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Keep Cleaning Green with Eco-Friendly Supplies

March 5, 2024

Keep Cleaning Green with Eco-Friendly Supplies

Going green with your home cleaning supplies is better for your health and the environment. Here’s how to keep your home clean using eco-friendly products.

Why Go Green With Cleaning Supplies

There are a few key reasons to use green cleaning supplies:

Reduced Exposure to Harmful Chemicals

Many conventional cleaning products contain harmful chemicals like ammonia, bleach, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Exposure to these chemicals can cause or worsen:

  • Headaches
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Other health issues

Green cleaning supplies skip the harsh chemicals in favor of plant-based, biodegradable ingredients. This reduces your exposure to potentially harmful substances.

Lower Environmental Impact

Conventional cleaning supplies often contain ingredients that are not biodegradable. When washed down the drain, these chemicals make their way into waterways and disrupt aquatic ecosystems.

Green cleaning products use biodegradable ingredients that break down quickly without polluting water sources. This makes them better for the environment.

Cost Savings

Many eco-friendly cleaning supplies can be made at home using common pantry ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon. This saves money compared to buying conventional cleaners.

Types of Green Cleaning Supplies

There are many options for green cleaning, including:

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda is a mild abrasive that tackles dirt, grease, and stains. White vinegar cuts through grime and disinfects surfaces. Used together, they make an effective green cleaner and deodorizer.

Castile Soap

Castile soap is plant-based and biodegradable. Diluted in water, it works well for cleaning floors, countertops, appliances, and other surfaces. Peppermint castile soap also provides a pleasant aroma.

Hydrogen Peroxide

As a bleach alternative, hydrogen peroxide disinfects surfaces without toxic fumes. Combine it with vinegar or baking soda for an eco-friendly stain remover.

Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths lift and trap dirt without the need for chemical cleaners. Dampen one with water to dust and clean. Toss them in the laundry to reuse.

Essential Oils

Essential oils like lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree naturally deodorize and sanitize when mixed into cleaners. Avoid synthetic fragrance oils, which can contain harmful VOCs.

DIY Green Cleaning Recipes

Making your own green cleaners is simple and affordable. Try these recipes:

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 1⁄2 cup vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup baking soda
  • 1⁄2 gallon warm water

Mix ingredients until baking soda dissolves. Use on countertops, appliances, floors, and other surfaces.

Glass and Mirror Cleaner

  • 1⁄4 cup vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 gallon warm water
  • Essential oil (optional)

Combine in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth or newspaper.

Disinfectant Cleaner

  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tablespoon castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil like tea tree (optional)

Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray surfaces and let sit 5+ minutes before wiping.

shop Green Cleaning Supplies

Many eco-friendly cleaning products are also available pre-made. Look for options certified by Green Seal, EPA Safer Choice, or other green certification programs. Here are some recommended brands:

  • Seventh Generation – Laundry detergent, dish soap, all-purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, and more
  • Ecover – Laundry wash, dishwasher tablets, floor cleaner, bleach alternative, etc.
  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Soaps, multi-surface cleaners, dish detergents, and laundry care
  • Method – Hand wash, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, etc.
  • Better Life – Floor cleaner, laundry detergent, dish soap, cleaning wipes, and more

Check your local health food store, grocery store, or online retailers for availability. With the right eco-friendly cleaning supplies, you can keep your home sparkling clean while protecting your family’s health and the environment.

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