The lung stripping sensation of accidentally inhaling a well-known oven cleaner sent me on a road to discovering alternative eco-friendly cleaning products, and I am so glad I did….
Let’s Begin by Getting Tooled Up
To begin with let’s reduce, reuse and recycle. Keeping these 3 wise monkeys in mind will keep you and your family focused and all swinging in the right direction. Examples of this mantra in action below…
Use thicker gloves and re-use them and limit your use of throw away ones.
Clean and Reuse your cloths, (Use eco-friendly alternatives like Ecozone Anti-Bacterial Wipes on areas such as toilet bowls where a reusable cloth doesn't quite float your boat)
Coconut scrubbers or similar products that will break down organically after use are a good alternative to synthetic sponges.
What to Embrace in Cleaning Products
Check out the labels for these eco-friendly good guys…
- Chlorine free
- Phosphate free
Eco-friendly Can Also Mean Cruelty Free
Modern eco-friendly cleaning products are more likely to be cruelty-free where neither the ingredients or finished product have been tested on animals. Look out for the leaping bunny logo!
Don’t Overlook Kitchen Cupboard Contents
Baking soda can be used to create a cleaning paste when mixed with products such as one of our best sellers, Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner.
Handy for tackling heavier cleaning tasks such as bath and sinks when a liquid on its own isn’t quite up to the job.
Make these nasties in your home a thing of the past
- Xylene and Toluene – Found in some household sprays
- Ammonia – commonly found in Aerosols and sprays
- Benzene – Found in glue paints, furniture wax and detergents
- Formaldehyde – Is in some disinfectants
- Trichloroethylene – A by-product of home renovations
Bleach. Sometimes There is No Alternative
Those pesky rubber seals around the shower tray or black mould in between tiles is an eye sore and bleach often seems like the only product that will cut it.
Try using a bleach that is chlorine free or one that’s hydrogen/ oxygen based if you really have to. And keep well away from your mini Ecohumans and pets.
You could opt for grey or black grouting and sealant of course and never see mould ever again!
Also, try Bio-D Laundry Bleach as a safe and vegan alternative to keeping your laundry whites, white.
House Plants – the Key to Cleaning & Purifying The Air in Your Home
Below is a list of everyday plants that look nice and could help make small improvements to your air quality. (the leafier the better)
Bamboo Palm (yayyy we love bamboo!)
Peace Lily (warning: these are poisonous to both cats and dogs)
Aloe Vera (she pops up a lot on here!)
The CO2 we exhale is absorbed by the plants and converted into fresh oxygen. Plants deal with other toxins in a similar way.
Top Ecohuman Tip.
Have as many household plants as you have the energy to look after; one alone won’t achieve much. Give them plenty of light and ideal temperatures.
Group several orchids together and when they flower, the flower stems intertwine beautifully.
Or experience the joy of harvesting your own fruit, veg and herbs in your home all year round with the clever concept of the Smart Garden.
Let’s Please Our Planet and Cut Out Pollutants
Green, eco-friendly cleaning products are good for the planet too.
Most eco-friendly manufacturers use sustainable packaging and are produced using safe, non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients.
And so that means zero negative impact on our planet.
Hands and Faces Up to Health
I suffered a lot by which I can best describe as a ‘smarting’ face when I’d been using regular cleaning products.
I figured the vapour and droplets were hitting my face and exacerbating my sensitive eczema-prone skin. Ecover Oven and Hob Cleaner for instance is now my oven cleaning buddy.
Oh and my hands no longer suffer dry or broken skin now either as I’ve recently discovered Ecover Pomegranate and Fig Sensitive Washing up Liquid.
An itchy face and hands is thing of the past for me now that I’m using eco-friendly products that are by nature, kind. We like being kind. Kind is good.
Parting – and hopefully wise – words form one Ecohuman to another: be kind to yourselves and our planet Ecohumans.
Over and out...