These biodegradable washing-up liquids are far kinder to the planet than conventional brands that contain ingredients that harm marine wildlife. This is because chemicals end up creating algae bloom when they wash down the sink, and this chokes oxygen out of the water. These brands instead use biodegradable ingredients that are safer for all creatures.
Use with your favourite zero waste washing up tools and Fair Trade rubber gloves.(avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing and baby/pet food bowls). For sparkling glassware, use cleaning vinegar or bicarbonate of soda (neither are food-grade).
- Bio-D (also in bulk sizes) contains a small percentage of non-ionic surfactant, sodium chloride and citric acid with lavender or pink grapefruit. Bio-D Dishwash Powder (up to 72 washes) works with Rinse Aid (all at Natural Collection).
- Greenscents Unscented Washing Up Liquid is made in the UK with plant-based organic ingredients (72%) and added aloe vera to moisturise hands. Certified organic and septic tank safe, it’s super-concentrated to create a bowl of bubbles to leave your dishes and conscience squeaky clean! Use the 5L bulk bottle to refill the 400ml bottle, making it kind to the planet and to save you money.
Zero Waste Dish Soaps
This zero waste washing up bar is made from plant-based ingredients, with no palm oil. Ideal to wash the dishes without plastic bottles, keep it by your sink to get rid of food and grease from plates, pans and surfaces. The cleaning power comes from a combination of coconut oil, citric acid and washing soda, and the bar is scented with lemon, sweet orange, spearmint or gentle (choose unscented for pregnancy/nursing and pet bowls).
To use, just rub your reusable cloth, brush or sponge over the bar. Repeat as necessary, then let the bar dry out between uses on a slatted dish, for longer use. Handmade with love in Wales, each bar weighs 130g.
- Dishwashing Soap Bar is made with organic coconut oil, natural glycerine and sodium carbonate.
- Sintra Naturals Dish Washing Paste is ideal for dishes, stove tops and bathrooms. Packed in a reusable glass jar, made with vinegar, baking soda and lemon oil.
Battle Green Dish Soap Bar is an award-winning bar made using cold process methods. Vegan and free from palm oil, keep it on a soap rack or on an old saucer, then rub it over a dish cloth or brush to coat, before cleaning the dishes. You can wet stains and the bar end if needed, before rinsing with water. Made with organic coconut oil, white kaolin clay and oils of eucalyptus and lemongrass. Wrapped in compostable paper. You can buy this as part of a washing-up set which includes a pot brush made from sustainably-sourced beech wood, with tampico plant bristles.