Due to the lack of plastic-free cleaning products, my appartment is a total mess. At least this has been my excuse for not cleaning it properly since I ditched plastic. Joking aside, I was actually a bit afraid of the day where I would have to start using vinegar essence because – guess what? – it’s the only cleaning agent that comes in a glass bottle (And when I say this, I mean that I went to several shops including organic supermarkets, health stores, wholesalers and so on.). Unfortunatley I had to make a little compromise again: The lid is of course made out of plastic.
The idea of having my entire appartment smell like an ocean of vinegar put me off quite a bit at the beginning. Fortunately I told a friendly girl in the shop about my project and oddly enough working in a place that doesn’t exactly seem to specialize in eco-friendly cleaning stuff she got really excited about it and helped me a lot. She told me that I could just mix the vinegar essence with lemon and she was right – the smell does get a little bit better. Unfortunately it doesn’t disappear completely, but I guess I will get used to it, especially as I never liked the smell of chemical cleaning products either. And I only really need it for the bathroom and the kitchen. For my living room and the bedroom I just used a mix of water and soap, a brush and a broom. That’s all you need. Opening my windows for about ten minutes did the rest.
I also found lemon acid powder in a cardboard box, which works perfectly as a toilet cleaner and descaler for my coffee machine, sink and washing machine. In the end my appartment was just as clean as it would normally get with not so eco-friendly cleaning liquids that come in plastic bottles. I didn’t have to scrub the floor harder either. And the great thing about this is that I also save money (vinegar essence is pretty much the cheapest cleaning product you can buy).
By the way, I also heard of baking soda being a great alternative for many cleaning products. Next time I’m gonna give this a try.
Lesson learned: I don’t need ten different cleaning products.