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Zero Waste Cleaning

January 26, 2019

Eliminating, substituting and reducing the waste from keeping our homes and surroundings sparkling clean (or just clean enough!)




Cleaning, for one reason or another, has become far more complicated that it really is.


We’ve been convinced that different parts of the house require different products, hence the need to buy a floor cleaner which is different from the wall cleaner which is different from the glass cleaner which is different from…etc



All shapes and sizes (and prices!), but all containing essentially the same thing. source


It’s a similar situation with body care as well, where we are marketed soap for the face which is different from soap for the hands which is different from the soap for the feet… when it’s really just soap. 


The truth of the matter is this: you can do all the cleaning you ever need to with just a few very natural and easily available ingredients that are not as confusing as the list of chemicals listed on the bottle of a cleaning product. 



Acid: Vinegar or Lemon





Vinegar is acidic and makes for a very versatile cleaner. When distilled and mixed with water, it can attack dirt, mildew and bacteria on pretty much every part of your home. Use it to clean the refrigerator, the drain, the dishes, the windows, the toilet, bathtub, shower…etc. Use it as a fabric softener, and even to unclog pipes. There are many ways to use vinegar, and the internet is just full of tips and suggestions - however, make sure to bring it nowhere near stone or marble as the acid will damage them!


One downside of vinegar is the sharp smell that it leaves in its wake - the smell disappears soon enough, but a lot of people find it unbearable. In that case, switch vinegar with lemon juice, which is also acidic. Then bask in the heavenly citrusy smell.



For that delicious citrusy smell. source



Base: Baking Soda or Castile Soap




Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a natural ingredient that helps dirt and grease dissolve easily in water for easy cleaning. When not dissolved and in powder form, it can be used as an abrasive for scouring sinks, tubs, pots, tiles and the insides of appliances. Baking soda in powder form can also be used as a deodoriser to take out the funny smells in the house, and to clean your teeth!