i’d very much love to get your recommendations for earth & animal friendly products and round-the-house tips.
1. Menstrual Cups!
Amazing for so many reason including, but not limited to, the following:
(i) much more environmentally friendly than most feminine care products. you buy a cup, and use it for years. in all that time, the only trash you generate is the box the cup comes in.
(ii) all the perks of tampons, and then some.
(iii) effective. no leaking, even during a heavy-flow day workout (which included jumping jacks, jumprope, mountain climbers, lunges…)
(iv) thrifty. a menstrual cup costs around $23 (that’s about 3-4 months worth of tampons) and lasts for years.
2. Thai Deodorant Stone
my first try at cruelty free deodorant was tom’s of maine. unfortunately, it didn’t do the trick for me. my next find was the thai deodorant stone / stick. and here’s why i like it:
(i) it works like a dream.
(ii) thrifty find as well. costs about $7, lasts forever (according to reviews).
(iii) i haven’t licked it myself, but apparently it’s just crystalized salt. (i’ve been making it a point to moisturize my pits.)
(iv) doesn’t stain yer clothes.
3. a paste made from hydrogen peroxide and baking soda works wonders cleaning seemingly-hopless baking pans and such. i discovered this lovely tip on reddit.
4. a mixture of sugar and olive oil makes for a great exfoliant. (i was skeptical about rubbing sugar and oil all over my face, but it was lovely)
5. add some ground black pepper to your hot tea to help relieve a cough. my friend shared this folksy remedy with me. my cough relieving potion is now: hot tea, honey, maybe some warm milk, and freshly ground pepper. it is helpful, and actually not un-tasty.
and ginger helps relieve nausea. just sayin’
6. used dryer sheets are good for dusting, because they’ll have some static cling. i try to dust off a few surfaces on my way from dryer to trash can.
disclaimer: absolutely none of these came from ‘1001 tips for teens’ ... however, if you ever have the chance, put your anthropologist hat on and flip through the book. 18 months ago