It’s easy to get tricked into buying products that we have no use for, or worse, that don’t do the job as well as a cheaper, more natural option would. We see commercials with beautiful models selling product, touching background stories, and various reasons why you “need” such-and-such a random item. Our world is constantly bombarding us with messages like this.
Or maybe you grew up just thinking that you had to use certain things. Your mom always used that window cleaner, so it’s the thing you HAVE to buy. Well, this mistake isn’t your fault or your parents fault, but we are going to shatter that illusion right about now: Not all store-bought products are “necessary”, in fact some of them are straight-up scamming you.
Here’s nine examples of products you really should stop buying.
It’s happened to all of us. We’re sweltering hot, we’re super thirsty, and you can’t get home to your Brita. What do you do? You stop at the nearest store/gas station and buy a bottle of water. It’s only $1.70 so it’s not a big deal, right?
While this is an innocent habit, it’s a bad one nonetheless.
Not only are you spending hundreds of dollars a year on this product (check out how much money you’ve been throwing away with this bottled water calculator) but it’s not necessarily “cleaner than tap water” as these companies would have you believe.
And that’s not even the half of it. Unfortunately for our planet, Americans use around 50 billion bottles of water a year, and sadly 80% of those bottles are not recycled. Those that are recycled have been found to leach toxic chemicals into the products they are recycled into, according to research by the Columbia Water Center.
Moral of the story: CARRY YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLES AND DON’T BE AFRAID OF TAP WATER. Avoid these bottled scams at all costs, people.
Commercial Cleaning Products
And I guess that’s what makes this so sad.
For all the money you spend on a slew of commercial cleaning products, there are much cheaper and more natural products that will do the same job. More often than not, these more-natural cleaners come down to the following things: vinegar, baking soda, lemons, hydrogen peroxide, Borax, ect.
Just give it a Google or search right here on TipHero, you’ll find a million ways that these cheap products can clean your home for less.
However, this colorful facade could prove deadly. Studies have linked these multivitamins to various illnesses, including cancer.
Approximately 70% of women can understand the frustration with impossible-to-banish cellulite — the lumpy effect that crops up on skin from fat underneath — inspires. Unfortunately for everyone, doctors say creams don’t cure cellulite; at best, they reduce its appearance for fleeting stretches.
Some products are certainly better than others — those may include retinol, caffeine and alpha hydroxy acids — but they won’t melt the fat at the root of the problem. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise and muscle strengthening is the best bet for ridding oneself of cellulite.
Flashy New Appliances
If money is no object to you, sure, buy the newest models of every appliance in the store. But for those of us with bills to pay, dropping $1,000 on a sink with jet streams just might not be in the cards right now.
Hopefully that’s an easy answer.
Like cleaning products, these “air freshening” sprays are totally malarkey. This goes double if they don’t have any disinfecting properties, which we can understand coughing up the money for. But if they only claim to make your home “smell like a fresh rain shower” then you are being tricked, my friend.
Essentially, these sprays do a temporary job of covering up odors; they don’t remove them at the source or cover them permanently. They work for about 15 minutes before company comes over and that’s it.
Plus, you’re only spraying nasty chemicals into the air! Air that you, your family, and your pets have to breathe.
You’re much better off cleaning the source of the stink (i.e., take out that smelly garbage) or using a more all-natural way to remove home odors that will work better and reduce toxins in your house.
Budget Light Bulbs
Even better, since LEDs can last a decade or more, you won’t have to buy bulbs as often, and your energy costs will be lower!
Plungers work well, for starters, or you can even use a bent wire hanger to get at source of the clog. For an at-home mixture that works wonders, mix 1/3 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of vinegar to make a fizzy solution that will really clear your drain in a snap.
Any of these solutions are better than spending $15 on an awful smelling batch of chemicals that will work exactly the same.
Feminine Cleaning Products
In fact, we don’t need them at all! The female anatomy is much like a modern oven – in the sense that it cleans itself with a balance of good and bad bacteria.
Douches usually use chemicals (or even things like vinegar and baking soda) that only throw off the balance of your anatomy. Not only this, but they tend to cause dryness, irritation, and an array of other vaginal issues that no one wants to deal with.
Your body has got this covered, so just sit back and let it do its thing.