Clean, glam and shine but eco-friendly

In the process of living a greener life, we made simple changes at home. We noticed that 3 rooms are consuming more plastic, more chemicals and more waste that the others:

  • the laundry

  • the bathroom

  • the kitchen

How can we make these rooms more eco-friendly? How can we reduce our water consumption? How to reduce the use of chemicals in cleaning and body care products?

Let’s start with the laundry room. With 3 sporty kids I made my laundry as comfortable and efficient as possible, knowing that we will spend a lot of time in that room.

Here are some tips for an eco-friendly laundry room

  • Wait for having a full load of clothes before washing – you will wash less often

  • Cold water works well

  • Cut down the drying time and/or Use the sun’s warmth to dry/hang your clothes in spring and summer.

  • Use eco-friendly detergent or make your own. You can find many recipes and resources online but one of my favorites, when I use the dryer is the dryer balls (you can make them out of 100%wool or buy some a local market) to which I add lavender essential oil, it leaves your clothes soft, fresh and lightly scented.

In the bathroom, we over-consume water and create a lot of waste.

Here are some ideas to start with:

  • Buy a low-flow shower head

  • Check if your toilet has a link. My 7th grader did it for a school science project. Easy, educational and efficient.

  • Go back to soap bars – make your own or buy them from local market –

  • Switch your “Make up remover pads” with reusable and washable pads – a life changer!

  • Read the label of your skin care products – go with organic, natural and petrochemical/paraben free and cruelty free brands – you can also read more about natural oil, like almond or jojoba oil and replace cleanser, toner, eye cream, day and night cream, serum…at once.

Let’s finish with the kitchen. A lot is going on there, but there are a lot of little changes that you can make to contribute to a more sustainable living, especially in terms of cleaning products.

The DIY is not the answer to everything,

but everybody knows the power of vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. I did not try any DIY recipe for cleaning my house, but I switched to chemical free brands and use less products. I like the mix lemon juice and hot water to swipe my counter tops regularly and get fresh air every day by opening my windows, shine or rain.

  • Declutter your cabinets - make them simple and accessible - The blender that is behind the platter, behing the glass containers will not be used often, and you might even forget about its existence.

  • Replace your sponges with crochet scrubbies that you can wash and reuse

  • Don't forget to empty, rinse and dry your recyclable containers before trow them in the recycle bin.

  • Replace plastic bags with reusable snacks pouch.

“This story was first published in Issaquah Highlands’ Connections news, July 2019”


Cleanser - I use it morning and night - (Source: "Homemade Beauty" by Anne Strole)

Mix and store in a recycled glass container

  • ½ cup of liquid castile soap

  • ¼ cup of distilled water

  • ½ lemon juice

Food wraps -

  1. Cut out 100% cotton fabric squares/rectangles with pinking shears.

  2. Sprinkle organic Beewax pellets over the fabric

  3. Let it melt in the oven at 185*F(less than 5 minutes) on the baking sheet covered with parchment paper

  4. Spread the Beewax out using a paintbrush

  5. Hang the food wrap up and let it dry

Clean them up under cold water after use.

Hi, I am Aline

Eco- Lifestyle and Mindset Coach.

I help eco-conscious people simplify and "green" their lifestyle, so they can thrive, make meaningful decisions while making tangible impact in the world.

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