30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 23: Simplify Your Cleaning Products)

Marketing has led us to believe that we need a different cleaning product, full of toxic chemicals, for each cleaning application. Cleaning the counters? Use this product. Cleaning the shower? Use this other product. Our cleaning cabinets are packed full of plastic packaged, toxic products. Do we really need so many? I’m just sure that my Great Grandmother didn’t have about 20 items for all of her cleaning needs. In fact, I know what she used. Vinegar, baking soda, and water.  That’s it. She cleaned the majority of her house with these simple ingredients and it was always, ALWAYS squeaky clean.
To make cleaning zero waste, you can either purchase your vinegar in bulk, buy the vinegar in glass jars to be recycled/upcycled later, or you can make your own. For the baking soda, buy it in bulk or purchase it in paper packaging to be composted. I mix up my cleaning solution and keep it in a glass spray bottle. You can also reuse any old spray bottles that you have lying around to prevent that waste from getting thrown out.
**Check out my more in depth post on zero waste cleaning, HERE!
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6 thoughts on “30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 23: Simplify Your Cleaning Products)

  1. I have cleaned with baking soda and vinegar for 2 years now and love it. I save my citrus peels and make citrus vinegar to clean with when I have enough peels. It smells so good.

  2. Yep, all you need is one multipurpose cleaner! 🙂 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. You can also add a few drops of lemon essential oil to make it smell really nice or add lemon or orange peels to the mixture. Use this with baking soda and you have an unbeatable cleaning machine!

  3. a few drops of dishwash liquid to the vinegar/water aids in cleaning. I use dishwasher liquid for all my kitchen cleaning where areas are greasy.
    I use shampoo and a non scratch scourer to clean the shower, bath and basin, no extra toxic product needed.

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