• Ashley Goldman

My Favorite Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies


Since moving into our new home, I have made a point to make cleaning even more eco-friendly. The past few years I have done my best to keep our supplies non-toxic, but I hadn’t really grabbed onto how to reduce waste in the process. We have slowly begun reducing our cleaning waste by ditching paper towels and using cloth rags for messes and cleaning instead. We also keep reusable kitchen towels around and eco-friendly dish scrubbers.


As far as cleaning supplies, we keep it really minimal with white vinegar, lemon essential oils and Dr. Bronner’s soap. Between these three items I can literally clean every corner of my home safely without Porter being around harsh chemicals. The best part is that they actually work!


For dish soap we love supporting B Corp companies like Seventh Generation for dish soap, dishwasher pods, and even laundry soap. I want to be sure that whatever we use that also goes back into the earth is not harmful at all.


Below is a list of all the products I use and swear by along with some tips for each one.


Wall Hooks

These pegs are what we use to hang our broom, mop and other supplies on. So great for a simple and minimal look.


Metal Dust Pan

I love this sleek, white dust pan. It is plastic free and the metal makes it easy to keep clean!


Broom

I love this broom made with bamboo, recycled aluminum, recycled plastic.


Wool Dryer Balls

These wool dryer balls take the place of our dryer sheets, saving us so much waste (we do a lot of laundry around here!). I add a few drops of essential oils on these, toss them in the dryer with a load of clothes, and they leave them smelling so nice. Made with 100% sheep wool. No chemicals or synthetics used.


Mop

I love this mop because it comes with two replacement mop heads that can easily be washed and reused. I love the sleek bamboo handle as well.


Plant Based Sponge

These kitchen sponges are made using natural palm fiber. They are sturdy and provide you with a natural, efficient and practical way to clean your home.


Dish Brush

These bamboo dish brushes are 100% natural, chemical-free, biodegradable & sustainable. They are pretty much zero waste and I love how cute they are sitting on your sink!


Sal Suds

I LOVE this stuff and it is what I clean most of our house with. It smells clean and all you need is a squirt. It costs a little, but I am yet to use more than half the of the bottle after 4 months. Good old Bronner’s hits the mark on this one. I also love how safe it is for our family and the earth. It is my go-to cleaner along with white vinegar. Super safe.


Amber Spray Bottles

I use these to store all of our cleaners. This way I can create vinegar and water cleaning solutions or buy concentrates. It also allows me to buy less bottles of cleaner in plastic containers, which is more cost-efficient AND better for the environment (although I do always opt for recyclable containers). Etsy also has really cute cleaning supply labels you can purchase for these bottles!


Seventh Generation Soap

I love everything about this brand, from their sustainability efforts to the fact that they are a B Corp. We use their dish soap and dishwashing powder.


Molly Suds Laundry Detergent

With only 5 ingredients and no synthetic or artificial fragrances, dyes, or optical brighteners, it is very eco-friendly and safe for people and the environment.


Bottle Brush

I use this to clean the inside of Porter’s bottles and cups. Buy an extra one to clean outside of the kitchen too, scrubbing tubs, toilets and other areas of your home.

Flower Sack Cloths

These eco-friendly, 100% organic cotton, flour sack towels have many purposes in the Goldman home. We use these to dry our hands instead of paper towels, clean windows with and much more. Cloth is an easy swap for paper towels.


Tabletop Dustpan and Brush

I love this wooden set to clean up after dinner messes or crumbs from the countertops. It’s compact in size and hangs together for easy storage.


Essential Oil Diffuser

We love our Vitruvi ceramic diffusers designed out of the highest quality porcelain. Diffusing oils instead of burning candles is a great, non-toxic alternative if you want to avoid the synthetic fragrance found in most candles.


What are your favorite eco-friendly cleaning supplies?