Eco-friendly cleaning - or green or natural cleaning has become a huge trend over the last few years. Let's make the way we clean our homes as kind to the planet as possible.
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What’s the problem with cleaning products?
Mainstream cleaning products have several problems when it comes to the environment:
- They produce a huge amount of single use plastic. The spray pumps can’t be recycled.
- They release toxic chemicals into our waterways, which end up in our rivers and seas affecting marine wildlife.
- They might also be affecting our health by including VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which can be carcinogenic.
- The most toxic can be bleach, toilet cleaner, drain cleaner and air fresheners which can contain a mixture of chemicals and formaldehyde and come covered in plastic.
- Cleaning products aren’t automatically cruelty free - they can have been tested on animals.
What is green or eco-friendly cleaning?
Green cleaning, or eco-friendly cleaning, is a growing movement to use less single use plastic and toxic chemicals in our homes via the cleaning products and methods we use to clean them.
What cleaning products are eco-friendly?
To be an eco-friendly, or green cleaning product, look for brands who:
- Rely on refillable or reusable bottles
- Send concentrated sachets of cleaning products to your home for you to mix up in a reusable bottle
- Use plant based and non toxic cleaning ingredients
- Use ingredients which are cruelty free, organic and/or vegan.
Another way to make your home more sustainable is embrace natural cleaning, by making your own cleaning supplies using natural ingredients like white vinegar, lemon and bicarbonate of soda.
For the best eco-friendly cleaning products, check out our range of features which includes our favourite eco cleaning brands, plus hacks and tips to help you clean and reduce plastic waste and toxic chemicals getting into our waterways.
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