• thisblemishedmom

Zero Waste Kitchen: Cleaning and Dishwashing Essentials

Updated: 4 days ago


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How much waste are you producing daily just by cleaning your kitchen ? ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣If you're like the majority of the population your kitchen produces A LOT of waste . All the kitchen basics seem to be plastic, disposable, or toxic...⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Dish scrubbers are plastic , dishwasher detergent is made of toxic chemicals wrapped in plastic, paper towels and napkins are used once then thrown out...

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But there are other options!

There are tons of companies and stores with WASTE FREE & NON TOXIC items available to almost anyone.

You just need to look.




DISH SOAP


Dishwashing blocks and bars are a great waste free option for dishwashing. All you need to do is wet your cloth or sponge and dishwashing block to creates a lather.


I use No Tox Life's Dishwashing block for most my dishwashing and hand washing kitchen needs.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ It works great for removing grease and comes package free.

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 When I need to soak a dish I use Essentials By Nature's Liquid dish soap in a glass jar or a drop of Castile soap.



There are many stores and companies now offering refills for things like dish soap, lotion, and laundry detergent. This is a great choice if you are not willing to give up on your liquid dish soap. Do a little research there might be a a refill station close to you.

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DISHCLOTHS & TEA TOWELS

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We do not buy paper towels or napkins . Instead we use cloth for everything . I have tons of tea towels, dish cloths, and rags for all my kitchen cleaning needs . ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣I also recently started using unpaper towel from Marley's Monsters and have fallen in LOVE! It's definitely not a necessity but its very convenient.

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My favourite item in my kitchen is my Ten & Co. sponge cloth . It is great for cleaning up spills as it holds a ton of water. It leaves all my surfaces streak free and it is naturally antibacterial ... which means no dirty cloth smell !!!⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

It can be washed up to 200 times and is 100% biodegradable.

It's seriously AMAZING.


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BRUSHES & DISH SCRUBBERS

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I use all sorts of dish brushes for scrubbing dishes .

My favourite are these Plant Based Cleaning Brushes. ( Click HERE for the US link)

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I also use a copper dish scrubber I bought at the dollar store.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣







DISHWASHER DETERGENT

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 I am currently using The Unscented Company's dish tabs. I buy mine at Bulk Barn when I do my Bulk shopping.


I have seen multiple low waste and chemical free dishwasher detergents at my local grocery store.

Why not give them a try?

It's time we say no to toxic chemical in our homes.


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ALL PURPOSE CLEANER

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 I use a mixture of 1 part Castile soap to 3 parts water for all my kitchen cleaning needs!

I fill a spray bottle with this and use it to clean my table, counters, windowsills, doors, sinks, floors, and tons more!

Be sure to check out my blog post A Guide to Zero Waste Cleaning: Castile Soap.

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Remember like most things there is always the option to make your own!


⁣⁣Do you know if your city or town has any zero waste stores or refill stations? ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣


You will be amazed at all the options out there.


Remember every effort counts... no matter how small.

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This Blemished Life.