Everyday Poop Bags for Dogs

When I go to the grocery store, I always bring my own canvas bag to put the groceries in so I don't create more garbage by asking for a shopping bag. However, this doesn't solve the problem of the fruits, vegetables and meats that are placed in separate smaller plastic bags when you purchase them.

Don't throw these bags away though. They can always be reused for things like trash, kitchen scraps or, in my case, picking up my dog's waste when we go out for walks.

I also make a habit of not throwing away any used tissues and napkins that aren't too soiled. These also come in handy for reuse when I handle my dog's poop to put into the bags.

This means I have never had to spend money on doggy bags, and the small plastic bags I collect don't go waste.

Baking Soda as a Natural Alternative to Toothpaste

Did you know you don't actually need toothpaste to keep your mouth and teeth clean? It's generally the brushing action rather than the lather created by toothpaste that keeps your teeth and gums healthy. In fact, your mouth will probably be healthier if you flossed regularly without brushing, than if you brushed regularly without flossing.

When you think about it, if you are already maintaining proper oral hygiene by regularly cleansing your mouth of food debris and bacteria, there is no reason why you should need to add chemical-laden toothpaste to the mix. Moreover, the fluoride added to toothpaste and the tap water in many countries is arguably bad for you. However, if you'd still like a little abrasiveness without using chemical-laden toothpaste, try baking soda.

Baking soda is a natural ingredient that is abrasive enough to help clean the stains off of your teeth when you brush with it. Just sprinkle a little on your toothbrush and brush your teeth as you normally would. However, make sure it is completely dissolved and try not to do this more than once or twice a week to avoid too aggressively wearing down the enamel on your teeth.

In fact, baking soda is an ingredient that is often added to most commercial toothpastes anyway. By using it alone you're simply avoiding also putting a lot of other chemicals into your mouth.

If you dislike the taste, try adding a little stevia or xylitol to the baking soda. This sweetens the mixture while keeping it all natural.

Don't forget to brush your tongue!

How to Make Foam Hand Soap

Most liquid hand soap is wasted because people wash their hands too quickly, rinsing off the soap before properly lathering up. One way to avoid this is to use foam hand soap instead. People tend to wash their hands more completely before rinsing it off if the foam comes directly out of the bottle, saving them the trouble of having to create a lather first. But don't go running out to buy foam soap, you can get your money's worth by simply making your own with regular liquid soap.

You'll Need
    - liquid soap
    - warm water
    - foam soap dispenser (make sure the pump is designed to dispense foam, not liquid. I use a 250ml plastic bottle from Muji)

  1. Fill the foam soap dispenser container 1/3 full with liquid soap.
  2. Fill the rest in with warm water.
  3. Attach the dispenser nozzle securely to the top and shake the entire container several times.

To Use:

Push the down on the dispenser, and foam should be released through the nozzle.


You can change the ratio of liquid soap to warm water depending on how thick you like your foam hand soap to be. Foam soap dispensers shouldn't be too hard to come by nowadays. The one I use is a reasonably priced, sturdy plastic one by Muji.