6 Alternative Products to Everyday Items

Nobody wants to be a normy. 

Normies are boring, safe, predictable people who have sheep-like tendencies to follow the herd and ignore original thinking.

Don’t be a normy. Be different.

And while there are innumerable ways to be different, one option is to rethink the everyday products and items you’re using. If you do a little digging around, you’ll find that there are plenty of alternatives – some of which are cheaper, more effective, less harmful to the environment, and/or more intriguing to use.

Here are a few simple ideas:


  1.     Straight Edge Razor Over Disposable Razor

There are a lot of fancy razors and shaving products on the market – many of them boasting four and five blades, colorful handles, and the promise to leave no cuts or scrapes behind – but none can stand up to the classic straight-edge razor.

The straight edge razor – also known as a safety razor – is simple to use, doesn’t snag – and can be reused over and over again. All you have to do is replace the razors. (A typical assortment of razors will cost you somewhere around 20 cents per blade.)


  1.     Birth Control Patch Over Birth Control Pill

Whether you have a love or hate relationship with birth control, we can all agree that it’s nice to have options. The pill is definitely the most frequently used option on the market, but it’s not the only one.

The birth control patch is deemed to be 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy and doesn’t require you to remember to take a pill every day at the same time. You simply apply the patch once per week for three weeks. Then on the fourth week, you don’t need to apply a patch, and you get your period. The cycle starts over again the following week.

Another plus to the birth control patch is that you can apply it in a variety of places – including the back, belly, buttocks, or upper arm.


  1.     Silicone Baking Mats Over Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil is an amazing product. (Have you ever paused to consider who something so thin can be so malleable and versatile? Or what about the fact that you can toss it in the oven and it radiates almost all of the heat?) But aluminum foil isn’t necessarily great for the environment. It’s also something that you have to continually buy more of.

A silicone baking mat is one alternative. These mats can be placed in the oven, washed in the dishwasher, and reused hundreds of times over. This makes them much easier and more cost-effective.

  1.     Lemons Over Deodorant 

Okay this one is a little weird, but hear us out.

Lemon is acidic, which means it has the ability to kill off bacteria. And guess what creates odor under your armpits? That’s right, it’s bacteria.

By cutting fresh lemon slices and rubbing them under your armpits, people swear you can avoid stinky pits by neutralizing the bacteria before it has a chance to make you reek. No word yet on whether it burns. Try this one at your own discretion!


  1.     Essential Oils Over Candles

Candles are great, but do you really know what’s inside of them? Also, a good candle can be very expensive and only has a limited life.

One alternative is to use essential oils in a diffuser. It’s healthier, less harmful to the environment, and lasts infinitely longer.

  1.     Old Smartphone Over Security Camera

While the prices on home security cameras have come down over the years, they can still be expensive. If you have an old smartphone lying around the home, why not repurpose it into a home security camera? It’s relatively easy and doesn’t require anything more than a new app on your current smartphone.

This guide from CNET will show you exactly how to use the Alfred security camera app to turn any old Android or iPhone device into a brand new security camera for your house, apartment, or business. 


Which Alternative Products Will You Find?

Whether your goal is to be more eco-friendly, or you simply like trying new and wacky things, these alternative product ideas should serve as inspiration. Try implementing a couple of them this week and be sure to let us know which ones work the best.