There are many, many opportunities every day to choose reusable products instead of disposable products. It is very easy to do and I don’t think most people realize how many reusable options are available. Try them all or a few, and feel good about wasting less.
- Cloth napkins instead of paper towels
- Rags instead of paper towels for cleaning
- Real plates, cups, and silverware instead of paper or plastic
- Reusable sandwich and snack bags instead of disposable
- Cloth grocery bags instead of paper or plastic
- Cloth cotton rounds instead of cotton balls, cotton rounds, q-tips
- Cloth pads and panty liners instead of disposable
- Reusable menstrual cups instead of tampons
- Cloth baby wipes instead of disposable
- Cloth diapers instead of disposable
- Vinegar and water clean very effectively without harsh chemicals. Mix equal parts water and vinegar to clean counters, tables, cabinets, toilets, sinks, and even floors. Use 2 parts vinegar and one part water for particularly messy jobs.
- White vinegar can replace fabric softener effectively in most water types. Your clothes won’t smell like vinegar either.
- Soap nuts can effectively clean most laundry. They are also great to wash floors with. Place your soap nuts bag in a buck with a 1/2-1 cup vinegar and fill with hot water.
- An equal parts solution of plain rubbing alcohol and water cleans glass very well. You can also keep a bottle handy in the bathroom to wipe down toilets, sink hardware, and potties.
- A magic eraser (or even the Dollar Tree equivalent) with a little squirt of dish soap takes away soap scum very easily. You can use without the dish soap and just put in a little more elbow grease.
- Magic erasers also take scuffs, crayon, and marker off walls, doors, tables, and floors.