The Ecollecty guide to eco cleaning products
A quick guide to choosing environmentally friendly cleaning products that work without harming the environment, yourself or your loved ones.
So, you want to do your part and help protect the environment but, naturally, you also want your home, business or working place to be nice and clean. The good news is that those two wishes are not mutually exclusive.
It is possible to achieve a high cleaning standard without pumping gallons and gallons of nasty chemicals into the environment or misusing its natural resources.
Now, you might be asking yourself what constitutes an environmentally friendly cleaning product? Do eco-friendly cleaning products even work? And, what are the best eco-friendly cleaning products out there?
We’ve put together this little guide with a few suggestions to help answer those questions.
Choosing or trying a new cleaning product can be a daunting prospect. You’ve likely been using the same products for years and they just work, right? The problem is that those products can contain harsh chemicals that are as effective as they are harmful to yourself, your children, your pets, the air you breathe and the environment in general.
It can be hard to understand what to look for when looking at product ingredients and what the information presented means.
On top of that, you have to be wary of greenwashing and unscrupulous brands, using marketing techniques to masquerade their products as ‘green’.
So where do you start?
Avoid the toxic trio: parabens, triclosan and phthalates. These chemicals can cause serious health conditions, including cancer and hormonal disorders. They’re also extremely harmful to the air, water and pretty much everything they come in contact with.
Unsustainable palm oil production is linked to high levels of deforestation, social crises and human rights violations throughout the globe. The best action is to avoid products which contain palm oil or, at the very least, look for sustainably produced palm oil.
Certified organic products, by definition, will not contain any artificial chemicals. Basically, no nasties to harm you or the planet.
Certified cruelty free and vegan products will give you the assurance that the products were not tested on animals and do not contain animal ingredients, meaning that you’ll be helping make the planet a better place for all creatures.
Look for options that will reduce plastic waste and check for refillable and recycled packaging options.
In recent years new innovative products have been introduced to the laundry market. Here are a few suggestions of products and companies that are pushing the boundaries and breaking norms.
The Ecoegg Laundry Egg, sold by Big Green Smile uses minerals inside to clean your clothes without using harsh chemicals. The egg is refillable and recyclable, cruelty free and palm oil free.Product details
Also at Big Green Smile, you can find the Tru Earth Laundry Eco Strips. Zero waste and plastic free, these strips dissolve in the wash and are completely biodegradable. Plus, they’re cruelty free, vegan, and don’t use any of the toxic trio ingredients.Product details
Bower Collective brings us this fragrance free, vegan and cruelty free laundry liquid. This is a refill and you can send back the packaging to be recycled in the provided pre-paid envelope. You can use any container you’d like or purchase one from Bower Collective.Product details
When it comes to laundry detergents there are plenty of options in the market. We’ve selected a few suggestions to get you started.
Ecozone has a wide range of laundry detergents. All are vegan, cruelty and palm oil free, and do not use any of the toxic trio chemicals.Product details
Bio-D also offers a big range of detergents and their bigger format options allow you to save a little. With 100% recyclable packaging, cruelty free, vegan, and without a single drop of those toxic trio nasties.Product details
Sonett is a lesser known brand that comes with a great track record in terms of sustainability and ethics. Their detergents are 100% biodegradable.Product details
Chlorine is the top chemical which can cause harm either from inhalation when you open the dishwasher or from residues left on the dishes. The suggestions below are all chlorine free.
Bio-D Dishwasher Powder is an economical alternative to tablets. As other Bio-D products, it’s cruelty free, recyclable, free from chemicals and vegan.Product details
Bentley Organic offers a range of not only cleaning, but also bodycare and babycare products. Their washing up liquid kills 99.9% of bacteria, is certified organic and made from 100% naturally derived ingredients.Product details
Faith in Nature’s Super Concentrated Washing Up Liquid comes in 5 litre bottles, which makes it economic and helps reduce plastic waste. With no toxic chemicals, it’s also vegan and cruelty free.Product details
Now, more than ever, it’s important to keep a clean home, free from germs and bacteria. But, just as well, it’s important to take care of the planet and the environment. Here are some suggestions to help you with that double task.
If you’re just getting started with eco-friendly cleaning products, Bower Collective have created a handy little bundle which includes a multipurpose cleaner, washing up liquid and an all purpose sanitiser. It comes with two reusable containers which will help reduce your plastic waste.Product details
Bio-D’s All Purpose Sanitiser Spray is cruelty free, vegan friendly, it comes in a 100% recyclable bottle and is also available as a refill.Product details
Bentley’s Organic Shower & Bathroom Cleaner is certified organic, free from toxic chemicals and vegan.Product details
To get your panes, mirrors, counters and stainless steel furniture clean without streaks, consider Sonett’s Multi-Surface and Glass Cleaner. It’s 100% biodegradable, and made with certified organic ingredients.Product details
The Attitude Kitchen Cleaner is an effective kitchen degreaser, free from artificial fragrances, certified sustainable and biodegradable. No harmful stuff.Product details
Ecozone’s 3 in 1 Toilet Cleaner Ocean Breeze is cruelty free, vegan and it doesn’t contain any of the toxic trio chemicals. It’s also free from synthetic fragrances, dyes, petrochemical derived cleaning agents and artificial preservatives.Product details
Well, that’s it. We hope this very short guide was helpful and gave you somewhere to start your journey into a cleaner home and a cleaner world.