A Cleaning Tale

Transitioning to an eco-sustainable lifestyle can be challenging but we can do it, one step at a time.

Today, let’s look at cleaning options. 


Cleaning.  It is a necessary part of life.  Switching to an alternative cleaning agent is great but there are so many things to consider.  Should you use an item that is paper-based or something that uses glass?  Is it better to make homemade or get from a store? What are your household cleaning needs?  If you have animals or kids, you may need something stronger for cleaning or as non-toxic as possible for babies.

Well, there is so much to consider. I boiled it down to these key considerations: I want something that is packaged in paper, easy to recycle is not full of an excessive amount of ingredients or chemicals. 

What that looks like for me recycling glass bottles with either refillable ingredients stored in paper or that can be purchased in bulk using materials that can be sourced in cardboard, paper, or glass.

For this weekend, I focused on basic all-purpose, kitchen and bathroom cleaners.

The Contenders

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Meliora All Purpose Cleaner

Meliora All-Purpose Home Cleaner* comes with a glass bottle and can be replenished with refill tabs.  It is vegan, cruelty-free and purchases lead to donations for our beautiful planet.  Best of all, they note the packaging will be recycled.  It seems to be made of Vegetable soap, Sodium cocoate, glycerin, water, and coconut oil.  I personally am not huge on glycerin, but overall, it is a pretty fair list.


Sustainable with Refill Tablets


Creulty Free


Family Owned Busines


Organic Materials

Earth Edith’s & Ethique

The second contender is Earth Edith’s All-Purpose Cleaner*.  What is great about this cleaner is the ingredient list which is made of their special distilled water, organic white vinegar, and essential oils.  It is truly eco-friendly.  Still, all the ingredients are so quite easy to source in bulk, purchasing them and then using them in your own recipe would be better over the long term than repurchasing bottles and on your wallet; this may be a time vs convenience option for you.

Next, there is Ethique.  They have an Orange Concentrate for the kitchen and a Eucalyptus Concentrate for the bathroom. Although they are vegan and boxed in paper for refills, which is great, they do contain maltodextrin.  I am not too fond of this ingredient.  Also, they have palm oil; it is noted it is organically sourced, but still important for me to note.

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Minimal Ingredients




Organic Ingredients


Grove All-Purpose Cleaner

But wait, there’s a new one I just found!

So, I just learned about Grove Collaborative! Now what makes them different is they have labels for the cleaning jars.  This is a game changer. No more getting confused on which jars if for cleaning the glass versus the kitchen counters.   This seems like a great approach. 

Lastly, I could just make homemade cleaners with vinegar, water, and essential oils such as tea tree lemon.  This mixture is great because of its disinfectant properties, but it was never my favorite cleaner option. I can even use baking soda to clean hard stains or mix the two for some surfaces, but that can be very abrasive.


Still, making cleaner at home is the most sustainable option, but this new find really makes me feel better about how to stay organized over the long term.  I would love to hear from you about the best approach you have found.  After all, wellness includes our environment, home included. 

There are so many things to consider but staying indecisive is what has kept me stuck with this goal to move towards sustainability.

So, for me, I will try out the first option. The idea of having a cleaner that can be refilled with tabs sourced from paper makes me happy. I will use it for a few weeks and let you know my thoughts. However, the labeled jars are great options to consider. 

Until next time, keep making progress, one step at a time.

Note: Honesty is very important, therefore I want to let you know that for any use of some of the links provided, I will get a small commission at no expense to you for items purchased. Only links that will provide you true values, save you time, reduce your stress, bolster your health and support you and the planet through eco-holistic principles will be posted. Values are important. 

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