This blog was written by guest contributor Larissa Swayze, creator of sustainable design and green living site Of Houses and Trees. Learn more below!
If you’re tired of cleaning companies telling you to buy a different item for each and every chore - you’ve come to the right place. The truth is, you need very little in the name of cleaning supplies since so many products are able to do multiple jobs.
Even better, the following supplies were all created by eco-minded companies that care as much about the planet as they do about a sparkling, toxin-free home.
In this post you’ll find recommendations for zero-waste kitchen and laundry supplies, plus a few cleaning tools you can rely on to get the job done. But first up, three of the best - and greenest - all-purpose cleaners.
Earth-Friendly All-Purpose Cleaners
Who needs a dozen different cleaning products when just one will do? If you’re thinking of getting rid of the multitude of sprays and powders traditional cleaning supply companies sell you, consider replacing them with one of these three all-purpose cleaners. (Surprise: One of them is homemade!)
If you want a simple all-purpose cleaner that just works, try Earthy Edith’s! With its 100% certified organic ingredients, this cleaner gets the job done without the use of harsh chemicals.
This cleaner is made from distilled white vinegar with a high acidity level, which attacks the protein in fat in germs and destroys their cell structures. It also contains an essential oil blend of lemon, tea tree and rosemary for a clean and earthy scent.
Comes in a reusable bottle that you can refill again and again!
Clean your floors, counters, walls and so much more with this powerful, unscented all-purpose spray.
Made with simple, natural ingredients like coconut oil, this cleaner is a mixture of ready to use and DIY. Simply add a refill tab to the bottle, fill with water and clean to your heart’s content.
This cleaner is also cruelty-free and contains no animal byproducts, as well as no synthetic fragrances, dyes or preservatives.
If you’ve always wondered about making your own DIY all-purpose cleaner, now is the time to try. All you’ll need is a refillable glass bottle, like this one by Full Circle Home, and a few household supplies.
And know that your glass bottle will be there for you to refill time and again with its high-quality construction.
Zero Waste Laundry and Dish Products
While an awesome all-purpose cleaner will take care of almost everything else, you still need something a little more specific for your laundry and dishes. And thankfully, you can tackle dirty clothes, nasty stains, and caked-on food with zero-waste products that are the perfect mix of tough and gentle.
It’s time to trade in that huge bottle of liquid laundry detergent for a product so slim it takes up no more room than a sheet of paper.
Tru Earth’s laundry strips are an absolute breeze to use. Simply, add one to your wash and away you go. The packaging is made from paper and is fully recyclable, while the strips themselves are 100% biodegradable.
These strips are also certified hypoallergenic, so they’re perfect for people with sensitive skin - who also just happen to love the planet!
A zero waste, mess-free dishwasher detergent that actually works? Yes, please!
These dishwasher pods by Dropps are fully biodegradable and contain no artificial colorants, phosphates or phthalates.
They also are so easy to use, you’ll wonder why you messed around with liquid or powder dish detergents before. Simply place the pod in your dishwasher and ta-da! Sparkly clean dishes.
Stains happen. But thankfully, there are chemical-free stain remover options out there that still do the trick - and smell great too!
If you’ve never used a stain stick before, all you need to do is wet it and rub it gently on any stain. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then send your garment through the wash.
And if you love animals then you’ll love that all Bestowed Essentials products are vegan and certified cruelty-free by PETA.
Sustainable and Hardworking Cleaning Tools
Cleaning tools don’t have to be made of cheap plastic that breaks and frequently needs replacing. Thanks to these thoughtful brands, you can buy carefully crafted eco-conscious tools that will stand the test of time.
Does anyone like cleaning the toilet? Probably not. But most of us can agree that a sparkling loo is totally worth it.
Made by a Certified B Corporation, this toilet brush is crafted from recycled aluminum, recycled plastic, bamboo and ceramic.
Plus, its detachable head means you can replace just one part of the brush instead of the entire thing. Comes with a ceramic holder to helps keep the brush out of sight and mind when not in use.
Swedish dishcloths are kind of a big deal, and once you use one you’ll understand why. They work just like a regular dishcloth, but at the end of their lifecycle, they’re 100% compostable.
Their ability to fully biodegrade is thanks to their 70% cellulose and 30% cotton content, meaning these cloths are 100% plant based.
Plus, with their super cute patterns, Swedish dishcloths are sure to add a little bit of joy to your daily cleaning routine.
When a regular cleaning cloth just won’t do, try one of these 100% recyclable scouring cloths made from copper threads.
Clean pots and pans, your sink, your stove, even glass without leaving a scratch! These cloths are also great for removing rust from bikes and cars, so make sure to keep one in your garage.
At the end of their lifecycle, send them to the scrap metal recycler so they can be turned into something new.
Move over fluorescent yellow rubber gloves and make room for a better, more sustainable option. Enter this pretty pair made from natural latex and 100% cotton.
These consciously designed gloves have a cuff to stop water from running down your arm and an ultra-soft interior to keep your hands cozy while you’re scrubbing away.
They even come with hang-dry loops so they’re ready to go for next time. Thoughtful!
Now that you know how easy it is to green your cleaning routine, check out EarthHero’s full range of eco-friendly cleaning products!
Larissa Swayze is a blogger, freelance writer and dance instructor living in Parkland County, Alberta, Canada. With a diploma in architectural technology, a degree in creative writing and a deep love of the natural world, Larissa aims to help others green their homes and their lives over on her blog Of Houses and Trees. Whether creating sustainable interior spaces for her e-design clients, recommending brands that share her values, or exploring the ever-growing worlds of sustainable design and green living, Larissa hopes to inspire others to think, every day, about how our actions impact this beautiful planet we call home.