Have you ever noticed how much plastic waste goes into simply keeping our house and clothes clean? Think about it… are you guilty of stashing about 50 different cleaning products under your sink or in your utility room (by the way I am so envious that you have one!)? Everything seems to be in plastic bottles and there’s no way of getting around that right…? WRONG! This was one of the first topics I was asked to cover when I first set up my blog for you guys so here are my best tips for zero waste cleaning.
By the way, I was gifted an awesome book from Bluebird Books for Life. It’s called “Clean & Green” by Nancy Birthwhistle – yep, she won the Great British Bake Off! It is my go-to place for inspiration when I need some. When I DIY recipes, more often than not, they are adaptations of her recipes. If you want to check it out, I will link it here for you.
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If you’re looking at starting a more eco-friendly cleaning regime these are the go to ingredients you might want to pick up. For lots of recipes you find online for cheap and effective zero-waste cleaning, they will be included.
- Bicarbonate of Soda (Not what you would put in cakes – found in the cleaning aisle)
- Citric Acid
- White Vinegar
- Essential Oils
Washing clothes – Zero waste laundry detergent
So there are lots of awesome options here! And it mainly depends on your personal preference as to whether you like pods, powder or liquid. A massive thing here, which is why I would urge you to change over to an eco-friendly detergent, is the inclusion of palm oil in regular detergent. If you want to know more about palm oil I mention it in this post here.
For pods I would always recommend Smol. You can get biological or non-biological pods. I personally have used the biological pods and have had no problems with them. I have to say the smell is a little unlike what you might be used to. Having said that, it is not a bad smell by any means, it is just due to the fewer chemicals involved.
The best eco-washing powder I have used is this one from Friendly Soap. I believe it is quite a new item to their range but it is palm oil free, plastic free, vegan and all of those great things you want to look for in a product. I would say it is possibly a little more expensive than other washing powders, however, if you look at the Persil non-bio equivalent, this is priced at £9, only 75p more expensive. It is one of those things where you need to make the decision for yourself as to whether it is worth it for you.
I haven’t tried this personally, but if you are more of a washing liquid kind of person, I would recommend heading to your local refill store. Often they will stock brands such as Faith in Nature, where you can simply refill your own bottles, resulting in an awesome plastic free solution.
If you are feeling a bit adventurous, you could always give soap nuts a try! I am on the hunt for some that don’t have plastic packaging inside the mesh bag they come in. If you have found some give me a shout and point me in the right direction.
Top Tip – Stinky Armpits
It happens to the best of us don’t worry. But there comes a point where our tops can smell a bit of BO even after washing them. Did you know that if you mix a little Bicarbonate of Soda with water to make a paste and rub this on the arm pits, it will help to remove sweaty smells and marks.
Kitchen and Bathroom – Zero Waste Cleaning Sprays
There are a lot of options out there when it comes to cleaning sprays. An awesome DIY you can do if you’re feeling that way inclined is white vinegar and citrus peels. No it won’t make your house smell of vinegar, if there is a smell it will vanish once it dries. This is a great way to reduce your food waste, for more information see here, and it is quite easy to pick up white vinegar at your local refill store or in glass bottles at the supermarket.
If you aren’t feeling creative, there are some really awesome capsules that dissolve in water! The great thing about these is you get a bottle for life, massively reducing your plastic waste. For the cheapest option I would recommend these ones from Smol, they have three types of spray: multi-purpose, bathroom and glass. I would say they are a little more tricky to get hold of because they have to be ordered online but they’re very pretty and smell lovely! I will pop a picture in below. These cost £1 per capsule.
Another great option is Ocean Saver. These are a bit more easy to get hold of, as they are stocked in almost all refill stores and even some supermarkets. These cost £1.50 for the capsules, although cheaper if bought in a set. The great thing about these is they have a much wider range of products including a floor cleaner, an antibacterial spray as well as the others listed in the Smol section. These also have a couple of different scents for the multi-purpose cleaner so you can pick the one you prefer.
Other Zero Waste Cleaning supplies
These are totally optional, of course, but depending on how you like to do things you might want to look into or use some of the following:
- Rags – Can be washed, reused and even DIY-ed out of old clothes! Awesome budget option.
- Old bamboo toothbrushes – Great for scrubbing grouts and around plugs
- Toilet bombs – These are super easy to make or pick up from refill stores. (I can show you how to make these if you’re interested)
- Natural rubber gloves
- Compostable absorbant cloths
- Natural Feather Dusters
Don’t forget if you purchase anything from My Little Eco Shop, you can get a 15% discount with my code LITTLEBYLOTTIE21.
Only one more post to go in this little series. Make sure you check back in next Monday for my best zero-waste tips for self care. Speak soon.