Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Simple Living Shopping List

Three of the rules that I try to live by in my quest for Simplicity are: Be Green, Spend Less, and Have Less Stuff. When it comes to cleaning products for our home and personal care products for our bodies, most of us break all three of those rules!  Here are the items that most families buy on a regular basis, to keep their homes and bodies clean and presentable:

Soap/body wash
Facial cleanser
Children’s/baby shampoo
Facial moisturizer
Body lotion
Deodorants (different brands for different family members)
Hand soap
Various Hair styling products
Shaving cream
Dishwashing detergent (hand washing)
Dishwasher detergent
Laundry detergent
Toilet cleaner
Tub and tile cleaner
Window cleaner
All-purpose spray cleaner

While it is certainly possible to find "Green" versions of most of these products, those brands tend to be VERY expensive. And the affordable brands are full of nasty chemicals. So what’s a Simple Mama to do? Well, let’s start with the Simple Living Shopping List:

Castile soap (We buy Dr. Bronner's unscented)
Baking Soda
Washing Soda
Sunflower Oil
Almond oil
Olive Oil
Coconut oil
Castor oil
Essential Oils

With these ingredients, and a few good recipes, you can make everything you need to keep your home clean and pretty, and to keep yourself and your family clean and pretty, too!  And chances are, many of these items are probably in your kitchen already! In the coming weeks I will be sharing some of our family’s favorite recipes for cleaning and personal care.  Stay tuned!


  1. Loving your blog! Cleaning house and body with natural ingredients is such a great thing. Who needs all those chemicals?

    Of course, if anyone is too busy to make their own, they can always pop by my Etsy shop for laundry soap, castile soap, natural spray cleaner... ;-)

  2. YES! If you can't find time to make your own, then DEFINITELY buy natural and homemade products from someone who can :)