Eco-friendly Cleaning and Household Tips


Eco-friendly Cleaning and Household Tips

In today’s eco-friendly blog post, we will be sharing with you some eco-friendly cleaning and household tips that will be useful for your sustainable living while working from home!

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Singapore’s hot and humid weather makes us crave all sorts of drinks, be it a simple bottle of water or a refreshing cup of bubble tea. While the act of getting a plastic bottle of water seems very convenient and fuss-free, it is extremely detrimental to the environment! We should build the habit of getting a reusable water bottle to substitute the plastic bottles, because not only does it reduce your carbon footprints, but it also reduces the plastic waste that we generate that ends up as pollutants. As for our favourite bubble tea, we should also have the habit of using reusable bubble tea cups and straws as part of our efforts to reduce plastic waste. Some stores even provide incentives and discounts if you BYO cup, so you’re killing two birds with one stone - saving the Earth, and saving money! 

With no dine-in allowed now, takeaways are the new norm and a lot of plastic wastes are generated since the food is packed in plastic containers. Try bringing your own food container and avoid taking any unnecessary disposables the next time you go out to dabao food. This helps to reduce the number of disposables used which can lessen our carbon footprint, and at the same time you get to save money as you don’t have to pay money for the packaging - how awesome is that! If you’re using food delivery, ask for cutleries only if you really need them. A small part goes a long way, and these little efforts play a part in keeping our world greener!

Handkerchiefs, better known as hankies, are not as common now as they were in the past. However, it should be known that hankies are a great substitute for paper towels. It requires less energy to produce, and this means the production process is more environmentally friendly. Paper towels are also single-use as it is not designed to be reused, so this can be detrimental to the environment as a lot of greenhouse gases are emitted in the process of manufacturing it. Therefore, cloth or hankies should be used as much as possible as opposed to paper towels!

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For the ladies that put on makeup be it for their Zoom meetings or Zoom date, here’s an alternative for you! Replace your usual disposable cotton pad with reusable ones. Not only are disposable cotton pads bad for the environment since it is non-biodegradable, but it could also be bad for your skin as these cotton pads contain pesticides residues. Yucks! Thus, start to invest in reusable cotton pads - it is better for the environment as it is reusable, and saves you money in the long term. It is also better and gentle on your skin!

Next up, let’s talk about cleaning products. There are so many products available on the market, and I’m sure we would usually stick to brands that we are familiar with. But ask yourself, are these brands eco-friendly? 

As seen in the photo above, those are some ways that we can tell if the cleaning products we use are eco-friendly! Environmentally safe cleaning products would not contain any toxic chemicals that can be harmful to our health and the planet. The ingredients used should also be plant-based and biodegradable, and the packaging should be recyclable. Also, it should be cruelty-free, meaning their products are not tested on animals. 

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Be sure to check the labels of your favourite cleaning products to see if there are any indications of them being eco-friendly! If it doesn’t, consider switching to environmentally friendly cleaning products as a step to living greener. 

Besides sourcing for eco-friendly cleaning products, the easiest and best way to ensure that you’re being environmentally friendly in your cleanings is to go natural and DIY! 

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1. Creating your own lemon-based cleaner: Lemon is great for eliminating household bacteria as it is a strong food acid. Simply mix lemon peel, vinegar, and water together, and you can get a chemical-free all-purpose cleaner that is useful for cleaning your tabletops and glass surfaces! You can check this out for the detailed steps on creating your own cleaner using lemon. 

2. Using baking soda for stain removal: Besides being used for baking, there are many different ways that you can utilise this amazing household product! It can be used to remove bad odour and stains, which is why it is a family’s favourite. Just by mixing 4 tablespoons of baking soda and a quarter cup of water, you have your very own stain remover paste that can be used for many different types of stains, be it coffee, blood, ink, or sweat. Indeed, it is an eco-friendly replacement which is why it is every housewives’ best friend!

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3. Use recycled-content packaging: Look for cleaning products that use recycled materials in their packaging, like recycled plastic in their bottles or recycled fibre in their wipes. Using recycled materials in packaging makes the production process more eco-friendly as less carbon dioxide is emitted, and this helps to reduce carbon footprint. Plastics are also given a new life instead of being left at the landfill, reducing pollution! 

4. Use reusable bottles: Be it creating your own DIY cleaner with lemon or refilling your cleaning products, be sure to use reusable bottles! The reasoning is similar to that of using reusable bags, cups, and containers - reducing the use of plastic and saving the Earth in the long run. 

Let’s all do our part to live sustainably during this pandemic, starting with our efforts at home! A little goes a long way, and your small contributions can play a part in making the world more sustainable. 

Homely hoped you found this blog helpful and might try out 1 or 2 hacks from here. Head down to our Instagram @homely.global for more bite-sized tips and tricks for your anything revolving around the concept Home.