- Welcome natural cleaning alternatives: Coconut soap on floors and sinks, homemade all purpose cleaner, baking soda for scrubbing jobs, and vinegar for mildew.
- Welcome alternative house cleaning tools: a metal scourer on stainless, coconut husk (the brown husk adorning the top of the coconut that we rip off before cracking it open.) excellent for scrubbing dishes, or use a wooden brush for light scrubbing, an old compostable bamboo toothbrush for hard to reach places.
- Use reusable cloth rags for everything else (counters, floor, fridge, mirrors etc.)
- Sweep your floors with a reusable broom, wash with a wet mop and a few drops of our bare necessities surface cleaner they come in two flavours lemon and neem and citronella.
- DIY: home care products!
- Use worn-out clothing items made into rags on your un-washable messes (wax/auto grease/glue/caulk).
- Buy dishwasher detergent in bulk and use white vinegar as a rinsing aid.
- Let houseplants absorb toxins and clean your air. Open a window instead of plugging in an air freshener.
- Try our bare necessities laundry detergent - powerful and effective, hypoallergenic, baby safe laundry detergent gets rid of stubborn stains and life's unexpected messes naturally! Come in lavender and unscented.
- Try our bare necessities dishwasher detergent (made from reetha or soapnuts). Feel free to experiment with chalk, lemon or vinegar, they all work great on stains.
- Dry on a line instead of using a dryer
- Iron fewer things
- YOU CAN ALSO… find a sustainable dry cleaner (one that offers a reusable garment bag and non-toxic cleaners)
- If you are using washer and dryer: Laundry washing once a week saves time and dryer energy costs, use a laundry detergent sold in bulk, full loads, and cold watercycles as much as possible. Compost dryer lint and dust bunnies.
Illustration by Noorain Ahmed
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