There are more ‘green’ products on offer than ever before and while we’re lucky to have the option of avoiding nasties like harsh chemicals and single use plastics, sometimes the risk of trying something new along with some pretty hefty price tags can make us think twice before making the switch.
As busy mums we need the products we invest in to be highly effective, conveniently available and easy on the budget, as well as being eco-friendly. With so much on offer, it can be hard to find the best eco alternatives on the market without wasting our precious time or money.
But fear not my conscious consumer, in this blog we take out the guesswork by bringing you my top 5 household eco purchases, tried and true, that work beautifully while being oh so kind on the environment.
This one tops my list due to its versatility. Made with honest and natural ingredients, liquid Castile soap is the base for many DIY home cleaning recipes. To make a foaming liquid hand soap or multipurpose spray and wipe, dilute a little Castile soap with distilled water and mix with your favourite essential oils.
Perfect for storing homemade cleaning products, a reusable amber glass bottle is dark in colour so it preserves the product inside by protecting it from sunlight. It’s a great alternative to single-use plastic and works just as well.
Reusable produce bags are fantastic to take with you to the grocery store or farmers markets for carrying loose fruits and vegetables. Just keep them with your other reusable shopping bags. I like the woven ones because you can still see the produce inside without opening the bag. Handy when checking out and for storing in the fridge.
For years I used cheap plastic sponges because I’m a bit of a clean freak and I would throw them out when they got a bit manky. BUT… I have recently moved to reusable Dish Cloths and I can easily say they perform just as well as sponges. I like to use a thin textured cloth so I can really get into the corners of dishes and because they dry out more quickly. After a couple of uses pop them in the wash and you’re ready to go again.
A thoughtful gift from my friend, this Coconut fibre dish brush has been a great hard-working replacement for the traditional synthetic scouring pads I used to buy which would break up and leave toxic green particles on my dishes.
So there you have it; 5 tried and true ways you make your home more eco friendly without the hassle.
I hope this has inspired you to take action in your own home to create a healthier and more sustainable future for you and your tribe.