What is PopFit Clothing?-Yay or Nay?

What is PopFit Clothing?

While scrolling on Instragram a few months ago, an add for PopFit clothing came up. The ad offered one free pair of leggings just pay shipping. I was intrigued. I had thought about trying out fabletics but hadn’t made the jump yet. As you can expect I went on to the PopFit clothing website. So what is PopFit Clothing?

PopFit clothing is a clothing company that sells leggings and sports bras. They offer a free pair of leggings when you pay shipping to introduce you to their products.

How to get started?

To get started getting your free pair of leggings and trying out PopFit Clothing go to their website https://www.popfitclothing.com/  or https://www.popfitclothing.com/social_media_specials/pop-fit—free-leggings–sh—homepage-banner

The second link will brink you right to the page to pick your free pair of leggings.

Pick your size at the top of the page and then start scrolling through the leggings and bra options.

Add the pair you want to your shopping cart and see that the price is $0.00.

Proceed to checkout.

You can stop there and pay for the shipping for your one pair of free leggings or you can click the bottom to add another free pair of leggings after you pay shipping and join POP VIP.

This is what I decided to do to try out two pairs of leggings for only $12.

If you pick a second pair of leggings then you will be signing up for the POP VIP monthly membership. You won’t be charged for the membership until 30 days later for $34.99 but you can also cancel at anytime to not get charged. I decided that I wanted to get a few more leggings before cancelling and just received my second month’s order.

Don’t want to get a second pair of leggings. No problem just click the link that says “No thanks, I don’t want to join POP VIP-Proceed to checkout without a second free gift”

What I like about PopFit Clothing?

The Sizing:

The sizing comes in a large range. One thing I always dislike is when there is not enough sizing options or the most popular sizes are all sold out. The sizing for PopFit ranges from XXS to 4X. This means that most people will be able to pick a size that works for them. The sizing guide is also actually helpful. I like that they show women of the actual size for each size, along with the hip, waist and bust measurements and the pant size that corresponds. From this information I decided to try an XL which corresponds to a 16-18 size pant. They turned out to be the perfect size.

The selection:

So far I have found the selection to quite good. They have full length leggings, cropped leggings, shorts and bras. There are also accessories, underwear and tank tops. I have only tried the full length and cropped leggings but so far I am a fan.

The style:

There are multiple styles and colors for each of the full length leggings, cropped leggings and bras. The leggings, both full length and cropped all have pockets.

Yes, pockets. These are good pockets also that will securely fit your phone or keys and lots of other stuff. Some styles have one pocket and some styles of two pockets. I have found the pockets to be very good. They hold my phone very securely, I don’t feel like it will fall out or that it adds too much bulk.

There are 4 bra styles in various colors, 8 full length leggings styles, 6 cropped leggings styles and 3 shorts styles.

I have tried the Jane legging in both the full length and the cropped and so far this is my favorite style. It is very comfortable with a high waist band that stays put while sitting, squatting and working out. It features 2 pockets, on eon each side and fits a phone or a full set of keys with no problem. I have the cropped ones in black and the full length ones in teal. See the picture below to see how big the pockets are. I love that they have pockets. The description says that these feature less cut lines and a simple silhouette that make these pain leggings a perfect basic legging. I have to agree.

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Jane Cropped Leggings www.popfitclothing.com

The other pair of full leggings I have are the Eloise style. These I do not love as much. They also have two pockets, a comfortable high, wide waist band but for some reason I do not find them as comfortable. They seem to be more structured in the legs and I am not a fan of this style. The description says “new sleek lines for a more sporty look, and a more flattering cut around the midsection”.

Why join POPFIT VIP?

  1. Two free leggings for the price of shipping
  2. 40% off any additional orders and free shipping
  3. One style shipped to you each month from your wish list
  4. Wish list so you can save the styles you want next
  5. Free gifts on months, 2,3,6 and 12
  6. Free shipping
  7. One free exchange label per month

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What is Shein? Cheap, Good Clothes

Shein Review

With summer around the corner and Covid-19 still causing places to be closed and travel looking unlikely for the near future, I found myself shopping online. I came across a website www.us.shein.com. I have ordered two swimsuits and two pairs of shorts from Shein now and think this Shein review will be helpful for those not sure if they should order from Shein or not.

What is Shein?

Shein is an online clothing and household store. It sells decently prices items for women, men and children which include, dresses, shoes, sleepwear, swimwear and accessories. I have found that the prices are very reasonable and the quality is pretty good. The products ship from China so it does take a few weeks to get the items but so far I have been quite satisfied with my orders.

How I Found Shein

Ever since stay at home started, my husband and I have been spending a lot of time with our upstairs neighbors in the hot tub. With the days getting warmer I also went to Walmart and picked up a small pool to put on the patio. That is how I found myself looking for new swimsuits online. I looked on Amazon and there are quite a few cute vintage style swimsuits. I had previously ordered one of these styles on Amazon. This time I found a cute swimsuit on Shein and the price was less. That is one of the things that made me order form Shein. They seem to have lower prices then anywhere else I found online. There are other companies selling swimsuit in the $20-$20 range such as Romwe, Dressily and Amazon but Shein is the only one that seemed to be selling them for under $20.00.

I was a little hesitant to order from Shein. I was not sure of the quality or how long it would take to show up but they had the best price.

The Shein Review

This is the first bikini I ordered

I thought it was really cute and unique. I really liked the idea of the top, that it had sleeves, has a high neckline and is a longer bikini top with the high bottoms. This set is currently selling for $18 plus shipping.

My Thoughts

I love this swimsuit. The bottoms are perfect for covering my stomach. I love the top with sleeves and the tie. It is comfortable, fits well and I love that covers my shoulders. It is quite a thick material. This swim top will be perfect for warm but not super hot days. It also will go well with other swim bottoms I have.

The only thing I do not like about the Shein site is the sizing. Sizes 4-10 are women’s sizes while sizes 12-18 are curvy and Plus size. I really don’t like that there is not a wider range of sizing available. I also really do not like that how they label sizes 12-16 as plus size. Size 12 is labeled as 0X, 14 as 1X, size 16 as 2X and size 18 is 3X. I ordered the 2X for this swimsuit. Normally an XL would be the right size for me, but not with Shein.

If you fit in the sizes they offer and don’t mind their terrible size labeling then I think you should check out Shein.

The pictures below are the actual product I received. The packaging is so better than expected. They come in nice Shein zippered bags.

Review of Second Swimsuit

The second swimsuit I ordered was another high waist bikini. It was only $11.

This swimsuit also seems to be good quality. The high waist bottom fits very nice. The top is just a little looser than I would like but still fits wells and covers up where I want it to.

The bikini sets on Shein are sold in the same size for the top and bottom so if you need different sizing for either the top or bottom you might want to look at the separate swimsuit pieces instead.

The picture below shows the actual product I received.

 

Shorts Review

The most recent items I received from Shein were two pairs of paper bag shorts. I was looking for longer and looser fitting shorts and came across these. These two pairs of shorts were less than the one pair of Bermuda jean shorts I bought from Kohl’s.

What are paper bag shorts?

These shorts are called paper bag shorts due to the design of the waist. They have a scrunchy waist that reminds one of a paper bag. They usually scrunch at the waist and are tied together with a ribbon/belt. These shorts are definitely on the more dressy side but can be either dressed up or dressed down. I think they would be really cute for a lunch date with friends or just to feel a little nicer.

The picture below is what the shorts look like online. The first pair comes in black, green, navy and pink. I ordered them in black and the price was $11

The other pair is the same design. It was also $11 and was available in green, navy and burgundy.

This was my first time trying paper bag shorts and I think I am a fan. They are quite comfortable, the length is not too long nor too short and the waist is not too tight. The material of these shorts is light. They do seem to wrinkle a little bit and the black ones might be see through in the sun.

Below are some pictures of me trying on the paper bag shorts. I also tried out some editing with our green screen and pretended I was at the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should you order from Shein?

Pro’s: 

good prices, large selection, sizes from S-4X

Con’s:

items sell out fast, shipping times, size 14 and 16 are considered curvy and plus.

Conclusion:

I have been quite happy with my purchases from Shein. They take a little bit to arrive since they do come from china but that doesn’t bother me. There is a wide selection and the prices are reasonable. I like that you can heart items you like to be saved in a wish list and you earn points on purchases you make. The thing I dislike the most is the sizing of the size 14 and 16 being listed as X1 and X2. The largest size is X4 which is size 20. I have to remember to click on the curvy and plus section before looking for items which is a little annoying.

https://us.shein.com/

Should I order Young Living?

Are you considering ordering from Young Living or getting a wholesale membership?

A year ago I was wondering the same thing. Should I order from Young Living? Are the products any good? What will I even buy? Let me tell you how and why I came to love Young Living.

Making the Switch

I have been using Young Living products in my house and on myself for almost a year now. I started with using essential oils about a year before that. I have found some essential oil companies I love and believe that they offer great quality for not a very expensive price. So why do I keep going back to Young Living when it cost more?

Young Living claims it has the highest quality. I don’t know if I necessarily agree with that because I haven’t found the quality from the other companies I like to be any less. The reason I order from Young Living monthly on the essential awards program is because there are products I get from them that I can’t get anywhere else that work for me.

I started with a basic starter kit to get a membership with Young Living and test some products out. I had previously been using Eden’s Garden and Plant Therapy. I have also recently purchased from Revive. I like all of these companies for various reason but none of them have exactly the same products. They may be a close formulation of an essential oil blend but I have found that some blends I just like the scent better from a particular company. For example I wanted to try the Thieves blend for cleaning and use in my diffuser. I started with a blend that says it is comparable from both Eden’s Garden and Plant Therapy. Those both work fine and have a strong Eucalyptus smell. I still wanted to try the original Thieves blend so I finally ordered it from Young Living. I have to say I like that blend better. I like more spicy clove scent that Thieves has verse the more Eucalyptus scent that the other brands blends have. That being said, I wanted to order a larger bottle of Thieves without spending a fortune so I decided to try the Revive brand of essential oils and their version of the Thieves blend that they call Immunity. I was pleasantly surprised that the scent profile was almost the same.

But it’s so expensive!

If I like the other companies that are less expensive why do I order from Young Living? I like their products. That’s the answer. I like the Thieves Spray, the Thieves waterless hand sanitizer, the Foaming Thieves hand soap, the Thieves dish soap ( I use a little in the dish washer with dishwasher tablets from Dropp- I haven’t tried the Thieves dishwasher tabs yet. I find that a little of the Thieves Dish Soap really makes a difference on how clean the dished come out). I also love the scent of Stress away blend, Peace and Calming blend and Citrus Fresh. I also use a product called Progessence Plus for my hormones and Endoflex essential oil blend for my thyroid and hormones. In addition I enjoy the drink called Ninxgia Red that is full of good stuff for your body. I also use the Thieves toothpaste and mouthwash. That is a lot of stuff I like from Young Living and I haven’t even tried everything from them.

All these products are the reason I continue to use and buy from Young Living. When I run out of a single essential oil like Lavender or Lemon, I will normally order from one of my other favorite companies unless I ordered enough that month to get some products free. I find that the single oils are less expensive elsewhere but most of the blends I like I continue to get from Young Living. Sometimes I wait until there is a promo for the month and sometimes I use my PV points I have earned from my monthly purchase with Essential Rewards to get them.

My Why

Why do I get soap and toothpaste and mouthwash from Young Living when I can get that stuff cheaper at the local store? I like them. I think they work. I want to use more natural products with less chemicals and toxins. I have never liked using antibacterial soaps, bleach or harsh dental products. So switching to a more natural product and one that has essential oils was easy for me. I find that the foaming soap from Young Living does not dry out my hands and I like that it has essential oils in them.

Something else that keeps me buying from Young Living are the products I mentioned I use for my hormones. I have been using Progessence Plus and Endoflex for almost 9 months as of writing these. I noticed right away that it improved my period. My days of bleeding reduced from 5 to 3 and half. This has continued from the first month I started using Progessence Plus and has not changed. I have loved having a shorter period and there is only one heavy day now. I also find that I experience way less, sometimes even no PMS symptoms since I started using Progessence Plus.

This is not just me saying I notice a difference. My husband has commented multiple times that he can see a difference in my emotions and that I have virtually no pms symptoms since starting with these products. The one month I rationed out the Progessence Plus I had and it was sold out at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, my husband noticed right away. He asked if I was still using my hormone oils and I said yes, but I was using less until it came back in stock. I ordered two bottles as soon as I could and it has been clear sailing ever since. We are both happy now. EndoFlex is an essential oil blend I use also for my hormones and thyroid. Sometimes I will also add Frankincense to this blend since Frankincense is also a good oil for hormones in addition to great for your skin.

What is Essential Rewards?

I feel like I could go on and on about the products and oils I love and use from Young Living. There are a bunch I have not tried yet also. When I signed up for a membership I started with the most basic one that was available mostly to try the Ningxia Red drink and get the wholesale member pricing. After one small order the next month I signed up for the Essential Rewards monthly program. You need to order $50 of products each month through Essential Rewards and then you get reward points on each order that you can then use to get more products through the regular shopping cart section of the website. Spending $50 a month seemed like a lot at the time but since I order Progessence plus almost every month I just add another 1-2 more products or oils and I have enough. I am currently earning 20% back on my essential rewards orders so then I can use those reward points to buy something else or save them and let the points grow to use on a bigger purchase in a few months.

Wait…I have to spend $50 a month?

No. You don’t have to sign up for essential rewards. But I have found that it is worth it for me since I am ordering products from them monthly anyway and in addition I acquire reward points that I use for other purchases.

How do I spend at least $50 a month on Essential Rewards? It’s surprisingly easy. Some months in the beginning I spend more and then qualified for the free promo products for those months. I figured it out and even though I spend $150, I had received products worth over $300 total, but the reward points I used to buy other stuff and just paid shipping.

May ER Order:

Progessence Plus $38.50 (worth it)

Citrus Fresh 15 ML ($15. 75)

Valor Deodorant ($12.75) new product, will be the first time trying it

April ER Order:

2 Bottles of Progessence Plus (stocked up since was running out and was sold out the month before)

March ER Order:

 Prenolone + – 1.94 oz $37.75
Thieves Household Cleaner – 14.4 fl oz $22.50
ER Loyalty Kit – 6 Months $0.00 ( free 6 month gift for being on ER)

February ER Order:

 Endoflex Vitality $12.75 
Thieves Fresh Essence Mouthwash – 8oz $11.25USD (split between two bottles for less intensity and last longer)
Lip Balm – Cinnamint $4.25USD
NingXia Red 2 oz Singles – 30ct $87.00USD
Cedarwood Essential Oil – 15ml *Promo* ( Free promo for ordering over $100, I use with Lavender and White Angelica for Sleep in a diffuser)

Ok… How do I get started?

Do you want to try the amazing Thieves products, get started using essential oils or drink Ninxgia Red for your health? I say just give it a try. Start with a premium started kit. You can start with essential rewards right away and start earning pints back on your starter kit order or add essential rewards later after you fall in love with the products.
Use these links below to get started and make sure to use my member/enroller ID number so I can set you up with some great Facebook Groups and send you a free gift from me. As of right now on May 14 Young Living is offering a free bottle of the new Luscious Lemon Foaming Hand Soap. This offer is only available until 5/31/2020, but why not add it to your cart anyway if it is not free anymore after that.
The Everyday Essential Oil kit is perfect to get started using essential oils
The Welcome Home Kit
Make sure to use the links provided so you get added to my team and I can set you up with a few Facebook groups and send you a gift from me.

Learn More about Essential Oils

Learn more about Thieves essential oil blend

http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/what-is-thieves-essential-oil/

5 Basics Essential Oil Things to Know

What to Eat When your Broke and on a Diet

The Broke Girl Diet!

Back in 2014-2015 I coined the term “The Broke Girl Diet”. I was living pay check to pay check and had no savings. If you are in this situation or want to cut down on food cost and the amount you eat then continue reading for what to eat when your broke and on a diet

The Broke Girl Diet came about out my being broke and wanting to lose weight. But mostly the Broke Girl Diet is founded in finding ways to cut back on food cost but still getting enough healthy foods and feeling full.

Sometimes I can almost forget how broke I was. Life has changed a ton for me and I am very grateful. After our dad died, my sister and I couldn’t afford to fill the oil tank in the middle of winter for heat and hot water. I filled up a two 5 gallon gas cans with kerosene once a week just so we had hot water for showers.  My car was falling apart at the seems and I couldn’t afford an oil change. Each month I would choose which bills could be paid late. It was a stressful time.

How does the Broke Girl Diet Work?

My goal during this time to be satisfied with as little as possible. So what to eat when your broke and on a diet. Here is a sample of what I did.

Daily eating schedule:

Am: Coffee and eggs

Am Snack: carrots or other veggie, banana or another piece of fruit

Lunch: Oatmeal with some fruit mixed in

Dinner: Chicken or fish (tilapia is the cheapest I could find) and a veggie

Pm Snack: Cheese and crackers or strawberries

Of course each day varied a little with what fruit or veggies I ate. The thing that was almost always the same was lunch. My lunch almost always consisted of oatmeal and fruit. It was an inexpensive lunch and easy to make and bring. The oatmeal didn’t need to prepared ahead of time, it didn’t need to fit in the fridge at work.

The Rules

There really are not any rules, rather guidelines I set for myself.

  • Oatmeal for lunch most days
  • Drink only coffee and water (Back then coffee and creamer was provided at work so I didn’t even have to buy that which was awesome. Nowadays everyone gets their own coffee on their way into work and no one makes it at the office anymore. I used to always make up 1-2 pots of coffee for everyone back then, but I have unfortunately fallen into the habit of getting coffee at Dunkin’ before work. It seems everyone has gotten picky about their coffee and the pot of coffee in the break room is not cool anymore. But if you have access to free coffee at work, drink it!)
  • Free Snacks are amazing. When pretzels were provided or some other snack I would gladly eat some.
  • Always accept free food. That coworker who always brings to much food and wants you to try what they made- accept it, the coworker who brings in stuff to share with everyone- have a piece or a handful.
  • Eat most meals at home and practice portion control
  • Eat protein at most meals
  • Fruit and veggies are important
  • Carbs can be your friend- When I was walking 3-4 times a week for 2-3 miles, I could eat carbs and still lose weight. I would eat oatmeal, pancakes on the weekend, cheese and cracker, potatoes and rice.
  • If you do go out to eat, get just an appetizer or share a meal with someone
  • Every once in awhile it is okay not eat healthy- Back at the trash and recycling company I worked for, a few of us decided to do something on Friday’s. We called it Fat Girl Friday. We would get food out from somewhere nearby. Sometimes it was a whole pizza split between a few people, a cheap meal from a fast food place, Rita’s Water Ice in the summer or sharing a hoagie or something else from a restaurant with large portions. Lunch specials are also your friend when you want something other than your homemade meal or oatmeal lunch. But remember this is not an everyday thing, your broke, so don’t go spending money

What I learned from the Broke Girl Diet

I learned that I can eat less and it is ok. How to become creative with cheaper food items and be satisfied with them. I learned how to look for good deals. I started stopping at roadside vegetable stands for cheaper veggies. I went to pick my own fruit at pick your own orchards. I learned I didn’t need to eat out often or get a full meal if I did.

The Broke Girl Diet was a period of my life that taught me a lot. I wouldn’t necessarily want to go back to that time but there are aspects that I should probably start doing again. I should probably start making coffee at work instead of stopping and paying for it at a coffee shop, walking more, eating out less and sharing a meal or getting a smaller food item off the menu.

It is interesting how life gives us lessons. How in difficult times we learn we don’t need everything we once thought we did. How we can do with less and still be satisfied.

During the Covid-19 pandemic we are learning to enjoy eating and cooking at home. We are taking advantage of the extra time to work on projects around the house. No matter what part of life or the current situation there is a lesson that can be learned. Although I wouldn’t choose to go back to being broke, the Broke Girl Diet has elements in it I can still apply to my life now.

I hope this helped you get some ideas on what to eat when your broke and on a diet.

What is Ultimate Bundles- Is it worth it?

What is Ultimate Bundles?

About a year ago I started seeing ads for this thing called Ultimate Bundles. Being suspicious I ignored it at first thinking that it sounded too good to be true. At some point I decided to take the leap because the price was so good and the content looked interesting.

 I believe that the first bundle I bought was the self care bundle. A few months later I bought the Herb and Essential Oil bundle. 

So what is an Ulitmate Bundle? An Ulitmate bundle is a collection or library of resources at a huge discount. Each bundle is unqiue and is a compliation of various products, ebooks, printables and courses that would individually sell for way more. Some bundles are available for sale for only a few days at a huge discount and some bundles are available for a few months. 

What do I like about Ultimate Bundles?

I like that you get a bunch of resources all in one place. The ultimate bundles website is easy to use and everything is right there ready to be downloaded. You can download everything in a zip file and or just download what you want to save or look at later. 

Any courses will bring you to the website of the person who created the course. Normally there will be a code you use on each individual checkout page so that you get the course for free. 

The ulitmate bundles website will also let you know what date your access to the bundle ends. Don’t worry. Access only end online, as long as you have downloaded the files you want (I recommend downloading everything) you are good. 

My Tips for getting the most out of your bundle

  1. Pick a bundle that interests you
  2. Download everything as soon as you get the bundle so you don’t forget. I like to individually download each file so I can put them into corresponding folders on my computer but you can also download everything all at once if you want. 
  3. Sign or register for each of the courses in your bundle. Use the code provided on the checkout page of each course.
  4. Make sure to check your email for any courses you need to verify your email
  5. Start reading your materials
  6. Print out any printables you want
  7. Start working your way through any courses you signed up for
  8. Don’t feel like you have to read everything right away (that’s why we download for later)
  9. Don’t get overwhelmed by all the material in your bundle (Each bundle will be different and some will have more content then others)
  10. Enjoy your ultimate bundle

What Bundles are Available?

This is accurate as of April 24 2020

Stay at Home Survival Bundle

This bundle is available until further notice

The Stay at Home Survival Bundle is perfect for all those new stay at home families that need a little help surviving.

Price: $24.97

Value: 21 products worth $493.19

Contents: 4 eBooks, 11 Workbooks and Printables, 5 eCourses and a summit

Click this link to see what is inside this bundle or on the banner below to go to Ultimate Bundles-Info Sheet- Stay at Home Survival Bundle – Google Docs


Stay at Home Survival Bundle 2020

Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle 2019

This bundle is available until June 4 2020

The herb and essential oils bundle is one of the bundles I purchased last year. It is full of information on herbs, how to use them, which ones to grow and how to grow them. There is a ton of information about essential oils including which ones to use for you and your family, how to use, diffuser recipes and DIY recipes for cleaning and skin and beauty.

Price: $49.97 + $10 cheat sheets

Value: 40 products worth $701.14

Contents: 29 eBooks, 4 Printables, and 7 eCourses

Click the link to see what is in the bundle- Info Sheet Herbs & Essential Oils Bundle – Google Docs

or Click the banner below to go to the Ultimate Bundles Website

Always know which natural remedy to reach for

 

Photography Super Bundle

This Bundle is available until October 2, 2020

Price: $49.97 + $10.00 cheat sheets

Value: 19 products worth $1,195.98

Contents: 12 eCourses, 6 eBooks, templates & presets

Click this link to see what is inside this bundle or on the banner below to go to Ultimate Bundles-Info Sheet-The Photography Super Bundle – Google Docs


Photography Super Bundle 2019

Ultimate Productivity Bundle 2020

Price: $67 + $10 for cheat sheets

Value: 73 products worth $2837.06

Contents: 12 eBooks, 31 eCourses, 29 workbooks & printables and 2 membership sites

Click this link to see what is inside this bundle or on the banner below to go to Ultimate Bundles- Info Sheet- The Ultimate Productivity Bundle – Google Docs

Ultimate Productivity Bundle 2020

Upcoming Bundles

Gardening and Sustainability Bundle 2020 May 18th 2020 May 22nd, 2020
Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle Flash Sale 2019 June 10th 2020 June 11th, 2020
Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2020 June 22nd 2020 June 26th, 2020
Mini Bundles (will launch for 5 days, then the bundle will be available at a higher price for 12 months)
Master Your Money Mini Bundle 2020 June 1st 2020 June 5th, 2020
Self Care Mini Bundle 2020 June 1st 2020 June 5th, 2020
Work at Home Mini Bundle 2020

9 Loved Disposable Items to Replace Today

9 Disposable Things Americans love to use 

The modern world has a lot of conveniences that make life easier. We all love them and use them everyday. We can’t imagine a world without these conveniences and would think it barbaric to stop using them. Not that long ago these ten disposable items were not even a thought but since they are so ingrained in our everyday lives let’s discuss the 9 loved disposable items Americans love to use and think that they can’t live without and the alternatives that are available to replace them. 

The good news is you might stop worrying about running out of toilet paper and bottles of water and find something better.

1. Toilet Paper

Ever since the beginning of Covid-19 began people have been going crazy buying up all the toilet paper. People are panic buying and leaving the shelves completely empty.

Did you know that toilet paper was not invented until 1857. That means that for thousands of years people were just fine without toilet paper. 

What did they use instead?

Leaves, Water, Grass, Ferns, Corn cobs,  Fruit skins, Seashells, Stone, Sand, Moss and Snow

What to use now instead

Bidet attachment

To learn more about bidet attachments check out www.tushy.com and the section on bidets in this post here http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/4-easy-personal-care-changes-to-be-eco-friendly/

FYI…We love our bidet and when I ever I have to use toilet paper when I am at work or somewhere else I miss my bidet.

2. Plastic water bottles

Oh plastic water bottles. We use them for travel, for parties for working out, to give to the kids, when we have company over and just when ever we want water. This is also another item that people seem to be panic buying during Covid-19 here in the US. But do we really need to spend money on water that is prepackaged in plastic containers. Most places in the United States has relatively safe drinking water and water filtration systems are relatively easy to come by. 

Flash back to 1972 and you would not see any plastic water bottles in the stores. That is because bottled water was not invented until 1973. 

Did you know it also takes 2,000 times as much energy to produce bottled water than tap water. It is a cheaper alternative to glass bottles which is what soda and other carbonated drinks used to be sold in but glass is much more eco friendly than plastic water bottles. 

What to use instead

There are plastic reusable water bottles like this

Or stainless steel water bottles like this

Or this Glass option with a silicone sleeve

If you feel you need your water to be filtered and that is what is holding you back from stopping the use of single use plastic water bottles then here is a bottle with a built in filter

3. Paper towels

Kitchen paper towels were rolled out in 1931 by the Scott Paper Company and the rest is history.

Don’t get me wrong I still occasionally use a paper towel for really gross messes

There are some paper towels made from recycled materials but mostly they are made from virgin materials making them not very environmentally friendly.

Interestingly it is said that a teacher thought of the idea when many of the children in school where getting sick in school from using the same cloth towel in the bathroom. I do believe that paper towels have a place in some situations, like in public restrooms and hospitals. But it is not necessary to use traditional paper towels made from virgin materials often.

What do use instead

At home where we are exposed to less germs we can use cloth hand towels to dry our hands and kitchen cloth towels to wipe up spills and messes and then clean these towels in the laundry. This will lower the amount of paper towels that are bought and needed.

There are reusable bamboo paper towels available. This would be better because they are made from bamboo that grows rapidly and they are reusable so they will last longer than a single use traditional paper towel.

These unbleached cotton and bamboo towels replace 100 rolls of regular paper towels

Or this pack of Swedish Cellulose Sponge Cleaning Cloths that are reusable and biodegradable

 

4. Antibacterial wipes

Wet naps started being sold in 1963 and were first distributed to Kentucky Fried Chicken. They became more common form the 1970’s onward. 

Almost all of the wet wipes on the market are produced from non-woven fabrics made of polyester or polypropylene.

It is moistened with water or other liquids like isopropyl alcohol.  The material may be treated with softeners, lotions, or perfume. Preservatives such as methylisothiazolinone are used to prevent bacterial or fungal growth 

Read this article here https://www.today.com/home/there-s-right-wrong-way-use-cleaning-wipes-apparently-t154581

It explains that antibacterial wipes in order to be effective need to be used on one surface and tossed and that the surface needs to stay wet for 4-10 minutes depending on the brand. They recommend using soap and water on most surfaces instead

What to use instead

Multi purpose spray

White Vinegar

Soap and water

Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner

Get the Thieves Starter Kit here- https://theclassybrokegirls.lifestepseo.com/kits/thieves

 

5. Pads and tampons

Women on average will deal with their menstrual cycles and periods for 40 years. The most popular period products are  disposable pads and tampons. They might even be the only ones you know about.

The first pad by Kotex started in the 1920’s. Tampons were invented in the 1930’s. The average woman uses about 5 pads or tampons a day. That means between 12,000 and 14,400 pieces of non-biodegradable trash per woman. That is a ton of trash. 

What to use instead?

Surprisingly the first menstrual cup was developed in the 1930’s. As today these are very effective but were not as popular as pads and tampons.

A menstrual cup is a reusable menstrual product normally made of medical grade silicone, it might also be made of rubber.

To learn more about menstrual cup and menstrual disks, what the difference is and how to choose one- click here http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/reusable-menstrual-cups-or-disposable/

To read all about my first experience trying reusable menstrual cup- click here http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/eco-classy-period/

Another option that is much more environmentally friendly than disposable pads are reusable cloth pads.

To learn about reusable cloth pads- click here http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/reusable-cloth-menstrual-pads/

The third more eco-friendly option is period underwear. These have some cons and are not right for everyone, especially those with a heavier period but for those with a lighter period or spotting will probably find that period underwear works well for them.

To learn more about period underwear- click here http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/4-easy-personal-care-changes-to-be-eco-friendly/

6. Plastic Bags

The plastic shopping bag that we know today came on the market in 1965 and took off in popularity. Do you remember when you used to be able to choose between paper and plastic at the supermarket. I do. But then almost overnight the paper bags disappeared. As a 90’s child I remember using those paper bags to make book coverings for school textbooks.

It wasn’t until 1997 that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was discovered full of plastic, including plastic grocery store bags. I know, I know you reuse those bags. So do I. I use them as small trash bags, to carry items to the car, for picking up gross things and at yard sales. But they are not good for the environment.

 What to use instead?

Since the paper bags are all but gone except for in Outer Banks, NC what can you use? Cloth bags, tote bags and reusable heavier duty plastic bags that are designed to be reused.

When I shop at Walmart and most supermarkets they have plastic bags galore. But when I go to Aldi I have to remember to bring my reusable bags. Sometimes I forget and buy another 10 cent bag that I always plan on putting back in the car. Sometimes I have left the store with my arms full of what I bought and no bag.

What to do?

Bring those bags with you, leave them in the car. Plan ahead for your shopping trips and bring reusable produce bags.

I still have and get some of those single use plastic bags when I go to Walmart but not nearly as many as I used to now that I shop more at Aldi. This has actually really helped me cut down on those type of plastic bags.

With more and more countries and cities banning plastic bags now might be the time to start making changes to reusable bags and totes.

Box style tote bags

10 pack of Grocery Tote Bags

Insulated Grocery Tote Bag

Reusable Produce Bags

7. Cotton makeup wipes

Disposable makeup wipes are easy and convenient but they are not necessary. They can actually cause irritation from the rubbing action leaving your face red. They might also leave makeup behind on your face leaving your face not really clean.

What to do instead?

Use soap and water

Choice a makeup removing cleanser, water and a wash cloth

Use a flat cotton cleaning pad over a cotton ball with your chosen product.

Products to use

Miceller water and then a moisturizer or oil to moisturize after washing face.

Coconut oil

Gentle cleanser

Reusable cotton or bamboo makeup pads


 

8. Diapers

Every parent knows how vital diapers are when they have a young child. They also know how expensive they are.

For a long time and in many parts of the world diapers were made out of a cotton material and were held in place with a fastening of some sort. Cloth diapers in the United States were first mass-produced in 1887. Nappies as they are called in England were made out of terry towel with an inner lining made out of soft muslin.

During the 1950’s multiple companies in the US starting working on disposable diapers. In 1959 Pampers came up with their product and launched it in 1961.

The average baby and toddler will go through thousands of disposable diapers that are only used once. It is estimated that about 27 billion disposable diapers are used each year in America and each one of those diapers take 450 years to decompose.

What to use instead?

Cloth Diapers!

Cloth diapers have come very far since your grandparents day. They are now more than just cloth and a pin they are have a more modern design that closely resembles the design of disposable diapers.

It is estimated that by switching to modern cloth diapers you will save $1,000-$2,000. The amount saved would increase if the cloth diapers are reused for future children also. There is a higher upfront cost when buying cloth diapers but it is less expensive over the course of the diapering time. The cost of washing the cloth diapers might want to be considered but you will be doing laundry anyway with any baby.

Cloth diapers also also adorable and come in cute designs.

It is recommended to have at least 24 cloth diapers to start. The start up cost will depend on what brand you go with.

Please do your own research into the cost of getting cloth diapers, how to use them and launder them. There are many resources available including blogs and Youtube videos.

These cloth diapers below are a one size design that has snaps that allow you to use the diaper form 0-2 years old. They are also suitable for girls or boys. It include 6 covers and 6 inserts. If only the insert get wet or dirty the cover can be used again.

 

What you need to cloth diaper: at least 24 shells and/or insers, a wet bag for when you are out to store the dirty diapers and a diaper pail to hold the dirty diapers or soak the diapers until you wash them.

The cloth diapers below come with 6 shells and 12 inserts

Prefolds

The best value I could find on Amazon are these 15 shells and 15 inserts. So if you bought 2 of these (there are additional designs to choose from) for about $150 you would have 30 one size adjustable cloth diapers for your baby.

9. To go cups/plastic cups

I go to Dunkin’ Donuts, I get a to go cup, I go to Starbucks, I get a to go cup, the gas station self serve coffee station…same. It is so easy to use to go cups whether they are Styrofoam or paper. 

What to do instead?

Bring your own to go cup or refillable cup to use as the gas station or your local or favorite coffee place.

Did you know that you can request a cup and saucer at Starbucks when you get your coffee inside. Yes, you can opt out of the to go cup and use a real cup. Why not try that next time.

Conclusion

I hope that these 9 disposable loved items and the alternatives were helpful to you and you learned something. 

Comment below any other alternatives to disposables you use. 

Poppin’ Keto Stuffed Jalapeno Chicken

Poppin’ Keto Stuffed Jalapeno Chicken

Poppin’ keto stuffed jalapeno chicken came about because my husband is currently doing keto and we had chicken and jalapenos. He is currently also on a jalapeno popper kick. He brought home 24 jalapenos from the store recently so I had plenty to work with.

I thought what could I do differently with the thin sliced chicken I had and this is what I came up with. I took the thin chick and laid 3 of the pieces out in a glass Pyrex pan. I mixed together cream cheese, chopped jalapenos and shredded cheese. I spread the cream cheese mixture out on the chicken and then covered each with another piece of thin chicken. I then wrapped each of these in two pieces of thick bacon and put the whole thing in the oven for about 40 mins.

What did my husband think? He loved it!

Success!

I also paired it with three jalapeno poppers each. Click here for that recipe http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/poppin-keto-jalapeno-poppers/

What I like about this recipe!

It is easy. It is yummy. It took the elements he loves of jalapeno poppers and put in with chicken to made a great dinner.

What you need to make this poppin’ keto jalapeno stuffed chicken: Chicken, bacon, cream cheese, shredded cheese and jalapenos.

Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think of the recipe.

Poppin' Keto Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken

This recipes takes the best of a jalapeno and combines it with chicken for a great dinner.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon wrapped chicken, jalapeno poppers, jalapeno stuffed chicken, stuffed chicken
Servings: 1 3
Cost: 5.00

Ingredients

  • 3 Chicken Breast or 6 thin sliced pieces of chicken
  • 2 Jalapenos
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices of bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • If using regular chicken breast slice down the middle to make a slit for the filling and place in a 13x9 baking pan. If you are using thin sliced chicken, place 3 of the slices in the pan
  • Mix together your cream cheese, chopped jalapenos and shredded cheddar cheese ( other cheese will work also)
  • Fill the chicken breast with the mixture or spread on the thin chicken and then place the other slice of thin chicken on top
  • wrap each piece of stuffed chicken with two slices of bacon
  • Put in oven for 30-40 mins at 350. Check on your bacon and chicken around the 30 minute mark.
  • If you desire your bacon to be crispier turn on the broiler for 5-10 minutes, checking on it very often, every few minutes.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy

If you try this recipes comment below what you thought.

Enjoy!

Poppin’ Keto Jalapeno Poppers

How to Make the Best Keto Jalapeno Poppers

Do you have a love of bacon and cream cheese with a kick? Is your garden over flowing with jalapenos and you don’t know what to do with them. The keto Jalapeno poppers recipe that my husband and I love is for you.

What will you need? Just three ingredients.

Jalapenos, cream cheese and bacon.

 

What kind of Bacon?

After making these many many times I have learned that thinner bacon is better for staying wrapped around the jalapenos but any bacon you have will do. We found the best deal on bacon at a local Mennonite Grocery store. It is the thickest bacon and is great for baking in the oven on a sheet pan flat but when we use to make jalapeno poppers the bacon always unravels. We still use it though because the price is just the best I have ever seen and under other bacon eating conditions I love the thick bacon.

Preparing the Jalepeno

We normally use 8 jalapenos that are cut in half and the seeds removed. Did you know the seeds are what make the peppers hot, so I like to get as many out as possible, but the choose is up to you.

Then we fill each half of the jalapeno with cream cheese. Use as much as it takes to fill the jalapeno half.

Third, cut your bacon in half. If your jalapenos are extra large then you might need the whole piece of bacon but we have found that half a slice per half will work just fine.

Next, wrap you bacon around each jalapeno half stuffed with cream cheese. Put these on a baking sheet.

Last, put your tray of bacon wrapped jalapenos in the oven. The oven should be heated to 375 and leave the poppers in the oven for about 25 minutes. Stating checking on them around the 20 minute mark depending on the thickness of the bacon. The thick bacon we use can take 35 minutes to cook. We also like our bacon crispy so I leave it in longer. Continue to check  your poppers until you decide that the bacon looks how you like it.  The total cook time of the jalapeno poppers will be 20-40 minutes depending on bacon and personal preference.

Poppin' Jalapeno Poppers

Spicy Jalapenos, creamy cream cheese and delicious bacon make up poppin' Jalapeno poppers
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon wrapped jalapenos, jalapeno poppers, stuffed cream cheese jalapenos
Servings: 2 2-4
Cost: 5.00

Ingredients

  • 8 Jalapenos cut in half and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup Cream Cheese
  • 8 slices bacon cut in half

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  • Cut Jalapenos in half and remove seeds
  • Fill each Jalapeno half with cream cheese
  • Wrap each half piece of bacon around the cream cheese stuffed Jalapeno
  • Put in oven on a cookie sheet for 20- 40 minutes at 375 depending on the thickness of bacon
  • Start checking on the bacon around 20 minutes and take out when the bacon is at preferred crispiness

If you try the recipe comment below and let me know what you thought or any variations that you would suggest.

For my Poppin’ Keto Chicken Jalapeno Popper recipe click here

Vacation Ideas for after Coronavirus is Over

The Day after Coronavirus Travel Bucket List 

As an introvert I am actually loving the stay at home restrictions. I have worked on my blog, starting stretching every morning, slept in, binged all of Star Trek Picard and all of Star Trek Discovery and we started working on a patio in the backyard. But with the Coronavirus or Covid-19 in full swing no one is going anywhere exciting. I love to travel and go to new places, so I have a few vacation ideas for after Coronavirus is over.

All of my vacation ideas for after Coronavirus is over bucket list locations are located in the United States except the last one. I love to travel internationally and in the last two years we have been to Canada, Peru, France, Barcelona, Ireland, Scotland and England.  There are so many wonderful places to travel to internationally and domestically. I love the national parks in America and I love road trips and weird roadside attractions. So here is my current list of locations I would love to go to in the near future after the Coronavirus pandemic is over.

1. Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg is definitely a tourist town. It is located at the bottom of the Great Smoky Mountain. I recommend driving from North Carolina into Tennessee crossing the state line at the top of the mountain. The drive through the park is very nice and a beautiful way to get to Gatlinburg.

We have been here before and I definitely want to go back. 

Gatlinburg is full of shops and moonshine. We had a blast walking up and down the main street getting free moonshine samples. We were able to get a hotel just 2 street over from the main street which was great for all those moonshine samples that added up. If you are really feeling buzzed from the moonshine samples then head to Dick’s to get something to eat and to get picked on by your waiter. Normally I would have hated a place like this but due to the moonshine it was actually fun. 

I would love to go back here and stay in a cabin nearby. Along with the tourist area, shopping, and moonshine, there are also areas to go hiking. 

2. Pigeon Forge and Dollywood

 

When we went to Gatlinburg a few years ago, we didn’t have time to do anything in Pigeon Forge which is the next town over and just a short drive away. We only drove through on our way out. I would love to go to Pigeon Forge and Dollywood. 

Again this is a popular tourist area but it still interests me. There are many activities for family and shows. I am interested in seeing the Hatfield and McCoy show and any other dinner and a show that looks interesting even if it is touristy or corny. 

Why Dollywood? I love theme parks/amusement parks. I love the rides and I love the shows. 

I was hoping that we could go to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Dollywood in May around Memorial day but that doesn’t seem like it will be happening. When we are able to do this trip it will definitely be a road trip from Pennsylvania. My husband enjoys driving and I enjoy the ride. I will normally bring 3-4 books to read for a trip like this, a notebook and sometimes a knitting project. 

 

3. Disney Hollywood Studios

 

Disney is closed. No one knows when it will reopen. But when it does I would like to go to Hollywood Studios. I was there once back when it was MGM Studios.

We are a family of two adults. We don’t have any kids and we don’t plan on having any kids. We are not that millennial couple that goes to Disney without kids every year that lady threw a fit about online. Instead we are one Millennial and one Gen Xer who love going on roller coasters and having fun. We do this on a budget because Disney is expensive, overpriced in my opinion.  That is why we only ever went once when I was a kid. As an adult I decided I wanted to make it back and go to all the parks. The only ones left to visit are Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. 

We don’t eat at any of the fancy restaurants, we don’t buy any expensive Disney brand products that we would never use again, we share meals and window shop. Something I have learned as a classy broke girl is that you can cut corners and still have a great time. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars in one week to have a good Disney or any other vacation. 

In typical classy broke girl fashion I am sure we will drive, stay at a cheap hotel overnight and then stay with friends once we get there. We will share our meals and snacks at the park and we won’t buy anything unnecessary to bring home. We will have a great time!

 

4. Outer Banks, NC

Outer Banks, North Carolina is one of my favorite places. I think it is my favorite beach spot. We always go in the off-season in September. The weather is still warm, the crowds are gone, the prices are cheaper and there is always the chance a hurricane will force you to evacuate. 

Outer Banks was always one of those places that I heard of other families going to for vacation. It was not something my family growing up did. Finally in my mid 20’s I got to go and I fell in love. 

This year we are planning on going for two weeks in September. I really hope that this happens and our trip doesn’t get cancelled due to the virus. 

The things I enjoy about going to Outer banks: The big house, everyone eating dinner together, sleeping in, sleeping on the beach, beach volleyball, playing in the waves, no crowds on the beach, no busy boardwalk, walking from the house to the beach each day, checking out the local shops, hanging out in the hot tub at the house, hanging out at the pool at the house and just having a good relaxing time. There are also lighthouses, wild horses, 4 wheel driving on the beach and sand dunes. 

Our last time at the Outer Banks, NC

 

 

5. A cruise anywhere

The current future of cruising is unknown with the pandemic in full swing. I really hope that cruising is still a possibility in the future and not overly expensive. We are all about finding great cheap deals when we cruise or do any other vacation. 

My husband and I love to cruise. We went on a double cruise for our honeymoon. Cruising is also one of those things that everyone else seemed to do but was not a reality for me for most of my life. Now I have been on enough I think I have lost count. 

We love to cruise because of the value, the destinations, the ship, the food and we find it fun and relaxing. We love sea days tanning and reading a book on the sun deck. 

We have cruised to the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Alaska. We would love to cruise in the Mediterranean or do a world cruise. 

Icy Strait, Alaska 2019

Travel after the Pandemic

What will travel be like after the pandemic is over. We will have to wait and see. Hopefully all the locations above that I want to go to after the pandemic is over will still be a possibility including cruising. For now I am enjoying walks in my local area, sitting in the backyard with the my cats and binge watching TV shows and movies. Some day we will return to work, return to the grind and return to planning trips but today I am enjoying the slow pace that the stay at home restrictions have put on daily life and I am enjoying just relaxing.

What are your vacation ideas for after Coronavirus is over?

7 Zero Waste Household Swaps to Make Today

7 Zero Waste Household Swaps to Make Today

Many people seem to be coming around to the idea of being more eco-friendly or zero waste. Here are 7 zero waste household swaps to get your started on this journey. Making zero waste swaps is not about doing every swap perfectly or right away but making the changes that you can. Start simple and start slow so you don’t become overwhelmed. I have slowly been incorporating more zero waste and eco-friendly things into my daily life over the years. If you start with some easy simple changes it will be easier to continue making changes and sticking with them.

1. Reusable Bottles

My upstairs neighbors and friends buy so many disposable plastic water bottles it is crazy. When the whole Coronavirus thing started she was panicking because they did not have enough water bottles. I told them we drink the water out of the tap all the time. My husband used to like to get bottles of Gatorade Zero but I finally convinced him to start using a reusable water bottle. He now buys little flavor packets that he adds to his water. This is huge progress for him. 

One easy step to start being more eco-friendly and zero waste is to use a reusable bottle for your drinks. 

Water Bottles

To start with get a reusable water bottle and fill it with water from your tap. You can get a filter to filter your water if you like. 

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Reusable water bottles can be either plastic or stainless steel. There are even ones that have built in filter.

 

Reusable Thermal Coffee Mug 

If you drink coffee or tea a reusable thermal coffee will come in handy. You can make coffee at home and skip the coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin or use your refillable cup instead of their disposable cups. 

2. Paper Towels

Paper towels I believe have a place for some really gross clean up jobs. But for every day cleaning up and wiping down a cloth towel is perfect. 

Again my upstairs neighbor insists on using paper towels and disposable Lysol or Clorox wipes instead of a cleaning spray and a cloth towel. 

For those that still want something like a paper towel, bamboo towels are an option that is better than the traditional paper towel. 

You can also make your own cloth “paper” towel roll with this tutorial- https://pin.it/7hiuauh

Bamboo Paper Towels

Or Organic Cotton Towels

3. Stasher Bags

Stasher Bags are thick food grade silicone bags that are reusable. They are used to replace plastic baggies and freezer baggies. They come in different sizes and colors and are dishwasher safe. 

See Below

 

4. Reusable Straws

You might have seen the pictures of the turtles with the straw stuck in it or wondered what happened to your staw when you went to your favorite restaurant and they didn’t give you one. 

This might be the easiest and most popular zero waste and eco-friendly swap you can make. 

Check out these metal straw options to get you started not using disposable straws. There are regular metal straws, telescoptic metal straws and collapsible silicone straws. 


5. Dryer Balls

Dryer Balls replace dryer sheets in your clothes dryer. I like to use 3 wool dryer balls in the dryer and add essential oils to them to make my clothes smell nice. 

Dryer Balls reduce drying time, soften clothes, reduce wrinkles and static and can be used with whites and color loads are are reusable thousands of times.

Unlike dryer sheets that are full of chemicals and perfumes, dryer balls are just made of wool. It is a one time purchase that will last for years.  Dryer balls are a simple and easy swap to make to start your zero waste or eco-friendly journey. 

6. Bee’s Wrap Wax Food Sheets

Bee’s wrap wax sheets are a replacement for saran wrap or plastic wrap. 

Bee’s wrap wax sheets can be reused and washed for up to a year. 

They come in different sizes and designs. You can buy them or make your own with this tutorial- 

7. Non Toxic cleaning supplies 

My last suggestion is non toxic cleaning supplies. 

Many cleaning supplies we use contain very strong chemicals and fragrances. More and more people are becoming sensitive to fragrances or developing breathing problems or unexplained headaches. Could this be due to all the chemicals and fragrances in the products we use to clean, to wash our clothes and that we put on our bodies. 

If your looking for a simple diy cleaner you can try vinegar and lemon. I like to use lemon and salt to clean my cutting board. 

There are also brands that sell products that are less toxic. For a completely scent free option I like Branch Basics. They sell a concentrate that is then diluted with water based on what you are using it for. So you buy one bottle of concentrate and then either use your own bottles or buy their bottles with measuring lines and dilute. The concentrate can be used to make a multi- surface cleaner, a glass cleaner, hand soap and laundry detergent. It is scent or fragrance free. 

Click here to learn more about Branch Basics https://branchbasics.com/

The other brand I like is Thieves. This brand is made with essential oils and smells amazing. There is a household cleaner, foaming hand wash, laundry detergent, dish soap and dishwashing detergent. 

Click here to get the Thieves Starter kit- https://theclassybrokegirls.lifestepseo.com/kits/thieves

I hope you find these 7 zero waste eco-friendly household swaps helpful.

If you are looking for zero waste, eco-friendly swaps to make for personal care items like how to stop using toilet paper click here http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/4-easy-personal-care-changes-to-be-eco-friendly/

 

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