Earth day is finally upon us. Though this is only marked in our calendars once a year, my philosophy is to live a lifestyle that creates as little impact on the environment as possible within my means. I love to share tips that I’ve learned along the way with you guys so that you can also live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
There are lots of alternative products out there as well as alternative ways of living that could help reduce our carbon footprint, but it might not be suitable for everyone’s needs given their living situations and their financial constraints. This is why it’s important for me to share the tips that I’ve learned over the years that anyone can adapt to their lifestyle. These tips include making swaps for more eco friendly products that you already purchase and are the same price as the conventional ones, or simply swapping for alternatives where you actually don’t need to purchase anything in addition!
Keep reading below for my 5 easy cleaning swaps for eco-friendly alternatives! Leave a comment below on what your favourite swaps are.
Don’t forget to check out my other posts related to living an eco-friendly lifestyle:
8 Reusable Alternatives to Single Use Plastics
Now set forth and be savvy!
5 Easy Cleaning Swaps for Eco-Friendly Alternatives
- Dish Cleansing Paste
- There are so many recipes out there where you can make your own cleaning products, but not everyone has a DIY thumb, and sometimes the ingredients are hard to find. What I love about the Kliin dish cleansing paste is that you can easily purchase this as an eco-friendly alternative to regular dishwashing liquid. Traditional dish washing liquid contains about 70% water and 30% active cleaning solution, which means that you are pretty much purchasing water. When purchasing Kliin dishwashing paste, not only are you purchasing a product that is still highly effective against even the toughest mess, but it is actually lowering its carbon footprints along the entire supply chain because it uses less water since it is a concentrated solution and is lighter to transport. I also love that this can also be used as an all purposes cleaner for all areas in your kitchen including stovetops, sinks and ceramic surfaces, making this a valuable addition to your cleaning routine. Check out this link for more information on where you can purchase the Kliin Dish Cleansing Paste.
- Castile Soap
- Castile soap has been around for decades and has only recently become popularized as people look for healthier soaps for their homes and families. Traditionally, castile soap is made of vegetable oil, however it can now be found made with olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil and other essential oils. What I love about castile soap is that with 1 bottle, you can turn it into multiple cleaning solutions around your house, which include body wash, hand soap, dish soap and even bathroom cleaner. Because castile soap is a concentred solution, you just need to add the correct proportion of water based on the need to create your own multi purpose cleaner. I like to use The Green Beaver Organic Lavender Castile Soap, but there are lots of brands out there that you can find.
- Soap Bars
- Growing up I always used soap bars, but at a certain point it got really trendy to use body wash. It’s also fun to use body wash because you get to create bubbles with a loofah and lather it all over your body. However, each year, over 1 billion empty plastic bottles of body wash enter our garbage or recycling system. Since we know that realistically, not everything gets recycled, and that about 75% of plastics end up in landfills, it’s time to find alternative while still maintaining cleanliness. This is why I find it so attractive to switch back to soap bars. There are so many companies making soap bars with as little packaging as possible that the possibilities are endless.
- Tru Earth Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent Strips
- I love these laundry detergent strips. Not only are you completely eliminating the need for plastic bottles, but it completely cuts out the need to water in this detergent solution. It is high effective and even healthier for you and your family because it is paraben, phosphate and chlorine free. I also love that this product is both cruelty free and vegan, which means not only was it not tested on animals but it also contains no animal by products in its formula. Check out their website for more information
- Newspaper for Compost Liner
- If you are lucky enough to live in a city that have compost collection, or even live in a household where you have access to a backyard composting system, then this tip is for you! Ever since it’s become mandatory for lots of cities to include organic waste collection as part of their weekly services, companies have come out with compost liners made from either compostable bags or paper bags. When we first moved into our house, we received a pack of paper bags complimentary from the city for our composting needs. However, we like to keep these on hand in case of emergency. Instead, I like to line our compost bin with newspaper! Newspaper is free, made from recycled paper and is considered a brown material which will help add carbon to the compost pile. This is probably the easiest swap that you can make since you end up saving money in the long run!