Whether you’re trying to save the environment or just trying to save a few bucks every month, swapping common disposable goods for reusable options is worth the initial investment. You might start with paper towels swapped for dish rags, paper napkins exchanged for cloth, or silicone food storage bags in place of plastic bags, but here are 3 less likely disposable kitchen products you can get rid of for good.

1) Dish Sponges

Cheap synthetic sponges need to be replaced often, since they can hold on to food gunk, cleaning products, odors, and harmful bacteria. Switching to microfiber sponges is an easy way to eliminate one more disposable product from your life, since this reusable option can easily be tossed in the washer or dryer when in need of a good clean.

Superio Brand Ultra Microfiber Scrubbing Sponge 3 Pack available from Amazon

2) Drinking Straws

Let’s face it: smoothies, milkshakes, iced tea, iced coffee, and a cold glass of soda just taste better when you drink out of a straw. Of course, throwing a way all that extra plastic (not to mention a few extra cents with each drink) isn’t ideal. These reusable silicone drinking straws come with a straw squeegee for deep cleaning but can also be popped in the dishwasher for a quick clean.

Softy Straws Reusable Silicone Straws available from Amazon

3) Coffee Filters

Paper coffee filters are easy to throw away and forget about, but your bank account is sure to be a few dollars shorter every month. This reusable hemp cone coffee filter is made from a bacteria resistant material that can be rinsed with hot water and hang dried after each use. Being green also means better tasting coffee; hemp allows essential coffee oils to pass through while filtering out sediment, meaning more flavor in your morning cup of joe.

Bolio Organic Hemp Cone Coffee Filter available from Amazon

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