Cleaning without chemicals
Keeping your home clean need not involve a lot of expensive eco-cleaning products. While there are a host of environmentally preferable cleaning products available at organic stores and supermarkets, many a cleaning trick can be used from the days of old - vinegar and paper bags anyone? A quick internet search will bring you a wealth of recipes on how to make cleaners from items in your pantry to use for cleaning everything from toilets to ovens to windows. There are a host of local suppliers starting to stock low toxic cleaning products and equipment such as wooden scrubbing brushes and replaceable heads.
Local natural cleaning product suppliers:
Be Natural Soaps - New Plymouth. Handmade organic soaps.
Bin Inn Waitara - Waitara. Stocks a range of cleaning products in bulk containers which you can fill into your own bottles/containers.
Papa Toe - New Plymouth. Stocks menstrual cups, organic bamboo washable sanitary pads and maternity breast pads, and toothbrushes with bamboo, home compostable handles.
Shonagh Hopkirk - Inglewood. Sells bulk washing soda ash and baking soda, with recipe. Contact Shonagh: 021 255 6390.
Tempt - New Plymouth. Sells cotton dishcloths.
Watts Good Creations - Hāwera. Sells materials for making your own low toxic cleaning products as well as her own locally made cleaning products.
Willow & Ash - New Plymouth. Stocks wooden dish brushes with the removable/replaceable, home compostable heads.