It’s easy these days to help to reduce plastic waste when it comes to buying food and other staples at the grocery store, but when it comes to our cleaning supplies, there don’t seem to be a lot of options that are readily available right now. That will most likely soon change, but for now, we can show you some ways in which you can help to reduce your plastic waste footprint when it comes to common household cleaning supplies and accessories. Hit us up in the comments if you like our suggestions or if you think that we need to add something else that you are familiar with! Either way, we’d love to hear from you.
Some of the biggest plastic waste contributors are innocent enough, but can be a big issue in landfills: sponges and plastic cleaning brushes (like toilet wands and dish scrubbers). These innocent and helpful items can add a lot of plastic to the waste equation. Help to balance the equation in a better direction by switching to natural plant fiber sponges, coconut scrubbers, or reusable cloth dishrags. These options will help you still keep your dishes clean while being better for the environment.
Ditch the old plastic spray bottle containers for your everyday household cleaning liquids. Instead, buy your cleaning liquids in bulk and just pour them into reusable glass spray bottles. These handy bottles last a long time and can help to reduce your plastic footprint significantly. They look cool too!
We may be tempted to get the newest flashy and cool looking plastic broom and mop for our floors, but they are typically giant plastic monstrosities. You can instead go old school or low tech and switch to a wooden handled broom and mop and a metal dust pan. For bonus points, you can also opt for natural broom fibers and a microfiber mop head as well. Sometimes low tech is the best tech.
While it is easier and more convenient, using plastic containers filled with liquid soap for washing our hands adds a lot of plastic waste to the average landfill. Consider switching to bar soaps for hand washing instead and ditch the pumps. You can also find some excellent bar concentrates for your shampoo and conditioners as well. The bar revolution starts at home! If you don’t like using bars for washing your hands, you can actually purchase hand soap tablets that you can drop into your soap dispenser after adding some water and the tablets will dissolve to turn your water into a familiar gel soap. There’s options for everyone.
For The Road
Reducing plastic waste around the home and office can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! With a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!