Ways to live frugally while enjoying life

Dual Purpose Products

Dual Purpose Products

Who doesn’t love a product that you can use in more ways then one?! Not only is this the minimalist side of me, not wanting to have loads of items when when one product does the trick, but it also saves money not having to purchase the other items that you are able to replace!

Here is my list of dual purpose products..

  • Blue Dawn Soap-

Dual Purpose Product

Dawn is tough on grease but it is also a great stain remover for laundry. I place some Dawn on a stain before I place in the in the laundry and wash in cold (like I normally do) and then air dry.

  • Coconut Oil-

Dual Purpose Product

Cooking and baking ingredient but also great on skin and hair. I put some in a small mason jar and leave in my bathroom. I have rubbed my belly with coconut oil and I have received tons of compliments on how my baby bump looks with no stretch marks from the nurses and Doctor at my office. I use coconut oil on my baby girl too for her skin as a more natural lotion then the ones you buy. I also coat my hair with it for about 15 minutes before I take a shower and then wash and condition as normal. I get great shine and softness from doing this type of treatment. If you are wanting to bake with it, here is a great gluten free cookie recipe!

  • White Vinegar-

Dual Purpose Product

Vinegar is a great dual purpose product because you can turn it into a multifunctional cleaner, good on floors, windows and of course can cook with it.  You can also use vinegar to kill weeds outside. Way safer and cheaper then the chemicals you can buy from the home improvement store.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar-

    I have heard TONS of great benefits of apple cider vinegar. I currently use 1:1 ratio with one part water and one part ACV as a toner and it has reduced my sun spots. I also take a shot of it daily for health benefits which you can find here.

  • Conditioner-

    I use conditioner for my hair but also for shaving my legs. It works better then shaving cream because my legs come out moisturized instead of dry.

  • Vaseline-

This product has been around since the mid 1800’s! The original use was to heal cuts and burns but I use it on my lips and lashes nightly before bed. I know other people who use it on their cracked heals of their feet and on their cuticles. This is just a great moisturizer.  I also have a friend who uses it on squeaky hinges in her house.

  • Bay Leaves-

    You can cook with Bay leaves or you can put them in your windows and doors to help keep ants out. My friend swears by this method!

  • Salt-

    Salt is a staple ingredient in my house, just like in many houses. Besides using this as a cooking ingredient I have used salt to kill slugs in my garden for years. Works perfectly and doesn’t harm my garden like some toxic slug killers would.

  • Coffee-

    Just like salt being a staple in my house, coffee falls right in that same category. Besides drinking coffee you can use the coffee grounds on plants, in planters, or in a garden and of course use the grounds in a compost. You can also use the grounds for a coffee scrub that I will explain in the next bullet point. I also have used the left over coffee for iced coffees later in the day by just storing it in the refrigerator but also watering my plants with the coffee (only once a week).

  • Sugar-

    This is a common baking ingredient that I am sure you have in one way or another. Maybe brown sugar, raw sugar or just white sugar. Besides baking with it I use it in my scrubs. I have made all sorts of scrubs! One of my favorites is to make it with coffee grounds. I will warn you this can make your shower a little messy if you add too much coffee grounds. There are perks to adding coffee grounds to your scrubs found here, her recipe uses pods of coffee such as from a Kerig but you can just use normal coffee grounds if you use a coffee pot!

I hope my dual purpose products help you. These are some of the ways I use these products but please know that there are tons of other ways! I would love to hear the products you