Waste Free Cleaning Products
Looking for some waste free cleaning products to add to your life? These zero waste cleaning tools are wonderful and good for the environment too!
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The new year always has me wanting to make changes – small, big, and everywhere in between! One of the areas that has begun stressing me out is waste. My heart and head hurt when I see pictures of huge dumps and hear the horrible-ness our consumer based world is causing for our planet. Unfortunately, I know my family and I are right there being a part of the problem. While my all or nothing personality would love to implement a no-waste policy in my household, I know small steps are much more sustainable and maybe gradually we will end up being able to be waste free… maybe… For now, though, I’m focusing on waste free cleaning tools I can use that will replace items that are disposable. Baby steps!
Zero Waste Cleaning Products
This one is a two fold zero waste cleaning product since it keeps you from buying plastic bottles of gunk AND it encourages more natural products. I love filling glass spray bottles with Young Living’s Thieves cleaner, vinegar and water, lemon juice and water, essential oils, or whatever else I need at any given time. Less toxins in the world AND less waste. Count me in!
There are way too many bad smells in the world, especially when you live with three guys – one of whom is in diapers. I want to do all I can to keep those smells at bay. Nate picked up some of these air purifying bags a few months ago. We put one under the kitchen sink, one behind the diaper genie, and one in the laundry room. The bags are officially my new loves. They truly do take care of scent problems! I also love that these bags prevent mold from forming (hence putting them under the sink). Disposable air freshener bottles, mold killing bottles, and other scent helping waste is eliminated!
PS. If you ARE dealing with mold problems there are some great options out there. Many different mold killers exist on the market so do your research to find the one that works best for you. Some things to consider are location or presence of kids. I found some great answers to which one to use in this post.
Quit using those reusable Clorox wipes unless you REALLY, REALLY need them! That’s added waste that is just not necessary! Microfiber cleaning cloths are great because you can use them for all the things and then throw them in the washing machine.
Heehee. I just love feather dusters! Do they make anyone else feel all old-timey and cute? Maybe it’s just me… But anyway, feather duster’s are a great alternative to dusting wipes that get thrown away after a single use. Dust is gone, you get to pretend to be a French maid, and everyone is happy.
Why would anyone own a vacuum that needs a bag? Seriously, people. You’re throwing your money into the vacuum cleaner when you buy a bag. Get a bagless vacuum and then just toss the dirt out in your garbage.
My love for refillable spray mops with reusable covers is a little intense. I have genuinely had friends ask me about my mop because they know how much I love it. Since I can fill the reservoir with my own cleaner (often homemade) and can throw the covers in the wash, my mop is a no waste wonder!
Dryer sheets are the worst! They are just fiber-y waste traps that clog up our landfills and shouldn’t be used. (Also the chemicals in them are pretty stinking horrible) I made some wool dryer balls at a friend’s house recently and love using them in place of dryer sheets. Since not everyone wants to spend the time making wool dryer balls, purchasing them is just as good!
What better way to reduce waste than to use items you were going to throw away for cleaning instead. Used toothbrushes, torn up t-shirts or towels, water bottles, and so many other things can be used in your cleaning routine. Think outside the box and don’t buy a new item until you’re sure you don’t have an item on hand that could do the job.
If you do need to purchase an item that will eventually be tossed like a scrubber, get an item that is earth friendly. Steer clear of plastics and other man made material and focus on replenishable wood like bamboo or bio degradable material.
What are you doing to limit waste in your life?
Any waste free cleaning products you swear by?
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