We are beyond ecstatic to announce the newest addition to the Bee Kind product line: earth-friendly dishwashing brushes and soap! For the past few months, we have been working hard to provide more options to support your less-waste lifestyle that maintains affordability, efficiency, and keeps your kitchen looking effortlessly gorgeous too! We've researched, designed, vetted, tried and tested to bring you the absolute best dishwashing products. Not only have these brushes revolutionized the way we wash our dishes, but also the way in which we contribute to making the earth a little bit greener.
This range is 100% plastic-free, fully compostable and recyclable, vegan, and made with FSC certified beechwood, sisal, and natural palm fibers. Unlike most sponges and plastic bristle brushes, these products are biodegradable and won’t create microplastics throughout their use, keeping our waters plastic-free.
The long-handled dishwashing brush is our preferred brush for everyday use, as well as for cleaning hard to reach places like the inside of a water bottle or coffee maker. While it's tough on dirty dishes, it is gentle enough for washing dirty produce like apples, potatoes, or squash. With proper maintenance and care, these brushes can be used for up to a year. Imagine keeping the same plastic sponge for more than a few months...yuck! Yet when it finally comes time to retire this brush, you can simply swap out the old head with a new replaceable one. At the end of the brushes’ life cycle, simply pop off metal trimmings into recycling and compost the remainder of the brush at home. Easy-peasy!
While the long-handled brush is a personal favorite, the pot scrubber has become a powerhouse kitchen essential. The mix of sisal and natural palm fiber bristles makes this coarser brush tough on hard to remove kitchenware stains and baked-on crusties, yet remain safe for non-stick cookware. We like to think of it as the eco-friendly equivalent to a steel wool scouring pad.
Shop the brushes here
These brushes can be used for approximately a year with proper maintenance and care. Like anything, this timeline depends on how often (and how hard!) you put them to work. We have a few tips to help you keep your brushes in mint condition:
- Don't let your brushes sit and soak in water. Both the wood and bristles will swell in prolonged time in the water, and therefore they are susceptible to cracking when they finally dry out.
- Never put your brushes in the dishwasher or microwave. If you are looking to sanitize your brushes, create a soaking solution of white distilled vinegar and a few drops of dish soap. Soak the brushes in the solution for up to an hour, then rinse and dry thoroughly.
- Store your brushes with the bristles facing down to enable proper drying. The long-handled brush also comes with a metal loop to hang dry.
Remember, signs of wear and age are completely normal. We choose to refuse plastic products because they last forever. We choose natural products because they don't.
The Dish Soap
This dish soap is the first and ONLY product we have brought on that is made by another local company! The reason? It's just that good. We have always been such a big fan of Modern Hippie products, but when they launched their new dish soap we had no idea just how much it would become an essential item for us! Handmade in Halfmoon Bay, BC, the Modern Hippie dish soap is an effective natural product without all the chemicals, artificial fragrance, palm oil, and plastic! Use a dish brush or cloth to gather a small amount of soap before lathering up with water. Check out more Modern Hippie products at https://modernhippieshop.com/ . Pro-tip? Their face serum is one of our all-time favorites for natural skincare.
We truly hope you enjoy these plastic-free alternatives as much as we do! Join the movement online @beekindbc to share your plastic-free photos and inspire our entire community!
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