5 Products to Skip Buying Organic If You Need to Save Money

In a perfect world, many of us would choose to buy all of our products organic, all-natural and straight from the earth. But unfortunately, doing so isn’t a reality for many of us. Organic products (and “all-natural” products) tend to be more expensive than conventional products. While a lot of purists insist on keeping chemicals out of their homes completely, others seek to find a balance between organic where it’s absolutely necessary, and budget-friendly in other areas.

It should be said that there are many reasons people buy organic. Organic products are often better for the environment, less allergenic, and more likely to be cruelty-free. But if you go organic because you are concerned about endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and your own health, there are some areas where it’s okay to save your money. If you aren’t interested in DIYing all of your home products but can’t afford to buy absolutely everything organic, here are a few areas where you can feel okay about going conventional:

Shampoo and Conditioner

One of the reasons that people who love beauty products often go natural with their skincare and makeup is because those products sit on the skin for long periods of time. And when products sit on the skin, they are absorbed into the bloodstream. While organic shampoos and conditioners may be great for your hair and better for the environment, you probably don’t need to freak out over your own personal health if you can’t afford organic shampoos and conditioners. Look for something gentle, unscented and budget-friendly, and you’ll be just fine.

Face Wash

Furthermore, face wash is another product that is only in contact with your skin for a minute or so at the very max. Therefore, if you find a face wash you love that isn’t 100% organic, don’t fret. A good, old-fashioned soap or face wash will be just fine and probably isn’t going to lead to any adverse health effects.

Outdoor Furniture and Used Furniture

Furniture is known to have a lot of carcinogenic chemicals in it due the presence of retardants. This is definitely a cause for concern, but it may comfort you to know that a lot of these chemicals air out over time, which means that old furniture and outdoor furniture†may be less of a threat to your health than brand-new furniture kept indoors. If it’s time for a sofa, armchair or patio furniture, go used if possible (it’s more eco-friendly, too!) and don’t feel too worried about any furniture you store outdoors.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Toilet bowl cleaners can have some nasty chemicals in them, but if you’re not interested in DIYing your own cleaning products, this is the one conventional cleaning product you may be able to make an exception for in your home. While it’s certainly nasty, it’s unlikely to come into contact with your skin. However, after applying it, you may want to open your window and turn on a fan to help air out any lingering chemicals.

The Clean 15

Finally, while organic food is often better for the environment than conventional food, if you can’t afford to buy 100% organic it will comfort you to know that these fifteen fruits and veggies are unlikely to be contaminated with pesticides and other toxins:

  • onions
  • avocados
  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • mango
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potatoes
  • sweet onions

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Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill7 months ago


Edith B
Edith B8 months ago

Good to know!

Thomas M
Past Member 8 months ago


iskrica k
iskrica knezevic8 months ago

Thank you!

RICKY SLOAN8 months ago


Marie Squire
Marie Squire8 months ago

as I hear, any corn which is non organic, would probably have gmo's in it, so it is important to always buy, organic corn

Teresa A
Teresa Antela8 months ago


Chrissie R
Chrissie R8 months ago

All of them...

Muff-Anne Y