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I might spend all weekend making these DIY green clean and beauty products - the DIY foaming hand soap is my favorite!

Genius Ideas for Going Green and Saving Money

DIY cleaners and beauty products that will save me money, keep toxins out of the house, and help the environment?  Yes, please.  I’m loving this roundup Kristin put together for us.  Now I just have to decided what to make this weekend – foaming hand wash, a few two-ingredient spa treatments, toilet bombs, or all of the above.

Going green doesn’t have to mean a whole-life overhaul.  If we all make simple little changes, we can make a difference in the condition of the planet we leave for our children.  I know change is hard, but let’s baby-step it.

Subbing out products with it’s green counterpart is easier than you think.  Take foaming hand soap, for example, I go through a bottle a month in every bathroom.  That adds up!  And think of the plastic bottles I’m leaving behind.

This DIY Foaming Hand Soap by Beauty and Bedlam takes about 5 minutes to make and $1 of supplies will last a year.  I’m in!

We rounded up 15 genius ideas for going green with some easy DIYs.  Most ideas are so simple, it’s a matter of minutes to make a change and save money while you’re doing it.

My city just went ‘bagless’ in grocery stores.  Your city might be next!  Stay ahead of the game and  re-purpose t-shirts into produce bags (by Delia Creates) with a few cuts and a seam.  While your sewing machine is out, make yourself a reusable swiffer pad (by Making More)or a reusable swiffer duster (by Sew Much Ado). 

There are so many ways to get chemicals out of our cleaning products and save money while doing it.  Start with this grapefruit (in season) tile cleaner by Full of Sophie.  I also love this 3 ingredient all-purpose cleaner made by An Organic Wife.  Keep your toilet fresh too with these DIY Toilet Bombs made by Herbs and Oils Remedies.

Moving into the laundry room, we have tips for keeping towels white (by Two Little Frills) and pillows (by One Good Thing by Jillee).  And who knew you could make your own fabric softenerAn Organic Wife shows us how.

There are also ways to go green in the beauty department, like homemade spa treatments by Life Food Nutrition and a makeup brush cleaner made by Jiggity Jog that’s better than store-bought.

If you have a baby at home, save loads of money and get rid of chemicals by making your own baby wipes like Don’t Mess with Mama.  Another product I use every day is dry-shampoo.  I never thought about making my own until I read this article on Free People Blog.  It couldn’t be easier!

And with summer around the corner, you’ve got to try the citronella floating candles like Nest of Posies.  Not only are they useful, they look amazing.

I hope you’ll be inspired to try just one (or a few) of these ideas for going green and saving money.  Do you have any other genius ideas for making ‘green’ easy?



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Kristin is a former teacher turned children’s photographer in southern California. Visit her website to read all about her adventures in photography, cooking, and her love of style.