Bamboo Washcloths Renewable bamboo isn’t just a substitute for wood. Fabric woven from its fibers is absorbent and naturally antibacterial, making it ideal for washcloths. Other bamboo items for the home are sustainable and Eco Chic as well!
Soap Bottle We’re often told to buy cleaners in bulk to save on packaging, but it’s not always practical and doable to keep a gallon-size jug of dish soap by the sink. A clear plastic condiment bottle left over from the last BBQ easily dispenses with the problem. 1. Soak an old squeezable bottle in […]
Microfiber Cleaning Cloths For everyday cleaning, paper towels are expensive, create unnecessary waste, and tear easily. Instead, stock up on microfiber cleaning cloths. They’re washable, reusable, and better at trapping dirt and spills. Eco Chic and oh so sensible!
Use dishwasher soap without phosphates or chlorineor nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE), which mimics estrogen and has been known to feminize male fish in waters where humans dump our waste. Use a biodegradable and nontoxic soap.
General Cleaning-Ideally, the best way to reduce your exposure to chemicals is to get rid of all the chemicals in your home and replace them with chemical-free cleaners
Conventional drain cleaners contain toxic chemicals, such as sodium hydroxide. Pour equal parts baking soda, white vinegar, and boiling water down the drain. Let sit for half an hour before rinsing. Or try a natural drain cleaner with essential oils.
Along with containing less water, concentrate cleaners require less packaging and less energy to produce, says Paul McRandle of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Vinegar is a great all-purpose cleaner; use it straight for tough jobs, or dilute it with water. Tea-tree oil is a natural fungicide and can help disinfect surfaces — mix 2 teaspoons with 2 cups water. To whiten stained tiles or grout, use a mixture of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide to 1 cup water.All of […]
Vinegar works well on soap scum and mineral deposits, but rinse thoroughly, as it can corrode some fixtures and etch glaze on tiles. You can also try tea tree oil — 2 drops tea tree oil with 1 cup water — in a spray bottle. A natural antiseptic and fungicide, tea tree oil costs more […]
Your laundry will smell fresh, not cloying, with Scented Natural Blue Eucalyptus Lavender Detergent by Seventh Generation. And many concentrated, natural laundry detergents also come in larger sizes to save you money and reduce packaging in our landfills.