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30 Steps: In the Home

Step 12 : Cleaning

The Problem: high carbon footprint, air freight, greenhouses
The Solution: local, seasonal food

Conventional cleaning products come in plastic bottles or wrapping and contain harsh chemicals, bad for your own health and our oceans. The good news is there are loads of ways you can clean your home without harming our world.

  • Enjo Cleaning cloths or other microfibre cloths require no cleaning products at all, just water. While a significant initial investment, you can save money in the long term in this way. The cloths can be sent back at the end of their lifespan to be recycled. They are sold through local salespeople. There are other similar cleaning cloths available.
  • There are many different forms of water-soluble sachets or tablets of concentrated cleaning product that you can buy every month or when needed and simply dissolve in a reusable spray bottle of water.
  • If you have a local zero waste shop or health food store, you may well be able to take your own bottles to refill with washing liquids, usually those which contain natural ingredients.
  • If you want to take a more natural approach, there are many ideas online about how to use common goods such as baking soda, vinegar and lemon to clean your home. Simply search ‘natural cleaning methods’ to find loads of advice or visit Wellness Mama for some great recipes.

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