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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products to Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Eco-friendly refillable cleaning products
Design: theSkimm | Image: Bluelane, Cleancult
Mar 25, 2022

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We're all trying to do our best when it comes to the impact we make on the environment. One easy way to live a little greener? Being more mindful of the products you use to clean your home. If you're looking to make the swap to more sustainable, organic, and eco-friendly cleaning products, we've rounded up some options that'll help you live a little greener. (Not to mention help your household avoid asthma- and allergen-triggering artificial scents — as well as dangerous ingredients in corrosives and cleaners.) We’re talking refillable options, reusable and biodegradable cleaning essentials, and more. Let’s get cleanin’.

A refillable cleaning kit that uses mess-free tablets…

Blueland offers hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, and more — minus the revolving door of single-use plastic products. Just add one of their tablets to your reusable container and get cleanin’. Hesitant first-timers can buy one-off products to start, but we love the Clean Essentials Kit. You’ll get all four of the brand’s bestsellers — foaming hand soap, bathroom cleaner, multipurpose cleaner, and glass cleaner — and four forever bottles. The tablets can be combined with water to create more solution, so you won’t need to keep buying bottle after bottle. Or grab the Clean Suite kit, which comes with everything listed above plus detergent, dish soap, and dishwasher cleaner. ($16+, Blueland)

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A marketplace for a wide variety of eco-friendly household products… 

Grove Collaborative offers an array of sustainable household, personal care, clean beauty, kids, and pet products. We love the brand’s own label, which includes products like reusable glass bottles with different-colored silicone sleeves to keep track of what’s inside, this apple and pear blossom–scented tub cleaner, and these wool dryer balls. Grove Collaborative uses a subscription model that gives you flexibility with your monthly deliveries, plus a $19.99 VIP membership for free shipping and more. ($6.95+, Grove Collaborative)

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Reusable cleaning products scented with essential oils… 

Supernatural uses plant-based ingredients, minerals, and essential oils in its cleaning formulas. The Cleaning Starter Set has wood floors, granite countertops, glass and windows, and bathroom tile covered. Or turn things up a notch with its powdered hand soap, which comes with a recyclable aluminum shaker that’s built to last. Its coconut and sandalwood scent is so good, you might want to add on some hand-dipped incense for the rest of your home. ($29.70+, Supernatural)

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Biodegradable all-purpose wipes made from plants… 

Those cleaning wipes you love and have used forever? Yeah…they’re probably made from thermoplastic materials. But with Biom’s 100% plant-based wipes, you can say ‘buh-bye’ to single-use plastics. These wipes are perfect for countertop spills, removing grime on your appliances, and cleaning tiles — plus they smell heavenly. Psst…the chic refillable dispenser comes in four different colors and has a magnetic seal to keep your wipes fresh. ($34.50, Biom

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A site where you can shop eco-friendly options for virtually all your home and wellness needs… 

In addition to cleaning products, Brandless has got everything from skincare items to outdoor goods. This cleaning bundle is perfect for new parents bringing home their baby. It's got hypoallergenic and gentle baby essentials all packaged in a reusable cotton basket. Wanna upgrade your laundry game? Put these lavender detergent packs to work. And make your bathroom sparkle with these tub and tile refills. ($8+, Brandless)

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A sustainable set with all your household cleaning essentials… 

Common Good’s Complete Set gives ya four refillable glass bottles — for laundry detergent, hand soap, and dish soap, and all-purpose cleaner — and two pre-filled bottles for glass and bathroom cleaner. You’ll also get two dryer balls and a natural, refillable dish brush. We love the brand’s minimalist aesthetic, and its formulas are concentrated (so you use less), 100% readily biodegradable, and scented with 100% pure essential oils. It's a win-win-win. ($143.36, Common Good

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A bundle of refillable cleaning products if you prefer a brighter aesthetic… 

Cleancult houses all of its refills in colorful, paper-based milk cartons  — including laundry, hand soap, dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, and dishwasher tablets — and color-coded refillable glass bottles (if you snag the mosaic colorway) so you know what’s what. The Complete Home Bundle will save you 30% compared to buying individually. You’ll get the entire suite of refillable glass bottles in your choice of color (off-white, mosaic, or periwinkle) and the entire set of refills in your choice of scent (classic, fruity, or exotic). ($87.99+, Cleancult)

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Reusable Swedish dishcloths to swap in for your paper towels…

Single-use paper towels? We don’t know her. You can use these cellulose cloths all around the house since they’re incredibly absorbent and fast-drying. One can last up to eight weeks and 200 washes before being composted. We love how easy they are to use and their quick-drying nature. Many customers also say they don’t get stinky during cleaning. Oh, and we love that they come in 10 different colors like this assorted bunch. ($19.95/10 pack, Amazon

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