13 of the best eco refillable cleaning products
Make the switch to reusable cleaning products and waste less plastic. Before you part with your pennies though, check out our guide to the top 13 refillable cleaning brands here, all with great eco-credentials.
The market for eco-friendly cleaning products is booming. More and more of us are recognising the negative impacts of single-use plastics and harmful chemicals on our planet and until recently, cleaning products were part of the problem.
Luckily though, there are now plenty of brands to choose from when it comes to natural, plastic-free cleaning products. So, ditch the aerosol cans and toxic sprays in favour of these eco-conscious products!
Make sure to pair these eco cleaners with some eco-friendly sponges too, and while you're here, why not check out our guide to creating an eco-friendly home? If you're feeling especially creative, we have some genius DIY cleaning recipes to gander too!
Best eco cleaners with refillable bottles
Method is perhaps one of the most recognisable eco-friendly cleaning brands, and we are big fans here at YourHomeStyle! Their cleaning products are all made with plant-based, biodegradable ingredients, so you won't be releasing overpowering chemicals (or smells) when you use these.
In fact, the scents of Method's cleaning products are one of their stand-out factors. Their wild rhubarb anti-bac all-purpose cleaner has become a cult classic thanks to its deliciously sweet, fresh scent that leaves your rooms smelling heavenly.
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All their bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic (excluding the pumps) and you can buy refills for most of their products, including washing up liquid, cleaning sprays, hand wash and floor cleaner, so you don't have to buy plastic bottle after plastic bottle. The refills are packaged in plastic but they provide twice the amount you'd get with their standard bottles.
- Buy Method Antibacterial All Purpose Cleaner Wild Rhubarb now from Amazon (£4.10), Waitrose & Partners (£2.30) and Dunelm (£3.50)
If you want to avoid plastic altogether in your cleaning products, Neat is a great place to start. Their eco cleaning range is made up of aluminium bottles that can be refilled with concentrated cleaners from small glass bottles. A little goes a long way too - a 30ml concentrated cleaner makes 500ml of cleaning product!
Like Method, Neat's cleaning range smells delightful. We love the Sage & Mint bathroom cleaner and Mango & Fig surface spray scents especially but there are others to choose from.
All their products are packaged in recyclable cardboard and apart from the plastic triggers on the bottles, they're one of the best choices for plastic-free cleaning thanks to the glass refill bottles. Once you have your refillable aluminium bottles, you won't need single-use plastic cleaning products again!
- Buy Neat Anti-Bac Bathroom Cleaner Refill Starter Pack, Sage & Mint, from Ocado (£4.66), Lakeland (£7.49) and Waitrose & Partners (£6)
What to look for in eco cleaning products
For a greener cleaner, you'll want to look out for products made from natural ingredients (ideally plant-based) that are biodegradable. Steer away from products containing synthetic fragrances, phosphates, bleach, ammonia and any ingredient that has a toxic warning on the label!
When you browse for cleaners online or in the supermarket, check if the packaging is recyclable - if it's not, put it down and find one that is! All the brands below make their products from either entirely or partially recyclable materials.
Lastly, it's also worth checking where your cleaning products are made. Supporting locally-made products is a great way to reduce CO2 emissions that are generated from international transportation.
For an all-natural, ultra-botanical clean, look no further than nookary. Their cleaning range not only looks delightful, but it's good for the planet too. Palm oil-free, vegan, cruelty-free, biodegradable, and free of single-use plastic, this brand is a stand-out contender in the eco-cleaning game.
What makes them even more appealing is the fact their cleaners are probiotic. Whereas standard chemical cleaners use strong toxic substances to clean, probiotic cleaners use gentle, beneficial bacteria to work away at dirt and germs over time - even once you've finished cleaning!
They have three delicious scents to choose from as well as an unscented option. We love Sicilian lemon for an uplifting, natural and ultra-clean feel.
nookary is a great choice for cutting out single-use plastics as they use glass bottles (with plastic pumps) and recyclable refill packs (which you have to return to nookary to be properly recycled).
- Buy Probiotic All-Purpose Cleaner from nookary (£10.50)
Amber glass refillable spray bottlesInvesting in some stylish amber refillable bottles is an easy way to cut down on single-use plastics. Amber protects natural cleaning products from UV damage and glass is not only easier to recycle but also keeps your cleaning substances free from harmful toxins which can be found in traditional plastic containers.
Michael Barwell, a former cleaner for large commercial ships, founded Bio-D in 1989 after discovering to his alarm that many of the highly toxic ingredients he used for his large-scale commercial cleaning jobs were also present in everyday household products.
Bio-D is a great affordable option when it comes to eco friendly cleaners, 'Effective, Ethical and Don't cost the Earth' is their tag line. And they are true to their word, as they have just announced that they are now B-Corp certified, meaning sustainability is at the core of all parts of their business, from ingredients and packaging to their workforce and local community.
- Buy Bio-D All Purpose Sanitiser Spray Refill from Ethical Superstore (£2.15) and Natural Collection (£1.94)
Ecover is often found in the cleaning aisles of supermarkets, making it perhaps the most recognisable eco-friendly cleaning brand around. Founded in 1972, it's one of the oldest eco cleaning brands too!
Unlike some of the other brands here, their packaging is not yet recyclable, although they claim to be working towards that goal, but they are certainly easy to find in shops, saving on delivery costs and CO2 emissions.
They stock a range of essential cleaning items such as laundry detergent, washing up liquid, surface sprays and dishwasher tablets and sell large refillables, such as their washing-up liquid refill which equates to eleven bottles.
The brand uses naturally-derived ingredients for their cleaning substances and is vegan friendly too. So why not make an easy eco swap and pop a bottle of Ecover into your basket next time you do your big shop? Or better yet, opt for their refill size and decant into an existing refill bottle?
- Buy Ecover Washing Up Liquid Refill, Lemon & Aloe Vera, from Amazon (£10.45), Waitrose & Partners (£11) and Abel & Cole (£9.95)
Bower Collective was created to help people lead more sustainable lives, and what better place to start than at home? With a similar premise to Neat and nookary, Bower Collective sell glass bottles that can be filled with naturally-derived cleaning solutions sold in recyclable refill packs.
Like nookary, you will need to send back the refill packs to be properly recycled. The cleaning products aren't concentrated but they come in generous 1-litre pouches and there's a range of delightful scents to choose from.
They make hand-sanitiser, laundry detergent, cleaning sprays and more. They also stock shower gel, hair care and even dog shampoo!
- Buy Bower Grapefruit & Geranium All Purpose Sanitiser Spray Refill from Bower Collective (£4.29)
Another fixture in the refillable cleaning product market is Spruce. Founder Mahira set out the create a cleaning range that steers away from the strong harsh chemicals that are still found in major brands. She also wanted to raise awareness of the alarming toxicity of microplastics.
Spruce sells stylish and minimal refillable bottles and refills contained in small compostable packages. You can pop the empty packet in your food waste or cut it up and scatter it onto your garden compost.
The vegan and cruelty-free refillable cleaning sprays are currently available as a multi-purpose spray and a bathroom spray.
- Buy Bathroom Starter Kit, Eucalyptus, from Spruce (£8), Ethical Superstore (£11.99) and Zero Living (£12)
Want to tap into the refillable lifestyle in every aspect of your home, even your personal cleanliness? Miniml might be the brand for you. They stock all cleaning essentials as well as shampoos, conditioners and shower gels - each with its own lovely scent (they offer unscented, too).
Choose from their range of bottled cleaners or if you have a set of refillable sprays already, have a browse of their refills, which are available in 5 or 20-litre bottles. Apart from a couple of products, their bottles are made from plastic, but we like the generous refill sizes which means saving on dozens of single-use plastic bottles.
The cleaning solutions are vegan and free of parabens and sulphates. We especially like their concentrated dishwasher powder, which provides up to fifty washes from one recyclable glass jar.
- Buy Dishwasher Powder from Miniml (£5.95), Ethical Superstore (£5.95) and Happy Roots Farm (from £3.40)
If you want to go even more minimal than Miniml, Fill is a great shout. Their stripped-back glass packaging is ticking off our TikTok Aesthetic goals and better yet, the brand has excellent eco credentials.
Their home and body products are all made at their family-run factory in Northamptonshire, with just biodegradable ingredients and no dyes or harsh chemicals. All products are in glass bottles and refills come in cardboard boxes that you can return for free.
There are plenty of products to choose from, but their all-purpose Everything Clean solution won the Eco Lifestyle award at the Beauty Shortlist Awards this year so that's a great place to start.
- Buy Everything Clean from Fill (from £7.20)
Faith In Nature
Like Ecover, Faith In Nature was founded in the seventies and is a well-known eco brand. If you like shopping in zero waste shops or buying your cleaning products in bulk on Amazon, you'll have no doubt seen and possibly tried this staple brand.
Affordable and reliable, Faith In Nature stock a wide range of soaps and cleaners. Their plastic packaging is 100% recyclable and thanks to their generously sized refill bottles there is less need for multiple plastic bottles.
Swap out individually wrapped plastic laundry pouches for this long-lasting laundry liquid which is made entirely from naturally-derived ingredients.
- Buy Super Concentrated Laundry Liquid, Aloe Vera & Rosemary, 5-litre refill, from Amazon (£22.79)
If you don't have the space to stock up on large refillable cleaning bottles, a cleaning subscription could be more up your street. With smol, you can buy a starter pack of three refillable glass bottles and dissolvable cleaning tablets and have extra tablets delivered to you every eight weeks or as often as you need.
The starter pack contains a multipurpose cleaner tablet, a bathroom cleaner tablet and a glass and mirror cleaner tablet. Fill your bottles with warm tap water then drop in the tablets, give them a shake and you're all set.
smol also offer subscriptions for laundry capsules, washing up liquid and more, and they're all made and packaged sustainably.
- Buy Refillable Surface Spray subscription from smol (from £10)
Homethings is the new kid on the block when it comes to eco cleaning products but already they have B Corp certification so you know they mean serious business. Like smol, they offer a subscription service for a range of cleaning needs; general surface cleaning, laundry and dishwashing.
Their spray bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic (they also offer glass bottles if you prefer) and the dissolvable tabs come in recyclable packaging.
We love their use of carbon labelling (a similar infographic to the stats you see on food packaging), which tells you what the product is made from and how you can recycle it correctly.
- Buy the Cleaning Spray Kit from Homethings (from £14)
American brand Blueland has popped up on our radar recently and we've been impressed by its approach to tackling waste in the cleaning industry. Like many eco-cleaning brands, they offer a starter pack with everything you need to get going - but if you already have bottles under the sink, you can opt for their range of refill packs instead which are all packaged in compostable paper.
Like smol and Homethings, they offer their cleaning solutions in a dissolvable tablet form. There are some nice subtle scents to choose from, as well as unscented options, and their VOC-free, paraben-free, ammonia-free, and bleach-free concoctions make them ideal for sensitive skin and noses.
- Buy The Clean Essentials starter set, from Blueland (£38)
Katie is a Staff Writer for HomeStyle magazine and YourHomeStyle.uk. She previously worked on Gardens Illustrated magazine and has written for various other lifestyle magazines and brands. She particularly enjoys writing about indie and eco homeware brands, interior styles through the ages, urban gardening, and decor hacks for small spaces. She is also responsible for HomeStyle's buyer's guides, so you'll often find her testing out the latest homeware gadgets and kitchen appliances.