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Keep Your Cleaning Kit Sustainably Stocked

March 5, 2024

Keep Your Cleaning Kit Sustainably Stocked

Keeping a well-stocked cleaning kit is important for maintaining a clean home, but it’s also important to do so sustainably. Here are some tips for keeping your cleaning kit green:

Use Reusable Cleaning Tools

Invest in high-quality, reusable cleaning tools like microfiber cloths and sponges. Microfiber cloths are extremely effective at cleaning and can be washed hundreds of times. Reusable sponges made from cellulose or silicone also work well and last a long time.

Avoid single-use paper towels and disposable cleaning wipes. They create unnecessary waste and often contain harsh chemicals.

I also recommend getting a reusable spray bottle to fill with DIY cleaning solutions instead of buying disposable plastic bottles. Mop heads and dusters can also be washed instead of frequently replaced.

Make Your Own Cleaning Solutions

Making DIY cleaning products is better for the environment and your family’s health. Simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and Castile soap get the job done without harsh chemicals.

Here are some easy homemade cleaners to try:

  • All-purpose cleaner: Mix 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup water in a spray bottle. For tough jobs, add 2 tbsp baking soda.

  • Glass cleaner: Mix 2 cups water, 1/4 cup vinegar and 2 tbsp lemon juice in a spray bottle.

  • Scrubbing cleanser: Sprinkle baking soda directly on surfaces and scrub with a wet sponge or cloth.

  • Toilet bowl cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into the bowl and let sit overnight before scrubbing in the morning.

Buy Sustainable Cleaning Supplies

When you do need to buy pre-made cleaning products, look for non-toxic, eco-friendly options. Seek out brands that use plant-based ingredients and avoid harsh chemicals.

  • Look for ecolabel certifications like Safer Choice, EWG Verified and Green Seal. This ensures products are made sustainably.

  • Check product packaging. Choose products in recyclable bottles made from recycled materials.

  • Opt for concentrated cleaners that use less packaging and need smaller doses.

  • Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste. Look for options at eco-friendly stores or farmers markets.

Use Sustainable Tools for Laundry

Laundry cleaning and supplies can also be made greener.

  • Use a non-toxic laundry detergent in scent-free or plant-based fragrances. Avoid optical brighteners.

  • Skip fabric softener and dryer sheets, which contain chemicals and fragrances. Use dryer balls or white vinegar instead.

  • Hang clothes to dry when possible to save energy and prevent lint buildup in dryer vents. Install a reusable lint filter screen.

  • Wash clothes in cold water to conserve energy. Only use hot water for heavily soiled loads.

Dispose of Cleaning Products Responsibly

Be sure to dispose of cleaning products in an eco-friendly way:

  • Recycle empty plastic bottles and containers when possible.

  • Bring partially used toxic cleaners to household hazardous waste collection sites. Don’t pour them down drains.

  • Compost natural cleaning solution leftovers, like vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda mixtures.

With some simple swaps and DIY solutions, you can keep your cleaning kit effectively stocked while also staying green. A little effort goes a long way to protect the environment.

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