Dish It Out: Eco-Friendly Tools for Washing Dishes

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A majority of people would much rather do almost anything else than wash dishes.  But, dishes don’t wash themselves and in many homes, dishes get washed every….single…day. This means that we go through a lot of dish soap, dishwasher detergent and dishwashing tools.

Since dish water goes directly down the sewers and eventually back into the ground water, it’s important to make sure we choose soaps that are kind to the earth. The tools we use in the kitchen go into the landfill, so those should also be eco-friendly.

It’s equally important that we choose products that are kind to our bodies. Many dish soaps and dishwasher detergents are full of ingredients that can not only harm the environment, but harm our bodies when we come into contact with them. So these products should be both earth and human friendly.

If you’re looking to green your dishwashing gear, here are some earth-friendly recommendations to consider.

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UnSponge Reusable Sponges

The great thing about UnSponge Reusable Sponges is that you can simply throw them into your washing machine or dishwasher when they get dirty. Then you can use them over and over instead of tossing them into the trash.

UnSponge (Reusable Dishwashing Sponges)

Each UnSponge is made from remnants of terry cloth and cotton with an extra middle to add scrubbing power. 

Full Circle Home R Bottle Brush

Washing reusable water bottles can be a pesky task. The Full Circle Home R Bottle Brush makes the task much easier with its comfortable handle and scrubbing bristles. BPA free and made with recycled plastic, this eco-friendly dish brush is a must have in any kitchen.

Be Good Dish Brush

Instead of an entirely plastic design, the Be Good Dish Brush features a sustainable bamboo handle and recycled plastic bristles.

Honest Dish Soap

This Honest Company Dish Soap is plant-based and eco-friendly. It easily penetrates grease, grime, gunk and icky-sticky, caked on messes. Infused with grapefruit peels essential oil, it’s ultra-concentrated and extra sudsy.

Honest Company Dishwasher Packs

The mineral and plant-based dishwasher packs from Honest Company perform double duty by cleaning and degreasing dishes so they’re shiny clean. And they’re free of bleach, fragrance, and dyes.

Honest Company Dishwasher Packs

The Honest Company’s Dishwasher Packs‘ unique plant and mineral-based ingredients brilliantly clean your plates, glassware, cutlery, and bakeware.

Better Life Natural Dishwasher Gel

This plant- and mineral-based dishwasher gel from Better Life leaves nothing behind but clean dishes. This cruelty-free detergent is also free of phosphates, bleach, fragrance, dye, and preservatives. And it’s made using solar energy.

Those dishes aren’t going to wash themselves. So go ahead, tackle that grease these eco-friendly dishwashing products.

What are your favorite eco-friendly dishwashing products? Share your tips in the Earthling Forum.

Feature image courtesy of David Goehring

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Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering, founder of Green Moms Media and essential oil fanatic, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former corporate marketing communication manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life.