Soap Nuts. Don't laugh (like I did). These suckers contain 100% natural detergent (saponin) and they really work. I've been using them for about 4 months now and I can't tell the difference between clothes I was in my normal detergent and clothes washed with Soap Nuts. Normally-soiled dirty clothes come out clean, fresh, and soft. Plus, it's fun to combine the 'Nuts with different essential oils to scent your laundry. A shot of Borax along with the Soap Nuts helps to keep whites white, and you don't need additional fabric softener since they naturally soften your clothes. Fill a muslin baggie (incl.) with 3-5 soap nuts and toss them in the wash. You can reuse the bags 2-3 times. Perfect for allergy sufferers of those with sensitive skin. Cost to you: varies depending on quantity you buy. Cost to me: Free.
Bona Hardwood Floor Products from Sweden. If you have hardwood floors (and someone in your household suffers from allergies), you need this cleaning system. Having tried the Bona, I am never going back to mopping or Swiffering. Not only are the cloths reusable/washable making the entire system "greener," the cleaning solution is a waterborne, environmentally responsible, non-toxic cleaner specifically formulated to clean all polyurethane finished wood floors and factory pre-finished wood floors. Once you Bona, you'll never go back. Cost to you: $29.99 for the starter kit which includes the mop, microfiber dusting cloth and cleaning solution. $59.99 for the Ultimate floor care system which includes Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner, 32 oz. spray and 64 oz. refill; Bona Hardwood Floor Polish, 32 oz.; Bona Microfiber 4" x 15" mop with 4-pc. pole; Bona Microfiber Dusting, Cleaning and Applicator Pads. Cost to me: Free.
Smart Shopper. Say it, print it, go get it, is the motto, and that's exactly what you do. Speak your grocery items into the smart shopper (which can magetize itself right to your fridge if you like) and it records the items you need at the store. It comes preloaded with 2,500 items. My only problem is that I need Smart Shopper "Ethnic" for when I go to the Korean store or the Indian market. It contains a printer which never needs ink and runs on 4-AA batteries. Perfect for gadget lovers. And hey! They are on Twitter. Cost to you: $79.99. Cost to me: Free.