12 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products, Tools, and Home Items

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At Clean My Space, choosing eco-friendly items is really important to us. We want to use and recommend the best, highest-quality, and most eco-friendly cleaning products, tools, and household items out there so we can all do our part for the environment and keep as much junk as possible out of landfills. 

When I choose items for my own home and to recommend to all of you, I look for high-quality items that will last a long time. Buying cheap items means replacing them sooner, and that equals more garbage. Plus, I love to support brands who are doing their part for the environment through eco-friendly items, packaging, and ingredients. 

You’ll notice I don’t have a lot of cleaning products on this list. That’s because the best eco-friendly cleaning product is often a homemade one! To see some of my DIY cleaning product staples, read, Save Money With These 7 DIY Cleaners. And to see a complete list of all my DIY cleaning products, check out 50 DIY Cleaning Recipes.

And now, I will stop boring you with my introduction and introduce you to my favorite eco-friendly products, tools, and household items! 

Dish Soap

Product: ATTITUDE Natural Dish Soap, Bulk Refill Format, 67.62 Fl Oz
Cost: $15.65
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Attitude Dish Soap

When I buy dish soap, I look for an eco-friendly brand that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals and is packaged in an environmentally friendly way. ATTITUDE Natural Dish Soap is packaged in bulk containers that use 68% less plastic than normal-sized dish soap bottles, and it’s vegan and cruelty-free! A great pick for the environment. Plus, ATTITUDE Natural Dish Soap is made from a plant and mineral-based formula free of parabens, formaldehyde, and other harmful chemicals.

Soap Pump

Brand: Better Living
Product: Better Living Clara Foaming Soap Dispenser
Cost: $15.99
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better living soap dispenser

To go along with your dish soap that’s packaged in bulk, you’ll need a soap pump. These are great because they allow you to buy in bulk and save on packaging. I love these cute glass soap pumps from Better Living. And they make an excellent gift for the eco-conscious person in your life, or anyone interested in starting to live more environmentally consciously.

Refillable Shower Dispensers

Brand: Better Living
Product: Better Living Clever Soap and Shower Double Dispenser
Cost: $32.99
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shower dispensers

Like with dish soap, you can save on packaging if you buy your shower products in bulk. This refillable shower dispenser adheres to the shower wall and can be refilled with body wash, shampoo, and conditioner.

Laundry Detergent

Brand: Tide
Product: Purclean Natural Laundry Detergent
Cost: $19.24
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Not all laundry detergent is created equally. Some contain harsh chemicals and dyes that are rough on your clothes and our environment. That’s why Tide created their Purclean Laundry Detergent in an eco-box! The ingredients are plant-based and the packaging uses 50% less plastic than regular detergent bottles. Plus, this detergent works great with cold water! I call that a win, win, win.

Dryer Balls

Brand: Molly’s Suds
Product: Molly’s Suds Wool Dryer Balls
Cost: $12.99
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Ditch chemical-laden fabric softener and choose dryer balls instead! Dryer balls can replace fabric softener and dryer sheets, keeping more material out of landfills. Unlike fabric softener and dryer sheets, dryer balls are reusable. And Molly’s Suds Wool Dryer Balls are made out of eco-friendly, organic, sustainable wool.

Cutlery Drawer Organizer

Brand: Totally Bamboo
Product: Totally Bamboo Kitchen Drawer Organizer
Cost: $29.99
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Bamboo drawer organizer

When you’re in the market for a new cutlery organizer, opt for this bamboo drawer organizer. Cutlery organizers are often made of cheap plastic that doesn’t quite fit properly into your cutlery drawer. This organizer is made from eco-friendly bamboo, and it’s adjustable, making it the perfect fit, literally and figuratively. I’ve gifted this at more than one housewarming!

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Brand: Maker’s Clean
Product: General Purpose Premium Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Cost: $19.00
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microfiber cloths

I discovered microfiber cloths when I was working as a cleaner many years ago, and I never looked back. Not only are they way more eco-friendly than paper towel, but they also clean way better too. Choosing a good-quality microfiber cloth is important, so it will last for years before it’s time to replace it. Maker’s Clean microfiber cloths can hold approximately eight times their weight in water, and they last hundreds of washes.

Trash Bags

Brand: Hippo Sak
Product: Hippo Sak Tall Kitchen Bags
Cost: $14.39
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Trash bags made from recycled ocean plastic

Trash bags are a necessity, but traditional plastic trash bags create so much plastic waste and contribute to the plastic in landfills and oceans. That’s why I was so excited to find Hippo trash bags made from recycled ocean plastic! These eco-friendly trash bags are made of 20% recycled ocean plastic that is collected from beaches. And they are super strong and durable with extra-wide handles for easy lifting and carrying. What more could you want?!

Water Bottle

Brand: S’well
Product: S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Cost: $28.49
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Stainless steel water bottle

To avoid unnecessary plastic waste, make sure every member of the household has a great, reusable water bottle. I love this stainless steel water bottle from S’well because you can use it for cold or hot beverages. And it’s triple-layered, vacuum-insulated construction means your drinks will stay cold or hot for an entire day. And because it doubles as a thermos, you don’t need to buy another product for hot liquids.

Container Set

Brand: OXO
Product: OXO Good Grips 8 Piece Smart Seal Containers
Cost: $32.95
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OXO 8 Piece Container Set

To go with your fancy shmancy reusable water bottle, make sure you have a great set of containers to pack your food in without creating plastic waste. This OXO container set is perfect because it comes with a variety of containers and sizes that are stackable for easy storage. And the best feature of these containers is that they are freezer and microwave safe.

Beeswax Sandwich Bags

Brand: Spare
Product: Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps
Cost: $21.95
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beeswax food wraps

These are so great for packing the kids’ lunches, or your own lunch if you work in an office. Beeswax sandwich bags are a really clever, reusable replacement for saran wrap. 

Food Cycler

Brand: Vitamix
Product: Vitamix FoodCycler
Cost: $324.95
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Food cycler from Vitamix

OK, this won’t be for everyone because it is quite expensive. But if you want to splurge, this product is amazing. It takes composted food scraps, dehydrates them, and turns them into flakes that can be used as fertilizer. This is the ultimate way to literally recycle food scraps and put them right back where they came from. An amazing addition to an eco-friendly household!

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


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