Cleaning products can be toxic to us, as well as to the environment. Therefore, here I explain how do we do to clean eco-friendly and plastic-free at home.
Washing the dishes
Did you know that kitchen sponges are a source of bacteria?
- Nature presented in 2017 a study showing that kitchen sponges could be a source of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- The solution would be then, be able to sterilize the sponge, but, plastic is not heat-stable, and can release toxins when heating, here I tell you a little more about the additives used in plastic,.
- In addition, when cleaning, microplastics are released, that pass through the filters and contaminate the oceans.
Loofah and solid soap
Luffa is a plant of the Cucurbitaceae family, its fruits can be dried and used as sponges or scourers. In addition, they can be sterilized (I wet it and I put 20 seconds in the microwave), don’t produce microplastics and are compostable. You can buy your luffa in many plastic-free shops.
As solid soaps for washing the dishes there are these possibilities:
- Castilla soap: olive oil.
- Marseille soap: traditional soap based on vegetable oils
- Aleppo soap: olive oil with laurel oil
You can make liquid soap from the solid, Nuria, who is an expert explains it to us like this:
- Take some pieces of your solid soap and triturate it
- Mix 150 gr of soap with 600ml of water and mix it until is diluted
- Let it overnight in water
- You got it!
Sometimes luffa does not scrape enough, therefore, we also use coconut scrubs, called tawashi in the traditional Japan to clean. Their bristles are biodegradable.
100% cotton cloth
To dry the dishes, we use 100% organic cotton cloth, so that when clean it in the washing machine it releases any plastic microfibers.