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A Guide to Zero Waste Cleaning


| 11/7/2019 4:46:00 PM


Switching to zero waste cleaning is not only great for the planet, but also better for your wallet and your health. Conventional cleaning products contain a bunch of questionable ingredients. I mean, just look at bleach: That stuff will make you cough and sneeze your head off. It can’t be good for you. Plus, one quick walk down the cleaning aisle reveals tons of plastic packaging everywhere. From sponges to detergents to spray bottles—it’s all plastic. Thankfully, it’s easy to fix that! You can save money, help the planet (and your own health) by switching to greener, more natural cleaning supplies. Here’s how to clean, waste-free. 

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Zero waste cleaning is both rewarding and aesthetically pleasing!

Rags, Wooden Brushes, Mops and Brooms 

First things first, take a look at the cleaning tools you’re using. You probably use a lot of paper towels, sponges, disposable cleaning wipes, and a Swiffer, right? But that’s a lot of waste, if you think about it. Try swapping it out for more sustainable, reusable options.  

One big game changer for me has been using rags. You can make your own rags to cut down on cost pretty easily — just cut up an old shirt or sheet you no longer wish to use. You can use these to wipe down surfaces. The best part is they’re reusable and washable.

For items that need a good scrubbing, there are all kinds of wooden brushes you can get. They’re not only beautiful, but also compostable at the end of their life. For the sink, I wash dishes (and clean the sink) using a wooden pot scrubber. There are so many other kinds of wooden brushes available though, ranging from wooden toilet brushes to wooden hand broom and dust pans. You just have to know where to look. Life Without Plastic and Wild Minimalist sell a bunch you’ll fall in love with. 



Also, consider investing in a mop and bucket – it cuts back on waste compared to a Swiffer you have to keep changing. If you must use a Swiffer, use a rag in place of a disposable with it. 



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