Cleaning is one of the most plastic consuming activities. The packaging of cleaning products, disposable wipes, synthetic sponges or brushes fulfill our homes with plastic that can be easily avoided following these simple tips:
First, ask yourself whether you really need the product you are going to buy.
Much of the marketing of cleaning products is based on creating us specific needs that are later satisfied with explicit designed products. As a result of this, we accumulate too many plastic bottles, and packaging, that we do not really need. The solution is to go for multipurpose cleaning products.
Choose better your cleaning products.
Besides reducing the range of products we have in our house, we also recommend using organic products. We must remember that the substances used to clean our home are usually harmful both, for the environement and our health.
Buy reusable and plastic-free cleaning tools and accesories.
First of all, we must say goodbye to disposable wipes. They are a serious environmental issue as they cause a huge amount of waste, which is very hard to treat. The best alternative is to use reusable wipes and clothes.
In addition, when the time to renew your sponges, brushes or brooms comes, select plastic-free alternatives made of biodegradable raw materials such as, for example, natural luffa sponges to wash up.
Buy your cleaning products in bulk or with refillable bottles.
Some brands offer to buy cleaning products in bulk or with rechargeable bottles so that we can reduce the packaging. You can usually find them in your eco-friendly shop.
You can also find some cleaning products in cardbaord packaging.
Use homemade natural cleaning products.
We do not always need synthetic chemicals for an efficient cleaning. There are many simple, natural and efficient recipies of home-made cleaning products that you can use for your daily cleaning, such as vinegar, lemon, or baking soda. Moreover, those ingredients are quite easy to find in bulk, or in recycled cardboard boxes or glass containers.
Here are some interesting links to articles that give you some good recipes for home-made cleaning products:
9 DIY non toxic cleaning products by Mind Body Green.
Some natural household cleaners from Sustainable baby steps.
16 ways to use citrus to clean your house from Tree Hugger.
We also encourage you to share your own tips for an ecological healthy and plastic-free household cleaning!