You care about the planet and want to create a safe, non-toxic environment for your family, so switching to green cleaning products is a no-brainer. But how can you make sure the products you choose are just as good as commercial brands? Read on to discover our top 10 eco-friendly cleaning tips.
1. Switch to Non-Toxic Surface Cleaners
Most commercial multi-purpose surface cleaners use toxic chemicals such as ammonia to help shift stains and disinfect surfaces. Thankfully, it’s easy to switch to eco-friendly options that don’t cause allergies, asthma and skin irritation.
You can make your own multi-surface cleaner with equal parts white vinegar and baking soda dissolved in water. It’s a cheap, non-toxic option.
If you prefer to have a more effective cleaner or don’t have the time or confidence to do it yourself, no problem. ECO.3 have a non-caustic multi-purpose cleaner that will destroy fatty stains on most surfaces around the home. It comes fragrance-free for complete hygiene, so it’s easy to keep rooms clinically clean.
2. Ditch the bleach from Bathroom Cleaners
Bleach is one of the harshest ingredients in commercial cleaning products. It’s active ingredient, sodium hypochlorite, is highly corrosive. Contact with it can damage your family’s skin, causing burns, allergies and eye irritations. Not nice, right?
This leads us to the next of our eco cleaning tips: ditch the bleach in your bathroom! hydrogen peroxide is a milder eco alternative that isn’t toxic to use around the home but still keeps things hygienic and white.
If you’d rather trust the experts, opt for ECO.3’s eco-friendly Bathroom cleaner. It traps dirt and bacteria using a dynamic micelle liquid, so just one sweep of a microfiber cloth and your bathroom is bacteria-free and smelling as fresh as the morning air. Magic!
3. Choose Water Safe Cleaning Options
Hopefully now you’re clear why you should use eco-friendly cleaning products – they’re much safer for you and your family. But have you thought about how toxic chemicals affect the water supply? With eco-friendly cleaners you don’t need to worry.
Green cleaning products like white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice are water safe – they don’t create toxic products that have to be filtered out or diluted down with chemicals.
This is why eco-friendly cleaners are so great. Products like ECO.3’s Kitchen Cleaner uses a dynamic micelle liquid that leaves no toxic residue. With no fragrance, it doesn’t cause allergies or skin irritations either. So your kitchen surfaces are streak-free and your waste water is safe for everyone. It’s a win for the planet!
4. Watch what’s in your window cleaner
A lot of commercial cleaning products contain unexpectedly toxic ingredients. Take window cleaner. Did you know many brands contain MCI, a preservative and anti-fungal agent that can cause allergies and severe skin reactions? No? Most people don’t.
Window cleaner can be so powerful it damages LCD and plasma screens, marble worktops and wood. Not exactly something you want touching your children’s skin. Why not choose a natural based alternative instead?
You can knock up a green window cleaner with dilute white vinegar, and scrub away smears with old newspaper, but there’s also effective eco-friendly brands that take away the effort. ECO.3’s Window cleaner uses dynamic micelle technology to clean windows and glass in a flash without the health risks of commercial cleaners and without leaving dreadful streaks.
5. Green clean your screens
Just like window and glass cleaner, many commercial screen cleaners contain chemicals you’d rather not put near delicate skin or eyes. They use alcohol or degreasers to break up smears on your laptop, TV or smartphone.
An easy green alternative is to use mild alcohol solution to get rid of fingerprints and smudges, but there are also innovative green brands that have proved even more effective.
ECO.3’s e-Screen cleaner helps to prevent recurrence of smears and stains by using multi-phase fluids to apply an invisible protective layer to screens. It completely removes dirt and grease and also creates a barrier layer on the screen surface. So your screens stay cleaner for longer. Bonus!
6. Choose an alternative to commercial carpet cleaner
Pets, babies or small children spend most of their lives on the floor. This makes it particularly important that your carpet cleaner is non-toxic. Unfortunately, commercial brands use some of the most toxic chemicals found in the home, like propylene glycol methyl ether, propane, and synthetic fragrances.
As an alternative, keen green cleaners use an eco-friendly mixture of equal parts salt, borax and vinegar to tackle tricky carpet stains, leaving a non-toxic, clean environment.
Advanced eco-friendly brands like Eco. 3 use dynamic micelle liquids to remove stains without toxic solvents. Their Fresh Floor Cleaner can be used on any water tolerant surface including carpet, producing impressive cleaning results and leaving a pleasant non-carcinogenic water-basescent.
7. Handle your textiles with care
Another source of toxic chemicals, commercial upholstery cleaners are packed with ingredients you’d rather your family didn’t ingest.
While you already know why you should use eco-friendly cleaning products, making an effective natural upholstery cleaner can be tough. The good news is ECO.3 have it covered, with a textile spray that cleans, freshens and deodorises mattresses, curtains and upholstery.
The cleaner helps prolong the life and looks of your textiles, and even has a unique fresh scent. Just spray any surface, leave to work for a few moments, then wipe away stains with a microfiber cloth.
8. Take the trouble out of troublesome stains
Every parent knows children make a mess, and sometimes it’s tough to clean things up. Whether it’s grease all over a favourite pair of jeans, or felt tip pens on the walls, removing these stains naturally can be a headache.
Most commercial products are full of solvents, propellants and other toxic nasties. So get rid of those! You can make green alternative by applying baking soda to the area with a damp sponge.
Eco-friendly brands such as ECO.3 have taken things another step further. Their skin friendly Hand Oil Remover is safe for the skin while being highly effective at removing oil, grease, felt tips, permanent markers, ink and other tricky stains from a variety of surfaces. It’s like Harry Potter without the wands!
9. Make steel shine without the stink
It’s hard to make stainless steel shine without toxic cleaners. Most specialist products contain produce nasty ammonia fumes that fill your kitchen and can affect your breathing.
Instead, clean your stainless steel surfaces with white vinegar and olive oil and wipe them with a clean cloth. You’ll be done in a flash!
Another option is to use ECO.3’s Stainless Polish. It harnesses Nanosmart technology to deep clean the metal. Because it penetrates and cleans so deeply the polish can last up to two months, meaning you don’t have to clean as often either. Great news for busy parents!
10. Choose microfiber cloths to clean up
Most of us use disposable sponges and scrubbing brushes to clean and freshen our home. They’re easy to use and discard, but we know we’re adding them to the landfill mountain, so why not pick more sustainable options?
Microfiber cloths have a positive charge that naturally attracts dirt, grease and oil, making it easier to remove stains without any cleaning product. Because they’re double-sided, you can scrub away stains and then wipe surfaces clean with the same cloth. When you’re done, just pop them in the washing machine. They last at least 30 washes. Oh, I nearly forgot to mention that ECO.3 have a range of Super-Microfibre Cloths guaranteed to last 300 washes.
Now you’ve read our eco-friendly cleaning tips I hope you’re excited to put them into practice! It won’t be long before your home is free of toxic chemicals and the planet is better off too.