April 19, 2024

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She saves money by making her own household items while reducing her waste

She saves money by making her own household items while reducing her waste

A Boisbriand woman in her twenties has not bought household goods for 7 years.

“I make my own products for everything that involves washing the kitchen and bathroom,” 28-year-old Audrey-Ann Quay explained to us in an interview.

Here are some of the ingredients the young woman uses to prepare her household and wash the toilet, sink and shower: white vinegar 12%, baking soda, bicarbonate (to loosen laundry detergent), white clay, lemon and baking soda.

“Often, I mix vinegar with water and wash the floor, the counter, the table,” says the woman who is a seamstress supervisor in life. Instead of buying household items, I mix my products.

A book by Jean-Sébastien Marsan Free yourself with de-consumption Also reviews the properties and uses of household white vinegar with 12% or 14% acetic acid. It is described as “a non-toxic, biodegradable product sold at a low cost”.

The book also talks about the many and very economical uses of baking soda.

Homemade lip balm recipe from Audrey-Anne Guay.

Photo by Audrey-Anne Guay

Homemade toothpaste

Audrey-Ann Quay makes her own homemade toothpaste (recipe below), her hair gel, her hand cream, her lip balm (recipe also below), her bath bombs, and her candles.

“I buy my homemade stuff in bulk so I don't waste it when I make it,” explains Audrey-Ann Quay, noting that her toothpaste recipe lasts a month.

“I buy a lot of my ingredients from natural food stores, I create my products and then it spreads,” he adds.

The young lady has already prepared the mascara recipe. “But I found that it didn't work well for me and it didn't last long,” admitted Mme Quay.

$100 savings per year

Mme Quay started developing this kind of habit in her early 20s after gradually using reusable sanitary napkins. This effort saves him hundreds of dollars a year. “I've definitely been saving up for sanitary napkins because it's been 7 years since I bought one,” Audrey-Ann Quay told us. So we're talking about a $700 savings over this period.

Disposable sanitary napkins cost between $60 and $120 a year, according to Ogo Creations, a boutique that sells washable menstrual pads. Washable menstrual pads can have a lifespan of up to 10 years, she says.

By doing some research, The Newspaper They found stores selling washable menstrual pads for about $14.


Audrey-Ann Quay explained to us that this type of habit is gradually integrated.

“I didn't do it all at once, I just went a little bit at a time, and I didn't find it hard,” he says.

“I also make candles with glass yogurt pots that can be given as gifts at Christmas,” concludes Audrey-Ann Quay.

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