Looking to give your dishes a sustainable sparkle? Try this guide to eco-friendly and refillable washing-up liquid to find the brands that scrub up brilliantly in the plight against plastic waste.
Choosing refillable washing-up liquid is one of the easiest things you can do to use less plastic in your home.
In the UK, 13 billion plastic bottles are used every year – many of which will be toiletry and cleaning product bottles. The majority of these bottles are single-use. Yet with a recycling rate of just 10% in the UK, the rest end up in landfill or find their way into our rivers and seas.
Refillable options drastically cut your plastic usage. Some of the best refillable washing-up liquid brands even take back your container, for reuse, or offer ways to avoid plastic bottles altogether. Read on for my top recommendations.
Guide To The Best Refillable Washing Up Liquid
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✅ Best for zero-waste washing-up liquid refills on a budget
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||£15.45 for 5 L|
|Price per litre||£3.09|
Looking to wave goodbye to single-use plastic? Miniml makes it easy with its clever closed-loop recycling scheme.
Simply fill a glass Miniml bottle (or your own bottle) with one of its washing-up liquid refills – available in 1-litre or 5-litre sizes. With a truly closed-loop recycling scheme, you can then send your refill container back to Miniml to be cleaned and reused again and again.
Alternatively, you can skip this process by refilling your container at your local zero-waste shop. With hundreds of Miniml refill points across the UK, it’s never been easier to refill and repeat.
Miniml’s washing-up liquid comes in a choice of two delicious scents – apple orchard or rhubarb and lemon. These effective blends take on dirt, grime and grease easily, yet are gentle on your hands.
Free from VOCs, chlorine bleaches, solvents, lanoline, sulphates, parabens and phosphates, this washing-up liquid is non-toxic and readily biodegradable. Plus it’s safe for septic tanks.
As an Ethical Consumer best buy, and certified by both the Vegan Society and Cruelty-Free International, you can be sure you are in safe hands.
💷Get 10% off all Miniml cleaning products by using the code CLEAN10 at the checkout.
✅ Best refillable washing-up liquid for hard water areas
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||£17.00 for 5 L|
|Price per litre||£3.40|
|Available from||Big Green Smile|
As a certified B-Corp, Delphis Eco makes eco-friendly cleaning products with two goals in mind. The first is that each product must work as well as its conventional competitor. And secondly, each product must be formulated with aquatic organisms in mind.
As you would then expect, Delphis eco washing-up liquid is specially formulated with natural plant-based ingredients. This gives it a powerful grease-busting action that leaves your cutlery, crockery, glassware, and utensils streak-free and sparkling clean, even in hard water areas.
Yet despite its powerful action, it’s gentle on your hands and safe for use around pets. In fact, all of its products are free from VOCs, chlorine bleaches, solvents, lanoline, phosphates and phosphonates.
Delphis Eco washing-up liquid can be bought in 2-litre or 5-litre cartons, allowing you to refill a bottle of your choice. Whilst Delphis Eco doesn’t offer a returns service on its refill cartons, these are made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic.
✅ Best refillable washing-up liquid for those lacking in storage space
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||£3.99 for 1 L|
|Price per litre||£3.99|
|Available from||Bower Collective|
Made in the UK using 100% naturally derived and ethically sourced ingredients, Bower Collective’s range of concentrated washing-up liquid is tough on burnt-on stains.
Its vegan-friendly and cruelty-free washing-up liquid is free from harsh chemicals, including petrochemicals, phosphates, preservatives, and enzymes. This makes it readily biodegradable, as well as suitable for use in septic tanks and around pets.
And instead of synthetic perfumes, its washing-up liquid is fragranced with natural essential oils. With options ranging from peach, grapefruit, lavender, or fragrance-free options, there’s something for every preference.
Coming in 1-litre refill pouches, this is handy if you lack the space to store 5-litre cartons. Simply decant the product into a bottle and then return the pouch to Bower in the free pre-paid envelope provided. You don’t even need to wash the pouch out. Simply pop it in your nearest post box as is.
Bower will then refill it with the same product at its refill centre, ready to go again! Each pouch can be reused over and over again. At the end of its life, Bower ensures that the pouch is responsibly recycled with its specialist recycling partner.
💷 Use the exclusive discount code MF20 at the checkout to take 20% off of full-price items at Bower Collective.
✅ Best premium refillable washing-up liquid
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||£6.50 for 500 ml|
|Price per litre||£13.00|
|Available from||MOAM Organics|
MOAM Organics are a relatively new British brand changing things up in the eco-friendly cleaning world. Using aromatherapy-led essential oils, MOAM Organics create deliciously smelling organic and zero-waste skin and laundry care products, including washing-up liquid. This turns mundane tasks, like doing the dishes, into a spa-like experience.
Its refillable washing-up liquid – which combines bergamot, lavender and peppermint essential oils – transports you straight to the Amalfi Coast. It cleans your dishes beautifully, whilst the inclusion of organic rose water nourishes your skin, keeping it soft and supple while you do the dishes.
This 99.5% natural formula is vegan and cruelty-free, whilst also free from parabens, phthalates, SLS, and other harmful ingredients.
Refills are also available in a pouch format. Rather than binning the pouches when you are done, you can send the empty pouches back to MOAM Organics in the Freepost envelope provided with your order. These will then be 100% recycled by MOAM Organics recycling partners, for zero-waste dishes!
💷 Take 20% off your order by using the exclusive discount code MORAL20 at the checkout.
✅ Best for refillable washing-up liquid that gives back to charity
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||£27.30 for 5 L|
|Price per litre||£5.46|
Fill make eco-friendly cleaning and household products, that are free from harsh chemicals, and which help you to reduce your plastic packaging waste.
This BCorp’s team of chemists combine their expertise to create non-toxic cleaning products. Using biodegradable, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free ingredients, Fill’s products perform without compromise.
Its funky glass bottles are designed to be filled and refilled time and again. Whether that’s at home using one of its bulk cartons, or at your local Fill refill point. Or, of course, you can skip the branded glass bottle and use your own bottle – it’s your call.
Whatever option you choose, you can refill with washing-up liquid in unscented, ginger or peppercorn scents. These pH-neutral formulations are gentle on your skin but tackle dirty dishes with ease.
All of Fill’s products are certified by the Vegan Society, Allergy UK, Eco Cert, and Cruelty-Free International. Plus Fill donates a percentage of its profits to charity. I guess you could say Fill are cleaning up the cleaning product world!
✅ Best refillable washing-up liquid for convenient storage
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||£22 for 3 L|
|Price per litre||£7.33|
MadeKind creates natural, plant-based cleaning products that are free from harmful chemicals – all in pretty glass bottles.
Its biodegradable formulas are safe to use around kids and pets and use natural essential oils instead of harsh, synthetic fragrances.
Its grease-busting washing-up liquid is enriched with essential oils and natural botanicals known for their antibacterial properties and uplifting scent. These include lavender, peppermint and rosemary oils. This leaves your dishes sparkling clean and your hands smelling amazing.
Once done, you can refill your washing-up bottle from a 3-litre ‘bag in box’ that is fitted with a handy tap for no-mess refills. Just don’t mistake it for wine!
✅ Best for palm oil-free refillable washing-up liquid
Looking for palm oil-free refillable washing-up liquid? Want a completely plastic-free refill experience? Or perhaps you lack the storage space for 5-litre refill containers? Whatever your ethical values are or whatever your storage situation is, you will definitely want to know about Bide.
This social enterprise has created a network of staff who earn a flexible living making their products by hand at home – people who would otherwise find it hard to find employment outside of the home.
This eco-friendly washing-up liquid refill comes as a concentrate. Simply decant the compostable pouch into your favourite bottle and add 280ml of water. This makes 480ml of plastic-free, palm oil-free, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly washing-up liquid.
Free from phthalates, petroleum derivatives, GMOs, formaldehyde, chlorine bleach, synthetic fragrances and harsh preservatives, you won’t find any nasties here.
✅ Best value refillable washing-up liquid
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||£14.82 for 5 L|
|Price per litre||£2.96|
|Available from||Ethical Superstore|
As one of the eco-cleaning originals – on the go since 1989 – Bio D is a brand you can trust.
Don’t just take my word for it. This certified B-Corp is endorsed by Cruelty-Free International, The Vegan Society, and Allergy UK.
What’s more, Ethical Consumer has awarded Bio D its “Best Buy” status – a label that is only awarded to those products and services whose environmental and ethical records warrant it.
Bio D makes all of its products in the UK, for a smaller carbon footprint. Plus Bio D has complete traceability on all the ingredients it uses, so it can ensure each and every raw material used is ethically and sustainably sourced.
I’m a big fan of Bio D – I’ve been using its pink grapefruit washing-up liquid for YEARS now. It may feel a little watery compared to other brands, but this concentrated washing-up liquid packs a mean punch. I haven’t found a greasy pan or an oily plate that Bio D can’t handle.
Whilst Bio D offers a closed loop system for its 20-litre refill containers, there is no takeback scheme for its 5-litre refill containers yet. Instead, these are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled in your home recycling.
Looking For More Dish Washing Solutions?
Check out this handy guide to the best eco-friendly washing-up liquid and my guide to the best eco-friendly cleaning products for more cleaning inspiration! Alternatively, try out Marseille soap to do your dishes without any waste at all. Do check out my guide on how to use Marseille soap for the full how-to.