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Excellent list of items to buy and use for a safer environment.
Hi, I’m single. so don’t have a lot of dishes to wash unless I have guests over. Regarding saving on liquid soaps: for years I’ve kept two small, $2 8-oz fine-spray plastic bottles above my kitchen sink. One color for dish soap and another for hand soap. I fill these with 1/3 liquid soap and 2/3 water. I use them to wash hands and also to wash small amounts of dish-, glass- and flatware. I just wet my dishwashing sponge, then spray some soap on the sponge, wash the stuff, then rinse. Also works well as a presoaking spray, counter cleaning, etc. Since this dreaded virus, I now keep another bottle filled with hydrogen peroxide, which is a great, inexpensive mist disinfectant for hands, surfaces and packaged arrivals. Just spray directly or onto a paper towel, then wipe. With food-grade peroxide you can even disinfect produce, then rinse. All this saves a lot of product and money over time.
Jaxon, thanks for the tips!
Hi! Very interesting :) What do you suggest for a durable washable pastry bag?
I like Ateco canvas pastry bags. They come in various sizes.
Have been doing this for quite some time and were I live, the refuse company also does composting, so nothing I mean nothing goes into the landfill.
Citywide composting is great! I used to live in Portland, OR, and the city’s trash expenses went down after the instituted it. It just makes sense.
Some of these suggestions aren’t very helpful in these days of SIP to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They just aren’t that sanitary. We were using the Swedish dish towels in our office kitchen, but I always suspected they harbored germs. These days our local supermarkets won’t allow customers to bring in their own (probably unsanitary) grocery bags. They’d rather give out their own. Every time I come into the house, I remove my mask, wash my hands for 20 seconds, and use a paper towel to dry them. That just seems safer to me.
Thanks for expressing your concerns. In a shared office, cloth towels just tend to get gross, regardless of pandemics (why is that?). At home, you’re in control of everything, but I can assume you also wouldn’t want to spread any germs via a cloth towel to others in your household. Here’s what the CDC recommends about laundering–apparently you don’t need to do anything special unless you are caring for someone who’s infected with coronavirus. I, too, have put my cloth bags aside for the time being. I hate doing it, but it gives the store employees peace of mind when they are putting their own wellness on the line.
Please note, you can always keep your bags in the car and ask them to not give you a bag. Everything goes back into the cart and you can throw them into your bags when you get to the car. I know it is more work but that is another option!
Thanks for your comment, Nancy! I have found I prefer your method and will stick to it, if possible, even after grocery shopping returns to normal. It’s nice not to be rushed at the checkout. Weather permitting, it’s possible to arrange things better as you load groceries into your car, anyway.
This is a great list! I use a dish brush instead of a sponge for those items that don’t go in the dishwasher; I have never had any issues with the brush scratching anything. I toss the dish brush in the dishwasher every few days too to keep it sanitized.
I am so happy I h as very been doing all these things. the one thing I would tell you to add is BIODEGRADABLE garbage bags. only buy the green ones. you want them to biodegrade in the landfill not sit there for eternity.
Where can I buy biodegradable trash bags?
Good question! I’ve not looked at any stores, but some must carry them. This might be one of those things you’ll need to order online, if your stores don’t carry much in the way of eco-friendly products.
You can get them at Costco. They are called Bio Bags!
Where do you get them. I have only found trash bags made of recycled materials but they are still plastic.