What are Eco Friendly Cleaning Products? 22 Tips and recipes

Eco Cleaning products are gentle on the environment and your family and a will give you a clean home without any nasty chemicals. If you want to keep your house looking squeaky clean without the harsh chemicals then you have come to the right place.

Essential Eco Friendly Cleaning Equipment

Look for non toxic, biodegradable products when you purchase.  This means you won’t be releasing any harmful chemicals in your house or in the environment when you clean.  Once you use the product, there won’t be any residual harmful chemicals hanging around and won’t get washed into waterways and end up hurting wildlife or eco systems.

Easy ways to create an eco friendly cleaning kit is to follow these essential tips.

Look for all purpose

An all purpose cleaner is the basis of all cleaning in your eco home.  It can be used for surfaces in bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms and is a staple in all homes.

Choosing a natural all purpose cleaner will mean you always have something on hand to help you keep your home squeaky clean.

Think about your throw aways

What you choose to clean with can be super important and key to reducing waste. If you use a regular kitchen sponge, paper towel and throw everything out afterwards there is a lot of waste made in cleaning.

If we are more mindful about the cleaning instruments we use then we can certainly reduce this waste.

Choose a Eco Sponge

If you rethink your sponge then we can save heaps of waste heading to landfill.  Instead of a synthetic sponge, how about try an unsponge. These are little homemade sponges made from colorful material which can be used over and over again.

Check out my previous article here on the unsponge.

Try a natural sponge

Another option is a natural sponge.  These are 100% biodegradable and environmentally safe.  They work great to do everything you would do with a normal kitchen sponge without the synthetic waste.

A cellulose sponge

Another option is a cellulose sponge.  These are made from a natural plant material, again they will biodegrade so won’t sit in landfill for 100 years like a synthetic sponge.

Un-Paper towel

Swap out paper towel for a reusable alternative like microfibre cloths, huck towels, old cloth nappies or unpaper towels.

All of these options can be used over and over again, they will wash up well in the washing machine and can be hung to dry.

Use biodegradable

Hard plastics are terrible for the environment, they usually can’t be recycled and hang around in landfill or the ocean for hundreds of years.

Instead choose scrubbing brushes, toilet brushes, brooms made from biodegradable materials.  Bamboo is a great alternative, it is a sustainable natural product, it breaks down naturally and is grown sustainably.  

Use your old toothbrushes

Reusing your old toothbrushes is a great way to prolong their life. Even if you choose bamboo toothbrushes already then you can extend their life even further by using them to clean sink holes or getting marks off of walls.

Add steam

Using a steam cleaner is a great way to avoid the use of chemicals in cleaning surfaces.  Grout in the bathroom is a great place to use these handy steam cleaners without the need for any nasty chemicals.

Steam cleaners can also be used for windows, blinds, surfaces, in the bathroom and kitchen.  It means you can avoid using nasty chemicals and use natural steam instead.

Eco friendly cleaning product ingredients

If you are keen on making your own cleaning products then, if you look over a frew recipes, what you will notice is that most recipes will use some combination of the same few ingredients.  Each of these ingredients have been used for centuries to clean homes, so let’s go through each one and explore why they are so good for natural cleaning.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a cheap, simple cleaning product that your grandma probably used.  It can neutralise odours, remove smells from carpets, and can help dissolve grease and dirt.

How to use Baking Soda

  • Keep an open packet in the fridge to absorb fridge smells
  • Sprinkle on carpet before vacuuming to absorb any smells
  • Sprinkle onto a sponge, it will be mildly abrasive and extra good for scrubbing
  • Dissolve in water to help wipe clean surfaces

Vinegar

Simple white vinegar is a great natural cleaning product.  Mix 50:50 vinegar and water in a spray bottle for a simple all purpose cleaner.  The vinegar smell will evaporate quickly leaving your surfaces clean.

You can also use this to clean windows or mirrors, just wipe with a damp microfibre cloth.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice works similarly to vinegar in that it will help to cut through grease and help to disinfect.  It will also help to keep your surfaces smelling great.

Homemade eco cleaner recipes

If you are keen to make your own cleaners here are 3 great recipes that you will want to try.  A homemade glass cleaner, grout cleaner and all purpose cleaner will be a perfect trio to keep your house looking amazing.

Homemade Glass Cleaner

Make your own glass cleaner.  If you need a little something extra to get your glass windows or mirrors looking squeaky clean then a homemade glass cleaner will do the trick.

A great recipe from Wellness Mama is as simple as:

  • 2 cups of distilled or filtered water (this will make sure there aren’t any streaks left)
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 10 drops of essential oil

Simply combine all of these ingredients in a spray bottle and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

Homemade grout cleaner

We are currently renting a house with the most amount of grout I have ever seen between tiles.  I have been trying all sorts of methods to keep them clean.  

The simplest cleaner I have had success with is simply warm water and washing detergent. The trick is to use a coarse scrubbing brush and you will remove so much of the dirt. If you are like me and avoiding chemicals then this simple trick will get your grout clean.

If you find this doesn’t work you can make a simple grout cleaner using baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dish cleaner.

Check out the ultimate guide to homemade grout cleaners here on Bren Did Blog.

Homemade all purpose cleaner

I really like this recipe from The Spruce to make a Clean Everything Lemon-Lime Spray.

The ingredients are simple:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water

Strain the juice of the lemon and lime, through a cloth then mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle.  Simply spray and wipe on surfaces. Wipe over with a cloth wet with water after to remove the spray. That’s it!

Top Eco Friendly Cleaning Tips

Look for green eco friendly cleaners

Choosing cleaning products with natural ingredients is a great first step to having a clean, eco friendly home.  As people become more aware of the benefits of sticking to natural, eco products more and more companies are using natural ingredients in their products. Puracy is doing well to make sure their products are Eco Friendly.

Keep your home smelling good

Keeping your home smelling good can sometimes be a battle, especially if you have kids and dogs around.  Keep your home smelling fresh without the chemical air fresheners by airing your home as often as possible.  

If you have screens on your windows or doors it is as simple as opening your home up and letting the cool breeze through.  I like to open our back screen door at the end of the day to allow the house to air after it has been closed up while we have been at work.

Make your own air fresheners

Make your own natural air fresheners or buy natural ones from a market or organic shop.

Check out the Prarie Homestead Blog for 10 Homemade Air Freshener Recipes using natural ingredients.

Add House Plants

Improve air quality by bringing in house plants.  House plants can help to filter the air in your home, absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. There are also studies that show just looking at house plants can make you feel better and reduce stress.  

Check out this article from the ABC on why houseplants are so good for you and your family.

Choose an eco friendly garden pot to house them in and have a great feature in your home that helps to keep your air green and clean.

Keep your carpets clean with baking soda

Baking soda can be a great way to soak up smells in your carpet.

Simply sprinkle some on the smelly area, allow it to sit and then vacuum it up.  For really smelly spots, this could be repeated a number of times.

Eco Friendly Cleaning Checklist

  1. Have an all purpose cleaner on hand – make one yourself or choose a natural cleaner
  2. Try a biodegradable sponge – try an unsponge, a cellulose sponge or sustainably harvested natural sponge
  3. Swap your kitchen paper towel for a reusable option.  Try microfiber cloths, huck towels, unpaper towels or old cloth nappies.
  4. Use biodegradable cleaning brushes. Try bamboo scrubbing brushes, toilet brushes and brooms.
  5. Reuse old toothbrushes to scrub your sinks, try bamboo toothbrushes.
  6. Use a steam cleaner for bathroom grime, kitchen, windows and blinds.
  7. Make your own cleaners – An all purpose cleaner, window cleaner and grout cleaner are a great trio for your home
  8. Air your home by opening windows instead of using chemical air fresheners
  9. Add house plants to freshen the air in your home and make you feel good
  10. Choose a natural hand soap instead of an antibacterial hand wash.