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Real Mom Talk: Reusable Products
September 16, 2014 6:55 pm | by

There are so many reusable products out there! Of course, my favorite would have to be cloth diapers, but I like so many others too! Reusable products help cut down on waste, save money, and can come in some cute designs and colors that throw away products don’t.

Reusable sandwich bags – My husband packs his lunch almost daily. Sandwiches, chips, snacks… it really adds up. He could take up to 5 plastic bags a day. And then, they just get thrown in the trash! Who wants to literally throw money away on a daily basis? Sure, it’s only a few pennies. But those pennies add up to dollars. We have a few Lunchskins reusable bags and although he’s forgotten them or thrown them away, it’s always an accident and I just order a few more. They come in different colors, prints, sizes, and styles.


Wool Dryer Balls – Do you use dryer sheets? No need with wool dryer balls! They help cut down static and make your clothes, towels, and blankets softer. They are reduce cry time, saving money on your electric bill. Just like socks seem to go missing, wool dryer balls do too. Thankfully, you can make them if you’re crafty or just purchase them in a pack. They’re reusable for all laundry, including cloth diapers. And once again, save your family money and chemical exposure. Reusable dryer sheets are another alternative to single use dryer sheets and can also save you money!

Feminine Products – Yes, I like using reusable feminine products aka mama cloth! Most women who have tried them also like them. I’m talking about cloth pads and menstrual cups! Have you noticed how expensive disposable pads and tampons are? I think it’s ridiculous. And the chemicals in them are no good. Thankfully, like we have the option to cloth diaper our babies, we have the option to use reusable products. I prefer a menstrual cup because it feels like nothing is in there. I can go about my day without worrying about my period. A menstrual cup can stay in for up to 8 hours. Although you get a little up close and personal with yourself, it’s totally worth it. Plus you can learn more about your body!

Grocery Bags– I love having plastic grocery bags in the house for small trash cans, but sometimes I get way too many. I like to use reusable grocery totes for some of my shopping trips. They’re inexpensive and some stores will even give you a discount for using them!

Glass Water Bottles offer a modern, chemical-free alternative to plastic. With sizes to suit both kids and adults, the bottles are 100% BPA, phthalates and lead free. Because glass is taste-neutral, these beverage bottles are great for those who are sensitive to drinking from metal or plastic water bottles. Lifefactory glass water bottles come with a stylish silicone sleeve that offers protection and provides a comfortable non-slip gripping surface.

Other than cloth diapers, what are some of your favorite reusable products?

About the Author

Amanda is a stay-at-home mom of three who keep her on her toes! Her family resides in Columbus, Ohio — the Buckeye state! She ventured into cloth diapering a little "late," but is a firm believer in "better late than never!" Amanda enjoys her morning coffee, spending time with her littles, buying too many cloth diapers, much-needed pedicures and the rare date night with her husband. Get to know Amanda on her personal blog, Fluff Bum Babies. Instagram: @FluffBumBabiesMama


1 Comment

  • Sarah K. said...
    September 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Dryer balls sound very useful.