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Plastic-Free Cleaning: Tips For A Plastic-Free Spring Clean

It’s that time of year we give our homes a good spring clean. Unfortunately, cleaning tends to equate to plastic waste, be that in the form of synthetic sponges, cleaning wipes, or bottles of bleach. This doesn’t have to be the case! Read on for plastic-free cleaning tips for each room of your house.


Washing up

Instead of purchasing new bottles of washing up liquid, have you considered refilling the same bottle? It may not be possible during lockdown, but it’s worth checking if a local shop offers washing up liquid refills for the future.

Or, you could switch your washing up liquid for a washing up bar. We swear by Planet Detox’s Dish Wash Bar. Pair it with a plastic-free kitchen sponge to finish off your new routine! Try a sponge made from coir (found in coconuts) when you need something a little scrubbier.

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Break down grease and grime on kitchen surfaces with Mangle & Wringer’s Kitchen Cleanser. It’s our favourite way to clean the kitchen. It has a slightly gritty texture, which effectively lifts food residue from places like the hob. Plus, the cleanser is 100% natural and scented with rosemary and eucalyptus — not only does it smell lovely, it is far better for your lungs.

Shop: Mangle & Wringer’s Kitchen Cleanser (over 10% off)

Instead of reaching for kitchen roll to mop up spills, how about using old tea towels? You could cut them into quarters to create reusable kitchen towels. Or, treat yourself to a pack of Tabitha Eve’s Reusable Surface Wipes.

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Prepare to be amazed. Not only does this method remove limescale, it leaves the inside of your kettle sparklingly clean.


  1. Mix 30ml of lemon juice (approximately half a lemon) with 500ml of water.
  2. Pour the mixture into your kettle and leave for an hour, then boil.
  3. Pour the mixture out to reveal a good-as-new kettle!

Give the inside of your kettle a brush to remove stubborn bits of scale if needed.

Read more: 9 DIY cleaning hacks

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Sprinkle a cup of baking soda, a quarter cup of white vinegar, and 10 drops of tea tree oil into your toilet bowl, let it sit overnight, and then scrub and flush in the morning. White vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodoriser, baking soda is an abrasive scouring agent, and tea tree oil possesses antibacterial properties.

Alternatively, you can buy plastic-free toilet cleaners, which look like bath bombs for your loo! Try a pack in this month’s Shorebox.

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We’re not suggesting that you buy lemons just for cleaning, but if you’ve got one spare, rub it directly onto limescale and scrub with a compostable cloth or old toothbrush. See our before and after results below! You can also use lemon juice to polish chrome finishings.

Shop: Pack of compostable cloths (on sale)

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For those times when you haven’t got a lemon to hand, try Ocean Saver’s Pomegranate Bathroom Descaler. It comes in the form of a small pod, which you dissolve in water in a reused spray bottle to create your own cleaning spray.

Shop: Ocean Saver’s Pomegranate Bathroom Descaler


If you’re looking to give your bathroom a quick wipe down, Ocean Saver’s Lavender Multi Purpose Spray is great for sprucing up bathrooms, or any surface around your house.

Shop: Ocean Saver’s Lavender Multi Purpose Spray

Laundry room

Soap nuts are dried fruit shells that contain a natural detergent called “saponin”. This detergent is released in warm water, which makes soap nuts an excellent zero-waste laundry detergent! 

Simply place several soap nuts into a muslin bag, throw it in with your laundry, and wash as normal. You can reuse the same bag of shells up to four times, so the cost per wash is a bargain! Best of all, you can compost them at home when they’re finished.

Soap nuts don’t leave a scent, so you can add a few drops of essential oil to the muslin bag to gently scent your clothes.

Shop here: Sample pack or full-size pack of soap nuts

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Around the house


No longer waste money on expensive glass cleaners — this simple homemade recipe is extremely effective! Mix one part white vinegar with four parts water in a reused spray bottle. Spray onto glass and buff with an old towel for sparkling, streak-free results!


White vinegar and baking soda can pretty much do it all — including unblock your drains. 


  1. Pour a kettle-full of boiling water down the drain.
  2. Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain and let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Pour a kettle-full of boiling water down the drain.
We hope our plastic-free cleaning tips help you cut down on waste whilst doing your spring cleaning! Browse plastic-free cleaning products on our shop, join our mailing list for more eco-friendly tips, or follow us on Instagram or Facebook.

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