Best Zero Waste Cleaning Products

You’ve purchased your reusable and eco-friendly shopping bag; you do your best to avoid plastic straws and single-use plastics as much as possible and you’ve even switched to a bamboo toothbrush.  

You’re doing your best to be a conscious consumer and fight climate change like a certified eco-warrior, but when it comes to keeping your home sparkling clean without the use of plastic and paper towels your only go-to is baking soda and white vinegar. 

While the baking soda and vinegar combo is a great, all-natural alternative to the toxic chemicals of traditional cleaning products, they still can involve unnecessary waste and can only properly clean so many things.  

Why Natural Ingredients Don’t Equal Zero Waste

Walk down any cleaning aisle in the grocery store and you’ll see plenty of cleaning products advertising themselves as ‘environmentally friendly’ ‘organic’ or ‘all natural’ but in reality, these products are made using just as much plastic packaging as any other brand except you’re stuck paying the higher price tag for their greenwashing efforts.

So how does one choose the best zero waste cleaning products without spending their weekends making brewing up homemade cleaning products to ultimately have their house end up smelling like a salad?

Don’t fret my eco-friendly friend! It is most definitely possible to keep your house sparkling clean while keeping plastic-free, just check out our zero waste and eco-friendly cleaning products buying guide below!

Zero Waste Cleaning Tools

During your cleaning adventures, you may notice that you’re able to quickly fill your waste can with lots of, well, waste.

Paper towels, plastic spray bottles and moldy sponges all leftover from your cleaning adventure will sadly make their way into the landfill. Sure, your home will be cleaner, but the planet, not so much.

Rather than rushing out to buy new eco-friendly products, it’s always best to try repurposing what you already have first; no need to throw away your old plastic spray bottle just to buy new, prettier glass bottles instead.

To eliminate the need for paper towels try making your own rags from repurposed materials such as worn-out clothing, towels, blankets, sheets, or cloth diapers. Need more scrubbing power to clean the tile in the bathroom? Use an old toothbrush or toilet brush instead! Feel free to get creative!

Zero Waste Cleaning for the Kitchen

If it’s one thing that we tend to go through rather quickly when cleaning in the kitchen, it’s dish soap. Whether you are doing your dishes by hand or use a dishwasher, finding brands that sell dish soap in plastic-free packaging can be frustrating. That’s why we developed our Tangie zero waste dish soap.

Our plant-based dish wash bar is tough on grime and grease and formulated to be gentle on your hands. Made with non-toxic ingredients and zero-waste packaging, all you need to do is add water, lather, scrub and rinse! Hello, sparkling clean dishes!

Eco-Friendly Cleaning for the Bathroom

Hand soap is obviously a must in the bathroom but, again, there’s that whole plastic situation. Buying soap in bulk can seem like a great way to cut back on waste but you are still stuck with having to buy giant plastic jugs.

With Tangie Hand Soap Paste you can eliminate the need for plastic completely. Tangie hand soap paste bars are derived from plant-based ingredients and are perfect for the zero waste home. It makes the best foaming hand soap refill.

Tangie hand soap bars are also available unscented for those who are sensitive to fragrance or feel free to indulge your senses with lavender or citrus scent made from pure essential oils.

This little bar packs a powerfully clean punch and dissolves with just a little bit of water and makes an entire gallon of soap, and all without the use of plastic, just a biodegradable box!

Eco-Plastic Free Laundry Detergent

If you have pets or kids it can seem like laundry day is every day! Laundry detergent produces tons of unrecycled waste and is a cleaning product that is heavily greenwashed, no pun intended.

Filled with chemicals and ingredients that are bad for your health the environment, laundry detergent is one cleaning product that needs a sustainable, zero-waste makeover.

Ditch the plastic packaging and irritating chemicals with Tangie Laundry Paste and wash up to 256 loads of laundry with just one bar!

This compact and concentrated zero waste laundry detergent dissolves with water in a container of your choice. Simply add one to two tablespoons of liquid concentrate to your laundry load and enjoy cleaner clothes and a cleaner conscience.

Coffee on your favorite shirt (again)? Get the same powerful clean without the chemicals and plastic waste of a stain stick by using Tangie’s sustainable and eco-friendly Stain Remover Bar To use, simply wet the bar and rub gently over the stain and toss your shirt into the wash.

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed on your zero-waste journey, just remember, for every problem, there is a (cleaning) solution!