Oh my goodness, I'm feeling like a colonial housewife cleaning with cloth napkins and vinegar water. I've made so many zero waste swaps since I've started this experiment and it's beginning to feel more radical than I expected. Initially when I thought about cleaning products for this zero waste experiment, I was only really concerned with all the disposable plastic packaging that ends up in the landfill. Why do I need 10 different bottles under my sink to make my house clean? Seems unnecessary right? It wasn't until I started researching DIY and bulk alternatives that it dawned on me that I should be as concerned of the chemicals inside the bottles as the actual packaging. I did some investigating and found out that almost every single product I owned failed the toxicity test.
Here are screenshots from the Environmental Working Group, a non profit that aims to help people make healthier choices for themselves and the environment. You can test all your cleaning and cosmetic products for toxic chemicals. You can also search for healthier and environmentally friendly alternatives.
What the Efff! All my favorite chemicals failed miserably. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. So I made a bold move and packed it all up to be sent off and properly disposed of at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. I replaced all these bottles with things I already own: vinegar, baking soda, water, and soap. I'm cleaning the way my grandma used to clean her home. I guess febreze didn't exist 50 years ago and they were fine. I hope future me will be ok with all these changes.