Making your own household items instead of using common disposable items is a great way to reduce expenses and your impact on the environment.
From cloth diapers to cloth napkins, reusable products have been a part of our life for several years. Some of our old favorites have been trickier to replace than others, but we’re finally on our way to solely reusable products.
Check out these 15 faux disposables:
Baby Wipes 1 of 15
Baggies 2 of 15
Bowl Covers 3 of 15I've eyed the expensive plastic wrap covers (and have even seen people use a shower cap!), but I just can't bring myself to take advantage of the convenience. I would totally use these, though. They seem simple enough, with a layer of fabric, PUL and elastic.
Learn how to make fabric bowl covers at Collecting the Moments
Coffee Sleeve 4 of 15I'm not a coffee drinker myself, but how cute is this? You can give this any look you want with your favorite fabric, fun button choices and a hair tie, of all things.
Learn how to make a coffee sleeve from Crafty Staci
Disinfecting Wipes 5 of 15Antibacterial wipes are super convenient, and my girls love to take turns wiping the light switches and doorknobs. Rather than let them go through an entire roll of disposable wipes, I'm going to make a batch of these — they're inexpensive and eco-friendly. Although the recipe calls for soap, I think vinegar will work just as well.
Get the recipe for fabric disinfecting wipes from Homemade Ginger
Dryer Sheets 6 of 15I use vinegar in the fabric softener compartment of my washer and dryer balls in the dryer, but sometimes I think dryer sheets would be easier. Enter fabric dryer sheets — super easy and made with fabric softener and scrap cloth you probably already have.
Get the recipe for fabric dryer sheets at Homemade Mamas
Gift Bags 7 of 15Rather than go through garbage bags of wrapping paper on Christmas morning, I use fabric to wrap gifts. No complaints from the kids just yet!
Fabric gift bags via Just a Bunch of Momsense
Hand Warmers 8 of 15I could have used a pair of these last week for Black Friday shopping. It's just rice sewn into scrap fabric, and so much cuter than the disposable version!
Check out the tutorial on Lipstick and Laundry
Lunch Totes 9 of 15You can pack your new reusable baggies into one of your own totes. I also love that you can personalize them with your kids' favorite designs.
Pattern for lunch totes at Victorian Quilt Designs
Napkins 10 of 15We use cloth napkins every day. Usually, I buy them on holiday clearance, but I'm pretty sure these would actually be cheaper — not to mention available in coordinating fabrics for my kitchen.
See how to make cloth napkins at Skip to My Lou
Paper Towels 11 of 15When I saw this tutorial a few weeks ago, I was a little overly excited. We've had an empty paper towel holder in our kitchen for years, preferring to just use towels or cloth napkins. But adding snaps? Brilliant!
Check out the tutorial for faux paper towels at Team Eco Nest
Post Notes 12 of 15I'm a Post-It kind of person, which basically just leaves me a disorganized mess what with my unwillingness to waste paper. Enter reusable notes — contact paper, sticky tack, and a dry erase marker. Genius!
Check out the tutorial for reusable sticky notes from Instructables
Produce Bags 13 of 15Someone tell me I'm not the only one who brings my produce home loose? I just can't stand those plastic bags. I am for sure making some of these — reusable, lightweight tulle, easily stored in with my grocery bags, and the perfect solution to my problem.
Learn how to make produce bags from Pinching Your Pennies
Sandwich Wrap 14 of 15
Swiffer Cloths 15 of 15I love my Swiffers. Love! As an alternative to disposable cloths, I use microfiber cloth from the automotive department with mine. It's kind of bulky to fit into the little holes. I'm not sure why it never occurred to me to do it as a slip cover. And the pattern for duster covers is completely genius.
Learn how to make Swiffer dusters instructions at Dollar Store Crafts
Of course, this would all be a lot easier if I knew how to sew. (Dear Mom, Any of these would make awesome Christmas gifts. Love, Me)
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