What Are Your Frugal or Free Non-Toxic Living Tips?

by Stephanie Phoenix, Social Media Apprentice, Healthy Child Healthy World

A common challenge we face as we attempt to live a healthier lifestyle is that it can be expensive and sometimes even cost-prohibitive to eat well, clean well and live well. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are so many easy and innovative ways to de-tox our lives, sometimes without spending any money at all.

Here’s a round-up of ideas for living greener, cleaner, and safer in frugal -and even free- ways. (And if you have a favorite tip that we’ve missed, we’d love to hear about it in the comments!)

From the Healthy Child staff:

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Executive Director and CEO – “Veggie gardens! My favorite thing to grow is organic romaine lettuce, since my three kids can’t agree on anything else. Just break off the outer leaves at dinner time and you’ve got a virtually free salad in seconds–and if you’re careful about harvesting from different plants, the initial planting can last for months.”

Janelle Sorensen, Chief Communications Officer – “I love re-using spaghetti sauce and salsa jars to store leftover food. It’s a super easy and free way to transition away from using plastic.”

Jessica Marie Little, Development Coordinator – “Baking soda and vinegar for cleaning, cheap and just as effective.”

Michelle Ju, Public Relations and Marketing Manager – “Microfiber towels in the kitchen to reduce the use of paper towels. They absorb more than paper towels and you just throw them in the wash!”

Carly Harrill, Strategic Partnerships Manager – “My non-toxic trick is treating stains with hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar before they have time to set in. I let it soak for 10 to 15 minutes and then scrub with an old toothbrush if it’s stubborn. When it’s time to send through the washer, I only run in cold water since hot water sets stains.”

From the Healthy Child archives:

And you can search our site for even more ways to be healthy on a budget.

From our Facebook community:

  • Sherri: Go outside and get sunshine and fresh air everyday. Don’t fear the sun.
  • Holly: Plant a garden!
  • Kimberly: English ivy, Golden pothos, and peace lilies are some easy-to-grow houseplants that remove indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.
  • Jessica: Cook from scratch using whole fresh ingredients (preferably organic/natural and homegrown). If you make it yourself, then you’re in control of what goes into your food. :)
  • Christa: Open the windows! It lets all the gasses and contaminants inside release into the air outside.
  • Andrea: Extended breastfeeding. No baby food, especially things like cereal and jarred "food."
  • Jackie: Wear 2 sweaters on cold days, saves on heating.
  • Alice: I make my own laundry soap. Its eco friendly, easy to do, cheap and it really works!

Want to learn more? Join us at our Twitter chat on Thursday, September 1st at 6pmPST/9pmEST to talk about non-toxic living on a budget and maybe even win a great prize! RSVP here. We’ll also be sharing tips and advice on our Facebook wall all day Wednesday, September 7th.

What are your favorite tips for living non-toxic on a nickel?