If you’re looking to cut down on your plastic waste, there’s one easy place to start immediately – your cleaning products.
While cleaning jobs are a necessary evil to keep your home healthy, the waste they produce doesn’t have to be.
Invest in the right refillable products and you’ll soon be saving tons of waste from landfill, making the planet a much cleaner place too.
Just a few years ago you would have real trouble finding refillables with only a handful of companies offering the eco-friendly option.
But as plastic waste moves to the top of the news agenda and we all look for ways to turn the tide on the trash clogging up the planet, more and more companies are bringing refillable cleaning products to market, mirroring the shift to refillables in other areas, such as such as beauty, make-up and food.
From formulas that make your windows and glass shine to designer multi-surface cleaners from leading fragrance brands, we’ve made it our mission to compile a list of the very best cleaning products you can stock up on.
See our favorites below
Bower Sparkling Clean Home Bundle
Give your home cleaning kit a total overhaul with the help of Bower Collective, a specialist brand in this space. The pack means you’ll save more than buying each product individually, and there’s enough here to clean your home from top to bottom: hand wash, dish soap, toilet cleaner and an all-purpose spray scented with notes of fresh grapefruit.
All formulas, made from 100 percent naturally derived ingredients, are packaged in a refillable dispenser, and this set includes forever containers and spray bottles.
A portion of this purchase will go to the Marine Conservation Society to help protect endangered sea grass, so you’re helping the planet in more ways than just cutting down on your plastic waste habit.
Buy Now £56.99, Bower Collective
Spruce Starter Kit Duo
Start your journey with Spruce and you’ll never go back to standard cleaning products again. This starter kit is ideal for beginners, with two aluminum spray bottles included along with bags of non-toxic multi-purpose and bathroom cleaner.
Just add water and you can start scrubbing away dirt and grime. Both will leave nothing but a mild geranium or eucalyptus scent. Vegan and cruelty-free, sign up for a bag subscription and say hello to a new dawn in clean cleaning.
Buy Now £15.00 We Are Spruce
Smol starter pack
Cleaning your home is getting a whole lot greener thanks to Smol, a company that believes eco-cleaning shouldn’t leave you behind.
A brilliant buy for anyone curious to try, the starter pack contains (deep breath): 9 x biowash capsules, 9 x non-biowash capsules, 9 x dishwashing tablets, 1 x fabric conditioner, 3 x surface spray bottles , 1 x mixed surface spray refill pack – not bad for £25.
Smol also offers free trials of some cleaning products; all it requires is that you pay a pound for postage.
Buy Now £25.00, Smol
Wilton London Eco Multi Surface Cleaner Eucalyptus 725ml
With the uplifting and refreshing scent of eucalyptus, you may find yourself reaching for this refillable bottle of multi-surface cleaner even when your surfaces are shining. However, the scent is just a bonus; cleaning is where this eco-formula really shines.
Chemicals with names that few can pronounce on first try have been swapped out in favor of naturally derived counterparts, and the essential oils included not only provide a wonderful scent, but are also packed with anti-bacterial properties. A resounding victory in the fight against dirt.
Buy Now £3.50, Holland & Barrett
Eco Family Co. Environmentally friendly cleaning tablets for households
The kitchen is probably the one room in the house when you should bring the big cleaning guns. With stubborn grease, spills and stains, it requires a tough action formula to restore it to like new. This mixed tablet case from Eco Family Co. contains 10 formulas to look after all areas of the home, including the kitchen.
The concentrated tablets come in a flat, letterbox-friendly box and only need 500ml of water to get them ready to do their thing. The non-toxic blends are kind to the home as well as the planet, and past shoppers have raved about the clean scents: “after a week of using them, they do a great job of cleaning, and most importantly, at in the end, you are left with a beautiful fragrance that fills your home.
“I highly recommend this product, not only because you will help the environment, but you will also save money, while keeping your house crystal clean and fresh.”
Includes mixes for 3 x multi-purpose, 2 x bathroom cleaner, 2 x floor cleaner, 2 x kitchen cleaner, 1 x window cleaner and glass cleaner.
Buy now £12.99, Amazon
Method Antibacterial Spray Refill, All Purpose Cleaner, Peach Blossom, 2L
Are you already a fan of the eco-cleaning brand Method? Welcome to the club.
The company has built a loyal following for its vegan dirt-fighting formulas with gorgeous scents packaged in reusable bottles made from 100 percent recycled plastic. Squeeze this formula into your existing spray bottle, or attach a spray trigger to the top and use straight from the refill – although this can admittedly be quite bulky to carry.
In addition to the all-purpose cleaner, refills are available in a variety of categories, from hard floors to glass and more.
Buy now £4.32, Amazon
Ecover washing-up liquid – lemon and aloe 5 Ltr
Ecover is one of the leading lamps in the eco-cleaning game. Among the offers are 5L tanks with refills for everything from washing-up liquid to floor cleaner and fabric softener, so you can refill spray bottles and dispensers when you start to run dry.
This washing-up liquid, scented with lemon and nourishing aloe vera, will leave your dishes and glasses squeaky clean. A little goes a long way, even on stubborn grease, so the 5L tank will last you a while.
Buy Now £13.45, Holland & Barrett
Diptyque La Droguerie multi-surface cleaner 500ml
Better known for its collection of cult fragrances, Diptyque’s move into home cleaning may come as a surprise, but it’s also a welcome one. The packaging of this multi-surface cleaner spray bottle is as pretty as the perfumes, so you’ll have no problem keeping it casually displayed instead of stuffed into a tool cabinet. If a cleaning product shelf isn’t a thing yet – it’s about to be.
When the formula runs out, get a refill pouch, £22, to keep it going.
Buy Now £32.00, Selfridges