I wanted to create a master list of all the things we use in our home so I can direct people to them in DMs! This isn’t a ‘perfect’ list and I’m always changing everything, looking for better ways, using up what we have and checking again that rebuying the same thing is still the best option out there.
This is also something that I know is going to change and we move to the UK. Some things will stay the same and are available there: e.g. Dr Bronners for everything, toilet paper and Holly’s deodorant, and some I’m in love with and will be bringing over: my makeup!
All purpose cleaner/windows/bathrooms: $10 off link: Branch Basics
(a great concentrate that you can dilute to be all kinds of different cleaners)
DIY All purpose cleaner:
Vinegar + Water + Few Drops Dr Bronners
+ Essential Oils
Floors and mopping:
1/2 cup Dr Bronners
in the mop bucket + a few drops essential oils
Package Free Shop, or Dr Bronners
We don’t use trash bags in our home. When you compost all your organic waste our trash is pretty dry and you don’t need a bag depending on your curbside removal. But if you do need a bag THESE
ones are compostable, and you can also line bins with paper like THIS
. There is no great way to trash things (or ultimately recycle) which is why we are trying to cut out trash and recycling as close to zero was possible!
Toilet Paper: Who Gives a Crap (available US/UK/Australia)
Kids + Family Use
Moisturizer: Coconut oil to moisturize when needed
Wipes: Thirsties Butt Spray and rags or Babyganics wipes
- Mostly cloth which is another blog post all together but
- we also use Honest when we need disposable.
- Also I recommend diaper training as early as possible for ease and waste! We did 22 months with the 3 day method and it was fab!
Sunscreen: Countersun by Beautycounter
(I recommend the lotion or the stick, the spray you really need to still rub in well – the formulation is the same but people don’t rub in the spray as well and have issues!)
Car Seat: We’re currently using one I would recommend due to flame retardants, I’m looking at switching to the Britax Endeavor one without any chemical flame retardants. Uppa Baby and Nuna also have ones.
(Aluminium Free, and can be recycled through Terracycle)
He doesn’t use anything else!
Kezia Things: non makeup
Face Cleansing/Makeup Removing:
Organic Coconut oil on a cotton rag for makeup removal or Diluted Dr Bronners
Exfoliating Scrub and facemask: Cocokind
or Just a bulk activated charcoal and aloe feta DIY mix is great!
Kids: Babyletto Cococore Mattresses and Babyletto Cribs
Basinette: Ninna Nanna Bassinette, a great sustainable non toxic one – I got mine second hand to save money!
Adults: We chose to just go very second hand as an interim option. This avoids the original off gassing from mattresses which is the cheapest easiest first move. I was going save for the deal deal but now we’re moving so that’s something I’m doing with English brands instead. In the US Ikea is a great new bed more budget move as they don’t use flame retardants on their beds anymore – or sofas so I recommend those too. They also have recycled plastic bottle duvets which we have and love as a down alternative.
Sheets: Sol Organics on our home beds and airbnb too – the best organic and fair-trade ones that are so soft!