Whether you just hosted your first dinner party of the semester or are establishing a new chore chart with your roomies, as a foodie, keeping your kitchen clean is essential to cooking, eating, and sharing meals with the people you love. And no matter what your cleaning habits are like, the start of the semester is a great time to rethink how you clean.

In addition to sticking to your kitchen-cleaning goals (like not letting those dishes in the sink pile up) – you should also vow to make some sustainable swaps. And thanks to America's #1 Sponge Brand, Scotch Brite®, and its line of Greener Clean™ products, you’ll have all the help conquering this semester’s biggest messes – while keeping the environment in mind while you do.

Check out the 4 must-have cleaning products for when you’re looking to give your kitchen a good scrub-down and keep it sparkling all year long.

Reusable Sponge Cloths 

Is anyone else notorious for going through an entire roll of paper towels when deep cleaning their kitchen? Not only is that not sustainable, but it’s also a waste of money since paper towels are not college-budget friendly *at all*.

So swap those pricey, single-use towels for the Scotch-Brite® Greener Clean™ Reusable Sponge Cloths. This 100% plant-based product wipes like a cloth but absorbs just like a sponge, allowing you to tackle more of your mess at once. And the best part is that when you’re done cleaning up a spill or wiping down your stove after making a delish meal, you can conveniently just toss it in your washing machine or dishwasher to use again and again, outlasting 20 rolls of paper towels.

Scotch-Brite® Greener Clean™ Reusable Sponge Cloths
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Recycled Scrubbing Circles

If you’re on the cooking side of social media, then you’ve *definitely* seen the creative and delish options for one-dish dinners – which are perfect for foodies on the go who don’t have enough time to cook (or clean up!) an elaborate meal but still want to eat something nourishing.

As awesome as these meals might fit into your schedule (and diet), cleaning large, bulky cookware – like pots, pans, and glass dishes – is not fun, especially if you have a small sink and don’t have enough space to scrub without scratching.

When you use the Greener Clean™ Recycled Scrubbing Circles from Scotch-Brite®, you won’t have to worry about that, since this 100% recycled plastic, multi-surface-safe scrubber can take on the tough jobs (like a one-day-old pot of rice) without scratching up your kitchen supplies. When you’re done cleaning, either rinse these circles off and watch them quickly air dry, or pop them in the dishwasher for a refresh.

 Scotch-Brite® Greener Clean™ Recycled Scrubbing Circles
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Dual Action Scrub & Wipe

Let’s be honest: sometimes, you don’t want to cook. But, even if you didn’t even touch your oven and just ate leftovers all day, wiping down all of your counters and kitchen appliances every day is a great habit to get into. And for those times that your counter doesn’t need a deep clean with a disinfectant or a harsh cleaner, the Scotch-Brite® Greener Clean™ Dual Action Scrub & Wipe is the perfect solution!

This flexible, reusable product fits into tight, hard-to-clean spots, and can be used with water or a drop of dish soap to wipe your surfaces down and do a quick, sudsy clean. You can also use it to help wipe away messes of all sizes (like the mess you make when trying a new recipe!) since one side is made for non-scratch scrubbing and the other is a soft absorbent wipe. 

Scotch-Brite® Greener Clean™ Dual Action Scrub & Wipe
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Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges

Have you ever found a spill in your refrigerator or cabinet? It’s usually gross, sticky, and hard to clean – especially if you’re using an old sponge. Scotch-Brite® Greener Clean™ Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges – which are made from plants and recycled content – are gentle and won’t scratch your glass or wooden surfaces, but will quickly and easily pick up any mess left by ketchup, olive oil…and any other unidentifiable spill around your kitchen. They’re also reusable and extremely durable, so you won’t have to worry about them dulling, not lasting, and spending a fortune on more sponges. 

Scotch-Brite® Greener Clean™ Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges
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With these sustainable product swaps, your kitchen will be clean and your cookware will be sparkling – even when you get creative whipping up new recipes and making delish dinners for your besties. Head to ScotchBrite.com to find out where you can buy them!