Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.
Like most people, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning and disinfecting lately (yes, there’s a difference between the two). Aside from copious handwashing, the daily routine in my household now involves wiping down phone screens, laptop keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, and car steering wheels on a regular basis. We also disinfect any packages, grocery cart handlebars, and, on occasion, even the bottom of our shoes.
That said, I’m mindful that some of the chemicals I’m using are not necessarily great for the environment. I’m currently following the EPA’s recommendations on which products are effective against the novel coronavirus, and while I haven’t seen many green options, I’ve been using the ones they recommend (if I have them on hand) to help keep my home safe.
But even if the sprays, wipes, and cleaning liquids I’m using aren’t necessarily earth-friendly, the actual cleaning tools I use can be. So I did a deep dive on eco-friendly cleaning implements—from reusable kitchen cloths to bamboo dusters— that can help you maintain cleanliness while still keeping the planet in mind.
These super-absorbent cotton towels are fully machine washable. Plus, they are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which means they are made with environmental and social responsibility in mind.
These gorgeous brushes, made from sisal and coconut fibers, can be used on everything from dishes to produce. Plus, they’re durable—the company estimates you can use each brush several hundred times before you need to replace them.
Banish dust with this surprisingly cute duster that just so happens to be made from natural, 100 percent compostable materials. You can remove the cotton-and-bamboo dusting attachment from the handle and machine wash as needed.
Ok, so while a candle isn’t strictly a cleaning product, you can keep your home smelling great with this soy wax candle that is both biodegradable and renewable.
What's your go-to cleaning tool? Tell us in the comments below!
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