As you might already know I am now an ambassador for eco store The Hive Hut. I’ve picked up my first bundle of Earth friendly products from them to try out and I’m so excited to get started. We’ve started off with focusing on eco-friendly kitchen cleaning.
I don’t own a washing machine so I spend a lot of time washing up by hand. I’ve been using Fairy liquid and disposable sponges for years but with so much plastic in the sponges I really wanted to change them. The Hive Hut has a number of different options for me to try out. The first is a long-handled bottle brush. This has a FSC beech wood and metal handle and natural plant based bristles. It’s perfect for cleaning out our reusable water bottles which we use on a daily basis. The second smaller brush has a bamboo handle and sisal bristles. Its 100% compostable when you’re finished with it too! For washing the dishes I’ve got some recycled sponges and cloths which are compostable.
I’ve swapped the supermarket brand washing up liquid for Bio D Lavender Washing Up Liquid. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, biodegradable and comes in 100% recycled bottles which you can reuse or recycle when you’re done. I wasn’t sure if this would be as tough on stains as the Fairy liquid I was using before. I’m really impressed though as it cleans everything without any trouble at all. Even my oven trays after a roast dinner! It smells lovely too!
If you do have a washing machine (I’m very jealous!) then there are also Ecozone Dishwashing Tablets available.
For my worktops, dining table, sink, etc I’m using Bio D sanitiser spray. This kills 99.9% of bacteria including E-Coli, salmonella and MRSA. It’s a great all-round cleaner for throughout your home and it doesn’t have that horrible chemical smell either. I was really surprised when I first started spraying it that it doesn’t smell but actually I really like it and it works just as good as any other sprays. It’s kinder to your home too which is great news.
You could of course have a go at making your own eco-friendly kitchen cleaning spray. Mix together 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 litre hot water and 1/2 a lemon. Pop it in a spray bottle and away you go. No nasty chemicals, simple ingredients and a natural disinfectant for all the surfaces in your home. Just check what surface you are using it on first as vinegar can’t be used on natural stone or unsealed surfaces.
I’m going to cut out using kitchen roll and wet wipes by swapping to reusable cloths/towels instead. I’ve got some lovely ones from The Hive Hut. You can also make your own using all sorts of things such as old towels, muslin cloths, etc. Put them in a drawer in your kitchen so they’re easy to grab when you need them. Once used just pop them in the washing machine and use again instead of throwing them away. Using reusable cloths/wipes means less trees being cut down for kitchen roll production and less plastic packaging.
Have you tried any eco-friendly kitchen cleaning swaps in your home? I’d love to know more if you have. Please leave me a comment in the box below.