As we officially come out of Plastic Free July, there is still more that we can do to cut our plastic consumption. If you have read and done a mental check-list on my previous post, then you may be ready for the next challenge; home cleaning edition.
Although cutting plastic is one of the major goals to reduce pollution in our Planet, another key contributor is chemical pollution. The chemical products we use to wash our sinks, bathrooms and kitchens all end up in the water systems, sewers and most probably rivers and Oceans – all becoming increasingly harmful to the marine animals.
You may think that this is a super complicated way of going Green but I have found that this is so simple and in the long-term works out cheaper than buying your products in the store.
Most scrubs and scrouers (clean your dishes, bathroom sinks etc) are plastic handles with tiny plastic “hair” bristles all of which are extremely harmful to our Oceans and completely non-recyclable.
Swap this for Coconut scourers which are made from Coir or coconut fibre extracted from the outer husk of coconut, a natural and biodegradable product and really durable for home cleaning. You may have seen them hanging up in local hardware shops but these were the scrubber of choice, pre plastic. They come in varying shapes and sizes depending on what you need them for.
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In a matter of a week I have made nearly a liter of this cleaner. It’s super easy to do and if you love eating oranges like I do, it’s a waste-free way of using up your orange peels (you can use lime or grapefruit as well). To keep this formula zero-waste, I recommend re-using an old glass jar in your home, the glass also keeps the strong smell of vinegar contained.
In your glass jar:
- add your orange peel (and/or lemon, or grapefruit) into the jar
- pour white wine vinegar into the jar until all of the peel is submerged
- you may want to infuse your cleaner with fresh mint, lavender or roses for a scented cleaner
- Keep this fermenting for approximately two weeks and then it’s ready to use
- I then transfer my vinegar with equal parts distilled water to a glass spray bottle.
Et Voila you’ve made your own cleaner. As this is vinegar based I would avoid using this on wood and granite tops. But this is perfect for your bathroom and kitchen tops.
The Mr-Sheen type wood aerosol can’t be good when inhaled! especially if you like your wood surfaces shiny. As mentioned above a vinegar based solution can destroy wax or corrode your wood over time due to its acidic nature so here’s a gentle wood cleaner recipe.
Using a glass jar (plastic is also an option)
- ¼ cup of castille soap
- 4 cups of distilled water
- Again, you may want to transfer into a spray bottle, ready to use.
I ordered my unscented castile soap from Healthy Choice in Chiang Rai but Better Moon x Refill station offers a cherry scented version.
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Most shop-bought toilet cleaners are laced with chemicals, most of them are all harmful for the environment but most present is bleach. For years scientists have urged us to move away from bleach cleaners for their adverse effects on human health and the environment, as bleach remains in the water system and in the air for so much longer than other chemicals.
Baking Soda is an eco-warrior’s number one cleaning ingredient, it’s so versatile and will clean just about anything, and the perfect base for toilet cleaning!
In a bowl, mix:
- 1 cup of baking soda
- ½ cup of citric acid
- 10-12 drops of your favourite essential oil
- Let it dry so it becomes a powder-like texture, then transfer into a jar and have it ready to use.
- Use 1 tablespoon at a time
Article written by Christina Santichatsak-Stone
#teamMHB, @missgiffyChristina is Thai/English, and has lived in London her entire life. She recently moved to Thailand with her husband to run her family resort in Koh Ngai, called Thanya Beach Resort.Christina has a background in marketing, advertising and social media in luxury fashion previously working at Net-a-Porter and Harrods. Christina is a huge advocate for sustainability, she loves to write in her spare time and has a lifestyle website which covers fashion, beauty, travel and sustainability. She also has her own marketing and social curation consultancy, DAY13 Agency.