Let me dish the dirt on my kitchen cleaning supplies for a moment. My friend Amanda of Mama Eats Plants recently posted about her low waste cleaning supplies and I thought I’d take a shot at sharing what works for me in the kitchen. After all, I think everyone values getting cleaning tips, whether it’s how to clean ovens properly or how to look for healthier cleaning supplies. Like Amanda, my cleaning supplies used to be filled with harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances, and lots of waste. Oh how sweep it is to not have to worry about toxic chemicals coming into contact with my food, cats, or even the environment when they wash down the drain.
Switching over to less waste has really panned out to simplifying my routines. So here’s what I use for a clean sweep in the kitchen:
Plant Fiber Pot Brush: Made of wood and stiff Tampico plant fibers the handheld version allows me to scrub stuck on messes. It’s not a flash in the pan, I’ve had this over a year and it’s still in great shape. Can be composted when it’s scrubbing life is over.
Bulk Dishwasher Soap: Bought a simple, few ingredient dishwasher soap online in cardboard packaging that was advertised as ‘eco friendly’ etc. I did a bunch of research and it came with plastic wrapped around the box… so I’ll be DIYing dishwashing soap when this runs out. Currently I store it in these Weck jars since it was bought in bulk.
Vinegar Spray: MVP of my household, just 2/3 water and 1/3 white vinegar. Use on counter tops, to clean the inside of your sink (& outside of your kitchen, in the bathroom, to dust, to clean up messes on the carpet). Vinegar kills bacteria just like bleach but isn’t harmful to humans, pets or our earth since it’s safe to ingest.
Knit Scrubbies: How are these not sweeping the nation? So helpful for all types of scrubbing, wiping up messes, and using anywhere you would a sponge. You can DIY them, or ask a friend like I did, thrift stores have yarn if you want to save extra waste and buy second hand. Throw them in the wash and they just keep on working. Make sure you buy a cotton version and not synthetic fibers so you can compost it.
Plant Fiber Dish Brush: Made from Tampico plant fibers and wood, the head is replaceable and the handle keeps on working. The dish brush version is softer than the handheld pot brush but still gives a great scrub. Compostable.
I DIYed some dish soap but don’t love the result so I’ll keep on brushing up my recipe before sharing. As you can see I’m not perfect in creating less waste in my kitchen cleaning but it’s WAY better than the old broom-haha I used to do. When it comes to your kitchen floor you can get away with tougher cleaning products so have a look at https://www.bissell.com/vacuums/robotic-vacuums for some fantastic devices.
Since this was only about kitchen cleaning I didn’t include a link to my DIY laundry soap. I absolutely LOVE this recipe and have been using it for years, highly recommend if you’re looking for a less waste, eco friendly laundry soap.