It may sound a bit dramatic but the world is suffering and we are the cause. Trying to minimise our footprint means a better future for us and the next generations. If you are keen to learn and follow this path we recommend you take baby steps. Start with ecological cleaning, stay away from harsh chemicals. White vinegar, lemon, salt, and baking soda are your best friends when it comes to ecological cleaning. They are cheap, safe and effective. Have a look at our post 3 natural cleaners: baking soda, white vinegar and lemon for non-chemical ecological cleaning products.
You can consider zero waste is the next level of eco-cleaning. Once you start and see the benefits you will look for more ways to go green. Zero waste cleaning is difficult but not impossible.
Let’s start with cleaning gear!
Cleaning equipment: No matter what the ads say you don’t need fancy equipment to clean your home. Most cleaning equipment is quite durable. Instead of extracting new environmental resources have a look at the ones you have or might have hidden somewhere. If it’s broken but still usable instead throwing away try to fix it or have someone fix it for you at a reasonable price.
Second-hand items: Using second-hand cleaning equipment is a great way to avoid a waste stream. If you don’t have cleaning gears at home ask your friends and family to adopt their old ones. You can also look online or go to the second-hand shops and find what you need.
Reusable equipment: Refuse to use single-use gear. Replace wet wipes with a reusable and washable cotton mop. Switch to DIY dryer clothes or wool dryer ball. It’s better than single-use dyer sheets. Instead of disinfectant wipes make your own wipes using essential oil and old rags. Stop using disposable cleaning cloves and adopt reusable cleaning cloves. Replace air fresheners with an ecological equivalent, try potpourri and essential oil tricks. Instead of paper towels use cloth rags.
Old clothing: When you organise your wardrobe instead of three boxes you can make four: donate, sell, throw away and one more for cleaning. You can reuse your old socks to clean nooks and crannies. Old cotton t-shirts can be great at cleaning countertops. When it comes to scrubbing your old toothbrush would handle the job well. Your old towels can be spare mop heads.
Cleaning containers: If you have already started making your own cleaning products instead of buying new containers for those, try to use what you had before. But of course, be careful what you use. The container shouldn’t have contained dangerous products before its second use. Old spray bottles, pump bottles, dishwasher and laundry detergent bottles would be good for reuse.
Compostable products: Choose cleaning products that don’t pollute the environment. The best example would be soap nuts instead of laundry detergent. Our how to make natural laundry detergent post is at your service if you wish to have more information. Other compostable products would be plant-based cleaning products such as cornstarch, vinegar, salt, lemon, coffee grounds.
Package free ingredients: It’s not possible to find everywhere but if by chance you have zero waste bulk store near you, you can take refillable jars with you to buy bulk products such as vinegar, washing soda, cornstarch and so on.
Recycle: Opt for the glass first, then paper and last plastic. Glass can be recycled indefinitely without losing its quality and not to mention it’s healthier than any other options. Recycling is necessary and good but keep in mind that it still requires chemical and energy.
Opting for a greener life is not easy without any help. Justmop professional cleaning services got you covered for this one too. You can book an eco-cleaning session anytime and take to the first step into a better life.