It feels good to maintain our homes, but it also feels good to think about how we can lessen the impact our cleaning has on the environment. The planet is in our hands and so our cleaning products must look to be eco-friendly. We can no longer put up with the high toxicity of mainstream cleaning products. There are many eco-cleaning products out there, but unfortunately, they’ve got labels on them that look a little bit intimidating. It’s time to change the way we think about cleaning – and these handy eco-cleaning tips will help you do it.
Advantages of Eco Cleaning Products
Green cleaning has been growing in popularity as consumers learn more about the potential negative health and environmental impacts of conventional chemical cleaners. Eco-friendly cleaning products account for 30% of the household cleaners’ market. Market research conducted by Digitsnmarkets.com shows surface cleaners are the largest product segment, reporting a share of more than 50% in 2018.
By choosing eco-friendly cleaning products, you contribute to a healthier indoor environment. This is because typical cleaning products are loaded with toxins that can harm your health and the environment, while eco cleaners have no such hazardous chemicals.
Switching to natural cleaning products can also protect you from health hazards such as eye, respiratory, or skin irritations, and allergies. This is better for the kids around the house, especially during their growing years. If you’re concerned about saving money, switch to eco-friendly products.
Quality green cleaning products are available for your home and business needs. Eco cleaning products can save you money while helping to protect the world.
Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products!
Home-made cream cleaner is brilliant at removing soap scum and it’s suitable to use on ceramic, plastic and stainless steel sinks. This can be made from three simple ingredients; bicarbonate of soda, used for de-odorizing and gentle scouring, liquid castile soap to lift dirt and act as a degreaser along with dried lavender flowers to add a gorgeous natural fragrance.
What you need
- Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- Liquid Castile soap
- A few dried lavender stems (optional)
- Lavender Essential Oil
- A mixing bowl
- Storage jar
Then, all you have to do is:
- Add 100 g bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) to a mixing bowl
- Pour the liquid castile soap into the bowl until it covers the bicarbonate of soda
- There are no precise measurements for the liquid soap but you are aiming for a paste-like consistency
- Stir the mixture until combined. If the mixture is very runny, add a little more bicarbonate. If it’s too clumpy, add a little more castile soap.
- Add a few drops of lavender essential oil if using or alternatively, add the dried lavender flowers.
- Stir to combine.
- Pour into a clean glass storage jar.
You can also make a glass cleaner using vinegar! Here are the ingredients
- 1 liter glass or plastic bottle and trigger spray
- 300 ml distilled white malt vinegar
- 300ml tap water
- 20 – 40 drops essential oils – I use a combination of tea tree, lavender, and lemon. The number of drops of oil will depend upon how much you are not a fan of the smell of the vinegar!
- Add the vinegar to the bottle then top up with the water.
- Shake to combine.
- Add the essential oils if you are using
Clean your mirrors and windows with a swipe of a cloth! You’ll be truly surprised by the results! No more streaks like when you would use warm soapy water.
Vinegar also has powerful repellant qualities that make it one of the best home remedies for weed protection. A simple, non-toxic and organic solution that is safe for pets and kids.
Washing Up Liquid
Grate around 1/8 cup castile soap and dissolve in 2.5 cups of boiled water. Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda while the mixture is still warm (but not so hot that you can’t stick your finger in!) and leave to cool overnight.
Mix 1 and 1/3 cups of baking soda with a 1/2 cup of citric acid, add a teaspoon of water and a few drops of essential oils – we like tea tree or lemon best for the bathrooms!
Prepare the homemade ice cube trays, and pour in your mix. Remember, it’s important that you pack the mixture down into the mold using something flat.
Remove the soft toilet bombs from the molds by hand and drop them into the toilet. They will swim around your water until they fizz and dissolve.
Mix 1/4 cup baking soda, a dash of salt, and just enough water to create a paste. You’ll need to leave it for a night — the longer you leave it, the more effective it will be. Add a little white vinegar, letting it foam gently, then rub the paste onto the area you need to treat and leave it for half an hour. Once the time’s up, you should be able to wipe the dirt away easily.
Other Eco Cleaning Products
You can recycle soap nuts after 4 to 5 washes by composting them or throwing them in the trash. After you’ve used up all the cleaning goodness in your soap nuts, compost them with your garden waste. You can also add them to your domestic compost bin if you want to keep them out of the landfill.
Soap nuts are powerful, natural, and super green. These tiny little berries contain saponin, which is a natural detergent. They get rid of any dirt that might be on your clothes, and they will not shrink or damage your clothes.
These eco-friendly cleaning products don’t just help us clean our homes, they go a step further in creating good for our planet. By choosing these products, we also choose to lessen the impact being made by the cleaning industry.