The big green clean: 10 eco-friendly cleaning brands to swap to this spring

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Eco-friendly cleaning is one of 2019's biggest green trends. While we've all realised the chemicals in our food and in our skincare, probably aren't doing us any good, run of the mill, chemical packed cleaning products are often forgotten, as we spritz, spray and disinfect our homes.

Fortunately there are cleaning brands out there who care about the environment and our holistic health: brands who don’t test on animals, don’t include microplastics or microbeads. While you might not find them in the supermarkets, they're worth an investigation.

Janey Lee Grace road-tests some of the best eco-friendly, chemical free and natural cleaning products for your home and your laundry.

Janey Lee Grace 21 January 2019

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Whether you're looking for something chemical free, vegan or not tested on animals, or whether it's something that uses less plastic, I've compiled some of my favourite natural cleaning products that sit under my sink. 

That's not to say you can't make your own DIY cleaning products, which are even more chemical and plastic free, watch out for some suggestions on pebble soon. But if time is of the essence, order these online and get to work.

10 eco-friendly cleaning brands to swap to this spring

Ecover

Nearly everyone has heard of Ecover, for many years they have been leading the way with affordable cleaning and laundry products that don’t pose a threat to the planet. 

Ecover say: “Plastic is one of the biggest threats to the biodiversity of our oceans. With fish ingesting more and more plastic each year, it also has an impact on our health. We want to make it easier for people to help create healthy, happier oceans. That’s why we’ve created a limited edition washing-up liquid bottle with reclaimed plastic from the ocean.”

The brand has a wide range of washing up, dishwasher and laundry detergent products most of which are available in supermarkets as well as online outlets and a major USP is that you can refill their washing up liquids, laundry liquids and the all purpose cleaners at their ‘refill stations’ while the bottles can be used over 50 times. 

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Method

Method products are also well known and widely available in supermarkets.  Created in 2000 by roommates Adam and Eric they joined forces with Ecover in 2013 . Their funky brand reflects their aim to provide us with products that are safe for us and safe for septic tanks, as all of their ingredients are readily biodegradable. Method is safe to use around pets and on surfaces with which your animal may come in contact.

Method has also been supporting campaigns around second-hand clothing and washing less to reduce microfibres ending up in the sea.

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Method offers a chemical free option for washing your clothes

Nu-Eco

Away from the supermarkets but packing a clean punch is the excellent new cleaning and laundry range from Nu-eco. 

The products are 100% natural, environmentally-friendly, formulated with specially selected plant extracts which are known for their antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. 

The bottles are fully biodegradable which means that they are safe for the planet’s water courses and are paraben-free, chlorine-free, SLS-free, triclosan-free and do not contain other harsh, toxic chemicals. 

Alongside their multipurpose spray, dishwashing liquid and laundry gel they have the excellent natural Bleach Powder, which is a safe, effective, water soluble whitener and colour brightener, which can be added to your wash cycle with Nu-Eco Laundry Gel and perfect if the wash load is soiled. 

Greenscents

Online brand, Greenscents, make ethical and sustainable laundry and household products which harness all the benefits of carefully sourced organic essential oils, which are certified by the Soil Association, they’re the only brand to have that accreditation.

Organic essential oils have a range of anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties as well as being good for eco-friendly cleaning. Peppermint and lavender are naturally antibacterial, orange oil is a great degreaser and rosemary is both antibacterial and antiseptic.  So it’s possible to clean your home and lift your spirits at the same time!   

Greenscents Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

Greenscents use the power of essential oils to help you clean your home

Nimble

Launched by a previous Unilever developer, Nimble is a challenger brand on the up. Aimed at busy parents, its plant-based cleaners use lactic acid as their magic ingredient, cutting through grime, dirt and just sticky stuff with ease. The Sticky Stopper is loved by parents who want to disinfect toys and surfaces gently. The Laundry Lover works hard to get rid of even the toughest stains (free from skin-irritating enzymes, optical brighteners and dyes) and they've just launched a travel size, under 100ml range. 

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Child-friendly plant-based cleaning brand Nimble are cleaning up with parents

Mangle & Wringer

If its funky packaging you want, try the non-toxic products from Mangle and Wringer and go all Downton Abbey. The recipes for their products have been inherited from long-time housekeeper, Bette Smith, who went into service in 1934. She had a family recipe for soap – that had been passed down through the generations – and used it to make cleaning products that were completely safe but very effective.

Handmade in the Cotswolds, each Mangle & Wringer product is non-toxic, free from fragrance and colour and uses only food grade ingredients. They all have, at their heart, Bette’s original recipe for cold processed soap.

They use organic coconut oil (from a women’s co-operative in Ghana) and organic sunflower oil to make the soaps, then they add to it food grade ingredients like bicarbonate of soda, citric acid and lemons. All of the products are also biodegradable; they don’t test on animals and the ingredients come from renewable and sustainable sources that you can read about on their labels.

The Kitchen Cleanser is a safe and natural biodegradable cream cleaner that can be used on all surfaces including marble, ceramics, glass and stainless steel and even cuts through grease and there’s also an excellent multi surface, ‘Spray and Go’.

Mangle And Wringer Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

Magle & Wrangler believe in the endless power of cold pressed soap

Ecozone

British cleaning brand Ecozone are all about ridding your home of toxic chemicals so offer up a range of natural detergents, from to use in dishwashers, washing up bowls, washing machines, floors, ovens, you name it. And many come unscented for sensitive skin. Need to unblock drains or clean your coffee machine? They've got plant based products for that too.

Bio D

Another ethical cleaning brand is Bio D, who create no nonsense hypoallergenic cleaning products that don't harm the environment or your skin. From toilet cleaner to washing powder, they also offer their lines in bulk options meaning there's less plastic and delivery emissions from your order or their large scale washing powder comes in a brown paper bag.

Eco-egg

Have you tried out a laundry egg yet? It's an eco-alternative to laundry detergent. The Eco-egg uses natural mineral pellets which activate in the water to gently remove dirt and leave your clothes thoroughly cleaned and best of all one 'egg' can be used in over 200 washes. No mess, no plastic wrapped pods and no chemicals so it's suitable for sensitive skin. Best of all it's refillable so there's no more lugging heavy laundry powders or plastic boxes home.

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SodaSan

SodaSan's Lime Oil Power Cleaner will be loved by anyone who despairs at the amount of single use plastic in cleaning supplies, as it comes in a chunky, refillable glass bottle. This is a certified vegan, plant based, hard-working all purpose surface and bathroom cleaner that works on tough stains but is free from synthetic dyes or preservatives.

European brand, SodaSan, produce everything in a carbon neutral factory, that's powered by green energy from Greenpeace Energy so you're reducing plastic and CO2 emissions with a every clean.

Janey Lee Grace is a presenter, author and founder of holistic recommendations site, Imperfectly Natural.

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