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When I was walking around Tesco last week, it was clear that there was a shortage of some products. Food was a bit low, but many personal household items were non-existent.
The internet is full of jokes about how it is hard to get hold of toilet roll, but there are also other issues such as no stock of tampons.
Luckily, the world of eco-friendly products has had solutions to these problems for a while. They could stop you from worrying about running out of some essentials and you might even save money in the long run.
Here are my top four eco-friendly solutions to survive through a lockdown:
Also, know as reusable toilet roll. We made this switch a while back after using reusable wipes for my children. My argument was if it is good enough for them it is good enough for us.
You might be thinking that this is a step too far (if so you might not want to read on), but you could try using the wipes for wees and stick to using toilet roll for poo.
Even if you use the reusable wipes only half the time then the toilet roll will still last twice as long. That’s one less reason to head out of the house.
Washing them is easy too. Just stick them in your washing machine with your normal detergent on your normal cycle. That’s it! They’ll dry easily too.
You can buy pre-made wipes (my favourites are these from Cheeky Wipes but there are some on Etsy too) or you can make your own. Making your own is simple. You can cut up old towels or T-shirts or use fancy fabrics if you want something special.
Place clean cloths in a box next to your toilet and provide a bin or a wet bag for storing used ones. It is that straight-forward.
I have been using an Ecoegg for years and love it! It is an eco-friendly alternative to laundry detergent last for ages.
At the start of the coronavirus situation, I bought myself a new one that will last me 720 washes. That’s two loads of laundry a day for a year. I’m not doing two loads a day so it is going to last me a while.
It is an egg-shaped case and you open it up and place the mineral beads provided inside. You will need to replace these every 180 washes or so , but you’ll get enough in the pack.
When you run out of beads you can order more without having to order the case so future purchases will be cheaper.
The beads are made from minerals and don’t contain any chemicals that are toxic to you, your children or the environment.
When you want to do your washing you just pop your Ecoegg on top of the dirty laundry in your washer. Then run your normal cycle. Take it out to dry afterwards.
It is a bit of an investment in the beginning, but when you think that you might not have to buy any more laundry products for the next two years it starts to pay for itself.
No one wants to run out of pads or panty liners. I decided this a few years ago and that is when I made the switch to reusable menstrual pads.
Is this a move too far for you? Why? There is nothing wrong with what comes out of your body. You can manage it effectively and still be clean. I am far more disgusted by the idea of my old disposable pads sticking around in landfill for the next 500 years.
You can buy these from various places or you might even what to make your own. I’ve used tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest to make my own and they are comfiest pads I own.
They are really easy to use and look after too. You put them in your knickers in the same way you would a disposable, but instead of sticking them to your knickers they button underneath.
When you are ready to change them you can take them out and pop them in a bin beside your toilet or a wet bag until you are ready to wash them.
Stick them in with a normal load of laundry and dry them on the line outside if you can. The sun will help bleach out any stains and they will last longer this way than if you use your tumble dryer.
If you are a more of a tampon user then you might prefer to use a menstrual cup. Even if you don’t prefer tampons, you still might prefer a menstrual cup.
I took one with me travelling and it was fantastic. In the menstrual product’s market, this is a real game-changer.
Menstrual cups are inserted into the vagina and catch your period in a cup. Every 10-12 hours, you remove it, tip away the contents and give it a rinse. Then you can put it back in for another 12 hours.
It will last you ages too. Once you have the one that suits you best (it can take a bit of trial and error) that cup should last you years.
The only maintenance involved is that you need to sterilise it before you use it. You can do this by putting it in a saucepan of boiling water for two minutes.
If you have ever thought about switching to these products then now is a great time to do so. You’ll save money, save the planet and save risking your own life and someone else’s my popping to the shop. Do you need any more incentive?
Disclaimer: Remember the information you read here does not represent advice. Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you. Read the full disclaimer here.
Looking After Your Pennies is an eco-friendly personal finance blog written and managed by Charlotte Jessop.
I write on a variety of topics including frugal lifestyle, eco-friendly living, money making ideas and generally how to make your money go further.
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