Household & Cleaning Supplies

Experimenting with making your own cleaning supplies not only cuts down on packaging and the use of disposable products, it also means you're saying no to harmful chemicals found in so many household cleaning products. Common ingredients for homemade products can be found in bulk as well as natural alternatives to things like dish soap and laundry detergent. We've also found stores where you can purchase non-plastic cleaning tools.

Where to Buy Locally

PAPER-WRAPPED Toilet paper

-Dill Pickle Food Co-op

BULK DISH SOAP

-Sugar Beet Food Co-op

BULK LIQUID HAND SOAP

-Sugar Beet Food Co-op

white VINEGAR for cleaning

-Sugar Beet Food Co-op (bulk)
-Whole Foods stores, Jewel Osco stores, and most neighborhood grocery stores (in glass)

DRYER BALLS

-Bed, Bath, & Beyond
-World Market

PAPER TOWEL Substitutes

-Rags from old t-shirts
-Cotton dishcloths or washcloths

unpackaged candles

-Plum Market (beeswax votives and tapers)
-Union Handmade (beeswax votives and tapers)
-The WasteShed (made from recycled wax)
-Dill Pickle Food Co-op
-Whole Foods West Loop (birthday candles packaged only in cardboard, no plastic)

BULK liquid CASTILE SOAP

-Dill Pickle Food Co-op

Package-free Palo santo

-Halsted Flowers

COMPOSTABLE dish and cleaning BRUSHES

-Sur La Table

unpackaged BAR SOAP

-Merz Apothecary
-Whole Foods stores
-Real Soaps (locally made, packaged in paper); found at West Elm and Union Handmade
-Plum Market
-Kramer Foods
-Mariano's
-Local Foods
-Green Grocer

CHARCOAL WATER FILTERS

-Halsted Flowers
-Dill Pickle Food Co-op
-Sugar Beet Food Co-op
-Merz Apothecary (Loop)

BULK BAKING SODA

-Whole Foods stores

BULK LAUNDRY DETERGENT

-Sugar Beet Food Co-op (made locally by Meliora)

Bulk all purpose cleaner

-Sugar Beet Food Co-op (soap flakes that turn into all purpose cleaner when water is added, made locally by Meliora)
-Dill Pickle Food Co-op (Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds biodegradable cleaner)

BULK DOG & CAT FOOD

-Dill Pickle Food Co-op (bulk catnip, too!)

 

Stores Near You

To find a store nearest you, zoom in on your neighborhood in the map below. Then, you can click on each dot to find out which store it is and what bulk, zero waste gear they might sell there. If you're looking for something more unusual or specific, we recommend using the list above first to help guide your search. Happy browsing!