Top 10 Eco Friendly Cleaning Products and DIY Ideas

Even though you care about the environment and about your carbon footprint, you also have to still wash laundry, clean the bathroom, and generally keep your home spotless. You can easily solve this dilemma by investing in eco friendly cleaning products or making your own.

Commercial cleaners might not leave your house completely free of dirt and grime. At the same time, being environmentally aware means that you want to get rid of the chemicals, synthetics, and potential toxins they leave behind.

You have two options: You can either buy eco-friendly all-purpose cleaners, or you can make your own. Scroll down to check out more information on both of these choices. Not only will you save money, but you can also cut back on waste and ditch the harmful chemicals.

Green Cleaning Is Easy

Scientifically speaking, there are no specific criteria that make a cleaning product green. However, most of the marketed items claim they are biodegradable, chlorine-free, and come from natural plants (such as coconut or palm). Therefore, these are based on renewable sources, unlike petrochemicals such as natural gas or crude oil (non-renewable).

Even so, don’t just take a green product on its word – always read the label. It’s time to get rid of the toxic and polluting substances that fill our homes and replace them with their eco-friendly counterparts.

Eco Friendly Cleaning Products on the Market

It’s not just that the commercial, chemical-based products can be quite expensive. It’s also important to keep in mind the long-term health concerns for the family, as well as the environmental pollution starting from their manufacturing to disposal.

In response, there is a growing market of commercial but non-toxic home cleaning products. These are not just healthier, but also more environmentally responsible. Here are just some of the eco friendly cleaning products you can buy.

  • Murchison-Hume “Everyday” Furniture Spritzer. This refillable cleaner can simply be sprayed onto upholstery or wood to eliminate dust and grime and avoid harsh chemicals.
  • Greenworks Free & Clear Laundry Detergent. This dermatologist-tested, natural formula will automatically make your laundry cycle a lot greener. Fortunately, it has the same stain-fighting power you’d expect from commercial products, minus the harmful chemicals.
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Surface Wipes. These wipes are not just biodegradable, but also pre-moistened for maximum power against dirty surfaces. Plus, they fit perfectly in your car’s glove compartment or purse, so you’re always prepared for messes.

Homemade Substituents

Before we get to the natural cleaning formulas, we need to check out some of the most useful non-toxic cleaning products. These easy-to-use natural ingredients are the stars of DIY cleaning products and you probably already have them at home for other household applications.

  • Baking soda. It’s a pantry stable that scours, cleans, softens water, and naturally deodorizes. Its virus-killing abilities are also effective for brightening and cutting through grease and grime.
  • Unscented soap. Whether as flakes, in liquid form, powders or bars, soap is biodegradable and it is very powerful in cleaning just about anything. For the most natural option, go with castile soap – it’s made from 100 percent plant oils and is chemical-free.
  • Lemon juice. As one of the strongest food-acids, lemon is very effective in the fight against household bacteria. Natural lemon juice destroys mold and mildew, cleans grease, and shines hard surfaces. The awesome smell is just a bonus.
  • White vinegar. Thanks to its acidity, vinegar is the king of eco friendly cleaning products. It cuts through grease, removes odors, many stains and annoying wax build-ups. It’s not just effective but also gently as it eliminates soap scum, grease, and grime.
  • Washing soda. This mineral is a bit more pretentious than the others. Don’t use it on aluminum and be aware of possible irritated mucous membranes. However, it’s very efficient in cutting grease, removing stains, cleaning walls, tubs, sinks, and tiles.
  • Cornstarch. We all have it, but have you used it to polish furniture clean windows, or shampoo carpets?

Green Recipe Formulas

Note: A lot of the cleaners we present below can be used in multiple ways in different places in the house, but we’ve assigned them to particular cleaning tasks for easier reference. Scroll down to find the perfect eco friendly cleaning products you can use.

Air Freshener

While commercial air fresheners coat nasal passages to diminish our sense of smell and mask smells, these other natural products can do so much better.

  • Mix vinegar or baking soda or lemon juice and place it in small dishes around the house to absorb unpleasant odors.
  • You can forget cooking odors if you simmer vinegar (1 tbsp in 1 cup water) on the stove while you prepare food. Get rid of fish and onion smells off utensils and cutting boards by wiping them with vinegar.
  • Prevent trash odors by grinding up a slice of lemon in the garbage disposal.

Countertops Cleaners

Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle to make an all-purpose counter cleaner. However, if you have a stone, marble, or granite countertop, replace the vinegar with rubbing alcohol or vodka. The vinegar’s acidity destroys these surfaces.

Toilet Scrubs

If you’re looking for a heavy-duty toilet scrub – that also deodorizes – pour ½ cup of baking soda and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into the toilet. After you add ¼ cup of vinegar into the bowl, scrub away as the mixture fizzes.

For weekly toilet cleaning, mix in a small spray bottle vinegar (about 1 cup) and a few drops of essential oil (lemon or tea tree). Spray on the toilet seat, let it sit for 5 minutes, and clean the surface with a wipe.

Fabric Softener

Instead of using a toxic liquid fabric softener, you can make your own concoction for nice and snuggly clothes. Make a big batch of softener that will last you more washing loads by mixing 20-30 drops of essential oil with a one-gallon jug of white vinegar. Approximately 1/3 cup is enough for a laundry load.

Now that you know some of the basic eco friendly cleaning products, you might want to look for more natural cleaning formulas. What else do you use to clean your house spotless? Leave your tips in the comments below.

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William E. Eubanks

I'm one of the main writers on the site; mostly dealing with environmental news and ways to live green. My goal is to educate others about this great planet, and the ways we can help to protect it.

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