10 Household Staples, 450 Uses

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If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you have cabinets full of cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, pest removal products, and personal care products. If you took an inventory of all of these products and added up the cost, I’d be willing to bet you’ve spent more than you ever imagined.

Have you ever actually looked at the ingredients in these products, like your shampoo or your kitchen cleaner? Have you ever researched the potential side effects of the chemicals? Probably not, right?

In our today’s culture, spending a fortune on the newest and greatest product is a norm. Marketing and advertising is a billion dollar industry and it works. We see a product on the shelves with bright colors and lofty promises and we all buy into it.

From household cleaners to face lotion and pest control, you’ll read hundreds of uses for basic ingredients anyone can find, either in your local grocery store or an online store.

These basic staples include hydrogen peroxide, coconut and olive oil, cornstarch, vinegar, baking soda, lemons, Borax, honey, beeswax, and essential oils.

Similar to the concept of “whole foods,” these are “whole products.” What you see is what you get. There’s no hidden, scary chemicals inside either.

By substituting your everyday products with these 10 household staples, you’ll be able to phase out unhealthy chemicals from your home. You won’t have to fear whether your children or pets are getting into the cabinets or whether you’re making a negative impact on the environment. Also, the more you substitute for store-bought products, the more money you’ll save, especially if you buy in bulk.

Don’t think you need to trash every product you already have and start fresh. If you’re new to this, start with one thing that looks easy. Then try another. Slowly but surely, you’ll start to wonder why you ever bought chemical cleaners at all.

And lastly, for those of you more interested in emergency preparedness, this is an excellent piece of information to print out. By stocking up on these 10 things, you’ve just created a storehouse of hundreds of potential products to use in an emergency or long-term SHTF scenario.

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About Ande Truman

Ande has made mistakes in the kitchen since she could reach the countertop. From a restaurant head cook, to cooking meals for friends, to her own solo plate, experimenting & learning drives her. She's also a freelance graphic & web designer, photo/videographer, guitar player and wanderlust-er. In her spare time, she works a full-time 8 to 5 cubicle job. She's the creator of Broke & Healthy.

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