cleaning a mason jar with a reusable cloth





















Walk down any aisle in a grocery store and you can’t help but gasp at all the plastic. The cleaners, dish soaps, bleach, ammonia, air fresheners, stain removers, fabric softeners, and the list goes on and on!!!

It’s overwhelming and so unnecessary. WE SIMPLY DON’T NEED ALL THAT STUFF!

Here’s How To Create A Plastic-Free Cleaning Kit.

Baking Soda – honesty this stuff is magic. I’ve used it to get the rust off a ceramic kitchen skin, a really bad water stain on my wooden island, to get labels off jars and so much more.

It’s an excellent cleaning agent. It’s abrasive and helps with grease and grime build-up.

It’s so good at getting rid of bad smells to and is also antibacterial.

I keep a bottle of it in the bathroom above the toilet, I add a few drops of essential oils.  Use to clean and get rid of the smell after you take a #2 LOL! Just sprinkle a little bit into the toilet and you are done! You can take a look at my DIY stories on Insta for me tips like this. 

Pro tip: Out of dishwashing soap? You can use some baking soda instead.

Scourer- I use two brands, these are both great for any plastic-free cleaning kit. 

Eco coconut Kitchen Cleaning Brush and Scourers. The bristles are made from sustainably farmed coconut husk’s which is the outside of dried coconuts.

Plastic-Free Cleaning Kit that induces a wooden scrubbing brush





















Free from toxic chemicals and Biodegradable.

I also use scour sponges from The Original 100% Biodegradable sponges with scour, they are great for heavy-duty jobs and I can compost them when I am done.  

Cloths – I use a few kinds, including old cut up towels and t-shirts.

I do have microfiber cloths in my home as well. The ones I have from Aspen Clean are the best I have used.

By far the best cloth I have used in The 100% Original Biodegradable Reusable Paper Towel. It’s honestly freaking amazing. It cleans up anything! Leaves no residue, is so easy to wash and you are reducing paper towel significantly by opting for these.

DIY all purpose cleans and a plastic -free cloth


Brushes: I have a few of these around the house. You can find these at most hardware stores and even Homesense/Target if you keep your eyes open.


a small wooden scrubbing brush and DIY soap jar






















These are really great to use for bath build up and scum. They are great to have to clean scum around taps too.

In the kitchen, they are ideal for scrubbing pots with dried up food. They can also be used to scrub veggies, like potatoes and carrots.

I also have a long skinny brush to clean my stainless and glass straws.

Pegs – are normally made from plastic, look for bamboo (can be composted) or stainless steel (will last a lifetime) options.

Essential oils- will help reduce waste and toxins in the kitchen. Tea tree, eucalyptus, orange, lemon, peppermint all work so well to kill bacteria.

They also last a really long time.

Got too many leftover bottles? Here are some up-cycling ideas:

Use the empty bottles to make your own custom blends;

Make your own perfume roll-on (great gift idea too);

Make mini sprays, keep one in the car:

Create travel kits.

Soap- I use Castile soap in my home for almost everything. It’s so cheaper and high concentrate and allows you to make everything from dish soap to shampoo.

More and more we are seeing liquid soap in bulk. This is a great way to save a ton of money. We have also forgotten the fact that good old soap and water will do the trick almost always!

Vinegar – great for cleaning windows and floors. You can find a ton of recipes on the line talking about the benefits of vinegar! I don’t tend to use it all the time but do love it for the two things I already mention.

Here is a great floor cleaner:

1 TBSP Vinegar

1 TBSP Castile soap

5 drops eucalyptus essential oil

A bucket filled with hot water

What do you use in your kitchen? I’d love to know.


How To Create A Plastic-Free Cleaning Kit



Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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