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How to Create a Plastic-Free Cleaning Kit

How to Create a Plastic Free Cleaning Kit

Walk down any aisle in a grocery store and you can’t help but gasp at all the plastic. The cleaners, dish soaps, bleach, ammonia, air fresheners, stain removers, fabric softeners, and the list goes on and on!

It’s overwhelming and so unnecessary. WE SIMPLY DON’T NEED ALL THAT STUFF!

I’ve spent many years reporting on the environment and even more creating my own, eco-friendly, solutions. I’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t and am excited to tell you about how to clean your home using natural, sustainable products that bypass the need to purchase wasteful plastic. 

Here’s how to create a plastic-free cleaning kit! 

Baking Soda

Honesty this stuff is magic. I’ve used it to get rust off a ceramic kitchen sink, a really bad water stain on my wooden island, to get labels off jars and so much more.

How to Create a Plastic Free Cleaning Kit

It’s an excellent cleaning agent. It’s abrasive and helps with grease and grime build-up. Baking soda has antibacterial properties and it’s also great at getting rid of bad smells to boot. 

I keep a bottle of it in the bathroom above the toilet where I add just a few drops of essential oils to liven the scent. That way, it’s handy for use as a cleaner and it also helps get rid of the smell after you take a #2 LOL!  Just sprinkle a little bit into the toilet and you are done!

Natural Scourers and Scrubbers

I use two kinds that are both natural and sustainable and both great for any plastic-free cleaning kit. 

You can now find scourer/scrubbers that have bristles made from sustainably-farmed coconut husks. See, there is a great use for the outside of those delicious dried coconuts.

I also use biodegradable scour sponges that work like a charm for heavy-duty jobs. Most of these biodegradable sponges are free from toxic chemicals. And I feel great about the fact that I can compost them when I am done. 

Cloths

I use a few kinds, including old cut up towels and t-shirts (waste not, want not!) These are wonderful for use on anything from dirty dishes to general cleaning jobs around the home like glass and bathrooms.

I do have microfiber cloths in my home as well and I use biodegradable, reusable paper towel when needed. It’s honestly freaking amazing. It cleans up anything! Leaves no residue, is so easy to wash and you are reducing paper towel significantly by opting for these.

Sustainable Bristle Brushes

I have a few of these around the house that are made from natural materials like bamboo and natural fibre bristles. You can find these at most hardware stores if you keep your eyes open.

These are really great to use for bath build up and scum. They are great to have to clean the scum around taps too. In the kitchen, they’re ideal for scrubbing pots with dried up food. They can also be used to scrub veggies, like potatoes and carrots.

I also have a long skinny version of these natural bristle brushes to clean my stainless and glass straws.

Essential Oils

These natural miracle workers will help reduce waste and toxins in the kitchen. Tea tree, eucalyptus, orange, lemon, peppermint are known for their antimicrobial properties and work so well to kill bacteria. Because essential oils are so concentrated, you don’t need too much so, they last a really long time.

Bulk Liquid Soap

I use Castile soap in my home for almost everything. This type of soap is made from concentrated plant oils and is a household staple for environmentally conscious cleaners everywhere. You can use it for everything from dish soap to shampoo.

How to Create a Plastic Free Cleaning Kit

More and more we are seeing liquid soap in bulk. This is a great way to save a ton of money and a ton of plastic. And please don’t forget that good old soap and water will do the trick on almost anything, almost always!

Vinegar

Easy. Eco. Cheap. Plain white vinegar is great for cleaning windows, mirrors and floors. You can find a ton of recipes on the line talking about the benefits of vinegar! But, basically, it’s a great acidic cleansing solution around the house. It can be too acidic for some projects though, like natural stone counters, so be sure to dilute it with water on your delicate surfaces.

See? 

No need for harsh chemicals stored in plastic bottles when you can make so much of your own, natural and effective cleaning solutions at home and avoid all that unnecessary disposable plastic packaging.

Candice’s Natural Floor Cleaner Recipe

  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. liquid Castile soap
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • A bucket filled with hot water
Candice Batista

Candice Batista

Eco Journalist
Candice Batista is an award-winning, Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including: Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the station's #1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.