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Want to save some money by not having to buy some of your common household products over and over again?
Replace some of your disposable products with these eco-friendly options and save yourself a ton of money over time.
Not only will you be saving money because you’re not buying products over and over again but you will save time not having to run out every time you run out of an item.
Plus you will be saving the environment as well! What’s not to like?
21 Eco-Friendly Products That Save Money!
1. Wool Dryer Balls
Constantly buying dryer sheets?
Wool dryer balls are a great replacement. Dryer balls replace dryer sheets & liquid fabric softeners and they will last for a long time!
They soften your laundry naturally— no chemicals or synthetics used (great for those with sensitive skin & babies). They also shorten drying time so you’re saving money that way as well.
Just think of how much you spend on dryer sheets now? If you’re afraid you will miss the dryer sheet smell then add some of your favorite essential oils, like lavender, to the balls for some nice scent.
Grab a set of wool dryer balls and start saving money now.
Have them already? Let me know how you like them in the comments.
2. Reusable Sandwich Bags
Stop buying ziplock bags and replace them with reusable sandwich bags. They are perfect for food like sliced fruit, sandwiches, sticky or messy foods as well as any dry snacks.
They wash easily and last a long time. Grab a few sets if you think you will need them and you will save way more money then you invested in no time especially if you take a sandwich or snack to work daily.
Great for sending them to school with the kids too, Amazon has some really cute designs to choose from to make them fun for the kids.
No more plastic baggies, plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Replace them with reusable sandwich bags.
3. Reusable Bowl Covers
Reusable bowl covers are a perfect addition to the reusable sandwich bags mentioned above. I look for non-toxic and food safe fabric like the ones below.
These are great for covering large salad bowls, servers and casserole dishes and everyday leftovers in the fridge. So much better than fighting with plastic wrap and constantly having to buy more when you run out.
Fabric bowl covers help create a waste-free lunch! No more plastic baggies, plastic wrap or aluminum foil and go green with these pretty fabric bowl covers.
They look nice in the refrigerator as well! Grab some reusable bowl covers.
4. Reusable Straws
Reusable straws are a great way to save money and are usually safer and good for both hot and cold drinks.
I recently ordered some for my grandmother because she has to drink everything even hot beverages with a straw.
They have them in silicone and stainless steel and most come with a cleaner to clean them properly.
Silicone ones are great for kids as they are soft and won’t hurt them. I found these ones below on Amazon. They are BPA free/non-toxic and safe to be used over and over again.
They come in a variety of colors so each child and member of the household can have their own and they come with a gadget to clean them out inside.
Grab a set of reusable straws for your family.
5. Odor Eliminator
Are you constantly buying odor absorbers like Febreeze or shoe deodorizers or powders for your sneakers? Replace those with a natural odor eliminator.
These Freshenbag Natural Air Fresheners below are a great example. They are made of activated bamboo charcoal which is an eco-friendly natural odor absorber.
Great as a shoe deodorizer, closet deodorizer, gym bag deodorizer, or simply place in your car, refrigerator, bathroom, and pet litter box areas. Eliminates odors naturally without filling the environment with chemicals.
They clean the air naturally and help prevent mold and mildew by absorbing excess moisture, preventing the formation of airborne mildew known to trigger allergies and asthma.
All you do is place the activated bamboo charcoal in the sun for 2 hours once a month to naturally rejuvenate the charcoal and these odor absorbers will last for up to 2 years!
They come in all shapes and sizes but I like this 12 pack of Freshenbag Air Fresheners so I can throw everywhere I want them. Perfect fit for the car and in shoes and gym bags.
6. Makeup Eraser Cloth
I love makeup remover wipes as much as the next girl because of their ease of use but they get costly and just get thrown away after each use. I also tend to need more than one to remove my eye makeup.
Replace your makeup removers with a reusable makeup remover like the MakeUp Eraser and save money.
The Makeup Eraser removes 100% of your makeup with water only. Just wet the cloth and remove your makeup. This includes waterproof eyeliner and mascara, HD makeup and much more.
You can still follow up with your favorite skincare products but you will know your face is free of makeup and your pores can absorb your skincare products better.
7. Reusable Notebooks
Are you constantly buying notebooks? Replace them with reusable ones.
What are reusable notebooks?
They have a few different ones on the market but they are basically notebooks that wipe clean with a damp cloth or in the microwave in some cases (see my article on the Best Reusable Notebooks for more options).
The Rocketbook Everlast reusable digital notebook is my favorite because when used with Pilot FriXion pens it wipes completely clean and dries in 15 seconds.
PLUS, you can blast your old notes to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud and email with a click! This eliminates having to save old notebooks for reference.
No more wasting paper – this environmentally-friendly notebook option can be used endlessly.
Grab my favorite reusable notebook the Rocketbook Everlast.
8. Steam Mop
Are you a Swiffer or mop user? If you are then you’re probably constantly buying refills and floor cleaners. You can replace ALL THAT with a steam mop. I have two steam mops because I just love them.
The fact that I can just add water and clean my tile and my sealed hardwoods with one product that is safe and chemical free is great! It saves me money and time and its fun to use.
The BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop is a crowd favorite.
9. Reusable Travel Cup
Most of us know that making our drinks at home will save us a bunch of money. Having a nice travel mug that can keep our cold drinks cold and warm drinks warm is a great way to make bringing our drinks with us easier and more convenient.
The Chillout Life mug is a great affordable example but there are many others out there you can try. Find one that works for you!
10. Grill Mat
Are you always using foil on the grill or in the oven? Replace your foil with these reusable cooking mats.
These Grillaholics Grill Mats are the ones I have and use. They work with any kind of barbecue grill and can be cut to any size or shape to fit any need.
I love that it saves my grill grate and still gives me grill lines. You can also use them to grill veggies and smaller food items and avoid losing them as they fall into the grates.
They are reusable and dishwasher safe and clean easily. I also love that they are made from a premium heat resistant PTFE-Fiberglass coating and contain no PFOA, silicone, or other harmful chemicals. They can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and will not burn.
Grab a set of Grillaholics Grill Mats.
11. Cleaning Cloths
Get rid of those paper towels and dusters and clean with microfiber cloths. Microfiber cloths clean gently and remove dirt and grime like a magnet.
They are highly absorbent, lint-free and streak free. Great as a kitchen cloth, drying cloth for the car, for windows and pretty much all-purpose household cleaning cloths.
I found these microfiber cloths on Amazon. They are super absorbent and hold up to 5-6 times their weight in liquid (based on their testing.) They are machine washable or can air dry.
Grab a set here.
12. Fridge Fresh
Are you wasting money on your veggies because they go bad in your refrigerator? Keep food in your refrigerator fresher longer with a device like the Fridge Fresh.
The Fridge Fresh is a small device that uses activated oxygen to kill pollutants and microbes once placed in your refrigerator.
Pollutants and microbes are what cause fresh produce to welt and mold at a faster rate.
This device prolongs the shelf life of fruits and other produce by 7-10 days!
They actually have clinical data that confirms the ability of FRIDGE FRESH to extend the life of raw fruits & vegetables, deter molding and eliminate refrigerator odors to support their claims.
13. Baking Mat
Do you bake? No more buying parchment paper. Try these reusable baking mats. They sit right on your baking pan eliminating the need for parchment paper, oil or cooking sprays.
Grab a set of baking mats and save money.
14. Glass Storage Containers Instead of Plastic
Glass storage containers are non-porous so they won’t absorb food odors, flavors, or stains and last a lot longer than plastic! The Pyrex ones below are the ones I have and they have BPA Free airtight lids.
They come with different sizes so you have a container for pretty much everything.
Check out these glass containers.
15. Reusable Refillable Coffee Filters For Your Keurig
Do you have a Keurig?
I love my Keurig but buying K-Cups constantly can get expensive plus I love my Nescafe Tasters Choice coffee so being able to brew it in the Keurig is perfect.
Grab these reusable k-cup filters which work PERFECTLY in a Keurig coffee maker.
These are used just like a k-cup–fill and use, then rinse. They are easy to dump the used grounds out and rinse and you’re ready for your next cup. Having a set is a plus so everyone in the family can have theirs without waiting for cleaning the previous one.
Grab a set of reusable coffee filters.
16. Hand Towels
This one is an obvious one but so many people still buy paper towels. It is an easy transition to change to hand towels. Keep a few of them around to dry your hands instead of using paper towels.
Buying these along with the cleaning cloths mentioned above will replace the need for paper towels altogether.
17. Reusable Shopping Bags
Reusable shopping bags are great for the environment and with more and more grocery stores getting rid of plastic bags and charging if you do need one you will want these.
Grab your favorite design and sizes of reusable bags.
18. Water Pitcher
Replace all those water bottles with a water pitcher and save a bunch of money. Keep all those bottles out of the landfill and put money back in your wallet.
Grab a water pitcher that fits your family.
19. Rechargeable Batteries
Save money on batteries and use rechargeable ones. All you need is a battery charger and to buy rechargeable batteries. Amazon has a brand and Energizer has some great ones as well.
Grab a set of rechargeable batteries for your remotes and other battery powered items.
20. Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat then you definitely should invest in one. Being able to program your heat for different times of day and when your away will save you a lot of money in heating and air conditioning costs.
I was able to grab the Nest Thermostat on sale and I love it.
21. Reusable Baking Cups
If you bake a lot then these reusable baking cups are perfect. Ditch those disposable paper cups. Plus no greasing or cooking spray needed. If you buy lots of disposable baking cups then these are a great replacement.
Do you have a favorite eco-friendly product that you recommend? Leave a comment and let me know!