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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.
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.)
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!)
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.)
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.)
Savoy Tea Co. Loose Leaf Teas (This tea won me over to loose-leaf teas, and they come in tins that can be refilled locally for completely zero waste tea. They offer a few teas on Amazon, and a wider variety on their website here.)
FineDine Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Love that these are so lightweight!)
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!)
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!