Waste Reduction: How Low Can You Go? -- Cleaning

Waste Reduction: How Low Can You Go? -- Cleaning

Cleaning supplies tend to be packaged in plastic bottles, there are a couple ways to avoid that waste. Making your own cleaning supplies and refilling your bottles or buying cleaning supplies tablets.

There are numerous recipes for making your own cleaning supplies at home. For years I made a concoction where I soaked citrus peels in vinegar. Oranges, lemon, lime, grapefruit all worked well. It was very simple. Put the peels in a jar, cover them with vinegar, let it sit for 2-3 weeks. Then strain the vinegar and add water with a 1:1 ratio! It smells a bit vinegar-y but also citrus-y!

If you’re looking for an option that is less work, look for cleaning supplies tablets. All you do is fill a spray bottle with water, drop the tablet in and shake it up! I’ve purchased from the brand Zero Waste Cleaning (which just changed their name from isavibeshop) and the tablets come in a small paper pouch that you can compost or recycle.

You can even reduce your waste with the type of cloth you use. Try to avoid anything disposable like paper towel and focus more on cloths that you can wash and reuse. Go the extra mile and cut up an unwearable shirt. My favourite is using an old sock! I put the sock on my hand and use it to wipe surfaces, it works so well for getting in and around faucets and you’ll never drop it!

The SWRC always recommends to use up a product up so no need to toss your current cleaning supplies and start fresh, simply try one of these ideas when you run out.

Do you have any low waste cleaning tips?