Due to the climate crisis and our ever-expanding understanding of the impact of emissions and plastic waste on the environment, eco-friendly cleaning products are becoming increasingly more popular amongst the general public.
There are many different benefits linked to the switch to green cleaning – enough to outweigh the various risks associated with traditional chemical cleaning products. Here are some of the best benefits, and why you should make the switch to more eco friendly cleaning products.
What are eco friendly cleaning products?
Eco friendly cleaning products are cleaning products designed to tackle household cleaning, but that don’t feature any harsh or non-biodegradable chemicals. Traditional cleaners often contain corrosive agents, like bleach, which is renowned for its amazing cleaning properties, but can potentially cause harm.
Eco friendly cleaning products are still formulated to clean and kill bacteria, dealing with all tough stains and spillages around your home using more natural cleaning agents. They are considerably better for the environment, often come in recyclable packaging, and are as waste-free as possible.
What household cleaning products are eco-friendly?
Most common cleaning products can be made in an environmentally friendly way. However, the vast majority of the products we see on the shelves at the local supermarket aren’t green, and come contained in unnecessary packaging that is difficult to produce and recycle.
However, if you search for them, eco friendly surface sanitisers, bathroom sprays, floor cleaners, laundry detergents, dishwasher tablets and degreasers are all available. Additionally, there are plenty of substances, like lemon, baking soda or white vinegar, which have cleaning and sanitising properties, and won’t cause any harm to the environment.
Why use eco friendly cleaning products?
There are plenty of benefits to using eco friendly cleaning products, some of which are as follows:
Safer for the environment
The most obvious benefit of using eco friendly cleaning products are that they are safer for the environment. Most chemical cleaners often include carcinogens that are extremely harmful when exposed to the environment. Additionally, green cleaning products are often not tested on animals, which is a huge positive, as less animals are taken from their natural habitats for testing purposes, causing less disruptions to the eco system.
Less harmful to surfaces and skin
Whilst traditional chemical cleaners are great at removing stubborn stains, they can also damage your surfaces – and your skin. Eco friendly cleaners are less corrosive and will clean just as effectively, whilst being more gentle. Chemical cleaners can be caustic, releasing irritating fumes and allergens into the air, and over-exposure to these chemicals can be dangerous.
Reduces plastic waste
Chemical cleaners often have to be contained in plastic bottles to prevent them from spilling or becoming less effective – however, these bottles cannot be used, instead moving from your cleaning caddy directly to landfill as soon as they are empty. Single-use plastics are highly detrimental to the planet, as plastic is more difficult to recycle and is a polluting substance. Green cleaners are typically packaged in recyclable or biodegradable materials – or, in multi-use refill bottles, that can be reused time and time again.
When it comes to traditional cleaners, you’ll find a product for pretty much every need you have, with specific cleaners available for worktops, bathrooms, grout, floor and so on. However, you don’t actually require a different cleaner for every need, and this leads to a cupboard full of products that you don’t find yourself reaching for. Lots of eco friendly products are multi-functional, saving you space, money and the planet, all at once.
Above all else, making the swap to eco friendly cleaners should be easy as pie – because they are just as efficient as any cleaner chock-full with chemicals. In fact, some biodegradable cleaners can be even more effective, as the risk of surface damage decreases. Therefore, you can scrub to your heart’s content without worrying about the cleaner corroding your worktops and surfaces.
Best eco-friendly cleaners
The best eco-friendly cleaners are zero-waste, free from animal testing or products, and either compostable or fully recyclable. They should be made from natural, biodegradable ingredients, whilst still remaining effective against bacteria and dirt.
Our kitchen bar, for example, is a multifunctional, zero-waste cleaner that comes in a fully recyclable cardboard box. It can be used for a variety of different purposes, such as washing dishes, cleaning surfaces and even treating stubborn laundry stains. It’s lemon and lime scent will leave your home smelling beautifully fresh, without being remotely damaging when you breathe it in.