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20 Reusable Items That Will Save You Money (And Help the Environment!)

Trying to ditch more single-use products? These reusable options are more sustainable and can save you money in the long term.

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Reusable Produce Bags, Washable Mesh Bags for Fruits and Vegetables, Set of 5 - Flip and Tumblevia

Produce Bags

Instead of reaching for the disposable plastic bags when picking up produce, bring these reusable produce bags to the grocery store. They’re machine-washable and will last for years. Bonus: They’re perfect for farmers market trips, too.

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Ball 32oz 4pk Aqua Vintage Regular Mouth Jarsvia

Mason Jars

Your jam jars are good for more than just, well, holding jam. Use ’em to stash flowers, beverages, leftovers, utensils and more. This trick works with traditional Mason jars, as well as glass salsa, sauce and yogurt containers. Find tons of creative jar ideas here.

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Swiffer Sweeper Compatible, Microfiber Mop Pads by Easily Greener, Reusable Refills for Wet and Dry Use, 2 Countvia

Mop Pads

While they might initially seem like a bargain, the cost of single-use mop pads can add up over time. Instead, try these machine-washable, micro-fiber pads. They can be used either wet or dry, and they’re safe for all floor types.

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Metal Straws

Love sipping through a straw? You’re not alone. But instead of buying (and then tossing) plastic ones, grab this pack of reusable stainless steel straws. They’re perfect for iced coffees, sodas, milkshakes and more. Here’s why restaurants are getting rid of straws.

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Cuisinart® Gold Tone 4-Cup Coffee Filtervia

Coffee Filters

You might not give your morning cup of joe much thought, but a reusable filter can help you keep hundreds of paper filters from the landfill each year. (Just make sure you buy one that properly fits your coffee maker.) Oh, and here are some creative ways to repurpose your coffee grounds.

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Hedgehog Dryer Balls, 2-Packvia

Dryer Balls

This 2-pack of reusable dryer balls costs about the same as two cartons of dryer sheets. They’ll leave your clothes soft and static-free, plus the hedgehog design couldn’t be more adorable.

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Stasher Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bagvia

Sandwich Bags

Packing your own lunch is a great way to save money. But go a step further and pick up some reusable sandwich bags. These silicone packs can hold fresh fruit, sammies, snacks—or anything else you’re craving. Cleanup’s a breeze, too, because the bags are dishwasher-safe.

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Dish Scrubbersvia

Dish Scrubbers

See ya later, kitchen sponge! These reusable scrubbers are good for the environment and your health. Just throw them in the washing machine after use to sanitize. Still not convinced? Kitchen sponges made the list of the dirtiest items in your home. Eek!

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AirThreds - First Machine Washable Home Air Filtervia AirThreds/

Furnace Filters

Changing the furnace filter probably isn’t your favorite task. But the process just got more painless, thanks to AirThreds—the first machine-washable home air filter. Not only will this nifty product save you money in the long run, but it can also reduce odors, allergens and mold in your home.

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Face Mask - Bomb Popvia

Face Masks

As of press time, the CDC recommends wearing a face covering in public, and disposable masks are still pretty tricky to find. Opt for a more sustainable (and stylish) option, like this cloth face mask available in both child and adult sizes.

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Silpat Silicone Baking Matvia

Baking Liners

A more sustainable version of parchment paper? Sign us up! These silicone liners fit perfectly on your favorite baking sheets—and their nonstick surface makes cleanup a cinch.

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Shopping Bags

By now you likely have a collection of reusable bags, but you can make your shopping trip even easier with this trolley bag. It fits directly in your cart and has separate compartments for all of your needs—including separate egg and wine pockets! (Oh, and if you ever forget your bags, choose paper at checkout. It can double as your recycling bin!)

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The Mitty Mini Ultra-Gentle Reusable Makeup Removal Pad, White, Single Packvia

Makeup Removal Pads

Wearing makeup is fun—until you have to take it off. Luckily, the “Mitty Mini” makes this end-of-day task a little easier (and more sustainable). These ultra-soft, machine-washable pads can replace cotton balls and wipes.

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Love Beauty and Planet Muru Muru Shampoo Barvia


Not only are shampoo bars more concentrated (so you can go longer without replacing them), but they’ll also keep plastic out of the landfills. It’s a win-win! Plus, they cost about the same as a typical bottle.

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HYDRO FLASK 24-Ounce Standard Mouth Bottlevia

Water Bottle

Whether you’re going on a hike or staying hydrated while running errands, this pretty bottle is a more cost-effective choice than disposable waters. Bonus: Customize it with your favorite stickers! Check out more water bottle options.

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Lid Covers

No lid? No problem. This silicone set can replace disposable plastic wrap and/or aluminum foil in your kitchen. Simply place the lid on top of your bowl, and it will stay sealed until you’re ready to eat!

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Decorating Set

You can still achieve bakery-worthy cakes and cookies without tossing tons of plastic pastry bags in the garbage. This reusable decorating set features a silicone bag that can be washed again and again. Oh, and here’s how to use a piping bag like a pro.

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Tea Infuser

Tea lovers, listen up. This gorgeous, easy-to-fill tea infuser will help you brew the perfect cuppa. Plus, it includes a matching tea tray. For added impact, buy your tea from a bulk store in a reusable container.

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OXO Food Saver Ultimate Setvia

Food Saver Set

Protect your produce without using any single-use plastic. These silicone tools flex directly over the cut side of an onion, lemon or lime.

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Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Bluevia

Bagless Vacuum

Bye-bye vacuum bags. Many brands are opting for an easy-to-empty canister that deposits debris directly into the trash. We’re particularly fond of this Dyson model. (Here’s why).

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.