Ecofriendly Cleaners: How To Green Your Household Cleaning Routine
There are hundreds of products on the market that clean your home spotless. Unfortunately, the amount of harmful chemicals inside many of these cleaners is causing health issues and concerns. How can you green your household cleaners? Read on to learn our top tips!
Opt For Natural & Organic Cleaners
Fortunately, there are tons of cleaners on the market as well as handmade cleaners that are affordable!
Our Favorite Natural & Ecofriendly Cleaners
1. All Purpose Cleaner – Lavender (by HAVEN): Soft scent and powerful clean, HAVEN’s All Purpose Cleaner is great for just about any surface, including counters, cabinets, tables, windows, and more.
INGREDIENTS: Distilled Water, Organic Natural Grain Alcohol, Organic Coconut Oil Soap, Non-GMO Vegetable Glycerin, Lavender Essential Oil
2. Rockin’ Green Laundry Detergent: One bag goes a long way. We LOVE the eco-friendly benefits of Rockin’ Green’s laundry detergent. Gentle scents (as well as an unscented scent) Rockin’ Green is great for cloth diapers and cloth pads. Our favorite scent? Smashing Watermelons!
INGREDIENTS: sodium carbonate, sodium percarbonate, natural chelating agents, sodium sulfate, biodegradable surfactants, natural fragrance oils (unless unscented).
3. Bergamot Dish Soap (by Common Good): A fun bergamot scent packs this dish soap cleaner by Common Good, plus they definitely help dishes sparkle!
INGREDIENTS: purified water, sodium cocoamphoacetate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, sodium benzoate, citric acid
4. Toilet Bowl Bombs (by Mrs. Jones Soapbox): Anti-bacterial and all natural, Mrs. Jones Soapbox has created a fantastic product. Toilet Bowl Bombs are effective and offer a fresh gentle scent.
INGREDIENTS: baking soda, citric acid, salt, borax, washing soda, castile soap, distilled water, vinegar, grapefruit seed extract, plumeria fragrance oil
In store options: Method, Meyers, and Seventh Generation are good alternatives that can be found in most major retailers. Our go-to products if we’re in a bind are Method’s Laundry Detergent, Meyers Dish Soap, and Seventh Generation Multi-Surface Cleaner.
Try Household Remedies
Fighting a tough stain? Skip the harmful stain removers and instead opt for Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, or Lemon Juice instead. Another all natural alternative is “sun bleaching.” If you’ve ever left a color shirt out in the sun for too long, you’ve probably experienced “sun bleaching” before where the colors have faded.
How to sun bleach? Leave clothes wet, lay flat with stained side towards the sun, and go about your day. Time length varies depending on the stain, so check back every couple hours to see how things are progressing. Avoid leaving clothing out for too long to keep your fabrics soft yet strong. You can also add a touch of lemon juice to help the process move along quicker.
Make Your Own Household Cleaners
Vinegar, alcohol, essential oils, baking soda, and citrus are natural ingredients that pack a powerful clean. Take a look at some online tutorials, or play around with recipes until you find the perfect solution for your home. You can also replace your paper towels and dryer sheets by using Unpaper Towels and Wool Dryer Balls instead (take a look at these tutorials here & here).
What ways have you greened your household cleaning routine? Let us know in the comments below or join the discussion on Facebook!
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