Online Dating in Your 40’s Is The Equivalent of Running Head First Into a Brick Wall

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My boyfriend and I both tried online dating. This was prior to meeting one another through, well, online dating. Apparently he stuck around because he thought it was refreshing that I wasn’t fake. There was no pretense. Just me in my, sometimes overwhelming and slightly obnoxious, glory. Greg and I have been dating for around five months or so. I can’t give you an exact time frame. Something that Greg is always (teasingly) giving me flak for.

Online dating in your 40s is the equivalent of running head first into a brick wall. It leaves you dizzy and confused, wondering just what the F happened. Everyone has baggage. Some people though, they have something inherently wrong with them.

The other day I asked Greg what he liked about me. You know’ what really made me special to him. I often give Greg flak for being absent from social media. Plus, poor guy, Greg has like one friend here, having moved from Atlanta. So I wanted to be sure he wasn’t hanging around because he was lonely or some silly nonsense.

As Greg has only been living in Virginia since December, it’s completely plausible that he’s with me through my indecisiveness and hormones for purely selfish reasons. Although, he did let me slather him in sunless tanner, take photos and then write a tell all.

Tell me why you love me.

“So. Why is it EXACTLY that you’re with me?” I asked the other day.

His first response? “Well,” he said, “you have a dog.”

Okay. I get that. My dog is pretty awesome. (He’s a dachshund after all.) So I guess I can let that slide. I mean, quite honestly, I would NEVER date a guy who owned a cat. Not that I hate cats. I just think dudes that have cats are a little off. Allergies aside, there’s just something weird about them that doesn’t mesh well with my personality. So when I was swiping left during this whole online dating debacle, then left again, then left again… (Le sigh.) Anyone who owned cats was an automatic no. Of course, mostly everyone else was too.

“So what else? You can’t JUST be with me for my dog.”

(My dog on the other hand thinks he’s people, so he’s finding the whole first answer thing totally plausible. However, here I am thinking that his next answer better be something about me specifically or I’m walking right out that door.)

“I really like that you’re outgoing. It helps me out because I’m shy and don’t know what to talk about in a lot of situations.”

Whoa. Hold up. Let’s stop right there before you dig this hole any deeper. These answers weren’t exactly what I was going for. For someone who doesn’t forget birthdays or holidays, is generally romantic and occasionally passionate, I was expecting a much different answer. But hey. He likes Star Wars and he can cook. Which, according to my friends, are apparently two very desirable traits to have in a boyfriend. (Or anyone for that matter.)

So, just how did I get here? Well, that requires a little back story.

Into the (not so) way back.

My BFF Bambi (who is not a stripper but an educational director at the zoo – and yes, that is her real name) had been on OK Cupid after she and her second husband split. He was a nightmare, unfortunately. Both a drug addict and emotionally abusive, this guy actually treated Bambi worse after she developed breast cancer. Luckily the judge had enough sense to see this and ordered him removed from the home.

Prior to that, however, she had been staying with a friend for her own safety. All while she continued to pay the mortgage and all of the utilities on her house while her ex-husband lived in her home, rent free. Within that time frame that she stayed elsewhere, he not only stole from her, he also quit his job. He trashed her house and even went so far as to hook up with a fellow addict. A girl with an active felony arrest warrant for both for heroin and gun charges.

When Bambi’s ex, who quickly exhausted his own friend’s patience, finally moved back to Wisconsin to stay with his parents, it was one of her best days ever. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, her rebound was a two-faced liar and a possessive control freak. Which proves just how easy it is for any of us to fall back into that trap of emotional abuse. (Much like I did, myself.)

However, like me, Bambi is a fighter. She’s a scorpio and I’m a gemini. Together we’re tough as nails. But most of all, we are survivors.

Online dating in your 40’s is its own special version of hell.

As Bambi had been married for the past ten years, she was not in the know when it came to “modern day” online dating. So she asked me for suggestions. I gave her a few of my usual go to online dating sites and she signed up.

Then my own marriage, of just six short months, fell apart.

Bambi had been on a few dates prior to me moving in with her over Christmas weekend. My husband of six months and I split just a few week prior to that. I started therapy around the same time. So, as is the way of women, Bambi and I, both freshly single, found ourselves sharing too much wine one evening while simultaneously talking and laughing, discussing her dates and other general gossip that two best friends share.

This inevitably led to a discussion of online dating sites. Which were the best, which were the worst, and which ones had at least 3-5 people we knew. Bambi was particularly a fan of OK Cupid because of their detailed and EXHAUSTING list of personality and lifestyle questions. So, while in the midst being half drunk (okay we where schmammered) on wine, I signed up and we started answering question after question on my profile, together, laughing all the while.

While Bambi eventually met her now current boyfriend, it took me a while to catch up with her. Likewise, her online dating experience was not like my online dating experience. Because mine was a complete and total nightmare.

Let me tell you a little something about dating in your 40’s. Online dating in your 40s is the equivalent of deliberating running head first into a brick wall. It leaves you dizzy and confused, wondering just what the F happened. Everyone has baggage. However some people out there, well, they have something inherently wrong with them.

Don’t get me wrong. I am, or was, just as F’d up as the next person. I have my own baggage from some pretty messed up relationships that left me with me with my own set of PTSD symptoms. I mean my first husband contributed to me developing agoraphobia. He used to sneak into the bathroom while I was showering and scare the crap out of me – over and over – and even if I locked the door. So going into this whole online dating thing was like pulling out a bag of tricks and seeing which “me” was going to come out as a result.

Anxiety is a bitch. Online dating with anxiety is a bigger bitch. So I drank too much on first dates. And third dates. Basically, I relived the same cycle of madness from previous failed relationships until I found a holistic therapist that actually helped me. It wasn’t until Greg that I really started to pull my shit together. Everything before Greg, however, was a total mess. So I documented the hell out of my most interesting online dates in what I call “The Dating Files.”

Online dating in your 40s is the equivalent of running head first into a brick wall. It leaves you dizzy and confused, wondering just what the F happened. True stories of terrible online dates. #dating #onlinedating #disasters

The (online) dating files.

While Bambi and I were both able to navigate our way into healthy, happy relationships, there is some unfortunate drama that preceded those accomplishments. Here are a few of the worst.

Entry #1:

Sometimes swiping left works. Other times weirdos message you and you have no control over it. There was one guy with one of the worst dating profiles I’d ever seen. He told me that I would be perfect if I only smoked. He was non-mobile and a drug user, so, for me at least, I think the whole “non-smoker” thing worked in my favor.

Entry #2:

Another guy that I messaged a few times seemed normal, Not to mention successful. Just before we met for the first time however, he asked if I had a problem dating married men. I blocked him immediately afterwards.

Entry #3:

The first guy I went on an actual date with, after joining an online dating site, was an alcoholic musician. He claimed to have Lyme disease. Although he did lack the deteriorating health symptoms of undiagnosed Lyme. My guess is he actually has fibro. Buy hey, who am I? That being said, I understood the self-medicating thing to deal with pain. Unfortunately, I really think this guy just had a death wish. Not only did he love to drink and drive – because when did he not drink? He also never buckled up.

He wrote me the most beautiful song for Christmas about a week after we met. Regrettably this guy was not only a musician, he was also a narcissist. As if the alcoholism wasn’t bad enough (he’d crush beers in the morning to avoid DT’s) he made me cry three times over a four week period. The kicker with this guy was, on his online dating profile, he described himself as the perfect Southern gentleman.

There was also the story (and he LOVED telling stories about himself to anyone who would listen) about him drinking beer on his drives from Virginia to Tennessee. He’d occasionally take his elementary school aged daughter on these trips. To save time, and avoid stopping for pee breaks, he’d also have his daughter hold a soda bottle for him so he could pee while was driving. Yeah. No words.

The only good thing that came out of the few weeks I hung out with this dude was that Bambi was able to get her water heater, dishwasher and garbage disposal fixed. (Side note: Musicians, no matter how F’d up, are harder to ditch. My second husband included.)

Entry #4:

This next guy was an even bigger doozy than the last one. It started out with him telling me that I should talk to him on the phone because, back in my day, there no texting. Somehow, and it was probably the dry sense of humor, we did date ever so briefly. He was an even worse alcoholic than the first guy, with an unhealthy co-dependency on his younger brother.

We’d meet up for brunch on the weekend. What this actually meant was he was going to be wasted by 11:30am and he’d forget about eating entirely. He also forgot to shower. Or just didn’t care. He kept airline flight bottles of vodka in his car to drink on breaks. He was also waiting on a court date for his second DUI. And he’d scream at me just to turn around and beg me not to leave. If he thought I was mad the phone calls and texts were incessant.

I finally had to block him in the end. Sadly this was after having to give him a shower because he wasn’t physically capable and then help him locate his car the next morning.

Entry #5:

And then other guys still were simply just annoying because they were so indecisive. You can have a great white collar job, kick ass hobbies and be attractive, but if it takes a week and a half for you to plan a dinner date, I have to take a pass.

Final thoughts (and online dating advice.)

Someone once told me (see entry #4) that his Dad gave him this advice. “The quickest way to get over someone is to get back under someone else.” This is terrible advice. It’s also likely one of the reasons online dating can be so disastrous. This guy’s dad was not only emotionally and physically abusive, he also cheated on his wife on a regular basis. So you can see how unhealthy relationships lead to more unhealthy relationships in a cycle that never ends.

If you’re dipping your toes into the online dating pool and it feels like a trip through wonderland – raise your standards. Change your behaviors. Also, from personal experience, if you’re really angry about your last relationship, you won’t find happiness until you’re able to let that anger go. It’s a hard lesson. As is learning to change the thoughts and patterns of behavior that landed you in that mess to begin with.

Quite honestly, I met Greg because I started choosing guys who “weren’t my type.” And I almost missed out. Because, for me, it didn’t start out with that instant connection – that spark – that I was used to. Instead it was slow and steady. There was no rush to live life to the fullest like you’re speeding on coke because you could die at any moment. I had to step back, relearn and then move forward.

Finally, my therapist recommended the book, Stop Caretaking the Borderline or Narcissist: How to End the Drama and Get On with Life. If you find you’re also part of an unhealthy cycle, this book will help you see the other side of that so you can finally break free.

If you enjoyed this article, you may also be interested in my article titled, You Are Not a Failure.

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Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Into College Even Easier)

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My son is entering his senior year of college and applying for grad school this fall. So he’s not who you might think of when you’re shopping for back to school supplies.

Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Into College Even Easier) Must have college back to school supplies for your new college student plus tips on surviving college life and making the most of the experience from a both a male and female perspective from rising college seniors. #backtoschool #collegelife #collegetips

There are no teacher supply lists and his books are now all entirely digital. This kind of makes highlighters a thing of the past. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t need any school supplies. It simply means that shopping for a college student is different than shopping for school supplies for a third grader.

Target has a lot of great ideas for decorating college dorm rooms in addition to the standard back to school tools for college students. However Target also has one really amazing perk that really got my attention. And it’s absolutely perfect for students who are leaving home to go off to school.

College Dorm Room Decorating Ideas from Target, The Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Even Easier)

When you shop online at Target.com, students can pick up your purchases at a Target store near the college campus they’re moving into. So there’s a lot less to pack for their next big life adventure. This means more room in the car for things from home that your new college student can’t live without.

So what are those must have back to school supplies for college students? Following are a few of my favorite back to school supplies. Plus some great tips for easing your son or daughter’s transition into college life. I’ve even include tips from my own son (who stayed local) and his girlfriend (who left home for school) that, as rising college seniors, felt will help your son or daughter have the best college experience possible.

The Best Back to School Supplies for College Students. Plus some great tips for easing your son or daughter's transition into college life. I've even include tips from my own son (who stayed local) and his girlfriend (who left home for school) that, as rising college seniors, felt will help your son or daughter have the best college experience possible.

The Best Back to School Supplies for College Life from Target

Even with a busy academic schedule and the opportunity to make tons of new friends, college can still feel lonely and even somewhat isolating to students. Something as simply as a package of command picture strips can help ease the loneliness as it’s an opportunity to display photos of friends and family back home. Plus, it’s also a chance to share photos of moments with new friends they make along the way. Or for a more whimsical touch, give a set of fairy photo clips with LED string lights a try.

Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Even Easier)

Having a roommate for the first time in one’s life is always a new, and a somewhat challenging, experience – especially if your son or daughter is an only child. And let’s face it. Not every personality is well suited for another.

Wireless Apple® AirPods are a great way for kids to tune out the overstimulation that comes with starting a new school. And listening to music on the way to class can help ease anxiety so they’re relaxed when they enter each new class of the day. Not an Apple family? Sony also offers a great pair of True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds that has equally rave reviews.

Your college student will appreciate the Bose® Noise-Masking Sleepbuds when leaving home for college. These completely wireless headphones will help your child get a better night's sleep amidst the chaos and noise of dorm life - especially if their roommate snores.

Alternately, if your son or daughter already owns a great pair of headphones, they’ll appreciate the Bose® Noise-Masking Sleepbuds. These completely wireless headphones will help your child get a better night’s sleep amidst the chaos and noise of dorm life – especially if their roommate snores.

Of course, a laptop is also a must for any college student. My son started college with a new MacBook Air and it’s kept up with needs over the past three years. However, if an Apple computer isn’t in budget, Target offers a lot of budget-friendly alternatives from Chrome, Windows, HP, Dell and Acer.

A Room Essentials™ Bathtub Caddy is a must for college dorm life. This convenient bathtub caddy not only allows for easy transport of all your college student's bath and shower supplies to a shared dorm bathroom, it's also and easy way to keep bathing supplies organized! Constructed to be partially see-through so there's no guessing what's inside, this caddy also has draining holes to help prevent water from collecting inside. 

A Room Essentials™ Bathtub Caddy is a must for college dorm life. This convenient bathtub caddy allows for easy transport of all your college student’s bath and shower supplies to a shared dorm bathroom. It’s also and easy way to keep bathing supplies organized! Constructed to be partially see-through so there’s no guessing what’s inside, this caddy also has draining holes to help prevent water from collecting inside.

You’ll also want to be sure your new college student is stocked with personal care items, clothing hangers, a desk lamp and a power strip.

A super functional backpack is also a must. While many college students won’t necessarily have physical books to tote around, there are plenty of other things to stash inside. Snacks, money and a water bottle are musts for anyone running around a college campus all day.

This SwissGear® 18.5" Scan Smart TSA Laptop and USB Power Plug Backpack is THE backpack to rival all other backpacks. It features a USB power read port, TSA ScanSmart Technology and a large main compartment with flip-up show storage with side access pockets. The ergonomically contoured, padded shoulder straps with built-in suspension make this backpack comfortable to carry, while the organizer compartment comes outfitted with a key fob as well as multiple divider pockets for pens, mobile phone, ID card and memory stick, and the add-a-bag strap to slip the backpack over most telescoping luggage handles.

This SwissGear® 18.5″ Scan Smart TSA Laptop and USB Power Plug Backpack is THE backpack to rival all other backpacks. It features a USB power ready port, TSA ScanSmart Technology and a large main compartment with flip-up show storage with side access pockets.

The ergonomically contoured, padded shoulder straps with built-in suspension make this backpack comfortable to carry, while the organizer compartment comes outfitted with a key fob as well as multiple divider pockets for pens, mobile phone, ID card and a memory stick. It also has an add-a-bag strap so it’s easy to slip the backpack over most telescoping luggage handles.

If you’re on a budget for back to school as many of us are, then you’ll appreciate both the quality and pricing of the products Target offers. Additionally, if you sign up for a Target REDcard (debit or credit,) you’ll also save 5% off your purchase when you use your card. Plus you’ll always get free shipping.

15 Tips for New College Students to Ease the Transition into College Life from both a male and a female perspective from rising college seniors. Plus the best back to school supplies for your new college student.

Tips for Easing Your Student’s Transition Into College Life

Now that you have your son or daughter stocked with the best back to school supplies for college, it’s time for the hard part. For them, it’s having the talk. For you, it’s learning to let go.

It’s super important to discuss what expectations you have for your child as far as academic performance as well as behavior while they’re away. Safety tips are also equally important. At the same, they’re learning to stretch their wings and start forging their own path for their lives. So here are fifteen amazing tips for new college students that you can share with them to ease their transition into college life.

Cody’s Back to School Tips for Entering College (From a Male Perspective)

1. Go to orientation and do all of the events. Everyone else will be as apprehensive as you. However this is one of the easiest ways you can make friendships that last a lifetime.

2. Buy a calendar. Read the syllabi. Put all important dates down in advance. This will let you know when you can have fun and when you need to work.

3. Make a daily schedule. Short work every day will be more effective than trying to do a lot of work all at one time.

4. Sleep. This cannot be stressed enough. If worse comes to worse, a fresh mind studying at the last minute will do better than a dead one that studied all night.

5. It will be harder than high school. It’s okay if you see a temporary drop in your usual grades. It’s happening to everyone else. Find out what you need to change to work around that.

6. Call home each week. The emotional support will be helpful.

7. Learn how to be independent. Figure out your schedule. Eat regularly and exercise if you can.

8. Do at least one extracurricular you enjoy, whether it’s a club or a sport. You’ll meet people and keep your sanity by doing something you enjoy.

9. Safety is crucial. Always be with someone you trust when you are out at events. Never leave a drink unattended. Also, don’t take a drink from someone else – even people you know. If you see someone that needs help, help them. Call campus police. You won’t be a party pooper, you’ll be saving a life.

10. Get to know your professors. It’ll help you now and when you need letters of reference. Don’t be afraid to ask your professors questions outside of class.

11. Write down your overarching goal. Write down all the things you need to do to achieve that goal. Then make sure you complete one of those sub goals every one to three months. This will help ground you to what you’re striving to achieve after college.

Paris’ Back to School Tips for Entering College (From a Female Perspective)

1. Everyone feels just as isolated as you. I never lived in a dorm. Rather I lived in the same apartment with roommates while I away from home over the course of four school years. So I can understand the isolation and difficulty that comes with trying to make friends when you’re in that type of situation. It’s easy to feel like you missed the train.

Students who are living in dorms for the first time will have already made friends the first week of classes. So it’s natural to feel like you are being annoying when trying to break into new friend groups. Honestly though, if you can find the right people, they will warmly welcome new friends into their circle. They will also value the things you bring to the table as part of that new friendship.

Your first year of college may be hard. Once you get into your major and find the right set of roommates however, making friends (even if you’re an introvert) will become SO much less daunting. You’ll find that you’re surrounded by like-minded people. You’ll also start to see recurring people each semester as your classes become more specialized.

2. Roommates can make or break your college experience. If you have the worst, most filthy and messy, disrespectful, loud roommates the first two years of college like I did, you’ll be able to relate. As a result of my first two years with roommates, I become a neat freak. I had to have all of the mugs facing in the same direction. I also had major trust issues when it was time for the next roommate to sign a lease with me.

The sight of a sink full of dirty dishes may eternally trigger you as a result of your experiences. However, if you keep pushing forward, you’ll realize that there is a light at the end of that gross, loud tunnel. And one day, even if its not in college, you will have a space you can call your own. Or you’ll finally share a home or apartment with somebody you know who shares your same methods and ideals.

3. Friends and relationships will come and go. People change a lot from who they were in high school. This can be hard to accept. You may feel like something is wrong with you when you leave home to go to college, and as a result, lose both your best friends and a significant other. Nothing is wrong with you. People just grow and change so much at this stage in our lives. So embrace it! See what and WHO the world brings to you and be thankful for the change that signifies.

4. Have whatever type of college experience you want. You don’t have to bend to peer pressure. Always keep in mind that there are people out there who are going to love you as you are and respect the boundaries and choices you make for yourself.

Peer pressure exists. It’s not everywhere like parents probably think however. If certain lifestyles aren’t for you, that’s great! Respect other people for their decisions as well, but also stand by yours. Standing by your own values and belief systems doesn’t make you lame. There are so many people that will ask once, you politely decline (and give your reasoning, or not) and they will ACTUALLY say, “That’s awesome! I respect that.” (This is from my own personal experience.) Those people are so important to have in your life. Try your hardest to find them, and don’t settle for less than what you are comfortable with or deserve.

Share Your Own Tips for New College Students!

Do you have any additional back to school tips for students entering college for the first time? If so, I’d love if you could share them in the comments. Alternately, I’d also love to hear about your memorable college experiences and how they helped to shape who you are today!

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The Must Have Stress Support Supplement for Women Over 40

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So many changes happen to our bodies as we age. As women, our forties can be especially daunting. To help handle the stress of both the physical and emotional changes to my body, I turn to a natural stress support supplement. This stress support supplement is a must for women over 40.

The Must Have Stress Support Supplement for Women Over 40. This natural, herbal stress support supplement is a must for women over 40. Not only does it tame the physical and emotional changes your body experiences during perimenopause, but it helps improve your body's response to stress and boosts immunity for overall wellness.

Not only does it tame the physical and emotional changes your body experiences during perimenopause, but it helps improve your body’s response to stress and boosts immunity for overall wellness.

I’m Too Young to Be Going Through Menopause.

A few years ago, just before I turned forty, I started having hot flashes. They usually occurred in the evenings when I’d have a cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine. Then they’d start in the middle of the day at work, for no apparent reason. My face felt like it was on fire. My body temperature would rise. And my upper chest, neck and face would turn a bright, very unattractive red. I chalked it up to stress or anxiety. Because at the time, I didn’t realize they were hot flashes.

Thank goodness for female friends. Because without our occasional complaints, gossip and chatter, I would have continued to suffer. The hot flashes became more frequent.

At first I thought I was having an allergic reaction to something I’d eaten. Perhaps something I’d drank. An allergy to elderberry perhaps. Or quinine? I kept cutting out possible allergens from my diet without success.

But luckily I have a friend who was going through the same thing. She told me that I was not having an allergic reaction. I was actually having hot flashes. She too would turn bright red with every hot flash. A red like that embarrassed blush I used to get when I got called on in class as a teenager.

Somewhat dubious that at forty I was having hot flashes, I reluctantly tried evening primrose to tackle the issue. And it worked. Being at least a decade too young to be experiencing menopause, I googled my heart out to figure out what was causing my hot flashes. This led to my discovery of perimenopause.

What I kept wondering though, was how the heck had I made it to my forties without a single doctor or GYN mentioning perimenopause?

What the Heck Is Perimenopause Anyway?

Perimenopause is basically a transition phase before menopause begins. While it typically starts for women in their forties, from time to time women in their 30’s and even their 20’s may experience perimenopause.

During perimenopause our ovaries slowly start producing less estrogen. Typically a woman will experience, on average, symptoms of perimenopause for about four years. However, for some women, symptoms continue for up to ten years.

During the last one or two years of perimenopause, the production of estrogen drops significantly. This is then followed by menopause in which the ovaries stop producing eggs.

The symptoms of perimenopause are a lot like premenstrual syndrome – only in overdrive. Not only does perimenopause cause worsened premenstrual syndrome, it also causes hot flashes. In addition there is also breast tenderness, a lowered sex drive, fatique, irregular periods, vaginal dryness, urine leakage, moods swings and trouble sleeping. So basically, it sucks.

And oh, yeah. You can still get pregnant during perimenopause. It may just be more difficult if you are trying to conceive later in life due to the drop in fertility.

Some women find relief from perimenopausal symptoms by taking birth control. I have an IUD and found that it did not help with hot flashes. So if you’re like me and are still experiencing hot flashes, either with or without birth control, there are other options. I delve more into those options further down. Along with a great stress support supplement to also help tackle those mood swings.

The Must Have Stress Support Supplement for Women Over 40. This natural, herbal stress support supplement is a must for women over 40. Not only does it tame the physical and emotional changes your body experiences during perimenopause, but it helps improve your body's response to stress and boosts immunity for overall wellness.

How Do I Know If I’m Experiencing Perimenopause?

Basically if you want to murder your ex whereas before you only wished he suffered considerably, you may have perimenopause. Ok, I jest. But not so ordinary mood swings – like those that take you from a super high all the way down to super low – are a sure sign of perimenopause. Especially if you know you’re not bipolar despite what your ex says. Insane mood changes, well. Welcome to my life.

Hot flashes are another tell tell sign. Hot flashes are basically a sudden rush of heat out of the blue. Some women experience flushing and sweating with hot flashes, while others may not. A hot flash that is coupled with redness in your face and neck, like I get, are called a hot flush. They can also cause rapid heart rate or chills.

If you experience hot flashes at night while sleeping, then they’re referred to as night sweats. So not only are you likely having trouble sleeping anyway, night sweats can compound the issue.

There are a lucky 20% of women who never experience hot flashes. (Can I bottle that magic?) However, if you’re in the other 80%, you can count on having them for about the next seven years. (Or eleven years if your genetics just hate you.)

Some of other sure signs of perimenopause include changes in your period, heavy bleeding, forgetfulness, bone loss, and as previously mentioned, vaginal dryness.

How to Ease Hot Flashes Due to Perimenopause or Menopause. Plus the best stress support supplement for women over 40.

How to Ease Those Hot Flashes.

There are a number of things that commonly trigger a hot flash. These include stress, caffeine, alcohol, heat, cigarette smoke, tight clothing and spicy foods. By reducing these, you may experience fewer hot flashes.

If you aren’t ready to give up Thai food or wine, there are other options such as daily exercise and foods rich in plant estrogen. B-complex vitamins and vitamin E are also common supplements for women experiencing hot flashes due to perimenopause. Or you can tackle hot flashes as they happen through other natural options such as aromatherapy or cooling sprays.

However, through my quest to find alternative natural remedies for my fibromyalgia, I discovered a better supplement. This natural stress support supplement not only helps me body handle stress better, it also helps significantly with hot flashes. Especially when used in combination with a B-complex vitamin and evening primrose.

The Must Have Stress Support Supplement for Women Over 40

The Must Have Stress Support Supplement for Perimenopause.

A few months back I started taking an herbal stress support supplement called ashwagandha root for stress, anxiety and perimenopause. Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen that’s 50% more effective at treating anxiety than psychotherapy or a placebo according to a 2009 study.

As an adaptogen, ashwagandha not only aids with healthy stress response, it also helps to maintain a healthy hormone balance. So not only has it helped wrangle the worst of my mood changes, it’s stopped the majority of my hot flashes as well. (Especially when used in combination with the evening primrose oil.) If you need to minimize those overly emotional responses due to your body’s hormone changes, then ashwagandha root may be the right stress support supplement for you.

Ashwagandha root is considered safe for most people. However, if you have an autoimmune disease, are pregnant or nursing, or you have Type 1 diabetes, this herb should be avoided. Ashwagandha root can also stabilize hypothyroidism, though it’s recommended you have your doctor monitor your condition if you are using supplements to maintain a healthy thyroid. The recommended dose of ashwagandha root is 450–500 mg once or twice daily.

When I first began taking ashwagandha root, I was purchasing it as a single supplement. However, for the past two months I’ve been getting my daily dose through HempFusion’s Stress Phytocomplex. This supplement blend further aids my stress response and calms anxiety. It also helps to calm some of the symptoms of my fibromyalgia. (This stuff got me through two interviews without breaking a sweat. Seriously.) I not only love that it counteracts many of the symptoms of my perimenopause, but that it also gives me extra energy without the need for caffeine.

The Hemp Fusion capsules contain a unique full-spectrum phytocomplex oil extracted from nutritional hemp, black pepper fruit, and clove oil. This fusion of unique plant extracts includes valuable phytocompounds and terpenes naturally occurring in nutritional hemp and other botanicals and is perfect for occasional stress support in addition to daily Endocannabinoid System support.

I’m currently purchasing this product from ThriveMarket as it allows me to save up to 50% off my favorite brands of herbal supplements everyday. And I earn cashback toward more of my favorite health and wellness products as well as organic pantry staples. Everyone needs to save a little money, right?

If this sounds like something you may be interested in (it’s like a wholesale club for organic health and wellness products) then I encourage you to give them a try. They offer a free trial (that you can easily cancel prior to being billed for a yearly membership) and you get 25% off your first order. I save well over $1500 with them annually.

In addition to taking ashwagandha root for hot flashes and healthy stress support, I also highly recommend a B-complex vitamin and evening primrose oil. I am currently using (and loving!) Thrive Market’s own brand of Food Cultured Vitamin B-Complex with Ginseng along with Jarrow Formula’s Cold Pressed Evening Primrose Oil. I take these three stress support supplements specifically to tackle my own perimenopause with my first meal of each day.

Share Your Experiences.

Do you have experience with perimenopause? Do you have another go to stress support supplement that you take or recommend? I’d love to hear your story on how you tackle your body’s changes! So please feel free to share your personal experience in the comments.

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Best Natural Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin (To Buy or DIY)

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Need help getting your acne under control? Then you’ll love this collection of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin! Whether you choose to buy or DIY your own anti-acne treatments, these natural skin care products help to treat and prevent acne.

Best natural skin care products for acne prone skin that you can buy or DIY! Need help getting your acne under control? Then you're going to love this collection of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin! Whether you choose to buy or DIY your own anti-acne treatments, these natural skin care products help treat and prevent acne as well as calm and soothe inflammation!

Darn Those Wacky Hormones

When I was a teenager I always assumed that I would grow out of my acne. Sadly, that was not the case. I had terrible acne flare ups throughout my thirties. Some of which were hormonal. Others were due to stress. I figured that in my forties I could finally kiss acne goodbye. Well, no one told me about perimenopause.

It’s like my entire life since I turned twelve has been plagued by hormone changes. And now I’m stuck with yet another bout of insane hormone surges. Surges that not only cause worsening acne, but also ridiculous mood swings, fatigue, hot flashes, worsened premenstrual syndrome and tender ta ta’s.

Lucky for me perimenopause only lasts an average of four to ten years. (Please insert sarcasm here.) After that, without some type of hormone therapy, it’s completely plausible that I’ll be able to grow a beard. But hey, at least they have contests for that!

Best natural skin care products for acne prone skin that you can buy or DIY! Need help getting your acne under control? Then you're going to love this collection of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin! Whether you choose to buy or DIY your own anti-acne treatments, these natural skin care products help treat and prevent acne as well as calm and soothe inflammation!

(Incidentally, if you are also struggling with perimenopause, I’ve found several natural supplements that work for me. Ashwagandha root, a B-complex with ginseng and evening primrose are great for increasing energy, preventing hot flashes and improving stress response.)

For the most part I’m able to prevent most of my acne with the right skin care products – with one hold out. My chin seems to be completely immune to nearly everything I’ve tried. And with summer here, I feel like I constantly have a volcano erupting somewhere on my face. Especially since I sweat like a teenage boy.

Best natural skin care products for acne prone skin that you can buy or DIY! Need help getting your acne under control? Then you're going to love this collection of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin! Whether you choose to buy or DIY your own anti-acne treatments, these natural skin care products help treat and prevent acne as well as calm and soothe inflammation!

Best Natural Skin Care Products for Acne

Luckily there are a lot natural skin care products for acne prone skin that I can turn to. These natural, anti-acne skin care products not only help treat and prevent acne, but they also help calm and soothe inflammation. Following are some of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin that you can either buy or DIY!

Best Natural Skin Care Products for Acne (To Buy)

This is my collection of the best natural skin care products for acne that you can buy. These natural skin care products not only prevent and treat acne, they can also help calm and soothe the inflammation that accompanies it. These products get to the source of your skin issues to prevent acne before it even starts. So you can finally ditch that irritating benzoyl peroxide spot acne gel. After all, who needs dry flaky skin on top of everything else?

It's Tamanu Thyme Oil Cleanser. Formulated for normal-to-oily or acneic skin, this natural cleansing oil from Crunchy Betty naturally cleanses skin by removing excess oil. Not only does it help to balance oily skin, it also deters acne and removes makeup! Buy it here.

It’s Tamanu Thyme Oil Cleanser

Formulated for normal-to-oily or acne prone skin, this natural cleansing oil from Crunchy Betty naturally cleanses skin by removing excess oil. Not only does it help to balance oily skin, it also deters acne and removes makeup! Buy it here.

Also be sure to check out Crunchy Betty’s ebook, Food On Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin. More than just a natural beauty book, you’ll discover a complete system designed to clear your acne prone skin. This ebook contains 35 natural skin care recipes for acne prone skin including all-natural cleansers, steams, masks, moisturizers and more. Buy it here.

Mother Earth Mask (Turmeric & Matcha Facial Mask.) You can naturally get glowing summer skin with this turmeric and matcha face mask! Enriched with manuka honey to tackle acne scars and promote skin health, this facial mask from Ballernia Botanicals also brightens and evens out skin tone. So your skin is left feeling smooth and revitalized.

Mother Earth Mask (Turmeric & Matcha Facial Mask)

You can naturally get glowing summer skin with this turmeric and matcha face mask! Enriched with manuka honey to tackle acne scars and promote skin health, this facial mask from Ballernia Botanicals also brightens and evens out skin tone. So your skin is left feeling smooth and revitalized. Buy it here.

Veil of the Earth Detox Face Mask Powder. This natural detox face mask from Cattail Apothecary is gentle enough for all skin types, but is especially beneficial for acne prone skin and blackheads. Charcoal and bentonite clay combine to create a powerful team that draws out and absorbs heavy metals, dirt, bacteria and other impurities. While calendula and lavender flowers promote healing and soothe irritated skin naturally.

Veil of the Earth Detox Face Mask Powder

This natural detox face mask from Cattail Apothecary is gentle enough for all skin types, but is especially beneficial for acne prone skin and blackheads. Charcoal and bentonite clay combine to create a powerful team that draws out and absorbs dirt, bacteria and other impurities. While calendula and lavender flowers promote healing and soothe irritated skin naturally. Buy it here.

Brightening Gel Moisturizer. This brightening moisturizing gel from Naturally Beautiful is a perfect light weight vegan moisturizer for all skin types. However, it is especially helpful for acne prone skin. Formulated with organic ingredients, including pineapple extract, this lightweight moisturizer is an excellent choice for your summer skin care needs.

Brightening Gel Moisturizer

This brightening moisturizing gel from Naturally Beautiful is a perfect light weight vegan moisturizer for all skin types. However, it is especially helpful for acne prone skin. Formulated with organic ingredients, including pineapple extract, this lightweight moisturizer is an excellent choice for your summer skin care needs. Additionally, this gel also works beautifully as a moisture boosting serum  for maturing skin when used under another moisturizer. Buy it here.

Or try the Vitamin B3 Retinol Serum from Naturally Beautiful. Crafted with watermelon extract and sea kelp, this natural moisturizer works to balance balance, smooth and tone maturing skin. It also calms topical inflammation, speeds cellular turnover and boosts collagen production. Buy it here.

Organic Anti-Blemish Acne Spot Treatment. Just a dab of this acne spot treatment from Teava Skincare fights troublesome blemishes. Formulated with salicylic acid, white tea and tea tree oil, this potent pimple potion exfoliates pores to remove acne causing clogged dirt, oil and bacteria. Additionally bearberry is also included in this natural skin care formulation to lighten blemish scars by inhibiting melanin production.

Organic Anti-Blemish Acne Spot Treatment

Just a dab of this acne spot treatment from Teava Skincare fights troublesome blemishes without drying out your skin. Formulated with salicylic acid, white tea and tea tree oil, this potent pimple potion exfoliates pores to remove acne causing clogged dirt, oil and bacteria. Additionally bearberry is also included in this natural skin care formulation to lighten blemish scars by inhibiting melanin production. Buy it here.

If you’re a fan of makeup you’ll also love the Organic Matte Facial Mister and Setting Spray from Teava Skincare. Made with orange blossom and white tea, this natural skin care product for acne controls oily skin all day long while also reducing the appearance of pimples and preventing new ones. Buy it here.

Moscato Glow Bentonite Clay Face Mask with Red Wine. Blended with bentonite clay to detox skin and anti-aging superstars antioxidants, this natural bentonite clay facial mask from Dab & Dabble helps you find a balance with your oily, combination or acne prone skin. While naturally astringent citrus fruit extracts and red wine promote clearer, brighter, blemish free skin.

Moscato Glow Bentonite Clay Face Mask with Red Wine

Blended with bentonite clay to detox skin and anti-aging superstars antioxidants, this natural bentonite clay facial mask from Dab & Dabble helps you find a balance with your oily, combination or acne prone skin. While naturally astringent citrus fruit extracts and red wine promote clearer, brighter, blemish free skin. Buy it here.

Strawberry Exfoliating Facial Toner. This powerful tonic from Leaf Seed Berry is so much more than just a toner. It's a natural way to experience fewer breakouts and brighter looking skin. Not only will pores appear smaller with use, but naturally sourced salicylic acid (from willow bark extract) gently exfoliates skin to promote cellular turnover and deter blemishes. While the addition of strawberry fruit water and chamomile extract soothes skin to reduce both inflammation and redness.

Strawberry Exfoliating Facial Toner

This powerful tonic from Leaf Seed Berry is so much more than just a toner. It’s a natural way to experience fewer breakouts and brighter looking skin. Not only will pores appear smaller with use, but naturally sourced salicylic acid (from willow bark extract) gently exfoliates skin to promote cellular turnover and deter blemishes. While the addition of strawberry fruit water and chamomile extract soothes skin to reduce both inflammation and redness. Buy it here.

Discover more of the best natural skin care products for acne that you can buy in addition to my other favorite makeup, beauty and natural skin care recipes here. Or try one of these amazing natural home remedies.

Best natural skin care products for acne prone skin that you can buy or DIY! Need help getting your acne under control? Then you're going to love this collection of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin! Whether you choose to buy or DIY your own anti-acne treatments, these natural skin care products help treat and prevent acne as well as calm and soothe inflammation!

Best Natural Skin Care Products for Acne (To DIY)

If you love holistic skin care products but can’t always afford to buy your favorite luxury brands, then why not make your own? Following you’ll find my collection of the best natural skin care products for acne that you make at home!

This DIY herbal facial steam is so easy to make and it's a great way to naturally reduce acne breakouts, boost circulation and remove toxins.

DIY Herbal Facial Steam

This easily customizable DIY herbal facial steam is so easy to make and it’s a great way to naturally reduce acne breakouts, boost circulation and remove toxins. Learn how to make it.

Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, this activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

Activated Charcoal Detox Face Mask Recipe

This activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times. Formulated with natural ingredients that include kaolin clay, mineral salt, calendula and activated charcoal, this dry powder mask has an incredibly long shelf life.  Learn how to make it.

Essential Oil Anti-Acne Roller Ball Recipe! If you have a new teenager struggling with acne, or like me, you realized that acne doesn't end with adulthood, then you must try this essential oil anti-acne roller ball recipe! This amazing natural essential blend is perfect for spot treating acne. And, because it's formulated with black cumin seed oil in addition to an anti-acne blend of essential oils, it also targets inflammation to reduce swelling and promotes skin regeneration and health. #antiacne #essentialoils #acne #diy #rollerball #naturalremedy

Essential Oils Anti-Acne Roller Ball Recipe

This amazing natural essential blend is perfect for spot treating acne. Formulated with black cumin seed oil in addition to an anti-acne blend of essential oils, this natural acne remedy also targets inflammation to reduce swelling and promote skin regeneration and health. Learn how to make it.

Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe with Rooibos Tea & Manuka Essential Oil! Don't let your skin dictate your look. Instead, conquer your skin's unpredictability with this homemade facial toner recipe! This homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe is made with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin's PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts.

Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe for Acne Prone Skin

This moisturizing facial toner is formulated with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin’s PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts. Made with rooibos tea to soothe a variety of skin conditions including eczema and acne. Learn how to make it.

DIY Natural Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub and Cleanser Recipe for Acne Prone Skin

Natural Activated Charcoal 2-in-1 Facial Scrub & Cleanser

This two-in-one cleanser and activated charcoal facial scrub recipe is a Soap Deli News fan favorite. This anti-acne recipe combines a gentle Castile based soap with natural carrier oils, activated charcoal and a blend of organic essential oils proven to fight tough acne. While natural fine grain white sugar gently exfoliates facial skin to slough off dead skin cells for brighter, smoother looking skin. Learn how to make it.

This easy natural Homemade Activated Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe that fights acne plus soothes and helps to heal skin.

Activated Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

This easy homemade activated charcoal melt and pour soap recipe is made with four simple ingredients to help control acne, soothe skin and promote healing. Learn how to make it.

Homemade Exfoliate and Detox Polish Recipe for Clear Skin

DIY Exfoliate & Detox Face Polish

This dry face polish is crafted from all dry ingredients for a long shelf life and to enable you to customize it with every use. Sugar, activated charcoal, bentonite clay, coconut milk powder and natural botanicals gently exfoliate skin and help to draw out impurities. So you can say goodbye to acne for good. Learn how to make it.

DIY Handmade Lavender and Tea Tree Soap Recipe with Activated Charcoal for Acne Prone Skin

Classic Lavender & Tea Tree Soap Recipe

This classic lavender & tea tree soap recipe also contains acne fighting activated charcoal to deep clean pores and fight acne at its source. Learn how to make it.

You can discover more of the best natural skin care products for acne that you can DIY by following my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board.

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Do you have a favorite natural product or remedy for your acne? I’d love to hear about the products that work best for you. So be sure to share your story in the comments.

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Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green!

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You’re going to love this collection of frugal laundry tips to help you save money and go green! Because let’s face it. Laundry products can be expensive. This is especially true when you’re skin can’t handle the cheaper, synthetic and highly fragranced detergents and fabric softeners. So how can you save money and go green with naturally derived laundry products?

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

Keep reading to learn how to get my favorite green laundry solution for yourself absolutely free! Plus discover 12+ of my favorite frugal laundry tips including how to make your own 3-ingredient, all natural linen spray.

Why I decided to go green.

I had super sensitive skin growing up. As a result my mother would rinse our family’s laundry twice. She wanted to be sure we wouldn’t have a reaction to the combination of laundry detergent, bleach and fabric softener she used.

As a Gen-Xer, unscented laundry products were mostly unheard of when I was growing up. We used the staple laundry products – Tide laundry detergent, Clorox bleach and Downy fabric softener. Even with a second rinse, I still remember having very itchy skin.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m still in LOVE with the smell of original Downy fabric softener to this day. Unfortunately my skin hates it. As for dryer sheets? Well, they’d make my brother and I break out in hives. Looking back on how we used to wash and dry laundry, I’m a little bit terrified by the ingredients and synthetic fragrances that were used.

I’ve since switched to more naturally derived laundry products like Method’s Free + Clear Laundry Detergent Packs. These laundry packs are not only hypoallergenic, they also contain tough stain fighters to tackle life’s unexpected spills and splatters, all while keeping colors and whites bright. And I love that they’re both biodegradable and effective even in cold water.

However, as I’m currently on a budget, I’m trying to cut as many unnecessary products from my life as possible. That includes paper towels and, of course, fabric softener. Both of these products are easily replaced with reusable, eco-friendly options.

Discover my collection of frugal laundry tips and green cleaning solutions below.

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

Green Friendly, Frugal Laundry Tips

This leads to the revelation of my favorite frugal laundry product. What is it? Wool dryer balls.

I first learned of wool dryer balls many years ago, but was always hesitant to give them a try. When I finally decided to bite the bullet and give them a try, I was sold.

Wool dryer balls can seem expensive at first. Especially if you’re using the store brand box of $1.99 dryer sheets. However if you use fabric softener or dryer sheets on a regular basis, wool dryer balls quickly pay for themselves in just a few shopping trips.

So what are some of the other perks of tossing your fabric softener and dryer sheets for good? Wool dryer balls not only help your clothing dry faster, therefore using less energy, but they effectively tackle static. They can also easily be scented, if desired, with your favorite natural essential oils and won’t irritate sensitive skin. Good for about 1000 uses, wool dryer balls also cut down on waste.

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

Lately I’ve been using the new Grove Wool Dryer Balls. They run around $16 for a set of three. However, you can grab a free set of wool dryer balls from Grove for a limited time, while supplies last. Not only will you receive a free set of Grove wood dryer balls, you’ll also get a free package of (my favorite!) Method free + clear laundry packs along with free shipping and 60 day VIP trial with your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative.

(If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll receive free Grove walnut scrubber sponges with your next order. They’re perfect for wiping down your laundry room sink, and the soft side is great at erasing grass stains from sneakers before you toss them in the wash!)

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

More eco-friendly, frugal laundry tips that are perfect for summer.

Following are a few more great frugal laundry tips to help you go green and save money this summer. There’s even a quick and easy 3-ingredient recipe for making your own natural linen spray!

  • The lazy days of summer are here, so I appreciate anything that makes my life easier. Laundry packs are truly effortless — no drips, no spills, no measuring. Toss a few in your suitcase for doing laundry on summer road trips instead of lugging around a bottle of detergent.
  • Soaking clothes overnight can help loosen grass stains and popsicle drips. Simply fill your washing machine with water, add your detergent and clothes, and let everything soak overnight while you sleep. In the morning, hit “start” and say goodbye to stains. (I also love Seventh Generation’s Natural Stain Remover Spray. It not only works miracles on my laundry, it’s also a great choice when deciding what to buy for your first Grove order.)
  • White-on-white looks great with a tan — not so good with deodorant and sunblock stains. Chlorine-free bleach is a great way to keep whites fresh without the “bleachy” smell.
  • Take advantage of breezy days and line dry your laundry. Instead of rushing, savor the small moments: the feel of sunshine on your face, the sight of laundry flapping in the breeze, and the smell of sun-dried clothing.
  • For those items that still need to go in the dryer, using wool dryer balls can cut down on waste (no more dryer sheets!), make your laundry softer, and speed up drying time. Your clothes and your energy bill will thank you!
  • Customize a laundry scent that will make you smile every time you get a whiff of your clothing. Just pick your favorite essential oil and apply a few dabs to your wool dryer balls for a fresh load of laundry.

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

  • Mix up your own natural linen spray by combining 1 oz. witch hazel with 10 drops of your favorite Grove essential oil and 3 oz. of water in a spray bottle. Spritz onto freshly laundered sheets, towels, and clothing.
  • If you don’t have an HE washing machine, skip the small laundry loads. Instead wait until you have a large load before doing laundry. This will not only save money and water, but it also means less wear and tear on your washing machine.
  • Washing your clothing in cold water saves energy and cuts down on your electric bill. You can get most of your family’s laundry clean without using any hot water. And because Method’s laundry packs work in cold water, you never have to worry about your laundry detergent getting the job done.
  • Be sure to clean out your lint trap after drying every load of clothes. A clogged lint trap or vent lowers the efficiency of your dryer and can also create a fire hazard.
  • Clean out your washer in regular intervals. All washers, not just newer HE washer, can develop odor over time that can transfer to your clothes. Rather than using chlorine bleach to clean your washer, try vinegar instead. Or give Real Simple Clean’s green friendly washing machine cleaner & deodorizer a try!
  • Do less laundry. Jeans are designed to be worn multiple times before being washed. So you can hold off on washing jeans until after they’ve been worn a few times. However, if your jeans start to smell sooner than you’d like, simply freeze them before wearing them the next time to tackle odors caused by bacteria from skin. (Seriously.)
  • Make your own homemade laundry detergent for a frugal, eco-friendly approach to cleaning. Discover a simple laundry detergent recipe here. Or make your own natural laundry & stain remover soap with this soapmaking tutorial.
  • Never run out of detergent again! Grove Collaborative delivers all your favorite natural household and personal care products to your doorstep, on your schedule. Once you’ve submitted your first order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll get free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. Sign up here now.

For more eco-friendly cleaning solutions, be sure to check out my Eco-Friendly Homemaking Ideas on Pinterest as well as my Lifestyle + Living board.

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

Do you have any green-friendly, frugal laundry tips that have helped you save money? I’d love to hear your own tried and true ideas. Simply share your eco-friendly laundry tips and tricks in the comments!

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