If you look at the label of a liquid soap you’ll find the first and main ingredient is water, why are we paying for water that is readily available in our homes. Soap bars last much longer than liquid soap bottles and you’re not spending money on unwanted plastic polluting packaging.
Similar to soap bars, you’ll find the first and main ingredient is water. Shampoo bars last much longer and you’re getting pure product for your money not chemicals, colours and fragrances.
Martin Lewis says most of the water we use in the home is heated, washing dishes, showers, baths, etc. Take shorter showers, and use a washing up bowl washing dishes only 1-2 times a day dependant on what works for you and your home.
If a family of four reduced their shower time by just one minute, they could save:
On the back of that, turn down your washing machine thermostat. Our eco-friendly laundry detergent sheets work perfectly in cooler temperatures.
Switching to 30°C would cut £13 off of this, while 20°C will cut £24.
The biggest brand of dishwasher tablets costs £11 (16p per wash) make your own dishwasher tablets in a few minutes with a few natural products averaging at 60p for 20 tablets – use 3p per wash and no chemicals!
Using most of the same ingredients so reducing clutter under the sink! 70p makes a jar of 40-50 uses. The most popular toilet cleaner in the UK can set you back £2.15 but even cheaper cleaners at £1 you can still save money and reduce toxins in your bathroom.
Powder carpet fresheners range from £1.76 all the way to £10 on the market. All you need is bicarbonate of soda (about 20p worth) and a drop or two of essential oils. With each essential oil bottles holding 240 drops you can have a drop of lemon or lavender for less than a penny!
Used for seconds then in the bin… literally throwing money away! The biggest brand in the UK is an average of £3.25 per roll! Choosing to reuse old towels, cloths and clothes rags for kitchen roll costs you nothing and can be reused over and over with a wash between uses.
If you want something a little prettier take a look at these reusable kitchen rolls from The EcoCoachHouse – you’ll be saving money and waste in no time!
Remember: Used kitchen roll cant be put into your paper recycling bin
Unplug your appliances that aren’t in use. Leaving them on standby can use as much energy as being turned on. Don’t unplug your fridge and freezer obviously but those gaming consoles and coffee machines that hardly get used, unplug them!
Even if you swap just one day a week meat free, basing your meals around vegetables, beans and pulses is a great way to save money and reduce meat/fish consumption.
Take a look at my favourite vegetarian meal Lentil Spaghetti Bolognese that costs pennies to make and feeds a family of 4.
“I’m on 10 percent!” Stop the rush to find a charger! Close apps you’re not using, use a power saving mode in your settings, turn down the brightness and take time in the day to switch to airplane mode to enjoy a social media break and reduce battery usage.
Luckily in England rainwater is (normally) readily available! Get some tubs, cups jars and jugs outside to collect rainwater for watering plants, house cleaning, cooking and even bathing!