My Favorite Eco Friendly Household Swaps

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A big part of my journey into an Eco Friendly lifestyle has been educating myself about product ingredients and learning to make better choices for the Earth on a macro-level, but also for a cleaner & more toxin-free environment at home on a micro-level.

But let me tell you, it has been a long process. I can’t tell you how many times I have tried a product labelled “natural” only to find out it contained ingredients that were potentially hazardous, or how often I would find a product that was toxin-free but only available in plastic.

My ultimate goal is to discover the best of both worlds (toxin-free ingredients AND zero waste), but these are the best household items that I’ve come across in my search. I will continue to update this list as I find new items that I feel I can recommend.

For recommendations on Eco Friendly personal care products (lotions, shampoos, makeup, etc), read here.

CLEANING SUPPLIES

No Tox Life Dish Washing Block Soap

Seventh Generation Dish Liquid Soap (Not zero waste, but a clean swap that can be recycled. I find it hard to use a soap bar when I need to soak a dish in soapy water, so I like to keep this on hand as well.)

Natural and Biodegradable Dish Sponge

Meliora All-Purpose Home Cleaner in Refillable Glass

Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Pods (Still looking for a zero waste alternative!)

MamaSuds Automatic Dishwasher Powder (Currently unavailable on Amazon, but I just ordered this sample pack and will update this post after I try it! However, I LOVE that this is zero waste and has only toxin-free ingredients, so it looks promising.)

Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner (Still looking for a zero waste alternative, but love that this is toxin-free!)

LAUNDRY ROOM

Meliora Laundry Powder, Unscented

Meliora Laundry Stain Removal Soap Stick

Wool Dryer Balls (I use all 6 dryer balls for a full load of clothes. For my full post on why dryer sheets are the worst, read here.)

Molly’s Suds Natural All-Sport Laundry Wash (This is not zero waste, but it’s safe for the whole family and the plastic bottle is recyclable, so it’s a good alternative for anyone not wanting to use laundry powder.)

KITCHEN ESSENTIALS

Hudson Essentials Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons (These were gifted to me for Christmas and I LOVE them. They are sturdy and built to last, and it is incredibly helpful that they have measuring lines on each measuring cup.)

TeaBloom All-Purpose Beverage Tumbler with Tea Infuser (This is my favorite travel cup for zero waste coffee or tea, and I also use the infuser every single day for loose-leaf teas.)

FineDine Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Love that these are so lightweight!)

Farberware Bamboo Cutting Boards

Stainless Steel Straws (Note: Make sure you get the straw pipe cleaner so you can properly clean the straws, and let them dry out completely to avoid mold growth!)

Bee’s Wrap Reusable Food Wraps

Swoofe Beeswax Food Wraps

Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Food Bag

I hope this list is helpful! Drop a comment below if you decide to try out any of these – I’d love to hear what you think!

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