Plastic-free cleaning productsby 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.
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 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.
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.
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.