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  • How to go zero waste with your cleaning routine

    How to go zero waste with your cleaning routine

    It might not even be on your radar, but your cleaning routine is contributing a ton of trash. I don't know about you, but I got fed up spending a ton of money on short-lived supplies - especially when I couldn't recognize a single thing on the ingredients list. As time went on, I started feeling guilty about the amount of plastic and paper towels I was pitching in the trash. I needed to find a better way to tidy up my home.

    After a lot of research and trial and error, I found some of the best items out there that are sustainable, natural, non-toxic and easy to get your hands on. Below are my top products (some are even DIY!) to get you started with a zero waste cleaning regimen. 


    Investing in zero waste or eco-friendly cleaning tools is one of the most satisfying things I did throughout my journey. I was no longer tossing broken scrubber brushes or sponges after a few uses. Everything I'm recommending below can be purchased on Amazon and I've included things that I myself personally use.

    Lola brand re-useable sponges

    For sponges, I've recently started using Twist brand. They're made from plants, they're hand sewn, and you can toss them into your dishwasher to disinfect and re-use. They're also incredibly inexpensive - just $10 for 6 reusable sponges. When you think about how much those little green sponges are that you toss after one encounter with a greasy pot or pan, it's quite shocking!

    One item that I have always undervalued was a good bristle brush. I had a hard time finding one that didn't scratch my pots and pans or just simply fall apart mid wash. I've invested in two of these Lola natural bristle brushes - one for cleaning dishes and one for scrubbing sinks and bathtubs. Best part? This cleaning powerhouse lasts 5 years! For just under $10, I'd say that's a pretty wise investment.

    Lola natural brush

    There's little I enjoy less than cleaning toilets. I'm sure most of you out there feel the same way. Do yourself a favor and get this Tampico bristle toilet brush. Stash it in a simple metal pail in a closet and forget all about it.

    If you're like me, you might be slightly obsessed with keeping things organized around the house. I just ordered this metal caddy which houses all my brushes (minus the toilet brush!) and cleaning products - and I love it.

    Sprays and Soaps

    I tend to consider frugality a daily challenge - sort of like a video game. Since becoming more mindful of my household's impact on the environment and what certain products can do to our health, I've also become more aware of how much I spend on a regular basis. Anytime I can find a healthier and cheaper alternative, I'm in. You're probably thinking you don't have time to make your own cleaning products because you're super busy, but it literally takes minutes and sets you up for success for days, weeks, and months if you want.

    All-purpose cleaning spray

    I use this stuff on kitchen counters, bathroom sinks, and tubs, and pretty much anything that needs a good wipe-down. 

    Invest in a few glass spray bottles and take a piece of masking tape to label the contents.

    Basic cleanup spray

    1 cup of water

    2 Tbs. liquid Castille soap

    Essential oils of choice (I love this lemon from Now Foods)

    Mix everything together and you're all set!

    Another favorite of mine is taking orange peels (or any citrus for that matter) and soaking them in a mason jar full of vinegar for a week or two and pouring that along with one part water into a spray bottle. 

    Need extra scrubbing power? When we moved into our 200-year-old house there were more than a few rust stains on porcelain sinks and tubs. This is a bigger project than Castille and vinegar can tackle. Create a paste with baking soda and water (should be about the consistency of toothpaste) and leave on your tough spot for about an hour. Come back with your new Lola scrubber and you should be able to see results with a little elbow grease.

    Last but not least - glass cleaner! This recipe seemed a bit strange to me, but honestly, it works just as good as your typical name brand cleaner. Use old newspapers to wipe it clean and your windows and mirrors will sparkle!

    1/4 cup white vinegar

    1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

    1 Tbsp. corn starch

    2 C warm water 

    1Tbs. liquid Castille soap

    Mix this together in one of your new spray bottles and it will last you at least a few rounds of cleaning.

    I go through the little effort to make my own cleaning products because it's minimally invasive on the environment and costs pennies to make. 

    I hope you found some useful information in this roundup of tools and homemade cleaners. Please share your own recipes and product must-haves in the comments below!



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  • About Pomeroy 142

    About Pomeroy 142

    Hi there!

    I think it's important to let you all in on our "why" - what prompted the creation of a natural candle company and our goals for the future.

    My name is Megan and I am the candle maker behind the scenes pouring each candle here at Pomeroy 142. I've painstakingly measured, mixed, and melted the candle that shows up on your doorstep. Each candle is guaranteed to be free of harmful chemicals because I believe that as a consumer, you deserve the products that you bring into your homes to work in harmony with your body, not against it.

    If you were to have met me ten years ago, you would have witnessed me using big brand cleaning products, ingesting frozen meals regularly and drinking diet soda by the case. There wasn't the spotlight on nontoxic products that we see today. Brands like Honest and Seventh Generation were just getting mainstream attention and I didn't take the time to understand why.

    The first "awakening" I had in terms of products and health was when I was using a Swiffer wet-jet mop for the first time around my partner, Scott. He had just finished chemotherapy and had an adorable dog at home. He stopped me in my tracks and said he didn't want contact with the products I was using to clean our house, and he didn't want his dog (who spends all day on the floor) to either. 

    This was a bit startling to hear since I hadn't even contemplated this as an issue before. Because of this, I started researching everyday products to understand just exactly what was being marketed to me and why. 

    I threw out the big brand cleaning products first. I started learning about what was going on my skin and hair and began the process of transitioning to clean beauty. I started buying food that was mostly in-season and organic. But something had been nagging at me; what about the products in my home that I don't use to clean or have direct contact with my body? 

    Like most American women, I have had a candle on my kitchen counter for as long as I can remember. I happened to do a quick search online about candle ingredients and was blown away. I learned that Paraffin wax is made from petroleum and other chemicals which when inhaled from candle fumes can cause lung cancer. As I kept digging, I realized that there aren't any federal regulations on candles that are being sold to consumers in this country.

    This product that we light and inhale the fumes of could contain anything - and we'd never know. Up until recently, most wicks contained lead - and although lead wicks have been banned, it's estimated that about 30% of candles on the market still have wicks containing lead. The other harmful component to a typical candle is synthetic fragrance which also boasts harmful chemicals such as benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene and many other known toxins linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. 

    So, these candles that we light in our homes to create warmth and welcoming atmosphere are putting off high amounts of carcinogens.

    I initially set out to simply make my own candles using only soy, cotton wicks and natural oils, but friends and family asked for their own and my partner, Scott, encouraged me to share my candles with other folks just like us that are looking for alternatives that they can feel good about.

    Our goal at Pomeroy 142 is simple: Create mindful products for everyday living. You won't find a $50 price tag on any candle in our shop. Each candle is hand-poured and inspected before it hits your doorstep. 

    We hope you enjoy every single item that comes your way - and if not, you can always send an email my way and let me know: megan@pomeroy142.com.



    Megan Dorcey

    Co-Founder, Pomeroy 142

    Megan Dorcey Co-Founder

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