Save Money and Reduce Waste with These 25 Grocery Store Hacks for Sustainable Living


There have been many times in my life when I didn’t even have enough money to pay my bills. There was definitely nothing in my budget for many of the beauty and household needs some take for granted. However, much of the time when I didn’t have money, I did have food stamps (now called SNAP). Ingenuity is the child of necessity and being poor makes one become very creative. The thing I learned that helped me to save a few bucks, was a solution is hiding in plain sight: the grocery store. Yes, you read that right. Your next beauty and household product replacement could be as simple as a trip down the grocery aisle.

First up, let’s talk about your hair. Who needs expensive hair masks when you can use mayonnaise? That’s right, the same condiment that you put on your sandwich can also be used to moisturize and add shine to your hair. Simply apply it to your hair, let it sit for 30 minutes, and rinse it out. Your hair will thank you.

Next, let’s move on to your skin. Say goodbye to expensive facial scrubs and hello to baking soda. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with water to create a paste and use it to exfoliate your skin. It’s gentle yet effective and will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Moving on to household products, did you know that you can use vinegar as a replacement for fabric softener? Not only is it a natural alternative, but it’s also cheaper. Simply add half a cup of vinegar to your laundry during the rinse cycle and voila – soft and fresh-smelling clothes.

Another household product replacement is lemon juice. It’s a natural bleach and can be used to whiten clothes and remove stains. Simply add half a cup of lemon juice to your laundry and watch those stains disappear.

Now let’s talk about makeup. Did you know that you can use cocoa powder as a natural bronzer? Mix it with a bit of cornstarch and apply it to your face for a natural-looking glow. And for those who prefer a more dramatic look, charcoal can be used as a natural eyeliner. Simply dip a small brush into activated charcoal powder and apply it to your lash line.

Last but not least, let’s talk about mouthwash. Did you know that you can use green tea as a natural mouthwash? Not only does it freshen your breath, but it also has antibacterial properties that can help fight cavities and gum disease.

Here are 25 grocery items that I’ve personally used as replacements for beauty, body, and home products, along with specific uses for each one:

  1. Coconut oil – Moisturizer, makeup remover, hair conditioner, cooking oil
  2. Baking soda – Exfoliator, teeth whitener, deodorant, carpet cleaner
  3. Apple cider vinegar – Toner, hair rinse, salad dressing
  4. Lemon juice – Skin brightener, hair lightener, glass cleaner
  5. Olive oil – Moisturizer, hair conditioner, salad dressing
  6. Avocado – Hair mask, face mask, salad ingredient
  7. Honey – Face mask, hair conditioner, sweetener
  8. Tea tree oil – Acne treatment, insect repellent, laundry detergent
  9. Aloe vera – Sunburn treatment, face mask, hair gel
  10. Witch hazel – Toner, insect bite treatment, makeup remover
  11. Epsom salt – Bath soak, foot soak, hair volumizer
  12. Shea butter – Moisturizer, lip balm, hair mask
  13. Castor oil – Eyelash serum, hair growth treatment, makeup remover
  14. Rose water – Toner, makeup setting spray, linen spray
  15. Jojoba oil – Moisturizer, makeup remover, hair conditioner
  16. Chamomile tea – Eye compress, hair rinse, relaxation aid
  17. Cucumber – Eye compress, face mask, salad ingredient
  18. Oatmeal – Face scrub, bath soak, breakfast food
  19. Yogurt – Face mask, hair mask, breakfast food
  20. White vinegar – All-purpose cleaner, fabric softener, dish soap
  21. Almond oil – Moisturizer, hair conditioner, makeup remover
  22. Grapefruit – Body scrub, hair rinse, salad ingredient
  23. Sea salt – Body scrub, bath soak, mouthwash
  24. Mint – Breath freshener, tea ingredient, insect repellent
  25. Cornstarch – Dry shampoo, deodorant, thickener for sauces

There are plenty of ways to replace expensive beauty and household products with items you can find at your local grocery store. These grocery items are affordable, versatile, and often more natural than the beauty, body, and home products they can replace. By incorporating them into your routine, you can save money, reduce waste, and take a more holistic approach to self-care. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also be using natural alternatives that are better for you and the environment. So next time you’re in the grocery aisle, take a closer look – your next beauty and household product replacement could be right in front of you.

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