Plastic Free Washing Up

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When you start to make sustainable changes in your home it can sometimes be hard to find eco-friendly alternatives that work as well as the products you already use. 


One area of our home that I have been struggling with is washing up. As I’ve mentioned previously my other half is on board with making our home & lifestyle more sustainable but only if it doesn’t make his life harder. Which is understandable so my mission is always to find eco-friendly alternatives that work just as well as their less sustainable counterparts.

Plastic Free Washing Up 


Below is what I have come up with so far for plastic free washing up… 


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Plastic free washing

Compostable Dish Sponges


One item in particular that I was really struggling to find was a decent eco-friendly alternative for plastic sponge cloths. My other half has always used sponge cloths and wanted to continue to do so. 


I had tried various alternatives to the plastic ones in the past without any success. 


Then I came across these compostable dish sponges on a website called Boobalou so I bought some. I love Boobalou and have been buying products from there for quite a few years now. If you haven’t heard of them before then I’d definitely recommend checking them out.  


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  • 100% plastic free and made from plants.
  • Very absorbent
  • Reusable over and over again, then compostable at home.
  • Renewable and sustainable.
  • Lint-free and pleasantly soft.
  • Minimal low impact packaging, plastic-free.
  • Made in the UK
plastic free dish sponge

I really love these sponge cloths. I started using them about a month ago now and my other half didn’t even noticed that I had switched them. They are really durable, much stronger than the cheap plastic ones and they hold a lot more water in them. 



The best bit is that they don’t produce microplastic which end up going down my sink and into our water systems. When the sponge is no longer good for washing up I shall use it for more dirty jobs like cleaning our bathroom. Then when it really has come to the end of it’s life I will compost it. 


You can find the *compostable sponge cloths here

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The following items I was kindly gifted by Jo from Boobalou so I could test them out and let you know how I get on with them. I’ve only just started using them but once I’ve been using them for a while I shall update you with my thoughts on them.

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Safix Scrub Pad 


The next item that I was struggling to find an alternative for was the plastic sponge scourers. I originally tried a silicone scrubber which I was sent but it just wasn’t up to the job. 


Jo sent me a Safix Scrub Pad to try. It’s made from coconut fiber and is both compostable and biodegradable. They are perfect for removing the really baked on foods without scratching the pans. 


Like the sponge cloths it doesn’t release microplastics into our environment. 


  • 100% Biodegradable
  • Compostable
  • Safe and soft for hands and nails
  • Easily removes baked on, burnt and stubborn greasy deposits from all types of utensils
  • Uses less detergent and scrubbing power!
  • Non-toxic
Safix scrub pad

It comes packed in a recyclable cardboard sleeve. On the back of the packaging it states ‘Dispose of in the garden or yard’, so I’m guessing you don’t even need a composter to dispose of it correctly which is great!  


You can *find the Safix Scrub Pads here.

Loof Co Washing Up Pad 


As well as the Safix Scrub Pad Jo also sent me a Loof Co Washing Up Pad. They are plastic free and vegan and made from natural loofah plant. 


  • Long lasting
  • Non scratch
  • Flexible
  • Durable
  • Expands & softens in water


Each pad will last for months and when you’re finished with it, it can be composted.

You can *find the Loof Co Washing Pads here.


Random fact: Apparently you can grow your own loofahs. Although I’ve never tried it myself. 

Wooden Dish Brush  


What I love about these wooden dish brushes is that they have replacement heads so when it’s come to the end of its life you keep your handle and just replace the head. 


This brush is plastic free and has Tampico fibre plant-based bristles.The handle is made from locally grown beech wood  It’s also fully biodegradable and made from vegan and sustainable materials. 


  • Plastic free dish brush
  • Fully biodegradable
  • Vegan friendly 
  • Replacement heads 
  • Resistant and hard-wearing
  • Great water-retaining properties
ecoLiving wooden dish washing brush

I have tried other replacement head brushes before which have worked really well so I’m hoping these will be the same. I do like the fact that these particular brushes have longer handles which makes washing up easy. 


You can *find the Wooden Dish Brushes here

Dishwashing Soap  


Now this is something that I have never used before and in fact hadn’t even heard of until I came across it on the Boobalou website. 


It’s a dish washing soap bar. 


  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Organic ingredients approved by ECOCERT
  • No palm oil
  • Plastic free
  • Biodegradable
  • Vegan
  • No waste
  • Tough on stains, grimes and dirt 
  • Chunky 230g bar lasts for months
  • Made in the UK
washing up dish soap bar

How It Works 


To use the dish washing soap bar you need to wet your sponge or brush then rub on the soap until it’s soapy. The wash your dishes as normal. One bar will last for months and to prolong the life of your soap it’s recommended that you keep it dry in between uses by storing it in a soap dish or wooden soap rack. 


I’m excited to try this out and see how well it works. 


You can *find the Dish Washing Soap here.


Below are some other options for washing up liquid…

Ecover Refill Washing Up Liquid 


If a dish washing soap isn’t for you then you may be able to get Ecover refills in your local health food store. I’ve recently found out that our local store does which is great! 


You simply take in your old bottle or any bottle for that matter and fill it up with more washing up liquid.  

To find out if a shop near you offers this service go to the Ecover website here

Ecover refills

Splosh Refillable Washing Up Liquid 


If you’re not keen on Ecover then maybe consider Splosh instead. It’s an online service where you can order your refills and they are sent through the post in pouches. You can then send the pouches back to the company for repurposing.


We’ve been using Splosh for a few months now and I’ve been very happy with it, as has my other half. 


You can read my full review of Splosh here

Splosh eco cleaning products
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What are your thoughts on the above items? Anything there that takes your fancy as a new plastic free washing up tool for your home? 


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About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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6 thoughts on “Plastic Free Washing Up”

  1. Hi I have used the loofco washing pad and the wooden dish brush. i also refill my washing up liquid bottle at my local plastic free store. However I havent heard of the dish soap so will be interested to see your comments on that.
    Thank you for your blog as it has helped me alot. You want someone to try these items out before you buy so I use your blog as a reference guide. Keep up the good work.

  2. It is very positive to see so many plastic free and natural products available now – I got my other half to buy loofahs when he was in the UK recently and plan to use those as plate scrubbers and will look at other greener alternatives as my plastic items need changing. A very informative post to add to #GoingGreen during #PlasticFreeJuly – thank you!

  3. We use a wooden brush, so that’s one ticked off. I need to look at some scrubbers and sponges although to be honest we tend to just use a cloth and brush.

    #goinggreen for July

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