Ten Zero Waste Cleaning Ideas
We all want to live and work in clean, tidy spaces, but have you considered how your cleaning products might be impacting the environment?
With the pandemic, there are certain chemical based products that are unavoidable at the moment, but there are some considerations and changes you can make if you're planning a spring clean some time soon!
Instead of purchasing new cleaning products, why not have a go at making the most of old household items you no longer use for their original purpose. Old towels, for example, can be cut down to make washable, reusable cleaning cloths.
2. Care for your cleaning equipment
They take a beating but always try to make sure you care for your cleaning products to help them last as long as possible. Clean products after use to improve their longevity and always try to repair damaged or broken items before replacing. You could even ask family, friends or neighbours if they have any unused tools like mops/brooms/dustpans that you can have second hand!
3. Stear clear of air fresheners
It's lovely to have a clean, fresh smelling home, but air fresheners are a source of indoor pollution and aren't great for your health. Try a more eco-friendly option like essential oil diffusers, soy wax melts or potpourri - they're better for you and far less wasteful than disposable air fresheners!
4. Buy to give back
Everything that you consume has an impact on the environment, so why not do a bit of research and find brands that give something back to the planet. Koh, for example, offer streamlined, clean and refillable cleaning products AND they're in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects and 1% for the Planet, meaning every purchase you make helps them contribute to these fantastic causes.
5. Bicarb your way to odour-free furniture
You don't need to use odour-eliminating sprays to freshen up your furniture. Bicarbonate of soda is an excellent way to eliminate odours without filling your house with unnecessary chemicals. To learn how, click here.
6. Make your own
There are so many products you can use to make your own cleaning products. We reckon just SIX simple ingredients will be enough to replace most of your cleaning products with eco-friendly alternatives. These include: lemon juice, vinegar, essential oils, bicarbonate of soda, water and olive oil. Click here to get started!
7. Shop refurbished
Some household items really do feel like an essential - vacuum cleaners, for example. But did you know you can buy them refurbished? Not only will this save some pennies, it also prolongs the life of the product and/or prevents it heading straight to the tip! Be sure to do your research, though, and seek advice from a certified, reputable dealer. It's best if the vacuum has been refurbished by the company's own factory, too.
8. Reuse. Reuse. Reuse.
Probably our favourite of the suggestions. Ditching disposable products like kitchen towel or single use wipes in favour of reusable alternatives is such a simple way to care for the planet as well as your home. We have a variety of gorgeous reusable cleaning products available in our homeware collections.
9. Open your windows!
Letting fresh air into the house helps eliminate unwanted odours naturally and circulates the air in your home. Keeping homes well ventilated also helps to avoid mould growth.
10. Switch to soap nuts
Now, this one divides opinion. Some love them, others are less convinced. The "pro" camp argue that they're a super versatile, 100% natural alternative to laundry detergents. What's not to love?! But there are those that have struggled with them. We found a pretty honest evaluation here from 1 Million Women. The simple facts are that they might not leave your clothes as silky soft as chemical detergents, but they ARE better for the planet. Sometimes compromise is the only way.