CafeMom user Tonya (science_spot on CafeMom) has decided to go green in her household and blog about her experiment along the way.

In her quest to exchange all the products in her home for natural alternatives, Tonya admits some just don't work as well as conventional ones. This week, she shares two of her favorites that are not only as effective, but cost less.

Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

This is my favorite conversion so far. Since I drink diet soda out of a can, I insist on using a straw. It horrifies me to think about how many plastic drinking straws I have sent to the landfill. I am equally horrified by how many chemicals leach out of them into my drink. After looking at bamboo, stainless steel, and glass drinking straws, I decided dishwasher-safe stainless steel was best for my family. 

Based on the reviews, I ordered two packs of stainless steel straws, and right away and I LOVE THEM!  I am reducing the amount of trash I generate, eliminating my chemical leaching concerns, and saving money. These straws will pay for themselves in less than a year but will last a lot longer than that. Triple win!

Soap Nuts for Laundry

We've been talking about Sapindus mukorossi (soap nuts) on The Science Spot if you would like to learn more about them or enter my giveaway for a trial package. I initially used NaturOli's nuts from their trial size package. I did try their 18x liquid as well, but since it contains a preservative, I decided it isn't for me. Upon first using the soap nuts, I knew this was the natural laundry solution I was looking for. They are easy to use, gentle on sensitive skin, all natural, and CHEAPER! A name brand detergent cost me 22 cents per load (buying in bulk), and soap nuts runs just 12 cents per load (including shipping). Another Win!

 

My next area of focus: personal care items. I hadn't seriously considered feminine hygiene products until I read this recent post. I'm going to make some and give it a trial run ... I'll let you know how it turns out!

Saving money on natural alternatives allows me to buy the items that do cost a little more, such as certain organic foods, my organic shampoo, and Abby's bubble bath. More on how my green experiment is effecting my budget in my six-month review.

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Do you find that organic or green products work just as well as conventional ones? Share one of your surprising finds!

Previous weeks:

Week 1

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Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8 (Part 1)

Week 8 (Part 2)

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13:

Week 14: Hey, It's Toxic Out There!

Week 15: Go Preservative Free to Save Money