If you’ve recently started transitioning to zero waste living How To Go Zero Waste Living you may be wondering how to apply it to your cleaning routine. You don’t necessarily need to buy new zero waste cleaning products right away, but as you transition to a more sustainable life, you’ll want to replace your old cleaning supplies with zero waste products that last longer and/or have the ability to be composted.
Here are the best items for a Zero Waste Cleaning Kit:
Replace Bleach Wipes and Paper Towels with Rags
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could experience the convenience of Clorox Bleach Wipes without ruining the environment? Unfortunately, bleach wipes are made with microplastics which cause issues in the sewer system, collect in riverbeds, and are full of chemicals that can disrupt the ecosystem and harm both human and marine life as they enter our waterways.
The good news? You absolutely don’t need them. Not even a little bit. Cut up old t-shirts and towels to wipe down surfaces around your house!
DIY Cleaning Solution in Reusable Spray Bottles
Making cleaning solution at home is really simple, cost effective, and better for the environment. Remember those health disrupting chemicals we talked about earlier? You don’t want those hanging out on surfaces of your home that your family touches regularly. Here’s our favorite way to make it:
2 cups of water
3 tbsp castile soap (we like Dr. Bronner's, or you can purchase it in bulk if you have a zero waste refill store in your neighborhood)
7 drops of lavender essential oil
7 drops of peppermint essential oil
To make it, add all the ingredients to a glass spray bottle (or use one you already have around the house) and shake before use.
Compostable Wooden Cleaning Brushes
The idea behind Zero Waste How To Go Zero Waste Living is not to consume more. We encourage you to continue using your plastic cleaning brushes until they’ve reached the end of their life cycle. Once you’re ready to replace them, check out a local thrift store to see if you can find something suitable or consider replacing them with the following sustainable options:
If you need to purchase any of these items online, check out this post to see how you can shop through amazon in a more sustainable way.
Used box for storage
We’re all about reusing here at Green Spaces (obvs), so we encourage you to find something to keep all your cleaning supplies in that you already have. A shoe box, cloth bag, bucket, or storage box will do! If you can’t find anything at home, go check out your local thrift store for something that will work.
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