Simple and Do-able 🙂
1. Recycle your worn out kitchen rubber gloves. (I always have a pair of these in case of hard-on-the-hands jobs). Simply cut across the wrist area or fingers to create elastic bands.
2. Print out a laundry stain removal chart …and keep within easy reach so that you can attend to stains and spills ASAP. Here’s the one I use.
3. Keep a spice jar filled with baking soda (Bicarb) at your kitchen sink. Use it to sprinkle and scrub hard to clean areas such as greasy roasting pans. Also great for wiping away coffee and tea stains left behind in cups and mugs.
4. Keep ends of lemons at your kitchen sink …(next to the baking soda!) I use them with a sprinkle of baking soda or table salt, to clean up wooden cutting boards after use. (Use soap after cutting meat, chicken or fish) Some further suggestions for lemons here
5. Reuse soap ends ( this idea from Jane’s Delicious Garden). Tie them into a piece of fabric or a mesh bag and tie onto your outside tap for use after gardening and other outdoor jobs.
6. Keep a thermos flask topped up with hot water next to your kettle. Instead of boiling fresh water from cold each time, you will have a supply of hot water always close at hand.
7. As for those silica gel packs that we find in jars of vitamins and tablet medication and sometimes even in shoe boxes! …. Here are some ideas. I place them into sneakers and other closed shoes where necessary.
8. Don’t be too quick to throw out items of clothing. Consider having them altered or mended by a tailor (research to find someone who offers a good service) Remember that re-using is always going to be a greener option than replacing/ buying new.
9. When storing leftovers or homemade food in the fridge or freezer, avoid using sticky labels …(very non-zero waste) to mark items. For marking glass jars and other containers, I write directly onto the surface with a black marker pen. It wipes off easily as needed with soap and a cloth. What also works is to write onto a square of paper and stick this on to the surface with a little jam or honey.
10. Invest in a Soda Stream (or similar brand) as an alternative to buying fizzy soda drinks and carbonated water. Ultimately this will save you money and produces far less waste as you phase out your purchase of plastic bottles and tin cans.