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Gone are the days when “green” cleaning supplies meant products that did a subpar job. Nowadays there are plenty of eco-friendly cleaning products that are better for the environment and more pleasant to use too. Whether you’re buying your cleaning supplies or making them at home, here are a few options to consider.
You can bet that every product from Grove Collaborative is plant-based, naturally fragranced, cruelty free, and minimally packaged. In addition to their own line of cleaning supplies and household products, they also carry Burt’s Bees, Method, Seventh Generation, and Mrs. Meyers Clean Day. With essential eco-friendly cleaning products like dish soap and multi-purpose cleaner, and less common products like recycled trash bags and compostable kitchen wipes, they have a lot to offer.
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The story behind Blueland’s mission to reduce plastic waste comes from its CEO, who had a conviction about all the plastic her household was throwing in the garbage. She says, “My journey to use less single-use plastic began when I became a new mom. I was horrified to learn that all the plastic I was throwing away was contaminating our water supply and generating hundreds of microplastics in the water and food I was feeding my baby. I wanted to do my part to help, but it was impossible to find household products like window cleaner, lotion, and toothpaste that didn’t come packaged in plastic. From there, Blueland was born.” Blueland’s line of eco-friendly cleaning products are all refillable, using their concentrated refill packs.
Leading the charge for producing eco-friendly cleaning supplies in an eco-friendly environment, ECOS is “the world’s first company to make its products in carbon neutral, water neutral, and TRUE Platinum Zero Waste facilities.” That TRUE certification means they actively reduce, repurpose, and recycle over 95% of their manufacturing and office waste so it doesn’t end up in a landfill. The folks at ECOS say that they have spent five decades perfecting clean manufacturing and sustainable business practices, and they’re confident that their products speak for themselves. PS-You can also buy ECOS brand products, like dish soap, laundry detergent, or hand soap, on Amazon.
DIY Cleaning Products
If those eco-friendly cleaning products still aren’t quite what you had in mind, consider these items you can use to clean your home safely and effectively.
- Baking soda – deodorizes and scours stains
- White vinegar – removes grease, mildew, and bad smells
- Castile soap – a truly all-purpose cleaner
- Lemon juice – not only smells good, it can also remove stains
- Salt – scrub with salt alone, or combine it with baking soda and vinegar
Ready to try out some homemade cleaning concoctions? Here are a couple to get you started:
Pour ½ cup baking soda down your kitchen drain, followed by ⅓ cup white vinegar. Let it bubble and sit for an hour, then pour boiling water down the drain to rinse all the gunk away.
Add a couple of tablespoons of water to ½ cup baking soda until you have a paste-like consistency. Spread it all over the inside of your oven, scrubbing slightly. Let the mixture sit overnight, and in the morning spritz it down with white vinegar in a spray bottle. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Combine 2 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of castile soap, and 10 drops of lemon oil. Pop the mixture in a spray bottle and use it with a clean cloth to dust your furniture.
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Holly Christy is a local small business owner, wife of 20+ years, mother to tweens, and an entrepreneur. She holds an MBA, and uses her talents for writing, event planning, and making connections to grow her own business as well as those of her clients.