Traditional living can be as easy as making a few simple changes in your day-to-day life. Learn how to make these changes today with ten easy swaps that you’ll love.
How to start traditional living, today?
1. Bacon Grease
- Save it! Nothing says traditional living as using and reusing resources. Use bacon grease in place of cooking oils, butter, and fats in various recipes. It’s free, and who wouldn’t want to add that heavenly flavor to their favorite savory dish? Bacon grease can be stored in the fridge for up to three months.
2. Vanilla Extract
- Make it! Two ingredients and just a bit of patience for unlimited extract.
- Spray it! Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle to make a multi-purpose cleaner that is great for windows, countertops, showers, toilets, and more! Vinegar has a high acidity that breaks down gunk and buildup.
4. Cast Iron
- Use it! Stop trying to find the best new non-stick pan. It was already invented in 220 A.D. It holds heat, is non-stick, is easy to clean, and lasts forever, and the trace iron added to your food is good for your health.
5. Local Eggs
- Find it! Grocery store eggs may have been laid by hens up to three months ago, and “free-range” is honestly just a word. Actually, “Free-range” only means that the hens have “had access” to outdoor areas despite if they are outdoors. Find freshly laid local eggs from hens that are guaranteed to have been free-ranged for the best-tasting eggs.
6. Thrift Shop
- Visit it! Thrift stores are the most cost-effective place to find those staples. Whether it’s holiday décor, books, clothing, shoes, bags, or blankets shrift stores offer a wide variety. Find items that will last a lifetime instead of a week.
7. Glass Jars
- Store it! Remember, mason jars are your best friend. They are cost-effective, last forever, and come with a wide variety of lidding options like these. Glass Mason jars can be used in fridges, freezers, and lunch boxes too.
8. Beeswax Candles
- Burn it! They last much longer than soy or paraffin wax and pull toxins from the air instead of adding them (like most artificially fragranced candles). Research shows that Beeswax candles have traditionally been used since ancient times. Beeswax candles smell amazing, naturally.
- Switch it! Rags are much more absorbent than paper towels, and although it does mean a bit more laundry, it’s a quick switch to make. Rags for cleaning can be bought everywhere from thrift stores to big box stores. They can be made from recycled clothing, dishcloths, old towels, or even burp cloth.
10. Soilless Herbs
- Grow it! Gardening isn’t for everybody. However, a few herbs don’t need soil at all. Herbs such as sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil, and mint will continue to grow just fine in a cup of water on a bright windowsill.
“The art of art, the glory of expression, is simplicity.”– Walt Whitman