Cloths and kitchen roll/towels
Updated: Mar 19
To clean sinks, worktops, shower walls, cupboard doors, door handles, etc. Three options: cotton, compostable or microfibre cloth.
100% cotton cloth, with a multipurpose spray. You probably already have plenty of things that you can upcycle into these: old washcloths, retired t-shirts, bed linen, scraps from sewing projects, and more!
Home compostable cloths. Wash them when needed, and when they no longer do the job, drop them in the compost bin. Many options are available online, from any shop listed in “Where to Buy”. You can also add some to your toilet paper order from Who Gives a Crap.
Microfibre cloths, that work with just water for most jobs. No detergent! As they might be releasing microplastic when washing, like any other synthetic cloth such as T-shirts, you will need to also buy a bag to wash them in (available here or at the Source) – but their asset is that they help avoid nasty cleaning products (wet them with water only). Use them damp on glass, stainless steel, plastics, granite, chrome, brass, wood and ceramics, or use dry for 'dusting'. They are made of millions of tiny clever fibres which traps and absorbs minute particles of dust and dirt. When water is introduced to the cloths, they will clean grease from a surface without smearing.
If you need disposable towels (to absorb excess oil for instance and bin it rather than pour it in the sink or in the dishwasher), buy some made out of recycled paper or bamboo (from Cheeky Panda, available at WholeFood and online – or from Who Gives A Crap).
Just ban wipes! No kidding. Wipes are a disaster. Most of them contain some plastic. And most people flush them down the toilet – never ever do that – even when they claim they were designed for it).
If you can’t do without wipes, try making your own reusable wipes.