Three Easy Ways To Organic-ify Your Life

Wed, 30 July 2014 12:30PM

Let’s talk organics.

Food has long been the catalyst for people making the switch from a conventional lifestyle to an organic one. The benefits of organic food include a diet free from chemicals and pesticides, fewer fossil fuels converted into fertilisers (due to organic farming methods), and healthier soil for years to come. The downside? The cost involved in going green.

But it’s not just about food anymore, Primpers. These days, the awareness and education around using fewer chemicals has filtered into other areas, too. Yep, everything from cleaning products to tampons has had a makeover. Here, I show you three easy (and cheap) ways to ‘organicify’ your life!

1. Choose The Dirty Dozen

It’s no secret you pay more for organic fruit and vegetables. The good news? You don’t need to completely overhaul your shopping basket if your bank balance doesn’t allow. Anything from the list below should be bought organic – as these tend to be the most heavily sprayed crops – but other common items such as onions, corn, pineapple, avocados and mangoes (i.e. anything with a thick skin that can be removed) is OK to buy conventional.

Here’s the list of organic essentials: Apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, capsicum, potato, blueberries, lettuce and kale/collard greens.

2. Try Organic Tampons

This might be TMI but I recently made the switch from regular tampons to organic ones and I cannot believe the difference. I thought discomfort was just a fact of life when you had your period, but after switching up my products I realised it’s not meant to be that way.

Aimee Marks, founder of TOM Organic agrees, explaining that conventional tampons are loaded with synthetics and even plastic, and that non-organic cotton is one of the world’s most heavily sprayed crops. In fact, it’s sprayed with over 25% of the world’s total insecticides. “Regular tampon brands are commonly made from a blend of plastics, synthetics and conventional cotton – which is sprayed with toxic chemicals,” she says.

But it’s not just about the nasty ingredients in everyday tampons, there’s also suggestion that Toxic Shock Syndrome is preventable if using organic tampons. “There has been research conducted by leading microbiologist Dr Phillip Tierno from New York University Medical Centre that states if you remove synthetics from tampons; you remove the risk of contracting TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome),” says Aimee.

I’m happy to save my private parts for a cool $7.99 (for 16), what about you?

3. Clean Green

Cleaning products can be expensive but I’ve recently discovered the handy little mix of white vinegar and tea tree oil. This stuff literally cleans everything!

I mix vinegar and water together in equal parts, and then add good dose of tea tree oil to mask the vinegar smell and add antibacterial properties to the cleaner. Then, I spray it onto the kitchen counter, wipe down tables and even use it in the bathroom as the vinegar helps keep things sparkly and white. It’s a massive winner and a much more cost-effective option than your harsh chemical-based sprays. Which means you have more money to spend on your organic fruit and veg!

Yaz x

Tell me Primpers…

Do you want to dabble in organics but find it hard to justify the cost?

Will you embrace any of these affordable options?

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Wed, 19 September 2012 01:34pm

    Oh my i never heard those facts about tampons before, that scared me big time. I like the sounds of TOM tampons. Thanks for reminding me to buy organic fruit and veg 2. What a great blog!

  • Posted by: Rebecca-1314689428 Enthusiast // Wed, 19 September 2012 01:45pm

    Shannon Lush oultines how to clean with white vinegar and bi-carb soda in her book ‘Spotless’.

    Also, if you have cats, please don’t use tea tree oil to clean – it’s toxic to cats when ingested, and if your feline friends are anything like mine they love to lick/eat/generally get covered in just about everything! There’s probably some other lovely oils that could be used (maybe lavender?), just check with your vet first.

  • Posted by: Olive // Wed, 19 September 2012 02:10pm

    Future blog post idea… Face masks made from things you have in the pantry.

    Look forward to the weekly healthy scoop Yaz!

  • Posted by: Ellie101 Enthusiast // Wed, 19 September 2012 02:41pm

    What are some brand names we should keep an eye out for when shopping for organic tampons?

    And I second Olive’s idea for a homemade face mask post!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 19 September 2012 02:41pm

    Fun fact: Vinegar + tea tree oil + water is also a thrush remedy.
    I’m skeptical about organic eating… I’ve heard studies say there’s basically no difference at all between organic and inorganic food.

  • Posted by: Knyholm Master Fan // Wed, 19 September 2012 03:10pm

    I would be lovely to change all your food to organic, but agreed, that would cost a lot of money fora whole family.
    But great article, look very forward to seeing future stories.

  • Posted by: melg Master Fan // Wed, 19 September 2012 03:41pm

    Got to love cleaning with vinegar. SO darn cheap too

  • Posted by: Yasemin Trollope Enthusiast // Wed, 19 September 2012 05:36pm

    Holy moly Rebecca-1314689428, what a brilliant point. I don’t have cats, but I love all furry friends. Thanks for reminding us all to ensure they stay safe, while our house stays clean! And Olive, great idea about the face mask/food post. Winner! Also, Ellie101, I think TOM are the only organic tampons on the market. Yx

  • Posted by: uffie Newbie // Wed, 19 September 2012 05:39pm

    Where do you buy TOM tampons? I’ve never seen them at Coles.

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Wed, 19 September 2012 05:54pm

    @ uffie, I’ve seen them in Woolworths and Priceline :)

  • Posted by: chloe.x Master Fan // Wed, 19 September 2012 08:54pm

    Ooh, I’ve heard of TOM Organics but have never tried them. Thanks for the tips and the positive review!
    uffie, I think you can buy them online.
    gloss geek, really? I haven’t seen them instore but will defs keep an eye out :)

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Wed, 19 September 2012 09:30pm

    Love the Healthy Scoop idea!! I aim for 50% organic where possible or reasonable. TOMs need to domranic cotton pads etc too! I use vinegar as dishwasher rinse aid and when I was my towels to help refluff. Was using a eucalyptus oil spray from the supermarket but that idea is awesome, will top up my spray bottle when it’s gone.

    A natural hair prod post would be awesome – of all the natural product categories I struggle with finding goodies it’s hair

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Thu, 20 September 2012 11:55am

    I have read about those tampons before, however being pregnant I don’t need any for awhile.

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Thu, 20 September 2012 02:25pm

    I am not too worried about having to have organic stuff, but I do buy it sometimes. I have become more aware about the tampons and now prefer organic ones for sure.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Mon, 24 September 2012 06:59pm

    this is a great article, hm changing all the food to organic would be hm expensive

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Tue, 25 September 2012 03:08pm

    i wouldn’t do organic tampons, but the fruit and vegies and organic skin care and makeup, i would totally consider.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 03:02pm

    interesting article

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 12:42pm

    Love buying organic fruit and veggies as often as I can. And love using vinegar in the kitchen.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 05:55pm

    Miranda looks great in this photo

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 20 December 2013 08:43pm

    Miranda looks gorgeous, she must work hard to keep her body trim and skin healthy.

  • Posted by: essie Enthusiast // Sat, 1 February 2014 03:16pm

    I’ve been eating mostly organic for 10+ years, I’ve just been brought up eating it.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 14 May 2014 07:09pm

    Green tea is something I should drink more often.

  • Posted by: brinsley Master Fan // Wed, 30 July 2014 01:24pm

    Interesting!

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Wed, 30 July 2014 02:03pm

    i dabble where possible – however i am always doubtful with organic cleaning products as to their effectiveness and potential..

  • Posted by: maggieball Enthusiast // Wed, 30 July 2014 06:21pm

    I love that cleaning recipe – going to try it straight away. I’m abig fan of the dirty dozen.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 30 July 2014 08:23pm

    Having a vege garden is a great way to get fresh vege’s, you can be sure have not been sprayed.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Thu, 31 July 2014 09:35am

    Probably not, I just still don’t see the proof that organic really is better and I’d rather pay less where I can.

  • Posted by: jessica88 Master Fan // Fri, 1 August 2014 12:31pm

    Some great tips for a more organic lifestyle!

  • Posted by: Lauren-1339916162 Master Fan // Mon, 4 August 2014 09:21pm

    I can’t justify the cost of organic vegetables. I do try to be a little green when it comes to cleaning though. Using things like bi carb soda, salt, vinegar etc. works wonders in my bathroom

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Mon, 15 September 2014 05:36pm

    At the moment I’m managing with very few organic options.