This July Pete and I have taken up the challenge once again to reduce and analyse our single use plastic consumption with Plastic Free July. Throughout July have to shared with you our progress, and lots of tips and ideas, and its been great to see you all join in. I have one more giveaway, so join in, share your ideas and have a chance to win some plastic-free products this July!
In Week 1 I wrote about food shopping and food storage, and for Week 2 the topic was rubbish and recycling, last week I wrote about plastic in the bathroom and offered to giveaway 2 bars of my homemade soap for you to try. This week I have a sample of soap nuts to send to one lucky reader, see below.
Well, I didn't get many comments last week, clearly you didn't want my soap! The only two comments were from winners of the Fregie sacks for the week before. If you two do want soap, just let me know, but I know at least one of you makes your own :)
Throughout July you can also get some great plastic free discounts.
Biome are offering a 15% discount on their lunchbox range. To claim the discount, just enter FLLBC15 "Voucher Code Box" all through July 2014.
The Fregie Sack have a 15% discount for their clever light-weight bags through July 2014. All you have to do is enter the code MYDEAL when you order.
Instead of buying multiple cleaners, we have come to realise that all we really need is vinegar, baking soda and plenty of reusable cloths. A while ago I made citrus vinegar by packing a jar full of lemon peels and topping up with vinegar, we are still using this to clean just about everything, including bench tops, wiping out the fridge, cleaning the bathroom and cleaning the windows. I filled several spray bottles and they are in strategic locations around the house.
|The soap shaker arrives from NZ (opened by customs)|
For the dishes, we use homemade soap in a soap shaker, but we do keep some detergent for really greasy dishes and for cleaning the milking machine.
|a bag of soap nuts|
There's really not much more to say, except that I think all the different cleaners are a scam, most of them have very similar ingredients and different packaging. If you try using vinegar on most things, and a baking soda paste on anything really stuck on (then spray with vinegar and watch it bubble), you will find that it works to clean most things.
To enter, all you need to do is comment on this post and tell everyone how you reduce plastic when cleaning, or any other plastic-free ideas. I will draw the two winners at random. Australian postal addresses only please (but share you ideas in the comments anyway, just let me know where you're commenting from).
I will announce the winner next Friday, and start the next giveaway - I will not contact you, so you have to remember to come back and contact me if you won, so it might be a good idea to follow Eight Acres - the blog on blogger, bloglovin, Feedly, facebook, or pinterest, so you don't miss out. I've set up a pinterest board for plastic-free information, so follow along if you need some inspiration.
Good luck everyone and keep thinking about plastic! I'll be back with more next Friday.
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