To be blunt: I hate cleaning but I need things clean. For peace of mind but also to keep my allergies and asthma in check. I’ve always struggled with chemical-based cleaning products because they kick up my asthma, but I also haven’t loved the scents or cleaning capabilities of many of the “eco-friendly” brands. Their “natural” scents linger on my hands way longer than I’d like them to making me feel like my hands are still dirty from cleaning. Enter biom, a new brand of 100% plant-based and biodegradable wipes. I hesitantly agree to try them out. I say that because I’ve literally tried them all and haven’t been happy with anything… until biom.
I was first intrigued by the sleek, minimalist dispensers (I got matte black). After opening the pack of wipes to fill the dispenser, I hesitantly went in for a sniff and was shockingly surprised by the mild lavender scent. My eyes didn’t burn, my throat didn’t itch, and I didn’t have the urge to sneeze. I put the wipes in the dispenser, threaded the first one through, and popped the top on, ready to take the first wipe for a test drive. I immediately noticed it didn’t leave any streaks behind while wiping away the grime on my glass stove. I purposefully let the grime build up for a few days before testing and was pleasantly surprised – actually quite pleased – with the results. I continued onto my window sill which has grown quite dirty thanks to construction across the street and the window typically being left open. Again, super happy with the results! I was also pleased with how durable they are – they don’t disintegrate and they can be used longer than you’d think.
One of my favorite things is the canister. It doesn’t resemble anything you’d find on the cleaning aisle at your local Target. It actually looks good sitting out amongst your everyday decor, which makes cleaning convenient. I’ve noticed I’m keeping things so much cleaner because I leave the container on my bathroom vanity making it easy to grab a wipe in a split second. I no longer have to plan when I’m going to clean around when I’ll be able to tolerate the cleaning smells on my hands. Another thing: they don’t dry out your hands! And with the constant hand washing thanks to COVID, I didn’t need another thing to make my hands look like fried chicken. They’re infused with aloe and scented with plant-derived essential oils that will soothe and protect.
“It’s weird to say but biom has made my house cleaner, not just because the wipes are effective but because I don’t mind having a canister of wipes out anymore. Usually I would relegate my old can of wipes to the dark abyss under the sink, out of sight and out of mind, because I hated how jarring and unattractive it looked sitting out. Now, biom is essentially a part of my home decor, and you’re none the wiser that it’s a can of disinfecting wipes!” says Design Milk’s Lifestyle Editor Vy Yang.
The sleek, refillable containers come in four color options – Black, White, Sea Foam, and Hunter Green – that will easily complement most any design aesthetic. The BPA-free dispensers are made for the long haul – ready to be refilled in your choice of Lavender Ease or Grapefruit Zest.
The patented, display-worthy design makes it easy to pull a single wipe through at a time, unlike others where you go to pull one wipe and four come out that you didn’t need. Its magnetic lid features a self-closing hinge that creates an air-tight seal so your wipes stay fresh. If something happens to your dispenser, biom will replace it for you while repurposing the parts of the old one.
What makes biom wipes different? They’re made from 100% plant-based materials and ingredients – sustainably grown wood fiber – with no toxic chemicals or microplastics (found in most wipes). They’re biodegradable which means they’ll breakdown in approximately 14-28 days and not live in a landfill for the next decade plus.
biom All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes Starter Kit is available in your choice of a Black, White, Sea Foam, or Hunter Green dispenser, with either Lavender Ease or Grapefruit Zest wipes. Includes 1 dispenser and 2 packs of wipes. $53 >>> Shop Now
biom All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes (3 Pack) is available in Lavender Ease or Grapefruit Zest as a one time purchase or as a subscription with 3 packs sent every 2, 3, or 4 months. $30 >>> Shop Now
Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.
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