I signed up for Crunchy Chicken’s Ultimate Econ Throwdown in two categories:
(1) Limited water use – which I consider bathing out of 5 gallon buckets, and brushing teeth from a limited supply (not from a faucet.) That I think I can handle this one with only limited inconvenience (we’ll see – I may take it more for granted than I think I do.) Washing dishes should be a real joy (smirk), and I’m not sure how I will handle the clothes washing – but I really only do that every three weeks, anyway, and I can probably get by with doing the essentials in a bucket, and I may have to try the bathtub method for the larger items. Thankfully with warmer weather the clothes are not as bulky. I also got a large supply of “hand-me-down” shorts and t-shirts, so I may be able to do just one load for the month.
(2) Nothing that is or comes in plastic. I understand that baking soda is a wonder product, and I will be buying commercial size containers of this the next time I accompany a friend of mine to restaurant supply for my 50 lb bags of rice.
Baking soda instead of toothpaste – I’ve done it before… but how do I brush my teeth without my plastic toothbrush? Anyone have any ideas?
Baking soda instead of deodorant – I have just recently heard about this one, and I’m willing to give it a try… but how does it get applied? My only thought was with a make-up brush, but there has got to be a better way.
Baking soda instead of shampoo – someone just posted how to use this on a comment under my previous listing, and I can do that.
OK, now, dish washing soap? In plastic – any alternatives? I think I will be doing a bunch of research over at Fake Plastic Fish‘s place.