Zero waste cleaning routine: how to start


Commercial cleaning products can be very dangerous for our health. They are made with toxic chemicals which are not only harmful for us, but they have a negative environmental impact. Cleaning everyday, we use these substances in our houses, in every room. Even if we use the right tools and we don’t touch these substances directly, we are still at risk of inhaling them. 

Cleaning products and tools are part of our life. They are supposed to keep our things clean, but do they actually work? Do they kill bacteria? Sometimes they are the best spot for bacteria. For example, commercial cleaning sponges are “famous” for being the best bacteria’s house.

How can you recognize bad products? Start from the labels. Even if some of them are incomplete or not easy to understand, try to always keep an eye on them. Stay away from ammonia, bleach, oven cleaners, air freshener. They can seriously damage your health, especially if you breath them.


1. Make your cleaning schedule

The most important step to start a zero waste cleaning routine is to make a plan, a list of tasks to do, according to your personal commitments and needs. Decide your best times and the length, share your information with your family and ask them to participate. After all these steps, organize different sheets by frequency like a weekly, a monthly and an annual cleaning schedule. You are in control of your time. The benefits of a cleaning schedule are many: don’t waste time, save energy, save water, efficiency.


2. Choose the right cleaning tools

Consider investing in the right tools to use for your sustainable cleaning. Here are some of the best cleaning tools for your home.

  • Glass spray bottles;
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths;
  • Wooden broom and mop;
  • Natural rubber gloves;
  • Silicone scrubber;
  • Eco-friendly cleaning sponge;
  • Metal bucket;


3. Homemade natural cleaning recipes

The best alternatives to commercial cleaning products are homemade cleaners. They are easy to make, they are safe and efficient. Besides making a positive impact for yourself and the environment, you will save a lot of money that you can use to invest in reusable products.

Some natural ingredients to use are: white vinegar, lemon, baking soda, essential oils. These ingredients are great to keep your house clean without toxic chemicals. Homemade cleaners can replace many commercial cleaning products, helping to considerably reduce the amount of plastic waste. Moreover, natural ingredients will reduce the risk of health issues.


4. Diy all purpose cleaner


  • ½ cup white vinegar;
  • 2 cups water;
  • 1 tbsp castile soap;
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil.


Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle, mix well and use it when necessary.


5. Diy glass cleaner


  • 1 part water;
  • 1 part white vinegar.


Mix the 2 ingredients together in a refillable bottle. Ready to use.


6. Diy floor cleaner


  • hot water;
  • ¼ cup white vinegar;
  • ¼ cup washing soda;
  • 1 tbsp dish soap.


Fill your metal bucket with all the ingredients and clean your floor.

7. Diy toilet cleaning bombs


  • 1 cup baking soda;
  • ¼ cup citric acid;
  • 1 ½  tbsp castile soap.


After mixing all the ingredients, put the mixture in an ice cube tray. Let it solidify overnight. Use the cleaning bomb when needed.

8. Diy air freshener


  • distilled water;
  • 1 tbsp baking soda;
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil.


Simply fill a spray bottle with the ingredients. Shake well and spray around your house.

If you decide to make your own cleaning products, you will reduce a massive amount of plastic waste because most of the commercial products come in plastic bottles or containers. It’s not always easy to avoid plastic, but a few small changes to your everyday life are great to cut off unnecessary items. Make the switch today to a more natural cleaning routine, made by toxic free ingredients and plastic free packaging.