Recycle Less: Dishcloths Review. Sustainable Cleaning. Rinse, Repeat Or Skip?

Lifestyle, Recycle Less

Welcome to Recycle Less, where in this edition I’m turning into my mother. 

Dish and cleaning sponges weren’t thing growing up aside from cleaning the car. My Mum used dishcloths of which I still have nightmares about. I think they were old t-shirts, or old clothes cut up. She boiled them every now and then but the same one was used for a long time. I hated the way they got slimy, the way the turned grey. I’m still shuddering. So much are my nightmares that if I smell even today them being sterilised by boiling which my Mum did once in a while I’m gagging. I remember in primary school I’m not sure if the school kitchen was cooking something or was boiling cloths however I remember whenever that smell was a round there was no way I was eating. 

Because of childhood dishcloth trauma I’ve avoided them. I prefer sponges. Better at foaming, scrubbing, wiping down. However most are made of plastic or a type of manmade plastic. I’m trying to reduce the amount of plastics I use and it’s hard. Food and cosmetics are the number one plastic abusers. The last few years I’ve purchased vegetable sponges made with 100% recycled fibres with walnut fibre scrub bit by Spontex. While these come in cardboard packaging, others I’ve tired still come in plastic (some are packaged in biodegradable plastic) and a lot of energy and resources used in production. I’ve been fine with these replacing them monthly. 

I was until YouTube kept bugging me to watch How to Hand Wash Your Dishes Like A Pro, With Rajiv Surendra | Life Skills With Rajiv on HGTV Handmade. I think because the algorithm knows I watch Hamimmony I like cleaning. FIY I don’t but I like a clean house. I ended up watching 14 minutes on how to hand wash dishes properly. I was okay, Rajiv tell me! One thing he said one thing that stuck out. You’re around someone else’s house and you go to wash up and what you find ‘is a nasty, smelly, rancid kitchen sponge ‘ you really don’t want to touch. I was surprise, washing up at the time and was hmm, yes looking at the sponge. He recommend not giving up sponges completely, they have their roles and preferred to use a dishcloth. I was horrified and carried watching. 

Under The Mediterranean Sea: June 2021

Animal Kingdom, Inspiration, Nature, Photography, Travel

Welcome back to another Under the Med Sea!

Few snorkel where I snorkel in the summer making it a secret world few know exist. I get scared sometimes, but it’s a completely different world to land. As summer started the sea got a little clearer. Somedays almost as clear as on land.

I mistakenly said in Under the Med Sea Early Mid July I didn’t go in the water much and posted the octopus I saw one day. The ‘missing’ photos I found on another library and it was late June I saw the freaky eyed octopus.

The light shimmers are magical
Teenage striped sea breams and adult saddled sea bream
So clear you can see teenage striped sea breams
Teenage striped sea breams

These guys were newcomers. At first I though their head was staggered in levels (I don’t know how else to describe it). After a little research it’s an optical illusion from the golden stripe between their eyes as I think they’re gilt head seabeams. They’re much larger than the salemas and striped and saddled sea breams I usually see. They seem to ignore everything around them and I never saw them high up in the sea column.

Recycle Less Update #2

Animal Kingdom, Beauty and Skin Care, Fitness, Nature, Thought

I’ll confess it’s been a little difficult the past few months reducing waste from what I have so far. So much food comes plastic wrapped even organic in local supermarket and I’ve been online shopping. Amazon requires non books to be wrapped in plastic inside the shipping packet and there’s so much packaging waste! I don’t think my local shops are up to me bringing in my own cotton produce bags. I completely understand the produce bagging, packaging and everything in relation to anti theft, protecting the product, but the amount to plastic recycled every few days even with trying to be careful about how much is unbelievable. Times it by your neighbours waste, your street, your town, city’s waste it’s scary. 

The reason why I want to reduce my waste, namely plastic disposable waste