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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. 

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/

 

4 Easy Personal Care changes to be Eco-Friendly

Easy Personal Care changes to be Eco-Friendly

Is there a way to make easy personal care changes to be eco-friendly? Yes. Here are four easy changes you can make to get started.

1. Period Products

Cloth Menstrual Pad/Cups/Period Underwear

You may be wondering why I should switch from my disposable menstrual pads and tampons to something different.

According to this article those items are filled with chemicals https://www.huffpost.com/entry/plastic-free-tampons-pads_n_5c0e88a6e4b06484c9fce988 

They contain nonbiodegrable and potentially toxic plastic and synthetic materials. The chemical Diuron and Dioxin have been linked to suppression of the immune system , along with reproductive problems and cancer.

So what other options are there then?

  1. Reusable Cloth Pads
  2. Reusable menstrual Cups
  3. Period Underwear

Reusable Cloth Pads

To read all about menstrual pads click http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/reusable-cloth-menstrual-pads/

Not only are they better for you and the environment but they come in fun designs. I personally love the fun designs of my cloth pads.

I have ones with owls, vintage RVs and a Doctor Who one all from Pink Lemonade Shop. There is a link below. I have ordered most of my cloth pads from this company. They are good quality, lasting years, and the designs are awesome.

Pink Lemonade Shop- http://pinklemonadeshop.3dcartstores.com/

Of course you can order cloth pads on Amazon and I’ll link some from there also.

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I have been using cloth menstrual pads for over 5 years and would not go back to regular disposable pads ever.

Reusable menstrual Cups

To Read all about menstrual cups click http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/reusable-menstrual-cups-or-disposable/

I have never liked tampons. They never seems to be comfortable and they always leaked. Switching to menstrual cups was a huge game changer though. There is a learning curve but it was completely worth it for me. Now instead of bringing a pack of pads and a box of tampons when I go on vacation I just brink one menstrual cup and a few cloth pads.

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

Period Underwear

Period underwear look like regular underwear but has a lining sewn into it that acts as a pad. For me these do not replace using pads or a cup but I use them in addition to those items. I will wear the period underwear with my cup in, just in case there is any leaking. I will also use a cloth pad with period underwear overnight since it has more protection and is less likely to leak through the material like regular underwear will.

Period underwear is normally light to medium absorbency so it will be good for those with lighter periods or on lighter days or for spotting.

There are a few different companies that sell period underwear.

Probably the most well know brand is Thinx. I do have one pair from them and I do really like it. My only concern with this brand is that in recent months a report came out that this brand’s underwear does contain some toxic chemicals. If this does not concern you and you just want to get started with period underwear or not using disposable items then here is a link to their website.

https://www.shethinx.com/

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Other Options on Amazon

2. Bathroom Basics

What in your bathroom can be improved to be more eco-friendly and make your bathroom experience better? I have three suggestions.

Bidet

Bidets are not a common item in American households but they are popular in other countries. I really wanted one and finally convinced my husband to get one for our 4th anniversary. He thought a bidet was ridiculous and was sure that he would not be using it. Well I convinced him to buy the Tushy Spa attachment. He installed it and was the first to test it out. To both of our surprise, he liked it. Now he tells other people how great having a bidet is.

There are a few things we love about have a bidet attachment. We love that the Tushy Spa is attached to the hot water line so can have warm water when we use it. It was also easy to install and has a few different color options when you order from https://hellotushy.com/

The Tushy Spa and most other bidet attachments are self cleaning and have a feminine wash setting. I use the feminine wash setting on a regular basis and have found it great for that time of the month. Now when I at work or somewhere with out my bidet I miss it. I actually hate when I have to use toilet paper now.

Here is another bidet attachment option

 

Squatty Potty

The Squatty Potty is also a favorite item in our house. If you haven’t seen the ad for it, look it up on Youtube, its hilarous. But for real it makes going some much easier. Our upstairs neighbor think it’s weird we have our Squatty Potty and our bidet but we couldn’t imagine not having these items. We like to embrace what other people think is weird. But it is interesting how what is considered normal or mainstream is now weird to me and I can’t believe that I once thought that using toxic disposable pads, tampons and using paper towels and toilet paper was normal and the only option. So why do we use the Squatty Potty?

Simply- It makes going easier.

Did you know that we should be squatting when we go number 2. Yes, it makes it easier to go. In other countries squatting to go is normal. Before we met, my husband went to Turkey and when he was there, he found that most of the bathrooms had a hole that you squatted over. After coming home he decided that a form of squatting was the way to go. He bought the Squatty Potty. I had read about the Squatty Potty and the benefits and had considered buying one but never did. So when we got married and he had one it was an easy adjustment for me and I was excited to use it.

The Squatty Potty is a simple plastic or bamboo stool that fits around your toilet and puts your body a better/optimal position to go with ease.

Check out their official website to learn more https://www.squattypotty.com/

Of course it is also available on Amazon

Cloth or Bamboo Toilet Paper

We like to use cloth toilet paper. Which for us is basically wash clothes that I cut in half to make two long halves per wash cloth. After using the bidet I use my cloth “toilet paper” to dry off.

In addition to the option of cloth toilet paper there is bamboo toilet paper and bamboo cloth.

Both of these items can be found at https://hellotushy.com/

 

3. Makeup

Makeup Remover Pads

Instead of using disposable wipes, baby wipes, cotton pads or toilet paper you can you a wash cloth. It is so simple but for some reason we have gotten into the habit and thinking that disposable items are better. Use it once and throw it out. But there is nothing wrong about using a good old fashioned wash cloth to wash your face and makeup off.

Another option is to make your own makeup remover pads and soak them in coconut oil or use with your favorite makeup remover cleaner.

Here is a link to how to DIY this https://pin.it/6Yk1K42

4. Deodorant

Natural deodorant is becoming more and more popular. There are a lot of natural brands available now. I have tried four different brands and discuss my thoughts here http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/natural-deodorant-native-lume-schmidts-and-edens-garden/

I like natural deodorant because I feel that it is better for me. It is not an antiperspirant and normally has fewer ingredients and is less toxic. You can even make your own with a few simple ingredients but I prefer to buy a good brand. My favorite so far is from Native, but Lume is growing on me also.

I hope you found these 4 Easy Personal Care changes to be Eco-Friendly ideas helpful.

Looking to also make over your household products to be more eco-friendly and less toxic click here http://www.theclassybrokegirls.com/7-zero-waste-household-swaps-to-make-today/

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Tasty Turmeric Tea and Benefits

Tasty Turmeric Tea

 

Not only is turmeric good for us but it is easy to make a quick but tasty turmeric tea. Let’s see how and why below.

What is turmeric?

A root that belongs to the ginger family with a peppery flavor

The benefits:

Contains iron, fiber, B6, potassium, vitamin C and magnesium

Helps the body to digest fats, reduces gas and bloating , coughing and congestion, eczema and psoriasis treatment.

It is a natural anti inflammatory,relieves joint pain, and reduces joint swelling.

Lowers cholesterol, relieves indigestion, clenses liver, prevents Alzheimer’s and may inhibit cancer cell growth.

Anti depressant

Pain reliever

 

How to make turmeric tea

Recipe one:

Boil water

Mix in 1ts to 1 TB depending on how much tea you are making

Strain tea

Mix in honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and coconut oil in blender

Drink hot or let cool and add ice

Recipe two:

After mixing boiling water and turmeric together, stain.

Add in honey, black pepper and lemon slices.

Drink hot or cold.

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Other ways to use turmeric:

As teeth whitening

Treat Acne

Treat sprains

Treating him disease

When not to take turmeric:

Pregnant or breast feeding

If you have gallbladder problems, gerd, bleeding problems, surgery coming up.

Let’s Sew Something

Sewing by hand goes back to the 14th century. I remember learning how to do a simple stitch as a little girl. It came in handy growing up on a tight budget. I could sew buttons back on, hem pant legs, sew up ripped linings in coats and fix simple tares. It came in very useful when my pants ripped at work. I was able to mend them enough to get through the rest of the day. The 1800’s brought about the sewing machine. I do remember having a sewing machine growing up and trying to use it but with very little success.

Now as a women in her twenties living on a tight budget I thought investing in a sewing machine would be a benefit. I have clothes that are 1-2 sizes too big from losing weight, some that need simple repairs and the thrift store is loaded with nice clothes that just need a little altering.

 

I went to Walmart and bought a Brother sewing machine model number JX2517 for $79.99. I am sure that just mending and taking in the clothes I already have this week pay off in no time. It came with a DVD of his to set up the machine including threading it. I watched the DVD and read the instructions on how to do the upper thread and the lower thread and in no time I was ready to sew.

While practicing my sewing I have made a few little projects.

Cloth pads (see my blog on the benefits of cloth pads vs disposable)

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I also made cloth makeup removing pads that I have soaking in a mixture of water, coconut oil and baby shampoo.

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I also have plans to make girl boxer shorts, a skirt, cushions for our uncomfortable wooden kitchen chairs and a cozy scarf at some point in the near future.

How to use a French Coffee Press 101

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All About my experience with a French Press

Coffee, coffee, and more coffee! Sometimes I like the convenience of having a coffee maker that makes coffee in just a few minutes. But then there are the times when life is a little slower and I enjoy using my French Press to make coffee or tea. Learning how to use a french press is not difficult at all. One benefit is that all you need is hot water and you are ready to make a variety of different drinks.

Classy Coffee
Classy Coffee

It gets me going in the morning, helps me get through work and warms me up when it is cold out. I never thought coffee could be classy. I’m not the Starbucks type. I either make my own with a standard 12 cup coffee maker or go through the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts. So when our room mate showed up with this thing called a French Press I wasn’t so enthused about it. I already had a coffee maker so what was the point of this little pot thing?

 

The best coffee I ever had was near the Pantheon in Rome. It was just one Euro and nothing less than perfect. I’m not going to tell you making coffee in a French press results in the same thing but I definitely think it tasted better than with the normal coffee pot. Back in 2014 these broke girls did not have a Keurig, my coffee maker was free and it worked great. Now I have a Keurig and I do use it often but there are times I prefer to use the French Press.

If you are in need of a French Press see below for some options from Amazon. One option is the glass French Press and the other option is a stainless steel French Press.

Why use a French Press?

1. It’s easy

2. It doesn’t require electric

3. If you can boil water you can use it.

4. No special coffee required ( of course better coffee grounds or beans equals better coffee)

5. It taste better

6. It’s way classier

 

How to use a French Press

1. Boil water

2. Put 3-4 scoops of coffee grinds in press

3. Pour water over coffee

4. Let it sit for 4 mins to brew

5. Push plunger down slowly to separate coffee grounds from coffee

6. Pour your fresh brewed coffee

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Coffee brewing
Coffee brewing

 

Plunger time
Plunger time

 

Push plunger down
Push plunger down

 

Pour and enjoy
Pour and enjoy

What can I make in my French Press?

Of course coffee. I have also used it to froth milk, to make larger amounts of loose leaf tea and to make Rasa Coffee.

If you are thinking of a looking into a coffee alternative, Rasa Coffee is one to check out. It is made from herbs and various plants. I like the coca flavored one.

Check out the description on Amazon to learn more.

Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad Basics

Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad Basics

Are you ready to dig in and learn all about reusable cloth menstrual pads? Then stay right here and keep reading to learn all the reusable cloth menstrual pad basics that you need to know.

 

What’s the Difference

Cloth menstrual pads are not much different than disposable pads. They are used in the same way. The pad is attached to your underwear and soaks us the blood. Disposable pads are thrown out and add to landfills while cloth pads are washed and reused over and over again for many years. Cloth pads can be bought on websites such as amazon and Etsy or made by hand. There is not much difference between the way you use either pad making the transition not so difficult.

Cloth Vs. Disposable Pad Basics

 

Disposable

Bleached to make white

Contributes to landfils

New pads must be bought when you run out

May cause rashes for some women

Can be thrown out

 

Cloth pads

Environmentally friendly since reusable and have no plastic wrapping

Less overall waste

Saves money

Can be made at home

Helps small business

Comfortable

Made with less chemicals or non at all

More breathable so carry less odor

Up front cost is more

Must be washed

 

Reusable Cloth menstrual pad Basics- How to Use

Cloth pads are used in much the same way as disposables. Disposables have an adhesive that allows it to attach to the underwear. Cloth pads may have a snap or button to keep it in place.You will need cloth pads in a variety of sizes for light days up to heavy days. Depending on how often you are able to wash the pads will depend on how many you need for one cycle. I was able to get away with only four pads but had to wash them all one time during my cycle. I used Pink Lemonade Shop minky pads found on Etsy.com in size 7 in, 8 in, 9 in and 10 in. The 7 in is good for everyday or light days, the 8 in for light to medium, 9 in for medium to heavy and the 10 in for heavy to overnight. I found these to be very absorbent and easy to use and wash. I was impressed with how well they held up during heavy days and over night. I had almost no leaking and they stayed in place.

Washing

“Rinse the used pad in the sink with cold/warm water. You can let them soak in the water if you want to or ring them out and put into a bag until you can wash in washer. I rinsed them out after each use making sure all the blood was out as best as possible and then put into a baggie until I could wash in washer. I then washed the pads with my regular laundry and dried it in the dryer also. I then was able to reuse the pads. The minky pads did not stain and are very soft and comfortable. There are many small business and people who make and sell cloth pads. Etsy is a great place to find some and Amazon.com. You can also look for instructions to make your own”

The link my favorite cloth pad shop- the Pink Lemonade Shop is below. 

http://pinklemonadeshop.3dcartstores.com/

Reusable cloth menstrual pad basics- How to get started

Some of the larger companies that sell cloth pads offer a free panty liner if you pay shipping to test out their product before you make a larger purchase. All cloth pads are slightly different with slightly different designs. I prefer the all in one m pads which are what the minky pads are. Much like a disposable pad all in one pads are very simple. Just use the snaps or Velcro to secure the wings. A different type of cloth pad has removable inserts. This allows you to use the same base pad all day and just change the insert. Also this type can be adjusted for heavy flow data by adding extra inserts.

I paid $5 for a sample of the Luna pad liner. It has a very soft top and wide wings with small closure. It is a 6 inch light pad. Check out Lunapads.com

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image imageLuna pad Panty liner

Party in your pants at partyinyourpants.com also offers a sample liner if you pay shipping. They let you pick between a thong liner, a mini liner and a deluxe liner. The thong and mini liner are 7 inches long and the deluxe liner is 9.5 inches. They also let you pick if you want solid, floral or a fun novelty print and you can choose between cotton and flannel for material. My total came to $3.99 for shipping.

Gladrags.com also offer a panty liner for $5.95. Their liners are normally $13.95. The liners from Luna pads, party in your pants and Glad Rags all were about $11-$14 and went up from there. Paying shipping for these samples, only one per household per terms and conditions on Luna pads and party in your pants, is a great help when your on a tight budget. The liners work great with a menstrual cup like the Eva cup. I have a post on what a menstrual cup is, how to use it and the one I tried the Eva cup in an earlier post. Since cloth pads can be expensive I really like that I could find some for just shipping. Etsy has many people seeking cloth pads of different styles also. I also found free cloth pad patterns on Pinterest. With some inexpensive towels, old t-shirts or other articles of clothing you no longer wear or some clearance fabric, a little bit of sewing know how, either by hand or with a sewing machine you can try to make your own cloth pads for a fraction of the cost of buying them.

Reusable Pads to try from Amazon

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Thank you for reading about reusable cloth menstrual pad basics. This is just an introduction to what they are, how to use them and where to look to find them.

Geocaching

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Classy girls by the water
Classy girls by the water
My sister and I enjoying our Sunday hike
My sister and I enjoying our Sunday hikehike

After hiking with a group Sunday afternoon, the roommates and I decided to try something new….. Geo catching. The benefits of living so close to the park keep increasing. There are bike trails, fishing, hiking, picnic areas, tennis, sledging and now we have discovered Geo caching. 

What is Geo caching?

Hide and seek of containers with GPS. The containers are called cached. They normally contain a logbook and larger containers items for trading.  If you take an item then you have to leave an item of equal org greater value is the rule of geocaching. It is a real world outdoor treasure hunt.

The first cach we looked for was called between a rock and a hard place. It was actually in a rock. We spent about forty five minutes looking for it. The app we downloaded ( geocaching intro this is the free version but we will probably be upgrading to the premium version soon for $9.99). A couple enjoying their Sunday evening in the park helped us out with our first find. We might still be looking for it now if not for their help since it was so small and the GPS on the app gets you close but is off by a few feet which is enough to make it a challenge to find small caches.

There was a second one just on the other side of the park so we decided to try that one. It involved hiking up through the woods. It was getting dark and the box was hidden in the woods. We didn’t find our second cach since it was too dark in the woods but we were right near it and plan on going back next Sunday after bringing the boat.

It was a lot of fun and something I think we will do again and again. Its free, its active, takes some ingenuity and is a great way to spend time with others.

 

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