic spray bottle
2 cups water
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon pure castile soap (peppermint is a favorite)
3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops of lavender or lemongrass essential oil
Simply fill a large 32-ounce plastic spray bottle with the water. Add the vinegar, castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and lavender or lemongrass essential oil. Lavender is lovely for the bathroom spray and lemongrass for the kitchen, so make two separate bottles at the same time. In the hot summer months, add about 10 drops of citronella essential oil to the spray, as it is an excellent insect repellent.This spray is suitable for acrylic, ceramic tile, wood, marble and granite.

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