Now that spring has finally arrived clearing our home is very much something we all gravitate towards doing.

Spring cleaning is a cultural tradition which is also a metaphor for new beginnings and de-cluttering our minds so it’s a great time to cleanse your home. I would urge you to concentrate your efforts on detoxing your pantry more than any other area of your home this year.

Not so fantastic plastic

The war on plastic has gained a tremendous amount of awareness globally, which is a fantastic movement for the future of our planet, so how can we make a difference at home?

My first suggestion would be to go to your pantry and look at what you have. Are most of your foods wrapped in plastic? Do you have stacks of plastic plates and cups gathering dust waiting for that much-anticipated picnic or BBQ? Time to ban plastic and replace with biodegradable alternatives:

  • Replace plastic straws with paper straws

  • Buy bamboo or biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery

  • Use a reusable cup for your coffee on the go

  • Bring a reusable flask with you to work for water

  • Replace your plastic packaging with glass or ceramic jars and containers

  • Try to buy foods that are contained in paper packaging instead of plastic

  • Avoid buying fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic

  • Brew your own coffee instead of using coffee capsules

  • Buy milk in glass bottles

  • Bring a refillable glass jar with you to the shop for foods like olives from a deli or counter at the supermarket. I know this might sound strange but soon everyone will be doing this. Refill shops are popping up everywhere and I hope this will become as much a part of everyday life as taking re-useable shopping bags with you is.

Once you’ve cleansed your pantry all you need is an e-cloth and water to blitz your home with no chemicals. Then open all your windows and let the breeze do the rest.

Happy cleaning!


Founder of Ondine Cuisine

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