Green Cleaning Series - Part 2
Great cleaning swaps that don't cost the Earth!
Luffa/Loofah are the fruits of the species Luffa aegyptiaca and Luffa acutangula. It is cultivated and eaten as a vegetable, but must be harvested at a young stage of development to be edible. When the fruit is fully ripened, it is very fibrous. The fully developed fruit is the source of the loofah scrubbing sponge which is used in bathrooms and kitchens.
A Loofah Washing Up Pad is a great alternative to plastic washing-up sponges. When immersed in water, it swells up to become a soft, spongy and flexible pad. It’s soft enough for non-stick pans and supple enough to fit into mugs. Each durable pad will last for months and when worn out can be composted. Each pad has a convenient cotton hanging string to dry the pad between uses.
Just add tap water at home for instant and convenient cleaning products. A typical bottle of cleaner is 90% water and less than 10% actual valuable ingredients. That’s a lot of unnecessary water being shipped around the world! These concentrated cleaners allow you to add the water at home and reuse your spray bottle to save on waste. The refills come packed in a glass bottle that are widely recycled.
A biodegradable sponge made from plants!
100% plastic-free and made of natural renewable resources- cotton, wood pulp & flax. They do not emit micro-plastics, unlike classic sponges. Highly absorbent, durable and reusable. Great for cleaning kitchens, bathrooms and all around the house. Reusable and home compostable after use.
A washing up scraper made from a coconut husk. It fits neatly in the hand and is ideal for removing baked-on food from pans and baking trays without scratching. Each scraper will last months and when worn out can be composted.
These sponge cleaning cloths are made with 70% cellulose and 30% cotton. The designs are printed using water-based inks. The cloths are very absorbent, durable and reusable. Home compostable after use.
I hope you got some inspiration from this post. Small steps, small changes. Swapping out a plastic dish brush for a wooden one with compostable plant based bristles is one of the easiest ways to get started if you'd like to become more sustainable. It's easy, they work great and it's a small step without being too overwhelming.
My advice is always to start small. Use up what you have and when it's time to replace something in your home, opt for a more sustainable option.
Be prepared for the feel good factor that comes with it!
More Green Cleaning Tips coming soon.