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Laundry & Cleaning

On this page you’ll find tips on how to reduce your reliance on plastic when it comes to cleaning products and laundry.

  • Wet Wipes: Wet wipes are made of plastic and so is the packaging they come in. Stop using wet wipes and choose instead reusable dish cloths.
  • Household Cleaning Products: Use household cleaning products sparingly. If we use less then we buy less and reduce our use of plastic. You can also make simple and effective cleaning products yourself to reduce your plastic use. Likewise, you can sometimes purchase bulk cleaning products using your own container and further reduce your plastic consumption.
  • Clothespins: Choose wooden or metal clothespins instead of plastic.
  • Detergent: Buy laundry detergent in cardboard boxes or bulk detergent in refillable containers. Common pantry items like baking soda and vinegar also make for effective detergents. Likewise, you can wash your laundry with soap nuts, which are a dried fruit and so entirely natural. Toss a few nuts into a cotton bag and wash them with your laundry.
  • Laundry: Choose clothes made from natural fibers and try to launder fleece and other synthetics sparingly. Synthetic clothing sheds microplastics, which eventually wash out to sea. There are bags and balls available that are meant to capture microplastics when run with your laundry.

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