We Tried the Next Big Trend in Cleaning Products—And It Can Save You Money
Refillable cleaners are here to stay, and these three are our favorite.
When it comes to cleaning supplies, it’s easier to just pick up whatever’s available on the shelves of your local convenience store, right? Wrong! Refillable cleaners are popping up all over the market, and there are quite a few advantages to swapping the big-name cleaners for these new, more eco-friendly options.
By purchasing refillable bottles, you’re helping to eliminate single-use plastic bottles—most of which accumulates in landfills and oceans. You’re also helping to reduce carbon emissions: the bottles aren’t filled with water in-route to you, making the load lighter. Once they arrive, you add the water and the specific cleaning concentrate. Going green is actually less expensive, too! The refills cost significantly less than buying a brand-new prefilled bottle at the store.
Now the serious question: do these refillable cleaners really work? After noticing a number of social media ads for these innovative cleaning products, we decided to put them to the test to see how effective they were at fighting grime. These three are our favorites.
Jaws—Just Add Water System—uses concentrated refill pods that release into water when the spray nozzle is screwed on. The home cleaning kit includes bottles and two pods of their Glass Cleaner, Daily Shower Cleaner, Kitchen Cleaner/Degreaser, and Hardwood Floor Cleaner. They have light, unique scents including Orange Cinnamon and Citrus Floral. The refill pods are small so they’re easy to store, and are completely recyclable.
To buy: $27 (refills, $6 for 2); jawscleans.com.
With Blueland, just drop the nickel-sized tablet into the chic acrylic bottle. In 10 minutes you’ll have 20 oz. of non-toxic cleaner. The Clean Up Kit includes three forever bottles and 3 tablets for Multi-Surface, Glass + Mirror, and Bathroom. We were super impressed with how well the multi-surface cleaner scrubbed through grease.
To buy: $29 (refills, $6 for 3 tablets); blueland.com.
Truman’s also uses recyclable concentrated refill pods. Their starter kit includes bottles and one pod of Everything and the Kitchen Sink, Floors Truly, More Shower to You, and The Glass is Always Cleaner (how fun are the names?!). The scents aren’t typical of cleaners, but are very subtle, and results were streak-free.
To buy: $18 (refills, $3.75 for 4); trumans.com.