Household and Beauty (And Both!) Items that I cannot Live Without!

There are some things (besides wine and cheese) I just can’t live without. Some of them are for cleaning, some of them are for beautifying… And some of them serve multiple uses… Nothing is too pricey! See my list below.

$17.99 for a 32 oz. bottle
$17.99 for a 32 oz. bottle

What it is: Dr. Bronners Peppermint Pure-Castile Liquid Soap- This soap has a multitude of uses including dishwashing, for your body, as a toothpaste, and for your floors.

Why I like it: It is 100% organic so it is safe to use around or on pets and on items that are made of more sensitive material.

What I use it for: I swear by this soap for cleaning my more fragile pieces of clothing. I use this on my neoprene Triangl bikini to take stains out and it totally works. I just fill my sink with luke-warm water, apply the soap to a hand towel, and blot out the stains. Then I soak the bikini until all the soap is out and dry it flat. I also use this soap to clean my sheepskin rug. I fill up the bathtub and lay the rug in it. A few squirts of Dr. Bronner’s and I let the rug sit for about a half hour in the soap water. I have to rinse it a few times and then leave it out to dry flat, brushing the rug at various times. I know this soap has many more uses so I HIGHLY recommend having a bottle in your house.

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$6.99 for a 25 oz bottle

What it is: Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner Concentrate

Why I like it: It’s formula is developed by PHD’s and it is non-toxic, all natural, and not tested on animals. As well as a bunch of other hipster-ish things… In other words, it is safe to use around your pets, especially the ones that like to lick things!

What I use it for: This product cleans almost everything… glass, kitchen counters, tile, wood… I use it all around my apartment. Sadly, I feel I NEED to use bleach when I am doing a deep clean of my bathroom, but in between those deep cleans, I use Puracy. We originally purchased this cleaner because of its price and great reviews but also because our cat licks things sometimes. I was using chemical-based products and I was worried about her ingesting it accidentally. It works great and smells good too! The Puracy team has a boatload of other products I am sure I will try.

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As low as $6 for a 25 count

What it is: Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes Night Calming

Why I like it: Unlike other make up removal items, these wipes are easy to use and do not dry out my skin.

What I use it for: Make up wipes may be useful for taking your makeup off at night before bed but these things serve an additional purpose in my house. These get stains out of clothes. I wouldn’t use them on a silk blouse but everyday cotton/polyester clothes I do! These always get deodorant stains out of my clothes and food stains off my boyfriend’s clothes. If I get a stain and have one of these handy in my purse, all is well. I wouldn’t replace your stain stick and washing machine with these but they sure are useful as a quick fix.

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What is is: Scrub Daddy

Why I like it: Besides it’s name, it really works!

What I use it for: This is the only sponge I will ever use. My mom is a biology teacher and I know how many germs pop up in the petri dish labeled “Kitchen Sponge.” However, after seeing this product on SharkTank, I just had to buy one. Now I have a few. I use this to clean basically anything. I have one in a baggy labeled “DO NOT USE ON DISHES” under my sink that I spray with clorox and use to get that gross icky hard stuff off my shower. This is great for getting dried food off of dishes and for cleaning the stove. The little smiley mouth part is great for cleaning utensils too.

$7.99 a bottle
$7.99 a bottle

What is is: Batiste Dry Shampoo

Why I like it: Best thing to ever happen to my oily goat head.

What I use it for: I use this on my oily goat head all the time even when my hair is clean sometimes. It gives your hair an extra oomph. It is the only dry shampoo I have ever used that is priced correctly and really works. I spray some in, let it sit a little, then rub it in with a towel. I don’t feel like I am wearing a powdered Marie Antoinette wig all day like other dry shampoos.  I spray a lot of this in before going to music festivals and my hair DOES NOT look greasy at the end of the day– even if I have been in the sun all day sweating. It just works.

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