25 Things To Give Your Home An Eco-Friendly Revamp

Because even small changes can make a difference.

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A pack of wool dryer balls, since they’re not only reusable and more eco-friendly, but also completely eliminate the need to constantly buy dryer sheets. They can even help dry your clothes faster (thus saving you money either on utilities or at the laundromat). Sounds like a win-win-win to me!



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Promising review: “These are amazing! I do about 2–3 loads of laundry a day. I love these! I bought a six-pack of Smart Sheep Dryer balls and a six-pack of dryer balls from another brand. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I’m amazed. They are all used together for drying my laundry. After eight months of use, I still have all six Smart Sheep Dryer balls (they are holding up, no unraveling like the other brand, smell pleasant, are keeping their shape, etc). I like them so much I bought them as gifts for other people. These Smart Sheep ones are fabulous! I use them with Essential Oils as well to freshen stuff up. Highly recommended!” —Bluebug29

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in three colors).

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A zero-waste all-natural insect repellant lotion bar about to become the MVP of summer. Why, you ask? Well, it smells nice, moisturizes your skin, repels those pesky bugs, AND is totally chemical-free. UGH, where was this last weekend when the mosquitoes were eating me alive?? *adding to cart immediately*



SeedGeeks/Etsy

Promising review: “Unique bug repellent! I love the lotion bar form and the feel of it on my skin — feels very moisturizing and lasts a long time. I don’t know how long this will last, and it does take some warming up of the bar to get the product off but once it’s warmed up, it spreads nicely! Tried it once during a buggy evening walk. Survived with no bites except one on a spot that I mistakenly forgot to cover! So far – 10/10! :)” —Brianna

Get it from SeedGeeks on Etsy for $6.50

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A roll of heavy-duty bamboo towels for a more sustainable and higher-performing upgrade to your single-use paper towels. Each perforated sheet can be used up to 120+ times before you’ll finally have to throw it out, but even then, the good news is that it’s 100% biodegradable. Plus, the certified organic bamboo makes them softer and thicker than traditional ones, so you can even use them on your skin.



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Promising review: “I received these as a stocking stuffer last Christmas. I never would have thought to buy them myself and was apprehensive at first, but I’m so glad I got them as a gift. I’m a total convert! They are absorbent and clean up spills well, plus they rinse right out so you can use them multiple times throughout the day. They wash well, too! I always throw them in with my towels. I’ve been using them for a year. I still have about 1/3 of the new roll left and all the other used towels are wearing pretty well. I haven’t thrown any away yet. I use them for regular spills and kitchen messes. I also use them to wash my toddler up after meals and after arts and crafts. They work like a dream and they’re soft and comfortable on the skin for those uses as well. They dry quickly in the air so that’s no problem! And stains come right out!  We used to go through a roll or two of paper towels per week. Now I’d say a roll of paper towels lasts more than a month in our home so these bamboo towels have cut down on waste and spending significantly. Definitely a great deal and well worth the purchase!” —SAK

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in packs of one, two, and four).

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A few biodegradable laundry detergent pods that use natural enzymes and plant-based ingredients to say see ya later! to any and all odors and stains on your clothes. And yes, there’s even an unscented version for you super sensitive folk!


Dropps

Promising review: “The Dropps laundry detergent pods do a great job cleaning and are so convenient to use! I also love the fact that we’re helping the environment at the same time.” —Dropps Customer

Get them from Dropps for $26+ (available in three sizes and five scents).

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The Bacon Sponge — a compostable and biodegradable cloth designed to soak up tough grease stains — so you can keep cooking up all your favorite fried foods without having to go through a roll of paper towels each time (or dirtying up your new reusable bamboo ones!). Nothing should get in the way of your love for bacon, including environmental concerns.


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Promising review: “I don’t fry foods often but when I do, I hate that I have to use so many paper towels to soak up the grease. These sponges are excellent for absorbing grease and they are easy to clean too! I followed the instructions to soak the oil-filled sponges in soapy water and then place them in the washer. The sponges came out clean and ready to use again. I also love that I can recycle the sponges when they are worn. Two sponges were sufficient to fry one package of bacon. Clever idea!” —Farrah

Get it from Green City Living on Amazon for $14.95.

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A super absorbent reusable period panty here to transform that time of the month by reducing both waste and worry. It’s way comfier than using pads, tampons, etc., but best of all, no more leakage (which also means you’ll finally stop ruining all your undies and sheets).


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Promising review: “They fit comfortably, don’t look like awful granny panties, AND I don’t have to worry about a pad bunching up and staining my underwear or getting on my clothing.  I deal with PCOS and endometriosis, which make my periods HEAVY for the first three to four days. I ordered two pairs of these underwear. They absorbed better than a pad, were comfortable, and the top layer stayed dry. Amazing. I had been thinking about buying the really expensive version of these underwear (th*nx) but the price was ridiculous. These underwear do exactly what I need them to do for half the price. They are easy to hand-wash and hang dry. I plan on ordering more. The stitching and waistband are solid and they don’t bunch, don’t ride up, and don’t roll. They provide front and back coverage. They’re literally perfect. If you’re on the fence about these, I urge you to give them a try. They’ll save you money (no pads or tampons needed, and you won’t stain your regular underwear and have to replace them). The product truly is fantastic.” —drsmaw

Get it from Amazon for $14.90+ (available in sizes XXS–6X and nine style).

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A set of bamboo cotton makeup remover pads because not only can you wash and reuse them (which is super easy thanks to the cotton wash bag), but they also feel a whole lot softer on your face and don’t leave any of that annoying lint residue. Plus, they come in plastic-free, recyclable packaging!


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Promising review: “These things are straight-up magic, I swear. I wear a lot of eyeliner and waterproof mascara, so I thought that you could use one a few times and then have to wash it in the washer, but no. Just a few seconds under the tap and some rubbing and it’s like it’s brand new. Very glad I got these!” —Erika G.

Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $9.99.

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A pack of tough spaghetti scrubs that work so well at effortlessly scraping away caked-on food you’ll actually look forward to doing the dishes for once! The secret to the magic? They’re made from all-natural and recycled ingredients like peach pits and pumice stones, which give them that gritty surface texture.


Food52

Promising review: “These scrub pads work better at removing stuck on food from hard surfaces, like grilling baskets, and last longer than any other solution I’ve used in recent years. That performance combined with the fact that they don’t contain any plastic make them simply perfect. I will be buying these scrub pads for years to come.” —Josh R.

Get a set of two from Food52 for $24+ (available in two styles and three bundles).

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Dental lace — a biodegradable woven silk dental floss, if you want to skip the petroleum-based plastic found in most traditional floss. This non-toxic alternative is made from vegan, plant-based wax and essential oils and comes in a cute glass dispenser jar (don’t worry, it has a built-in floss cutter). I made the switch about a year ago, and I can confirm that I do indeed smile brighter knowing I’m cleaning my teeth with more earth-friendly floss!


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Promising review: “This stuff is amazing. I really wanted to try a more eco-friendly alternative to the plastic Glide floss I have always bought. I ruminated on buying this for months though, I finally pulled the trigger and I am so happy that I did! This floss is just as sturdy as the glide floss that I had been using…I’ve used it several times, have tight teeth, and am pretty religious with flossing…it has yet to break on me. I also thought it seemed to do a better job cleaning that my other floss. The extra spool that it comes with appears to come in a small plastic bag, which according to the reviews, is upsetting to people. However, If you look up the brand you’ll find out that this is not a plastic bag and is actually biodegradable. I never thought I would write such a lengthy review for dental floss but I can’t help it — it’s environmentally friendly, it works really well, and I really encourage everyone to make the switch.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $13.99

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A reusable silicone bag free of BPA, PVC, and latex that’s equally as handy as a plastic storage bag and then some. Sure, you can use it to store and freeze food, bring your PB&J to the office, pack toiletries, etc., but you can also use it to steam veggies in the microwave! I don’t even buy plastic bags anymore because these are so awesome.


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Promising review: “Start with one or two (sandwich size is a good starter) and build your stash as you get rid of the plastic bags in your drawers. We’ve been using all sizes of Stasher bags for nearly a year — mostly food related — and have not had any issues with a single one. We use them to keep crackers/chips/bread from getting stale after opened, to keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer, pack sandwiches/meds/dog food or treats and so many more things. We sous vide in them, heat up food in the microwave in them, put them in the dishwasher, and marinate in them. They don’t leak, they don’t smell, are easy to close and open, and don’t take up much room compared to traditional tupperware or other food storage. If you put squishy stuff or liquid in there, soaking with baking soda and vinegar for 30 minutes can make sure the crevices don’t mold as some reviewers mention. I do this a couple of times a month regardless of what is in them. If you don’t take care of them, they won’t last as long…like most things. They do cost more than regular plastic baggies and require more work, because obviously you don’t just use them once. Make the switch and stop with the single use plastics.” —Maison Leach

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $45.96.

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A vegan and nontoxic solid dishwashing soap packed with plenty of tough cleaning power but none of the plastic, palm oil, or fragrance/dyes. And!!! It’s ethically manufactured in a USA solar-powered facility by a small mother-daughter team. Yes, yes, and yes.


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Promising review: “I was looking for a packaging-free zero waste dish soap and this is the best product by far that ultimately convinced me to make the switch from seventh generation (which really isn’t that ethical anyway). This soap is wrapped in paper with completely biodegradable packaging including dissolving packing peanuts. I love this product. No more plastic in my cleaning products! The more you use the more effective it is on removing tough grease like a coconut milk based thai dinner oil or something similar. I use it with my sponge (on it’s last legs) and I’m also going to be switching that out for a Greenfibres 100% organic dish cloth which I also love and highly recommend. I’ve moved onto the large blocks, which I can say three large blocks lasts me a whole year in a three-person household with one toddler. This soap is totally natural. It’s amazing. It’s not Dawn! It’s not going to get motor oil off a duck, but it is going to change your kitchen, creating a greener more sustainable you (and hopefully household) with clean nontoxic dishwashing.” —Jessica Wolff

Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in three sizes).

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A few organic cotton produce bags since they’ll keep your fruits and veggies fresher for longer and also make shopping a bit easier — each bag features the tare (or unladen) weight on the label, so you’ll know exactly how much produce you’re buying when you weigh it!


Wild&StoneHome/Etsy

Promising review: “Love these veggie bags, so much better than coming home with a bag full of plastic.” —barbarajules

Get them from Wild&StoneHome on Etsy for $8.90+ (available in two styles and two sizes).

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A plant-based pop-up sponge if you’ve really been wanting to make the switch to a plastic-free alternative but are reluctant to give up the convenience of using one. Made from sustainably-grown wood pulp in the Pacific Northwest, this sponge performs just as well, and even better according to some reviewers, as any other sponge, but it’s also 100% home compostable!


Hive

Promising review: “These are the best sponges ever. I am madly in love with these sponges, which is something I truly never dreamed I would say! Fully absorbent, actually feel good in my hand (who knew?!) and they rinse and clean beautifully. I’m buying some to bring to every house I visit, which I realize is beyond bizarre, but I honestly want to share this find!!” —Anonymous

Get a pack of three from Hive for $6.99.

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A three-pack of reusable beeswax wraps that’ll have your coworkers staring in amazement (and a bit of envy) when you whip out your delicious sammy in one of these super cute, plastic-free babies…and then proceed to walk to the office sink, clean it, and pack it away again for tomorrow. Do them a favor and send ’em the link!


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I use my beeswax pretty much every day, often for wrapping up avocado halves or partially cut onions and other veggies. When I need to pack a sandwich for on-the-go, I just use this like plastic wrap, and if I want it to be extra secure, I’ll just throw on a rubber band around it. It’s also great for covering up bowls of salad or open cans in the fridge! Seriously, these things are super useful.

Promising review: “Can’t recommend these beeswax wraps enough. The antimicrobial aspect of the beeswax keeps fruits and vegetables super fresh for much longer than plastic bags. They keep bread soft and fresh for much longer than Ziplocs. They are so much better for the environment, and they can be reused for months. We have been using our set for almost 2 years and they are still as good as new. No waste! Just make sure to wash them with cool water, as warm/hot water will melt the wax.” —Loop Publisher

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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A glass bottle of Bite toothpaste tablets to give your pearly whites a fresh and sparkly clean…and finally stop getting those toothpaste stains on your shirt! Even better news: the formula is vegan, naturally whitening, and helps fight sensitivity.


Bite

Promising review: “I’ve been using Bite for about a month now. It took only a few days to really know for sure that I love, love, love this product! My teeth feel fresh, smooth, clean, and white. A bonus is the fact that they arrive in my regular mail. I live in a rural area and I’m super glad that an extra truck isn’t sent all the way out. The Bite company is making that difficult, thoughtful, conscientious choice more companies need to make.” —Laura D.

Get a one-month supply from Bite for $12 (available in five flavors, including a fluoride version).

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A bidet attachment because the time is now to join this hygienic clean-tush revolution — and once you do, you’ll never go back to TP again. Your bum and your planet will thank you.


Tushy

Promising review: “Life changing…Need I say more? Let’s face it, a clean exit on each and every doo would be nice but that just doesn’t happen. So now, a refreshing stream of water does the work – effortlessly. No more chapped butt!

Setup and installation was easy. I’ll admit I was a little nervous the very first time I used it. I didn’t know what to expect but had heard good things. It was awesome! The wife loves it too.” —Preston H. 

Get it from Tushy for $99+ (available in eight colors).

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A natural all-purpose cleaner if you’re sick of suffocating whenever you bust out your current chemical-filled spray. Formulated with biodegradable, plant-based ingredients like soap bark, corn, and coconut, reviewers praise this for its impressive streak-free cleaning power and light scent.


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Promising review: “I heard about this product on shark tank and when I thought about cleaning my apartment again, I knew I needed to switch from harsh chemicals to something a bit more friendly for all. I cannot stress this enough — this product is amazing and definitely the real deal. Look at how pretty my stove is!!! It’s streak-free and beautiful! This will be the only cleaner I use in my apartment or any home from here out. I’m so impressed, I even bought this stuff to clean my boyfriend’s apartment- yes, that is exactly how much I like this product.” —catherine

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.34 (available in three scents).

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100% biodegradable straws that look and feel like plastic — which means they don’t get soggy in hot or cold beverages — but are actually made from veggie fibers. Now you won’t have to worry about that extra flavor note of “paper straw” in your cocktails and lattes.


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Promising review: “I really love these straws. They are sturdy, they have no taste and they are great for the environment. I will definitely purchase more and will look to see if they have longer ones as well.” —Pam-Galveston, TX

Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

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A bar of Ethique solid shampoo for anyone who’s been on the hunt for a high-quality, all-natural shampoo bar that’s actually as good as the kind that comes in plastic bottles — their vegan formulas are all free of soap, palm oil, and aluminum, pH-balanced, and specially crafted to address different hair types and scalp issues.


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Promising review: “I was in the market for a shampoo bar to combat dandruff so that I could switch to something natural, vegan, and good for the environment. So I did my research and found the Heali Kiwi bar by Ethique and I am so glad that I did. I’ve been using Head & Shoulders for years but it left me with lingering itchiness, dry patches on my scalp, and frizzy hair. This shampoo bar has been a godsend that has combated all of those problems! I was skeptical at first, but I noticed a difference with my first use. It smells amazing, lathers well, and my scalp feels healthy and normal for the first time in years.” —Danielle Bray

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in eight formulas and three sizes).

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A tinted mineral sunscreen since the certified organic and all-natural formula will keep your skin protected from sun damage for up to 80 minutes *without* negatively harming the marine ecosystem while you swim. Yep, it’s reef-safe, completely biodegradable, and even comes in a recyclable plastic-free tin!


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I’ve been using this daily for a few months now, and I don’t think I’ll ever switch. It does the job of protecting my face while also adding a bit of color and evening out my skintone. While it is a tad heavier/thicker than some other mineral sunscreens, I only notice it right when I’m applying — afterward, it’s completely fine. Plus, I love knowing that it’s not harmful to the fish and other sea creatures when I go swimming.

Promising review: “I purchased the Tinted Facial Moisturizer as well as the regular Face & Body sunblock. I was sold on the product after learning its reef-safe and comes in non-plastic packaging — a combination that’s hard to come by! I was also excited about the tinted option for the face because, who doesn’t want a little color with their sunblock?! My two concerns were whether it would be large enough for a week+ trip to the tropics and if the 30 SPF rating was enough. I had more than enough product for the trip, mostly just using it on my face. I think it will end up lasting through a good chunk of the summer as well! The tinting definitely smooths the skin and blends really nicely without looking like makeup. It held up really well in water and the 30 SPF seemed to be more than enough protection after all, maybe because it is rather thick. Because of the heavy consistency I probably won’t use it as a normal, day-to-day moisturizer, but it will be my go-to when I’m spending any significant time in the sun. I have it ready in my cart for when I need more!” —StephyB

Get it from Amazon for $16.49 (also available in a two-pack).

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A reusable grocery bag that folds up into a tiny pouch, which means you can bring one with you pretty much everywhere — and thus you’ll never again find yourself caught at the grocery store and having to reluctantly use a plastic bag because you left all your reusable ones at home. Oh, and did I mention, they’re so. stinking. cute.


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Promising review: “These are great! Super durable, easy to fold up and carry with you. It’s the first time I’ve ever been able to stick with using reusable bags- absolutely no complaints… It holds up to my grocery shopping, library book runs (I’ve put 11 thick books in one bag with no problem) and more. And they are easy to clean — you can toss these in the washer and hang to dry.” —JM Smith

Get a set of six from Amazon for $18.99 (available in 27 style sets).

22.

A glass water bottle with a stainless steel infuser that’s so gorgeous you won’t ever be tempted to use single-use tea bags again. Aesthetics? Check. Eco-friendly? Also, check.


Target

Promising review: “Everything you drink out of this tastes exactly how it’s suppose to. Haven’t used it for hot drinks but keeps my drinks cold for a reasonable amount of time. This doesn’t perform as well as a Yeti, but for the amount it holds, it will keep your drink cold. Cleaning the bottle is just like cleaning a glass, but you will need a long brush to get to the bottom. I use it every day and it hasn’t disappointed yet. The sleeve helps with the temperature as well as for protection. The cap is a bit difficult to clean, but with the brush it’s easy enough. In all, for the taste you get every time is well worth the job in cleaning and for the price it’s a steal. Excellent product!” —Mesut Kaya

Get it from Target for $39.99.

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A set of stretchy silicone lids for anyone who, like me, struggles endlessly when covering bowls and food with plastic wrap. These are so much simpler to use, easy to wash, and more eco-friendly! I can’t even remember the last time I used plastic wrap since buying these.


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Promising review: “This product has been a kitchen game changer for me! These silicone food safe lids fit every multi-use container that I have in my kitchen. From my Pyrex measuring cups to my baking dishes as well as all of my lidless storage solution containers. You know the ones that sit in your cabinet with no lids but you just can’t bear to get rid of them… This product has changed all of that. No more frustrating single use plastic wrap, ill fitting tinfoil nor mis-matched lids! These lids fit on everything including my Instant Pot!!! Now I can pre-plan meals for reheat the next day or that evening in my instant pot without having to transfer the food to another container. Cool the food, fit the extra large silicone lid on the inner pot, pop into the fridge for later or next day steaming reheat. A truly one pot solution!” —ilovetea

Get a 14-pack from Amazon for $16.95.

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A handmade all-natural oven cleaner here to make your dream of once again being able to see inside the oven and watch the cookies bake come true. Made from plant-powered ingredients, this gives a seriously deep clean, all without the use of harsh toxins or chemicals!


Everneat/Etsy

Promising review: “This stuff is amazing! I had tried everything on my baked on extremely filthy oven door. I am a petite 65-year-old and not very strong, and I cleaned my upper oven in 30 min. I didn’t use much effort and my oven was impossible. My husband was shocked when he came home from running errands and the oven door was clean!!!” —Lili Sachar

Get it from Everneat on Esty for $19.99 (available in three scents).

25.

A Blueland hand soap starter kit — you buy the glass dispenser bottles one time and then just add a soap tablet and water to refill! It’s the perfect solution for those who love foamy hand soaps but also want to cut down on plastic.


Blueland

Promising review: “Gentle on hands yet cleans well; love the low-waste packaging. The glass bottles are high quality. Customer service is excellent.” —Pennie F.

Get it from Blueland for $34 (originally $36).

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