Tiny Trash Can zero waste cleaning covid-19

Zero waste cleaning and COVID-19

One benefit of living a tiny trash lifestyle during a pandemic: no need to leave the house to buy more cleaning supplies! 😆

Keeping surfaces clean is important during cold and flu season, and especially so during this COVID-19 outbreak. I took a couple minutes this afternoon while rice was cooking on the stove to wipe down all the handles in my kitchen. Handles (and touch pads) are among the dirtiest parts of our house, especially in the kitchen where they’re often touched during food preparation 😬

I use small rags made out of old t-shirts to wipe down counters, cabinets and our dining table after meals. I use a homemade all-purpose cleaner made with vinegar. Vinegar is not effective in killing coronaviruses, but cleaning does remove them, reducing their numbers and the risk for infection. For homemade cleaners that kill coronaviruses, dilute rubbing alcohol or use hydrogen peroxide, leaving them on the surface for a few minutes before wiping (check a small area first to make sure it won’t cause damage or discolouration). Or just use soap and water 😉

While disposables are the norm in public spaces, we can opt for reusables at home. And instead of toxic, store-bought cleaning products, we can make our own with common household ingredients. These two changes save money, reduce waste and decrease trips to the store 👍

Stay healthy, everyone! 🤗

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