With eco-consciousness on the rise, more people than ever are hunting for chemical-free cleaning alternatives that are easy on the environment. Even celebs like Chrissy Teigen and Kris Jenner are getting involved,, releasing their own line of eco-cleaning products. But with so many options on the market, it can be a little tricky to know which green products are the most effective. That’s why we’ve pulled together this guide to finding the best eco-cleaning products for your home, which also includes recommendations for some of our favourite brands. Let’s make your cleaning routine a little kinder to Mother Earth.
Why should I avoid standard household cleaning products?
We know what you’re thinking, your normal cleaning brand has served you admirably for years, so why would you change now? Well, in addition to harming the environment, the chemicals found in standard cleaning products pose a health hazard to you, too.
See our table, below, for a breakdown of the most common household cleaning chemicals and their harmful side effects.
It doesn’t look great, does it? But not to worry – take a look at some of the best non-toxic cleaning alternatives that benefit both your health and the environment, below.
Eco-friendly toilet cleaner
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need toxic chemicals to get rid of germs clinging to your toilet bowl – natural ingredients are just as effective at cleaning stubborn stains. Take Bower toilet cleaner refill, for example. Instead of petrochemicals, phosphates and other harmful chemicals, this eco-friendly toilet cleaner gel uses natural citric acids to leave your porcelain sparkling – and it’s vegan and cruelty-free to boot!
So, ensure you always look at the ingredients before adding that supermarket toilet bleach to your basket – there are natural, greener options available, if you know where to look.
Eco-friendly biodegradable anti-bacterial wipes
For a swift and simple solution to spills and surface stains, there’s nothing better than anti-bacterial wipes. However, many wipe brands are not recyclable and take hundreds of years to decompose, clogging up landfills. To help clean up both your home and the environment, you need to find biodegradable cleaning wipes to replace your usual brand. We recommend The Cheeky Panda Anti-Bacterial Surface Wipes for the job, which are 100% biodegradable and wipe surfaces clean with ease.
Regardless of your brand choice, keep an eye out for the label that says ‘100% biodegradable’ to ensure you are buying eco-friendly anti-bacterial wipes.
Eco-friendly all-purpose cleaner
No cleaning cupboard stockpile is complete without a decent all-purpose cleaner that can tackle stubborn stains in bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Yet, you don’t want your trusty cleaner to be harming the environment with toxic chemicals and unrecyclable plastic bottles that sit in landfills. That’s why you should opt for a multi-surface cleaner that’s manufactured to minimise its impact on the environment.
Ecover Multi-Action Spray is one such eco-friendly cleaning product. Not only is the cleaning solution based on plant and mineral ingredients, but the spray bottle is made using Plantplastic (a plastic sourced from sugarcane) and is 100% recyclable.
Eco-friendly laundry detergent / washing powder
When it comes to washing your clothes, you want a laundry detergent that’s just as kind to the environment as it is to your clothes. The trick is to opt for an eco-friendly laundry detergent that’s created using naturally-sourced ingredients, rather than harsh chemicals, which pollute water and cause your clothes to fade.
Norfolk Natural Living’s Natural Laundry Detergent, for instance, includes only naturally-occurring botanical ingredients that keep your clothes crisp and clean. You can also reduce your impact on the environment even further by refilling your existing bottle via Norfolk Natural Living’s subscription service.
Either online or in-store, always check for harmful chemicals or toxic ingredients on any given laundry detergent’s label or product description.
Eco-friendly washing up liquid
While cleaning the dishes every night might seem harmless enough, the washing up liquid suds can pollute the water when drained back into rivers and the sea. That’s why you need to buy washing up liquid that minimises the amount of chemicals in its ingredients, while still offering that sparkly clean finish. For example, Bio-D Fragrance Free Washing Up Liquid uses sodium chloride and natural citric acids to wipe away stubborn stains with ease. Plus, this eco-friendly washing up liquid is concentrated, so it lasts much longer than your standard supermarket brand!
If in doubt about your chosen environmentally friendly washing up liquid, search for ethical stickers on the bottle, such as ‘Vegan’, ‘Cruelty-Free’ and ‘Ethical Consumer Best Buy’.
Eco-friendly rubber gloves
Rubber gloves are an essential part of every house cleaning kit, protecting your hands form any chemicals that could irritate your skin. However, millions of cleaning gloves end up in our landfills every year, posing a severe threat to the environment. To be more green with your yellow rubber gloves, you need to ensure you are buying brands that can be reused multiple times and are also recyclable when you do throw them away.
Eco Living’s Natural Latex Rubber Gloves are a great example of eco-friendly washing up gloves. Not only are they reusable, biodegradable and compostable, but Eco Living will plant a tree for every packet sold!
Eco-friendly bin liners
How many times do you take the bins out per week? Once? Twice? Maybe even three times? Just think about the amount of plastic bin liners we throw away every week that end up sitting in landfills for decades on end. Well, you can help change that number by using eco-friendly bin bags, products that are plastic-free, recyclable and 100% biodegradable. Compost Bag UK’s Bin Liners are one such eco-friendly alternative. These bin bags are entirely made from plants using wind-powered electricity, while still boasting a super strong design.
To ensure you are buying the right type of bin bags for the environment, always check the label or product description for manufacturing details.
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