Buying watered-down cleaning products is downright wasteful: Every year, Americans trash more than 3 billion tons of plastic from empty trigger-spray bottles alone. Arm & Hammer’s new Essentials line offers a simple solution: an empty, reusable container and a tiny cartridge of concentrated, plant-based ingredients, free of harsh ammonia and chlorine. You just pour the concentrate into the dispenser and add water. A two-pack of refill cartridges uses 80 percent less packaging than conventional spray cleaners and costs less, too. The heavy-duty cleaner and degreaser wiped out old spaghetti splotches and smells citrusy. It’s a good old-fashioned, common sense idea that’s also the first of its kind.

Story by Jessica A. Knoblauch. This article originally appeared in Plenty in October 2008.

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