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    22 Ways To Make Your Home A Little Greener And Cleaner In 2021

    From kitchenware to skincare and kids products, here are the eco-friendly swaps that have worked for my family.

    Happy (almost) New Year! I'm always a little hesitant to make resolutions, because, ya know, those last about two weeks. But in 2020, my personal quarantine project actually turned into a resolution that I intend to keep well into the new year and beyond.

    My project was this: Each time I needed to buy something new or replace a product in my household, I took some time to research a greener and cleaner option.

    Here are some of the swaps I've made in my household over the past year with cooking, cleaning, personal care, and kids products. All of these have really worked well for my family of five*.

    The author and her family.

    1. A super-durable glass container set that won't get gross over time.

    A set of three glass food storage containers with blue tops.

    2. These stylish and practical reusable dishcloths, so you can ditch those jumbo paper towel packs.

    A set of five patterned Swedish towels, which are an eco-friendly alternative to paper towels.

    3. A silicone kitchen utensil set that, unlike the plastic ones, won't warp or fall apart sooner than you'd like.

    A 17-piece cooking utensil set, in light gray and stainless steel.

    4. A glass water bottle so you can stay hydrated *without* all those plastic bottles.

    5. A silicone baking mat to replace endless rolls of parchment paper.

    A silicone baking mat, with 12 delicious cookies on top, being used on a baking tray.

    6. These unscented dishwasher pods to keep your dishes sparkling.

    A compostable cardboard box that holds Dropps dishwasher pods.

    7. These cupcake liners, because being green is more important than getting those wrappers that are pink, yellow, and blue.

    A cardboard box with 60 large baking cups.

    8. This organic and hypoallergenic laundry detergent, which smells *SO* good.

    Organic laundry detergent from Whole Foods.

    9. These pretty and functional glass spray bottles, so you can make your own cleaning solution and control what goes in it.

    10. Vegan and cruelty-free nail polish, because you still deserve to feel fancy.

    A bottle of dusty rose–colored nail polish.

    11. Biossance skincare products, so you can come out of the quarantine cocoon looking like a beautiful butterfly.

    Biossance skincare products on the author's bathroom sink.

    12. This aluminum-free deodorant, which smells fresh and oh-so *clean*.

    A stick of deodorant.

    13. These biodegradable hair ties to keep your top knots top-notch.

    A pack of 27 black, organic hair ties.

    14. An eye shadow palette that's made without phthalates, parabens, and sulfates.

    An eye shadow palette with five colors, ranging from light pink to dark brown.

    15. Vegan and cruelty-free mascara, with results that hold up to my previous favorite.

    16. Tinted moisturizer with SPF, so you can get outside and enjoy the world you're working to save.

    Three arms, each holding a Supergoop! CC cream product.

    17. For the kiddos, these durable stainless steel sippy cups instead of filmsy plastic ones.

    Sippy cups for toddlers with a stainless steel bottle, plastic handle, and silicone nipple.

    18. Cute and functional bath toys, which are made from 100% recycled plastic.

    19. A dishware starter set for babies and young toddlers, which is made of food-grade silicone.

    20. These low-key indestructible dinnerware set for kids made from recycled milk jugs.

    A teal and blue set with three plates and matching flatware, made from recycled milk jugs.

    21. Burt's Bees Baby *everything*, but in particular, the supersoft organic pajamas.

    22. A quiet-but-powerful air purifier, so you can take deep, clean breaths all day long.

    A white air purifier unit.

    What are your favorite greener and cleaner swaps? Let me know in the comments!