Plastic-free cleaning products

by Janine, May 2023

Concern about the world’s leading environmental problems has grown from a simple inconvenient truth to movements large and small in countries around the globe. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a single individual when you think about how you can reduce your overall impact, but a simple place to start is with your cleaning cupboard!

When it comes to choosing plastic-free options for cleaning products, there are several alternatives available that can help reduce your plastic waste. Here are some of the best options:

Refillable Cleaning Products

Look for cleaning products that come in refillable containers. Many companies now offer refill stations where you can bring your empty container and refill it with the product, reducing the need for single-use plastic bottles. We discussed some of our favourite options in our going green with your cleaning blog post!

Solid Cleaning Products

Solid cleaning products, such as solid dish soap, laundry detergent, and all-purpose cleaners, are gaining popularity. These products usually come in bar or tablet form, eliminating the need for plastic packaging.

DIY Cleaning Solutions

Making your own cleaning solutions using simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and essential oils allows you to reduce plastic waste and control the ingredients used. Store your homemade solutions in glass or metal containers. This article from Good Housekeeping gives some great ideas on DIY cleaning solutions.

Bulk Buying

Look for cleaning products that are available in bulk or larger sizes. Buying in bulk reduces the overall amount of packaging waste generated. Bring your own containers to refill at shops that offer bulk cleaning products.

Natural Fibre Cleaning Tools

Opt for cleaning tools made from natural fibres, such as plant-based sponges, brushes with wooden handles, and cotton or microfiber cloths. Avoid products with plastic bristles or synthetic fibres.

Compostable or Recyclable Packaging

Choose cleaning products that come in packaging made from compostable or recyclable materials. Look for labels like “compostable,” “biodegradable,” or “made from recycled materials.”

Concentrated Products

Concentrated cleaning products typically come in smaller bottles, reducing the amount of packaging required. These products can be diluted with water at home, making them last longer and reducing overall waste.

Packaging-Free Options

Some shops offer packaging-free options where you can bring your own containers and fill them directly with the cleaning product. These zero-waste stores are becoming more common in many areas.

Lung-Safe Cleaning Products

Store-bought cleaning products usually contain fragrances or chemicals that can be harmful to those with chronic lung disease. Many cleaners contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that release harmful gasses into the air and can have long-term effects on lung health, as well as make current COPD symptoms worse. The infographic below shows some ideas for lung-safe households cleaning products:

Guide to Lung-Safe Household Products Infographic

Source: The Mesothelioma Center at

Being more environmentally minded is super important, and if everyone individually plays their part, we can make a big impact! Our Well Polished cleaners are all familiar with eco-friendly products and will be more than happy to start using them in your home.

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