One of the most important things in living a frugal and green life is reading labels. Whether it’s food, cleaning products, or body care products, I think it’s important to know what a product’s ingredients are before purchasing. By taking a few minutes to read your labels, you can help keep yourself and your family happy and healthy. I’m going to share a few tips that I follow when shopping. Of course, something else may work better for you. That’s up to you to decide. 🙂
Nutrition Labels for Food
When reading nutrition labels, I believe that the shorter the ingredient list, the better. Of course, the best food to eat is something that is grown in the ground (like an apple- it only has one ingredient!), but if you’re buying bread, make sure that you know what’s in it.
Some of the ingredients I try to avoid: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), MSG, soy, hydrogenated oils, white flour, “natural flavors” and anything I can’t pronounce that doesn’t appear in nature.
When buying cleaning products or beauty products, there are a few rules of thumb that I follow. Of course, making your own is the preference, but if you don’t have the time, that’s understandable. All natural cleaners like Mrs. Meyer’s and bath products like Aubrey Organics are a couple of my favorites.
Some of the ingredients I try to avoid are sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS), any type of lauryl/laureth sulfates, parabens, and anything that ends in -cone(s)
Are you a label reader? What are some things you try to avoid?