Best Money Saving Apps (And How To Earn Cash From App Referrals)

Tired of your tight budget? Earn cash from your phone with these app referral programs!

Imagine this: Every single time you go to the grocery store, you leave $1 sitting on the counter. It’s yours, it’s waiting for you, but you leave it there.

Let’s be honest here: sometimes, you just need more money. Maybe it’s just a few dollars here and there so you can afford a coffee, or maybe you could really use some extra gas money. Whatever it is, if you aren’t making money from your phone using money-saving apps, you’re leaving money on the counter with almost every single purchase.

I love using money-saving apps on my phone. It makes the process of saving money so simple, it’s almost silly. I can make purchases of deeply-discounted services on Groupon (through Ebates, of course!), and earn cash back on my purchase of strawberries through iBotta. Oh – and every purchase is rounded up and I invest the change using the Acorns app.

Pretty sweet deals, right? Do you use save money from your phone using apps?

Did you know you can also earn cash from app referrals?

App referral programs are a pretty amazing way to either get your favorite things for free or earn cash on the side. Here’s a quick review of my favorite money-saving app referral programs and how best to share them:


I shared last year how I made over $500 from the Ebates referral program, just by sharing a great deal on an Instant Pot. Ebates has changed their referral structure several times this year, and finally landed on a $25 referral for every person. No more tiered program!

The best way to share Ebates is to share value. No one cares if you save a few cents here or there, that’s not worth their time. But share that you get a $10 rebate on your Instant Pot if you sign up now and suddenly people have incentive!

Because you only get paid on a referral when they make a purchase over $25, sharing deal ideas this way also leads to a much faster conversion.

I use Ebates with almost all my online purchases, so I can see the value of “it adds up over time.” And for those people out there like me, I like to post the pictures of my checks, along with either my referral link, or a link to my blog post review.


Groupon’s referral program is a little different, because you get paid in Groupon bucks. This credit can be put towards any Groupon purchase. This requires a little creativity when you want to cash in, but Groupon often has great deals on local restaurants, hair salons, and even eye doctors.

The “cookies” (little bytes of information that store your unique referral code in someone’s computer) expire 72 hours after someone signs up through your link. This means that in order for you to receive a referral bonus, they have to make their first purchase within 3 days of signing up.

Sharing Groupon often means sharing the amazing flash sales going on at any given time. I also like to share when I use a Groupon in my daily life, so people can have a visual of just how easy it is to use in a wide range of circumstances. I have used Groupons in everything from an eye appointment to ordering from Brandless to going on dates with Peter.

If you have never used Groupon before, what are you waiting for? Sign up today! (And find an amazing deal!)


Last week I posted a picture on my instagram of some new (to me) clothes I purchased at the thrift store recently. My favorite part of the whole thing? I paid for them using the cash back I had earned using the iBotta app!

iBotta is super easy to use if you live near major retailers or shop online. You just browse the available offers and save the ones you will be using, then scan the bottom of your receipt with your phone to match the offers. Once you reach $20, you can cash out via PayPal.

I didn’t get much use out of it when I shopped only at Aldi because Aldi isn’t an included grocery store. However, they have added so many deals for online shopping that I always compare iBotta deals against Ebates when I’m doing my online shopping. I had to travel for work, so I made my reservation through iBotta and I earned $6.45 back on my purchase and I earned another night on my rewards card.

Again, to increase conversions of referrals you have to provide value. If I find a great deal online, I often add “save x amount shopping through ebates” or “save x amount shopping through iBotta.”

Thinking out loud here, maybe I should include both, in case people favor one vs the other?


Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards is a newer rewards program, but I have already almost earned a $5 gift card in the couple weeks I’ve been using it, just by scanning my receipts.

Fetch works by scanning all your receipts, and you earn points. When you first sign up, you earn 200 points per receipt scan. I noticed once I reached 3,000 points (start off your account with 2,000 when you enter code H2DTB into this link) that the rewards went down to 25 points per receipt scan.

You can also earn points for buying certain things each week, similar to iBotta.

My favorite part of Fetch is that it finds the deals for you. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed an iBotta deal because I didn’t see it browsing through and had already thrown away my receipt.

This one is just fun to share, because you can give every referral 2,000 points ($2) and literally all you do to save money is upload your receipt.

For every referral, you also get $2. Not a ton, but refer a few a week and you earn a gift card for all sorts of places like Panera or Dunkin Donuts.

Gift cards are also available for Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc, but I’m writing this before I’ve eaten breakfast.

I definitely wouldn’t turn down a free coffee and baked good every week. Just saying.


And now, the king of all the money saving apps, the Acorns investment app. I wrote a detailed review recently, outlining how we use the Acorns app to invest our change. I love how using this app lets us save on autopilot, while also putting our money in an actual investment account so it can start working for us.

The Acorns investment team is always making various incentives as their referral bonus, so it is totally worth it to sign up and check it out!

The Acorns referral bonuses are added to your Acorns investments, which is really awesome. They are literally investing in your future as a “thank you” for talking about them! You can withdraw at any time, or let it grow in your account.

Fun Money Is Fun

While I wouldn’t suggest quit your day job with the plan to support yourself on app referrals, it is totally possible to rock the referrals from these money-saving apps and make some extra fun money. When our budget was so very tight that first year of marriage, being able to go out for coffee and a donut guilt-free made it so much more enjoyable!

Do you use any of these apps? Have you made money from referrals? Let me know in the comments!

If you found this article helpful, be sure to pin it for future reference!

earn money from your phone with these app referral programs

Continue Reading

Brandless: The Organic And Vegan $3 Grocery Store

shop organic from brandies for just $3

You might have heard about Brandless, the organic and vegan $3 grocery store. Or maybe not.

If you haven’t, let me introduce you!

Brandless, this is my Awesome CHL Reader.

Awesome CHL Reader, this is Brandless.

Brandless is an online retailer that sells everything for $3. They can do this because they are “brandless” – aka, they don’t have to pay the “brand tax” that comes with carrying big name brands. Because of this, they can offer higher quality items at lower prices. They have loads of vegan, organic/non-gmo, and environmentally conscious products, sometimes in bundle packs, and everything is $3 (or less, if you buy the bundle packs).

Also, for every order placed, they donate a meal through Feeding America, a non-profit network of food banks across the country. You know how much I love supporting companies that support even greater missions, so I am even more excited when I restock my pantry!

I’ve tried a wide variety of their items and today I want to share what I find to be the highest value and healthiest products available.


Organic honey can be expensive, but I really enjoy a bit of honey in my morning Superhero Coffee drink. This little bottle, while small, is still less expensive than most honey bears at the store, plus it’s organic.

Coconut Oil

If you don’t use coconut oil for much more than sautéing your veggies (or a morning Superhero coffee), this is a great value, especially for being cold pressed, unrefined, and organic. If you want to do any baking or oil pulling with coconut oil, this might not last very long for you.

Peanut Butter

I can’t stop raving about this peanut butter. Organic, and only two ingredients: peanuts and sea salt. This peanut butter is so creamy, so rich, and so yummy, I eat it directly from the jar (it’s a good thing I’m the only one who likes peanut butter in my family).

You can tell it’s natural because it requires stirring before you can use it. I can’t stress enough just how delicious it is.


I’ve seen pouches this size of green lentils for more than $3 at Walmart, and they were definitely not organic. Lentils are a great source of protein and fiber, and a good way to stretch or replace ground meat in recipes (especially tacos!). Lentils cook up quickly and take on the flavor of whatever you are making. I like to mix mine into my curried chickpeas and rice recipe for an extra texture and another kick of plant protein.

Garbanzo Beans

As my diet has transitioned to becoming more plant-based, my intake of garbanzo beans has steadily risen. For $3, Brandless carries a 3-pack of organic garbanzo beans – definitely a good deal! I use garbanzo beans my super easy curried chickpeas and rice (a vegan meal prep staple) and in my favorite snack, chickpea cookie dough.

Teriyaki Sauce

Another meal prep staple in my GYST days is a batch of teriyaki chicken and rice. This sauce is organic and vegan and sooooo yummy. After I sauté my chicken (or chickpeas, or tofu, depending on if I’m vegan that week or not) with some onions and peppers, I pour in some sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes. Pour the mixture over rice and you’re all set.

I eat this with chopsticks from Ikea – a package of 4 sets of bamboo chopsticks is only $0.99!

Back to the food – this sauce is flavorful without being too spicy. I love ethnic foods for the richness of flavors, and this does not disappoint.

Note: It does contain wheat products, so I don’t give it to Tristan since he’s gluten-free.

Body Wash

One area of my life I am working to improve is the matter of self care. It is a priority to me to find bath products that I enjoy using, just to add a bit of sparkle to my daily routine. It’s been difficult to find bath products that are both healthy and inexpensive, but I have to tell you: this green tea and aloe shower gel is a new staple in my house. Free of sulfates and phthalates, this body wash is very lightly scented and gentle on my sensitive skin. It has a light lather, and cleans well without leaving my skin feeling dried out.

Face Wash

Another great find was the grapefruit face wash. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean, but not dry. I had gotten out of the habit of washing my face daily (I know, I know, that’s terrible), but this face wash smells so good, I actually look forward to washing my face every day.

See, the good thing about self care is that it makes “have tos” feel like “get tos” and it makes each day a bit brighter.

One miss I will say is the pack of dark chocolate and peanut butter bars. They tasted alright, but I just wasn’t a big fan.

This could be entirely because my favorite brand of snack bars is Larabars and I will always and forever compare every other bar to them.

Sorry, other brands. It’s not you. It’s just that you’re not Larabars, and that’s not your fault.

Now, topping some IKEA dark chocolate squares with a dollop of Brandless organic peanut butter? That is a divine experience and highly recommended.

Brandless Details:

Shipping is $5 flat rate, unless you order over $39. They also have a membership program, where for $36 a year you have free shipping on unlimited orders. Brandless will also donate 10 meals through Feeding America with your initial membership fee, as well as 2 meals with every order (instead of 1 that occurs with every non-membership order).

If you plan on ordering regularly, the membership sounds like a great idea to me.

I was apprehensive to order from Brandless when I first heard about it. After all, organic products for only $3? But after experiencing the quality, I am a dedicated customer for life.

They have all sorts of other products for your home and office, including cleaning supplies, snack items, and even fair-trade coffee (that you know I’ll be sampling soon). I love that they have some of their most popular items in “bundle” options (7 items for $19.50, for example), for easier shopping and even more savings.

Ready to try the Brandless $3 grocery store for yourself? Use this link to get 2 items free from me!

If you loved learning about Brandless and want to remember to save money without sacrificing quality, be sure to save this post for future reference!

shop brandless products for $3 or less

Continue Reading

Non-Toxic Household Cleaning Supplies To Use For Your Spring Cleaning

diy zero waste cleaning supplies

The weather here in St. Louis might be completely confused as to what season it’s supposed to be, but I am not. It is spring time, and that means one thing:

Time for spring cleaning.

I much prefer to use natural products around the house, both because they are cheaper and because they are healthier for my toddler and infant sons to be around since they are all over every surface.

It’s also very nice that these recipes contain various combinations of a few basic ingredients, most of which are already in my pantry. I love knowing exactly what I’m introducing into the environment around my babies.

Most common ingredients in almost every homemade cleaner:

white vinegar

essential oils 

castile soap

baking soda

Related: 5 Eco-Friendly (and cheap!) Paper Towel Alternatives


All Purpose Cleaner

diy all purpose cleaner

photo credit and recipe from The Bold Abode

Dean is crawling all around now, and sticking everything in his mouth. To protect his little system and keep him safe, we really like this natural all-purpose cleaner.

Adding extras like lemon essential oils give the cleaner a “classic clean” scent, as well as add the benefits of the essential oil’s cleansing properties.

If you choose to add citrus essential oils to your cleaner, be sure to either use a glass spray bottle or a plastic bottle specifically designed to hold essential oils. Otherwise, the citrus oils can eat through the bottle, and then you would have more things to clean up.

Tub Scrub

homemade shower cleaner

photo credit and recipe from One Essential Community

This shower cleaner mixes together in about a minute, and lasts for a long time. It leaves the shower soap scum-free.

We don’t currently have hard water, but this spray would still be just as effective as if we did have hard water.

I love how cheap this shower spray is to create and use. Paired with a scrub brush from the dollar store, this is super affordable and it just works.

Window Cleaner

homemade window cleaner

photo credit and recipe from Farm Girl Inspirations

When I was little, my grandma taught me to use plain vinegar in a spray bottle and wipe down the mirrors and windows with a crumpled up page of newspaper. It leaves the glass with a streak-free shine, but also leaves the room smelling like vinegar.

This version doesn’t smell as harsh, especially if you add a few drops of essential oils to the mix.

I’ve still not found anything better than a crumpled up piece of newspaper when cleaning glass though. I imagine something like a Swedish dish cloth would be the best reusable option that won’t leave behind pesky tiny fibers all over your clean surface.

We have two Swedish dish cloths and I absolutely love them. They are so incredibly absorbent (one dish cloth recently soaked up 4 ounces of orange juice with ease!), strong, and even dishwasher-safe.

Air Freshener

homemade air freshener

photo credit and recipe from Bren Did

Story time: When I was in college, my lab partner and I stayed at school late so we could spend more time on our dissection. However, we had a social function after that, and we smelled strongly like formaldehyde. So we drove to Walmart and bought a bottle of Febreze and sprayed ourselves heavily with it, like a preteen boy who has just bought his first can of Axe.

This was obviously before I became the crunchy hippie I am today.

That story makes me horrified at my younger self.

Now we use a homemade air freshener, and we can create our own scent blends for pennies on the dollar.

This is also good for spraying in shoes, gym bags, and other stinky things.

Wood Polish

homemade furniture polish non-toxic

photo credit and recipe from Mom 4 Real

Did you know that homemade wood polish not only smells great and is a very effective dusting spray, but also that it helps buff out scratches?

It’s true!

During the packing process from our Iowa-to-Nevada move, we scratched up the floor to our living room in one. long. scratch. down the center of the room.

After I spent over 20 minutes trying to color it in with 4 different colors of crayons, I remembered that olive oil on polished hardwood blends scratches in like normal. And voila, 2 minutes later, the whole room looked brand new.

Toilet discs

diy toilet cleaning tabs

photo credit and recipe from One Good Thing By Jillee

If there’s one chore I hate, it’s cleaning the toilet. Thankfully, my saint of a husband doesn’t mind, so he cleans them for me. One thing we agree on though is the use of toilet discs. The fizziness helps clean the toilet with minimal effort, without adding all sorts of harsher chemicals to the air.

I like this recipe especially because you don’t even need a mold for the tabs, you can just dry them on parchment paper. Super simple and super cheap.

Stain remover

diy stain remover

photo credit and recipe from My Frugal Adventures 

Can we please take a moment of silence for all the adorable baby clothes and accessories that have been sacrificed to baby poop or pureed broccoli spit-up?

So many cute clothes and bibs. Why they even make white baby pants and onesies is completely beyond my comprehension.

This recipe contains Dawn dish soap, so it’s not completely “all natural,” but it is a simple and effective stain remover for sure.

Keep it in a squeeze bottle (old ketchup or mustard bottles work) and apply to stains before washing. Don’t forget to air-dry stained clothes until maximum stain removal is complete, as heat will set in the stains.

Related: How to do laundry when you don’t have hookups

Zero Waste Cleaning Supplies

Don’t forget about your other cleaning supplies! Paper towels are truly harmful to the environment and honestly an unnecessary expense. I much prefer washable options like old socks (awesome for dusting!) or old work t-shirts cut into rag size.

I love this idea of using old towels to make reusable swiffer pads from Natural Nesters!

diy swiffer pads

I always hated the wastefulness and expense of single-use mop pads, so this option is much better for the environment and your pocketbook. The instructions require very minimal sewing, so anyone can do it, even if you don’t have a sewing machine.

If you just really hate sewing, I’ve also gotten away with tucking long rectangles of old t-shirts into the tuck spaces of swiffer dusters. It works very well, requires new sewing, and unhemmed jersey knit still holds up well to repeat washings.

While I haven’t ever personally used Norwex cloths, I’ve heard from multiple friends that they are awesome. I like the idea especially since you just use water and then can wash them. I’m all about washable options.

Be sure to check out this post for more ideas on paper towel replacements and other zero waste cleaning supplies options.

I love to find ways to make our lifestyle more eco-friendly, zero waste, and healthy. By making our own cleaning supplies we can limit the trash created by the repeated purchase of plastic bottles and containers, limit the exposure of our children’s systems to the harsh chemicals of standard cleaning products, and still ensure a clean living environment for our family.

And when a box of baking soda is $0.62, it’s also a crazy-cheap way to live, which I’m all about.

Do you make your own cleaning supplies? Drop a comment with your favorite recipe!

If you found this information helpful, please help me help others by hitting one of the share buttons below to share with your community!

diy zero waste cleaning supplies

Continue Reading

9 Homemade Beauty Products That Make Perfect Frugal Gifts for Her

easy diy gift ideas for her

I grew up in the 90s, when every girl got either a shower gel gift set from Bath and Body Works or a collection of Lip Smackers lip balms as a gift for basically any occasion.

As nostalgic as these things make me, the ingredients make me shudder.

I have a (general) rule that if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t use it.

I’ve been on the hunt for some frugal homemade beauty products to make as gifts for the ladies in my life, especially as Mother’s Day draws near.

One of the biggest struggles of my mom life has been doing those simple things to feel pretty again. In between the constant spit-up, dirty diapers, and the need for showers to last under 3 minutes, it has been  difficult to give myself some pampering.

And also, can we please take a minute and talk about how expensive buying natural products can be? I’m all for organic, vegan, locally-sourced skin care, but I’m not about to fork over a bunch of money for it, especially when I can make my own.

So when I found these recipes, I was overjoyed! And bonus: You probably already have most (if not all, depending on your current level of commitment to the natural lifestyle) ingredients in your cabinets.

9 Frugal Homemade Beauty Products (That Make Perfect Gifts!)

Coconut Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

diy exfoliating coconut oatmeal sugar scrub

photo credit and recipe from Meg O. on the Go

Sugar scrubs are a super easy DIY project, and completely customizable. Choose between white and brown sugar, customize the oil (for body scrubs I prefer avocado, coconut, or jojoba), and even add in some essential oils if you want (but please avoid citrus oils as they can make the skin photo-sensitive).

I really like this recipe because of the addition of the oatmeal. Oatmeal is gently cleansing, as well as soothing to dry or itchy skin.

This scrub is perfect for sensitive or dry skin.

Plus, it smells like oatmeal cookies. Totally a plus.

Homemade Rose Water  diy rose water

photo credit and recipe from Frugal Family Home

Did your grandma ever talk to you about rose water?

Mine didn’t, but I learned about it on my own. And apparently it’s a classic addition to the skin care routine.

Rose water balances the oils on the skin, gently correcting oily skin. It’s also soothing, and aids the skin in healing in case of sunburn.

Word on the street is it plays a big part in smoothing out the skin and shrinking the appearance of pores.

15-Minute Lip Balm

easy diy lip balm

photo credit and recipe from A Better Way to Thrive

My husband and I are addicted to lip balms. But ever since we realized that the alcohols in most lip balms and chap sticks actually dry out the lips (great marketing, I guess, since it means you need more?), we became much more careful of what we actually purchase.

I prefer to make them at home to keep the costs down, plus I like to play with different essential oils and create my own.

Also, one time I melted some chocolate in my lip balm concoction and it was one of the best life decisions I’d ever made. So keep that in mind. Maybe create a Thin Mint-style by melting some chocolate chips and adding a drop or two of peppermint essential oil.

DIY Dry Shampoo easy diy dry shampoo recipe

 photo credit and recipe from Living Well Spending Less

As I stated above, showers for me in this stage of life are about 3 minutes long before Mr I’m-ONLY-Happy-When-Mommy-Holds-Me is totally over me not holding him.

It’s for this reason that I love this recipe for homemade dry shampoo.

I’ve used this recipe for a while and it blends well. I don’t have anything to compare it to as far as store-bought, because I’ve never been a fan of aerosol-powered products, but I really like this recipe. And I smell like a cookie, so that’s perfect for me!

Homemade Bath Bombs

easy diy homemade bath bombs

photo credit and recipe from A Beautiful Mess

Are there really moms who have time to take a bath? If you happen to know one, add a few of these beauties into her gift. They are gorgeous, easy to make, and perfectly customizable.

Plus, since they are dry and won’t “go bad”, your supply will last a long time.

Which is good, because I don’t know many moms who have time for regular baths.

Aloe and Green Tea Facial Scrub

easy diy aloe green tea facial scrubphoto credit and recipe from Sweet Simple Living

Every good skin care routine includes an exfoliating step to scrub off the dead skin cells and bring the fresh new cells to the surface. So of course this step should do double-duty!

Aloe and green tea are both so beneficial to the skin. Aloe is hydrating, and the caffeine in the green tea stimulates blood flow to the cells. Combined, these are an anti-aging powerhouse.

Maybe don’t mention that it’s anti-aging when you gift it, but consider your audience.

My tired-as-a-mother eyes would be allllll about anti-aging right now. 29 is too early for wrinkles, thank you very much.

Lavender Milk Bath
homemade lavender milk bath recipe

photo credit and recipe from My Frugal Adventures



Another bath recipe? I know, I know, but this one is so soothing and relaxing, I had to include it! If there is one thing I know from navigating motherhood alongside my friends, it’s that just because we are sleeping, that does not mean we feel relaxed.

Sometimes Mama needs to chill.

Milk in the bath is an age-old tradition, meant to aid the skin in restoring fatty acids and soothe irritated skin.

Along with milk, this recipe also calls for magnesium-containing epsom salts, which help the muscles relax, as well as aids with a gentle systemic detox.

So basically, if you know a stressed-out and over-exerted mama, this is your go-to gift for her. And also, maybe offer to watch the kids for an hour while she soaks.

Peppermint Foot Soak

homemade peppermint foot soak

photo credit and recipe from A Cultivated Nest

Another pampering classic, the foot soak is amazing after a long day of chasing little people, or working outside the home, or when you’re just in need of a reset.

Since the feet have the largest pores on the body, they are a great choice to utilize when you need to detox (or give your body good things, like magnesium).

Foot soaks can be scented or non-scented. The peppermint in this recipe is both soothing and energizing, restoring your feet to their best function.

Cinnamon Vanilla Whipped Body Butter

diy whipped body butter

 photo credit and recipe from A Cultivated Nest

And finally, I couldn’t have a homemade beauty products roundup without including the number one beauty gift classic, the body butter.

Whipped body butter is lightweight, nourishing, and moisturizes the skin without leaving it feeling heavy or slick.

Because a little goes a long way, it’s an inexpensive gift as well. There is no need to give someone more than 4-8 ounces of body butter. It will probably take them a long time to use it all up.

Wrap It Up

So there you have it – my top 9 frugal homemade beauty product gift ideas. Gift them to your mom, mother-in-law, college bestie, or yourself (I won’t tell).

I may or may not be making some of these again for myself this week during my GYST day. All the recipes are so simple, they will be easy to add to my day, and the benefits will last for months!

If you found this article helpful, would you please share it? I would be so thankful!

easy diy gift ideas for her

Continue Reading

Ditch the Paper Towels: 5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives

When it comes to making the transition to an eco-friendly lifestyle, one of the easiest changes to make is to stop buying paper towels. Not only does this save you quite a bit of money, it reduces a huge strain on the environment caused by the paper towel industry.

Don’t believe me? Here are some quick facts about the impact of using paper towels:

  1. Paper towels cannot be recycled. This means an estimated 6 million pounds of paper towels wind up in landfills every year.
  2. Paper towels account for an estimated 110 million trees and 130 billion gallons of water, just to produce.
  3. Rolls of paper towels cost an average of $1 per roll. That adds up quickly, especially for an item that you don’t even need!

So what can you use besides paper towels? I’m glad you asked!


When we were first married, our total income for our first year of marriage was a whopping $16,000. Obviously, there wasn’t room for superfluous purchases like paper towels. We cut up ratty old clothes to use as rags. Depending on what we used them for, we either washed them to reuse over and over again or we threw them away. This is obviously the cheapest option, but might not be for everyone, especially if you don’t wear cotton. Polyester and linen wouldn’t absorb very well, and wool is generally water-repellant.

Related: How to do Laundry in an Apartment – Without Hookups!


Do you still get the newspaper? For smaller spills, cleaning up with old newspapers is a way to use them again before they hit the recycle bin. Also, windows can be cleaned with that beautiful streak-free shine using old newspapers and some vinegar in a spray bottle.

Looking for more ways to save? Download my free ebook!


I used to babysit for a family who used washcloths for everything from napkins to cleaning up spills. Generally, you can find bundles of washcloths for less than $12, so this would be an option that would probably be more absorbent than old t-shirts.

Wood cellulose towels

We received a supply of Swedish towels in our MightyNest subscription this month and we love them! They are made of wood cellulose, painted with adorable patterns using non-toxic paints, and reusable for several months. When they finally wear out, we can throw them in a compost bin and return them to the earth. All the convenience and feel of a paper towel, but without the waste.

MightyNest is my current favorite subscription! For just $10 a month, you get a new item or two that help you transition to a non-toxic, eco-friendly lifestyle. Sign up with my link to get a set of 3 dryer balls or 2 sheets of beeswax reusable wrap for just $3 for your first month!

Unpaper Towels

For families with frequent messes (or just looking for the convenience of a paper towel with a single investment), there is the “unpaper towel,” made of cloth. My favorite part of this option is the convenience of it. They have snaps so all the towels snap together like regular paper towels, and you can even put them on a standard paper towel holder! When you’re finished using it, just throw them in the washing machine. How awesome is that? If you sew, these can be made in an afternoon. If that’s not your vibe, Etsy has plenty of options for you, like this classy wood grain patterned set of 12 that fits any kitchen decor.

I have actually never purchased paper towels in my adult life. I don’t even miss them, even with a toddler! Using sustainable options for cleaning up messes is one way that we save money and decrease our impact on the earth.

Do you use paper towel alternatives? Leave me a note in the comments and tell me what you use, and share this post with your friends who are looking to save money and live green!

Ditch the paper towels and start using one of these eco-friendly alternatives! #ecofriendly #greenliving

Continue Reading
Next page