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Eco-friendly Home: 10 swaps for your cleaning routine

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By Rosie Frost
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In light of Unilever's research into refillable household products we look at ways to reduce plastic waste in your cleaning routine.


After you have furnished your beautiful sustainable home - you are going to want to keep it clean.

Research published by Unilever this week found that while just over eight in ten people wish they had access to more refillable household products, only one in six of us are currently buying them. The multinational household goods manufacturer identified lack of awareness and availability as the key barriers to more sustainable solutions and, as a result, has launched a new refillable option for its Cif Power & Shine cleaners.

The plastic bottle your cleaning products come in could theoretically last you a lifetime, so refilling it makes a lot of sense. Choosing refills reduces plastic consumption by 75%, which is a positive move toward going plastic free, something we are all about this July.

Related | How to furnish your home sustainably

In the spirit of reduced waste cleaning, we've come up with a few tips so you can greenify your household rota!

Laundry Room

Smol Laundry Detergent Capsules


Smol provides high performance laundry detergent capsules delivered straight to your door in child-safe, fully recyclable packaging. Their laundry pods are cruelty free and smol is looking to move to entirely plastic free packaging in the near future.

Laundry Detergent Capsule

24 capsules for £3.95

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Little Beau Sheep Wool Dryer Balls Pack of Three

Little Beau Sheep

These cute dryer balls are a natural, chemical free way of softening fabrics. Made of 100% British Wool, Little Beau Sheep claims they will last for 1000s of washes.

Pack of Three Wool Dryer Balls


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Who Gives a Crap Premium Bamboo Toilet Paper

Who Gives a Crap

Who gives a crap uses only paper packaging on their bamboo based toilet tissue. Good for your skin, the brand doesn't use inks, dyes or scents.

48 Premium Double Length Toilet Paper Rolls



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Eco Living Toilet Brush and Holder Set


Toilet brushes may not be glamorous but they are an essential bathroom cleaning item and something we frequently replace. This toilet brush and holder is completely plastic-free with plant-based bristles meaning it won't shed micro-plastics into the water you flush away.

Plastic Free Toilet Brush & Holder Set,



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Splosh Dishwasher Tablets


These dishwasher tablets come in a tin and feature a water soluble wrapper so there is no plastic for you to throw away. The company offer refills that are posted to you in a letterbox sized recycled cardboard box.

27 Dishwasher Tablets



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Angel & Miosotti Linen Tea Towel

Angel & Miosotti

These beautiful tea towels are made in Provence and inspired by the colours of the Mediterranean. They are made from durable linen and easily washed so you can reuse them over and over again.

Linen Tea Towel,



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The Organic Company Kitchen and Wash Cloth

The Organic Company

Over 11 billion single use plastic wipes are used in the UK each year. Make a simple switch to these 100% organic cotton kitchen towels and avoid putting more plastic waste into landfill or even worse, down the toilet!

Kitchen and Wash Cloth



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Rest of the House

Trevarno Lavender Beeswax Furniture Polish


Once you have filled your house with FSC solid wood furniture you will want to extend its life by making sure it is kept polished and protected. This long lasting beeswax polish has a beautiful light lavender scent and comes in a metal tin.

Lavender Beeswax Furniture Polish,



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Redecker Ostrich Feather Duster


Redecker makes all of its brushes from high-quality ethically sourced materials and believe long-lasting quality is the best avenue to sustainability. Ostrich feathers are light to prevent damage to delicate items and naturally static so will pick up dust with ease.

Ostrich Feather Duster,



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Tom Dixon Eclectic Orientalist Diffuser

Tom Dixon

A reed diffuser is the perfect way to bring fragrance into your home without using aerosols. Tom Dixon's refillable diffuser is beautifully minimalist and offers a scent that combines cinnamon and roses with the depths of a warm spice market.

Eclectic Orientalist Diffuser



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