Zero waste during quarantine: How to reuse household ingredients

Being stuck at home is the perfect time to get creative. There’s no need to start clicking away and buying unnecessary things online, though. There are so many sneaky items hiding at the back of your cupboard that are perfect for creating zero waste recipes.

Handy uses for things in the back of your cupboard 

Baking soda

Everyone has an old container of baking soda right at the back of the cupboard. Baking soda is a wonderful all-purpose ingredient that you can use in a variety of zero waste recipes, including:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Tile scrub
  • Tooth whitener
  • Deodorant 
  • Shampoo
  • Weed killer
  • Natural beauty products
  • Detergent/ fabric whitener
  • Nail scrub

Citrus fruit

Oranges, lemon, lime and grapefruit can quickly go off. If you’ve got wrinkled, sour or out of date citrus fruit, take the peels off and keep them for a variety of household uses:

  • Add a few peels to white vinegar and let it soak for a few weeks to make an all-purpose cleaner
  • Blend/process some fruit peel and add to sugar or salts for an exfoliating scrub
  • Infuse tea or oil for a delicious treat

White vinegar

We just mentioned it above - white vinegar is a powerful ingredient when it comes to making natural all-purpose cleaners. Fill a jar or bottle with white vinegar, choose one of the following ingredients and leave for a few weeks. Once the vinegar is infused, dilute it with water and use it as a fragrant cleaning spray all around the house. You can infuse your vinegar with:

  • Citrus peel
  • Rosemary
  • Pine
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Any essential oils of your choice

Castile soap

Castile soap is a vegetable oil-based soap that can be used all over the house. You can get it in solid or liquid form, and use it as:

  • Hand wash
  • Shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Surface cleaner
  • Dentifrice
  • Dish washer
  • Pet shampoo
  • Vegetable wash

Having just a few of these super handy ingredients can help you save waste and save money. Have a look in the back of your cupboard and see what you can find - you might be surprised!

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