My husband and I have been trying to make our home more green lately. Here are the five eco-friendly items we have started using and are absolutely obsessed with.
1. Homemade household cleaners
This saves us tons of money and makes me feel better about not inhaling chemicals while I clean. My husband thinks the all-purpose sanitizer and window cleaner work better than the store-bought kind. There are tons of recipes at GreenerChoices.org.
2. Un-paper towels
The un-paper towels took a bit of getting used to because you can’t just wipe and throw away anymore — instead you just throw them in your weekly laundry. If the spill is really messy I just prewash them before putting them in the laundry.
You can find them by searching for “unpaper towels” on Etsy. They have many varieties and patterns and range in price from cheaper loose cloth towels to more expensive ones that fit on a standard paper towel roll and snap together. Bonus points for supporting an independent business.
3. Reusable Swiffer dusters
I love my Swiffer products — they are so much easier to deal with than standard brooms, mops, and feather dusters! You can find both the Swiffer mop head and reusable duster heads that fit on your current Swiffer product bases. Again, a bigger selection can be found on Etsy by searching “reusable swiffer duster” and can be cleaned by simply throwing them in the wash.
4. Solid shampoo bars
Solid shampoo bars use less waste, and Lush’s solid shampoo bars smell absolutely divine and come in a variety of options to suit different hair needs (e.g.: oily, dry, dandruff). Lush makes a great selection of solid shampoos. They have solid conditioner, too!
5. Reusable sandwich bags
Reusable sandwich bags come in a variety of sizes, colors, and fun patterns. I recommend getting ones that have zippers rather than velcro closures, and definitely get ones that have some sort of plastic waterproof lining on the inside. They just get simply rinsed off after use and can dry in your dish drying rack. We have them in snack, sandwich, quart, and gallon size so we literally don’t use plastic bags at all anymore.
It will take a little bit of an initial investment to furnish your home with all these items, but once you have them they can be reused for years and in the long run you will actually end up spending less, looking chic, being healthier, and helping the planet!