The everyday advocate series is all about the real-life ways we make justice oriented choices.
One goal with this series is to represent choices that are not only accessbile, but also ones that I’ve tried to work into my own life.
There’s not much that’s more everyday than cleaning. Although, honestly, I’d go bonkers if I had to clean everyday.
My aunt and uncle bought me this great book from our registry–Martha Stewart’s Homekeeper’s Handbook. It basically tells you how to take care of everything little thing in your house–appliances, furniture, carpets. And it’s not just cleaning, it’s maintenance, repairs, all kinds of handy tips.
One down side. Martha likes to clean a lot more than I do. She has tiered schedules for daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning. All my cleaning is monthly cleaning.
Nevertheless, when I do clean, here are the things I do to try a be a bit on the greener side.
Earth Friendly Brands
Honestly, I’m a bit of skeptic about products that claims to be green. But some brands are known for being truly kinder to the environment, so I buy those. Mrs. Meyer’s and Method are my favorites. We also use Kirkland’s environmentally friendly laundry detergent.
I buy large sizes of concentrated cleaners that I dilute into a reusable bottle–in my case, I bought one bottle of product, and just refill from the concentrate.
Plus, concentrated cleaners save you money. Double so if you shop right. I buy Mrs. Meyer’s at TJ Maxx. Seriously. Half the price of Target for a large bottle of the concentrated multi-purpose cleaner.
Similarly, I buy the Method handsoap refills for the bathrooms. They’re packaged in bags instead of bottles, so they use less plastic.
Pantry items can function as more than ingredients. In our house, it’s white vinegar and water for windows, mirrors, and spots on our couch.
A quick Pinterest search will give you a wealth of blogs that cover natural cleaning products, often by bloggers with an eye for staying frugal–white vinegar is way cheap than a cleaner.
And last buy most wonderful, there’s a real life test of a Pinterest promise for no scrub tubs. I have not tried this yet, but I am sold. Originally, I planned to tell you that the one downside of green cleaning is that I don’t have a good tub option, my products just aren’t quite as strong and it has historically involved a lot of scrubbing. Not so.
I’d wish you happy cleaning, but since that’s not a thing, Happy Monday!
Do you green clean? What makes that work for you?