6 Sustainable Dish Brush Alternatives That Are Completely Plastic Free

rubbing a plastic-free dish brush on a blog of dish soap

Cut down on waste by switching to zero waste dish brushes! Here are our six favorite brushes that are effective, reusable, compostable, and safe for the planet.

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Let’s be real honest for a second — washing dishes kind of sucks. No matter how long you spend washing the largest pile, there are always more! Sure, every now and then it can be easy and kind of cathartic, but for the most part it’s a chore.

So when you find a good dish tool that makes washing dishes a little less awful, you want to stick with it! We totally get it!

That’s why we went through multiple manufacturers to find *the perfect* zero waste dish brushes that are good for the planet, good for your dishes, and good for your mental health.

Because we want clean dishes that don’t hold bacteria, release microplastics into the environment, or sit in a landfill for hundreds of years and we think you deserve the same.

Keep reading to see our 6 favorite zero waste dish brushes, alternatives uses for each one, cleaning instructions, how to care for them, and how to dispose of them!

How to Clean Zero Waste Dish Brushes

Eco-friendly dish brushes are more hygienic than sponges or cloths which allow bacteria to get trapped and grow! But you should still give your dish brushes a clean every now and then. Here’s how!

  • Take a fork and comb through the brush to release any lingering debris.
  • Combine 1 cup water + 1 cup vinegar (white distilled)+ 1 tsp dish soap
  • Place the dish brushes face down in the solution & soak for 1 hour
  • Remove it, rinse it in warm water, let it air dry on a towel

This can be used on any of the brushes. The sponge cloth can either be boiled or run through the dishwasher to keep it sanitary.

6 of the Best Eco-Friendly Dish Brushes to Create a Zero Waste Kitchen!

1. Long Handle Dish Brush

No Tox Life Agave Dish Brush
ZWS Essentials Long Handle Dish Brush - Agave Dish Brush, Plastic Free, Replaceable Heads
No Tox Life Agave Dish Brush
ZWS Essentials Long Handle Dish Brush - Agave Dish Brush, Plastic Free, Replaceable Heads
ZWS Essentials Brush with Head Long Handle Dish Brush - Agave Dish Brush, Plastic Free, Replaceable Heads
ZWS Essentials Replacement Head Only Long Handle Dish Brush - Agave Dish Brush, Plastic Free, Replaceable Heads
No Tox Life Agave Dish Brush
ZWS Essentials Long Handle Dish Brush - Agave Dish Brush, Plastic Free, Replaceable Heads
No Tox Life Agave Dish Brush
ZWS Essentials Long Handle Dish Brush - Agave Dish Brush, Plastic Free, Replaceable Heads
ZWS Essentials Brush with Head Long Handle Dish Brush - Agave Dish Brush, Plastic Free, Replaceable Heads
ZWS Essentials Replacement Head Only Long Handle Dish Brush - Agave Dish Brush, Plastic Free, Replaceable Heads

How to Use:

Rub the wet brush directly on the dish soap bar or apply liquid soap on the brush. Wash dishes as normal! When ready to replace the head, detach the old one, compost it, and reattach the new one.

Alternative Uses:

The long handle makes it great for cleaning surfaces like the counter, stove, sink, and hard to reach places like the back of the fridge 👀.

2. Short Handle Dish Brush

Zero Waste Store Dish Scrubber  - Bamboo Dish Brush, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable
Zero Waste Store Dish Scrubber  - Bamboo Dish Brush, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable
Zero Waste Store Dish Scrubber  - Bamboo Dish Brush, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable
Zero Waste Store Dish Scrubber  - Bamboo Dish Brush, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable

With a handle made from fast growing moso bamboo and strong agave fiber bristles, this shorty is easy enough for anyone to use and makes doing dishes a breeze. Agave fiber bristles are sturdy yet soft enough for any delicate dishes or cleaning needs.

How to Use:

This brush has a round handle that’s easy to hold onto! Rub the wet brush directly on the dish soap bar or apply liquid soap on the brush. Scrub as normal! 

Alternative Uses:

This brush can alternatively be used to clean counters, bathrooms, floors, and pretty much anywhere else that needs scrubbing! 

3. Pot Scrubber

No Tox Life Pot Scrubber
No Tox Life Pot Scrubber
Zero Waste Store Pot Scrubber - Eco Friendly Dish Scrubber, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable
No Tox Life Pot Scrubber
No Tox Life Pot Scrubber - Eco Friendly Dish Scrubber, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable
Zero Waste Store Pot Scrubber - Eco Friendly Dish Scrubber, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable
ZWS Essentials Pot Scrubber - Eco Friendly Dish Scrubber, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable
No Tox Life Pot Scrubber
No Tox Life Pot Scrubber
Zero Waste Store Pot Scrubber - Eco Friendly Dish Scrubber, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable
No Tox Life Pot Scrubber
No Tox Life Pot Scrubber - Eco Friendly Dish Scrubber, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable
Zero Waste Store Pot Scrubber - Eco Friendly Dish Scrubber, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable
ZWS Essentials Pot Scrubber - Eco Friendly Dish Scrubber, Bamboo, Plastic Free, Compostable

The pot scrubber has tougher bristles and is a must-have dish brush. With an easy to hold round handle made from moso bamboo and a bristle blend of sisal + palmyra fibers (derived from palm and agave plants), this brush is perfect for those items that need tough scrubbing.

How to Use:

Grab the rounded handle, rub the wet bristles directly on the dish soap bar or apply liquid soap on the brush. Scrub as normal.

Alternative Uses:

This brush can be used to clean showers, floors, sinks, and anything stuck to a surface that needs to come off.

4. Vegetable Brush

ZWS Essentials Compostable Vegetable Brush
Zero Waste Store Compostable Vegetable Brush
Zero Waste Store Compostable Vegetable Brush
Zero Waste Store Compostable Vegetable Brush
ZWS Essentials Compostable Vegetable Brush
Zero Waste Store Compostable Vegetable Brush
Zero Waste Store Compostable Vegetable Brush
Zero Waste Store Compostable Vegetable Brush

Don’t let its name fool you — the vegetable brush is a medium-soft bristled multipurpose tool that’s a must-have in your kitchen arsenal. A sturdy oval shaped bamboo handle is joined by bristles made from a yucca and agave blend.

How to Use:

Its medium-soft bristle strength makes this brush versatile. It can be a vegetable scrubber, laundry stain remover, a floor/bathroom scrubber, or its oval shape makes it perfect for cutting boards. The possibilities are endless! 

Alternative Uses:

When using on laundry, apply a stain remover to the garment, wet the brush and gently scrub at the stain in a circular motion. Use it on dishes as you would any other scrub brush.