DIY...Down with Plastic!

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So much animal testing still happens on household products and kitchen/bathroom cleaning supplies end up being a big source of our plastic waste. Did you know you could easily bypass them with simple solutions? Ones that will save you money AND make your house safer for humans and pets. Helping the environment, animals and your home...that's quite the trifecta!

First up, instead of kitchen sprays, you can use a white vinegar soaked cloth to clean countertops, and it even works great on windows and mirrors. For floors, you can dilute a 1/2 cup of white vinegar with hot water in a bucket.

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As for sinks and tubs, make a paste out of baking soda (the kind that says bicarbonate) and water. If you like to have a scent while cleaning, I recommend adding a few drops of essential oil. I  think lemongrass gives the kitchen and bathroom a nice sweet, clean smell.

If you follow Cultivate on Instagram, you know I’ve mentioned our shampoo bars are a great way to go plastic-free, as well as, making your own conditioner. I re-use an empty glass spice jar (holds ~3/4 cups) and add 1-2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and fill the rest with water. That gives me two servings of conditioner. Another go to I love, is a coffee scrub. I usually eyeball my measurements and put it in a short mason jar in the shower, but this recipe sounds close to what I use:

1/2 cup leftover coffee grinds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 melted coconut oil
1/2 cup coarse salt.
(optional) A few drops of essential oil
Mix it all up & get ready to have the softest skin around. 

If you’re not into coffee scrubs you can use your left over coffee (and tea leaves) to nourish your plants, repel certain insects and keep your cats from tearing them apart (I’m talking to you, Max). Just add it to the soul and let it do its thing.

And last, but certainly not least, a great way to make your morning and nightly routine of brushing more eco-friendly and cruelty-free – Brush With Bamboo toothbrushes along with this toothpaste recipe:
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp baking soda
15 drops peppermint oil.
Stir and voilá! 

If you try any of these out, let us know what you think and how it went!

Much love, 
Maria!