Eco-friendly kitchen cleaning swaps to get one step closer to living a more sustainable life.
How can I make my kitchen more environmentally friendly?
An eco-friendly kitchen is not something that needs to be obtained overnight. In fact, it would be wasteful to swap everything in the kitchen all in one go. A great way to view the eco-friendly switch is to take it one step at a time. Doing your best and moving in the right direction is all that matters.
Use what you have until it breaks, or becomes unusable. Then, at that point look for the more eco-friendly option to then make the permanent swap.
Eco-Friendly Kitchen Swaps for Cleaning
1. Dish Brush
One of the most common kitchen items that end up in the trash just weeks after purchasing is kitchen sponges. Not only do they start to smell, but they are also quick to fall apart. Making the switch to wooden cleaning brushes that are compostable is a great option. When a brush gets old and the bristle starts falling just compost the head and keep the handle for the replacement head.
2. Pot Scrubber
Forget the SOS pads or heavy-duty sponge and get yourself a copper pot scrubbers. Copper is recyclable, making this a great eco-friendly alternative.
3. Soap Block
Dish soap creates a lot of plastic waste, and although we can recycle plastic in Canada the most eco-friendly option would be to use a product with the least amount of packaging. This dish block comes packaged in a cardboard sleeve and that's it.
Eco-Friendly Kitchen Alternatives
4. Reusable Muffin Liners
Silicone muffins liners are great replacements for paper liners when baking muffins and cupcakes. These reusable liners also make for great dividers in reusable lunch containers.
5. Reusable Glass Jars
Our first eco-friendly kitchen swap was reusing glass jars. So many grocery items come in a jar that is recyclable, but why not reuse them. We use old pasta jars as drinking glasses as well as storage containers for leftovers or dried goods.
6. Reuseable Water Bottles
I know many people have made the switch over from purchasing single-use plastic water bottles. Reusable plastic water bottles are great, but they can break so stainless steel bottles are even better.
7. Reusable Containers
Reusable lunch boxes are a great alternative to plastic bags. Metal lunch boxes go one step further as they will not break or crack and can be kept for years and years to come. This is the one we have.
8. Reuseable Bags
Sometimes reusable bags are more practical than carrying around a clunky container. This is why the addition of these cute reusable snack bags are the perfect eco-friendly kitchen swap to single-use plastic snack bags.
9. Stainless Steel Straw
I understand that not all households use plastic straws, but if you do, stainless steel straws are a great and easy swap.
We get our straws from Bulk Barn.
10. Tea Towels and Napkins
Say goodbye to the paper towel and paper napkins. Cloth tea towels and cloth napkins are a great eco-friendly kitchen alternative. Even after the napkins get stained they can be used as cleaning rags.
11. Beeswax Wraps
Plastic wrap is a very common kitchen item and one that is hard to replace. Once you have finished the last of the plastic wrap roll try reaching for beeswax wraps! Beeswax wraps are a perfect swap and can be reused over and over again.
Buy online here or we got ours from Bulk Barn.