Meet Sara: The Natural Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Pro

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Our new toxic-free and clean products series is here!

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Get ready to transform your life in 2024.

Concerned about toxins lurking in your home? Get ready to revitalize your space in 2024 with our top choices for the best natural and clean products! Our brand-new weekly series dedicated to clean living will revamp both your home and well-being!

Hi there! I’m Sara, one of Collin’s Hip sidekicks. 👋🏼

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I’m excited to take a virtual journey through your homes to do a complete cleanout of all your home’s toxic products. I’ve spent years learning how to source clean natural products, and have also spent years using many of the products I’m going to share with you all.

Swapping your entire home can feel daunting. And there’s also an overwhelming amount of “natural” products on the market. I get it! Also… we all have to start somewhere so I’m thrilled to be that “somewhere” for you!

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Becoming more eco-friendly and toxic-free is a process, so I’ll be doing our clean products series in weekly increments where we tackle just ONE topic. This will make the process for YOU much more approachable and stress-free! 🙌🏼

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This series is going to be a game-changer for everyone! Whether you’re on the hunt for eco-friendly swaps or switching to clean, natural products for your home and self-care routine, we’ve got you covered. And guess what? These eco-friendly swaps will save you thousands every year! 🌱💰😊

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I’m going to be like your very own clean product checker. ✅

Over the upcoming weeks, I’ll be taking time to source, vet, and test (if I haven’t already) the very best and cleanest products in every category that will transform your home and personal care needs. Quality ingredients, eco-conscious companies, and a better you! 👏🏻 I’ll be talking about them over on Instagram, too, so be sure to follow us over there!

I’m excited to share my knowledge with you because I know these products will transform your life when used consistently. They will enhance your daily routines and many of them will save you money in the long run too.

More than anything, you’ll feel good about using them.

So, if you’ve been itching to toss out your old products and refresh with clean, eco-friendly items, this epic giveaway is tailor-made for you. 💥🎁🌟

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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  1. amyh

    I’ve switched to all natural cleaning products, hair and body care, last I have is the laundry detergent. Darn Costco and their gigantic containers. Now I can hardly stand the cleaning isle at the grocery the scents are so strong. Tip: use up products on hand first and replace as you go so it’s not so overwhelming.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      What a great tip to slowly replace your items! Thanks for sharing! 🙌💞

    • Valerie

      Yes, I work for a clean beauty company and suggest the same. Switch over as you run out. 😊

  2. Mindy

    I look forward to learning from you!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for stopping by, Mindy! I’m looking forward to sharing everything I know with you!

  3. rosehart

    I’m excited about this!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m thrilled to hear that, rosehart! Stay tuned for more. 😍

  4. acgold

    Great idea! We replaced most of our products with vinegar, alcohol and water! We even make our own wipes.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing, acgold! I’m thrilled to hear this!

  5. Vicki

    This is one I’m looking forward to.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so glad to hear this will bring you value, Vicki! Thanks for following along.

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  7. Carol Potts

    I’ve been using natural products for a long time. I was so tired of being poisoned. I even use natural products for my dogs. Including dog food, no kibble here. I am excited to see what Sara has to say.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s wonderful to hear you’ve already made swaps in your home, Carol! Thanks for following along and I hope my new series will bring you so much value.

  8. Kristi

    Yay!!🥰 I have followed Hip2save since 2010 and these will be the most rewarding posts yet! Thank you for using this platform to help readers make better choices that will help their family’s overall health! I’ve been making swaps the past couple years due to my own health concerns and a long list of symptoms. Two companies I came across recently have been life changing….Rowe Casa Organics & Earthley Wellness. They both make nontoxic products and provide so much education on their social media accounts. Thank you for putting this series together for us. Can’t wait to learn more from you! 🩷

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for sharing some companies you love, Kristi! I hope my new series will bring even more value to you! Thanks for following along.

  9. swilliso

    Yes! Sign me up

  10. rachel

    Just remember all natural doesn’t mean natural just like natural flavors or “FRAGRANCE”. You have to learn how to read ingredients.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      YES! This is definitely something I will be discussing in future series, Rachel. Thank you for pointing that out. I hope you enjoy what’s to come!

  11. mimi-coolchick

    So glad you are going to feature. As someone who is fighting cancer with no family history, safer is the way we are becoming more and more. So many toxic chemicals in the cleaning and beauty industry.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m very sorry to hear what you’re going through, mimi-coolchick. I hope this series brings you value and more than anything I am sending all the good healing vibes your way. ❤️ Thank you for following along.

  12. Lora

    Thank you for doing this. I look forward to reading these posts and trying the natural methods. Most mainstream cleaning products from the stores smell bad to me even if they say lemon or orange scented.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome, Lora! I’m very much looking forward to all I have to share. Thanks for following along!

  13. siena95

    I’m from Oregon, we take green pretty serious. I’m not extreme, just practical where I can. The Molly suds pic here shows plastic bag, so no good. Reducing use of plastics is #1. I’ve switched to laundry detg sheets and dish detg pods from dropps, both come in paper boxes. 2nd- Im using shampoo bars ( Trader Joe’s) or dr. Bronner bars for hair and body. No plastic bottle of shampoo or shower gel. Non toxic cleaner? Mix vinegar, tea tree oil, water in reusable spray bottle.✔️

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Siena95! We sure appreciate your valued feedback.

  14. siena95

    The motto is reduce, reuse, recycle

  15. Erica

    Can’t wait for this! Thanks, Sara! Btw, what is that second photo? The one with the plants? It looks interesting.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, Erica! Thank YOU for following along! The second photo features my Lettuce Grow Farmstand. I LOVE it so much and have a full product review on it if you’d like to read more about it. 🙂

  16. Cindy

    Can you put a post on clean beauty products? The cosmetic industry is pretty unregulated and so many dangerous chemicals that has been banned in food products are hidden in beauty products which gets into our skin! It would be such a help as swapping to clean beauty products that are effective is a challenge.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there Cindy! It looks like there will be a series on makeup, personal care items, and more! 🤗❤️ Thanks for letting us know what type of “clean” content you’re excited to see!

  17. Ihearthip

    This is great. I am in need of hypoallergenic products for medical reasons. First on my list is a safer “bleach.” Need all the help I can get. Looking fwd to your posts!!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Ohhh I have the perfect product for you, Ihearthip! In fact, my bleach alternative is more affordable and more effective. I’m not going to make you wait to learn about it though as I have shared it once before. It’s called Force of Nature and if you’d like to read about it now you can head over to my Eco-friendly swaps post. Enjoy!

      • Ihearthip

        Thanks a ton!

  18. Heather

    I’m so excited for this. I’ve made many swaps, but not all. Sometimes it’s frustrating because the healthier, natural products are often more expensive, so I’m excited to learn what you’ll be sharing!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes, I’m with you, Heather! It’s so sad that’s the case with some things. I’m going to do my best to share the best prices and some savings aspects too!

  19. mlj211

    I’m very excited about this series. I’ve been cutting back on chemicals and swapping out products for years. But I’m looking forward to learning about more I can do.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for following along! Stay tuned 🤩

  20. Amandan

    I love the Norwex products for just this reason…interested to see what you’ve got up your sleeve!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing, Amandan! Stay tuned. 🤩

  21. Marinova

    I am looking forward to seeing what qualifies as “nontoxic.” Natural doesn’t necessarily mean nontoxic. Some things in nature can be plenty toxic. Evening the pic of the menstrual cup – there actually isn’t really any long term data on prolonged use. They inevitably put pressure on the urethral opening and this could pose a potential short or long term problem. I will be really interested to see what meets the “nontoxic” criteria. I’ve always tended to just follow the rule of simplicity. The simpler, the better….like triscuits. They’re found in the middle aisle and they’re packaged shelf stable processed food…but there are only 3 recognizable ingredients, so, I go for it 🤷‍♀️

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Marinova. I am with you – the simpler the better!

  22. Lesli Ramey

    I’m excited for this series! I’d like to learn to be more green and use healthier cleaners for my family. Thank you for doing this!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, Lesli! Thank you for following along!

  23. Brooke

    Super excited about this series!! I’ve been making own products, using reusable cleaning products (Norwex, un-paper towels, dryer balls, etc.) and am always happy to learn more. The easiest thing for me that coincidentally took time to learn a new habit was shopping at Aldi and how I now actually use the reusable bags in my trunk. Especially the bags that collapse and you can keep in your handbag so you always have it in hand. Yay!!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for following along, Brooke! I love that you use reusable bags that is so important!

  24. Angie

    So exciting! I’m interested in knowing what is out there and really works good!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for following along, Angie!

  25. Shona Armstrong

    I can’t wait – I have already switched to whole foods and no processed foods in the house and the cleaning products as well will be great! What are all these chemicals doing to us?

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s so wonderful to hear, Shona! I am looking forward to sharing the series with you, thank you for following along!

  26. jen m

    I am so excited about this. I heard the granddaughter of Dr Bonner speak about cleaning up your cleaning products. It was a great chat

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s such a great experience, Jen! I love Dr. Bronners and use it every day. 🙂 Thanks for following along!

  27. Sharbme

    Looking forward to this series. It’s nice to have a trusted site as a go-to for information on topics that are so important.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      We are so honored that you come here for the best deals and info, Sharbme! It truly means the world! ❤️

  28. Debi Sparks

    Been working on being clean. I use products from a sister owned company called Rowe Casa. OMG I love their products, especially the magnesium cream and Lymphatic creams. Looking forward to all your great products too.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you so much for sharing, Debi! That’s wonderful you already have some clean products you love!

  29. Pam M

    What a great idea! Something I definitely need to learn. Thanks!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome, Pam! We’re looking forward to sharing more with you. Thanks for following along!

  30. Vicki

    So anxious to learn more… have been replacing a few things… bit by bit 🙂

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      That is the best way to do it in my opinion, Vicki, so good for you! It can become SO overwhelming trying to do it all at once. Thanks for following along!

  31. Nancy Hoff

    Can’t wait to see more!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for following along, Nancy!

  32. Danielle Hendricks

    I am so excited about this. We have started a cleaner eating for our family of 7. We are are slowly switching things out week by week. Thank you Sara for doing this. Also thanks to Collin for always thinking of a way to bless people while helping so many other! Hip2Save is my favorite!!!!!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so very welcome, Danielle! Thank you for following along and being such a valued reader!

  33. Suz

    Would love to been having alot of skin reactions. Wondering if it is from chemical reactions in cleaners and other items.

  34. mom_2angels

    I’ve been collecting my plastic bottles and got my new house have been pinning my all natural ways from bug repellent for my kiddos to natural cleaners for our new house! Pretty excited and will not worry when the kids love to help clean …. Yes my kids love to clean

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s fantastic you have kiddos who love to clean, mom_2angels. I remember growing up my mom didn’t want me cleaning the bathroom with certain chemical cleaners together and with the door shut. 😳 Scary stuff!

  35. Pat

    I bought some Method bathroom cleaner, thought Method was a “natural” brand. Not! The fragrance is so overpowering I threw it out.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Ahh bummer! Yes, unfortunately many “natural” companies are guilty of greenwashing and fragrance is typically the very first thing I look for. Fragrances can be compromised of 3,000+ harmful chemicals and they don’t have to disclose what they are when they’re under a certain percentage. Scary stuff! Good for you for doing what was best for you, Pat!

  36. Momof51987

    I am here for this series. I use an app called EWG, which stands for “environmental working group” You can scan most products at the grocery store and it breaks down how safe each product is. It is awesome. Some products I thought were safe are truly not at all. It is truly eye-opening. Oh and for me I have realized the more I use safe and clean products, clothes, food, and scents for my home the fewer migraines I have

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      EWG is a great resource, Momof51987, and that’s wonderful it has helped you so much! Thanks for following along!

    • Danielle Schildhauer

      Just be aware that EWG and others like Yuka and the like also pay for brands so the best TRUEST way to find safe products is to read labels and understand what the ingredients truly are.

  37. Amber Barker

    So excited!!! We try to be clean here in our home. Can’t wait to see what you have in store!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for following along, Amber!

  38. lystra ali

    Super excited for you to share all of your info!!! Thanks so much!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome! Thank you so much for following along!

  39. Karen

    One change at a time.. Paper straws instead of plastic straws 🙂

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s a wonderful approach, Karen! I, myself, continue to make changes one step at a time. Thanks for following along. 🙂

  40. Joanne Kneller Spence

    Sounds awesome! I’m looking forward to it!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m thrilled to hear it, Joanne! Thanks for following along. 🙂

  41. Mary G. Massey

    i want know detail for the product

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      More to come soon, Mary! Thanks for following along!

  42. Kathy F

    Thanks so much!!I am super excited to learn more about this!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome, Kathy! Thanks for following along!

  43. Mary BAUM

    Looking forward to larning more!

  44. Linda Steeves

    I had to abruptly change to cleaner more natural products in every area of my life because I had epiglottis cancer and once they removed it and my (lung pipe and my stomach pipe)(not the medical terms lol) pipes were sucking anything in the air into my lungs. So after that surgery I found out I had vocal cord paralysis and my throat closed in the shower steam. So dr said no steam,chemicals,etc. So I’m trying to find good natural products. Please help….

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  46. Gigi

    I am very interested. Thank you!

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