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The cabinet under my sink is full of plastic bottles of cleaner. When I finally make my way through them, I toss them to be recycled, but do they actually get broken down? Probably not. Now that I’m home more often, I’m more aware of what I need to clean and what products I’m using to do so. So, in an effort to help quell my reliance on plastic and because stores were selling out of supplies left and right, I opted to invest in some reusable options. From cleaning solutions to dryer balls, these products can help replace the ones you toss out.
The Clean Essentials
Why buy plastic bottles of cleaner that you’ll eventually throw away? Scouted Staff Writer Dan Modlin has fallen in love with reusable cleaning brand Blueland. “They send reusable empty bottles and dehydrated tablets. You then fill the bottle with water, plop the tablet in, and voila, a concentrated cleaning concoction.”
Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths
After running into stock issues getting paper towels from the store, I opted for these reusable, eco-friendly cellulose cloths. They do just as good of a job as normal paper towels, but you can reuse them up to 50 times before you get rid of them. Best of all, they’re completely compostable.
Woolzie Wool Dryer Balls
You shouldn’t be using dryer sheets according to a laundry pro, I recently found out. And so, I started giving these dryer balls a try. Not only do they help the dryer actually work faster, they are good for the environment and better for you, too.
Emoly 6-Pack Food Grade Reusable Sponges
Scouted Contributor RL Theriot had a love/hate relationship with sponges until they tried these. Made from food-grade silicone, they are super easy to clean (and clean up with), non-abrasive, and double as pot holders and trivets in a pinch.
The Starter Kit
Branch Basics is another reusable cleaning supply company, who sends you bottles you can refill again and again. All you need to do is use their concentrate to fill up the bottles, mix with water, and voila, a perfect cleaning solution. The all-purpose spray is like my favorite hot sauce—I’m constantly using it on everything in my home.