Eco-friendly Spring Cleaning
Eco-friendly Spring cleaning is a great way to deep clean your home for the new season while avoiding toxic chemicals and plastic waste. Conventional cleaning products are a contributor to plastic pollution and synthetic chemical build up in natural environments. Find out what to use and what to avoid for your eco-friendly spring cleaning routine:
Why choose eco-friendly spring cleaning products?
Conventional cleaning products can pollute the air in our homes and natural environments when we wash them down the drain. The US Environmental Protection Agency has found that the air inside our homes is on average 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside. Much of this is to do with airborne pollutants from cooking, plastic items, furniture, technology and of course, conventional cleaning products.
Meanwhile, many cleaners contain harmful chemicals which the US EPA categorises as volatile organic compounds. When you use these chemicals in your home, they’re eventually washed down the drain. The water heads to waste water treatment facilities, where most contaminants are removed before it’s pumped into waterways. But not all contaminants are removed and they can build up to negatively impact natural environments and wildlife.
What to look for in eco-friendly spring cleaning products
Eco-friendly spring cleaning products should satisfy a number of important criteria including:
- Free from plastic
- Free from palm oil
- Free from toxic chemicals
- Free from animal testing for the product and its ingredients
- High water content (most cleaning liquids are 60-95% water)
The entire CONCENTR8ED cleaning eco bar range is plastic-free, palm oil-free, toxic chemical-free, no animal testing, vegan and has little to no water.
What to avoid in eco-friendly spring cleaning products
The non-profit Environmental Working Group has found 53 percent of cleaning products that they reviewed contain lung-harming ingredients. Meanwhile, just 7 percent of cleaning products adequately disclosed their ingredients. Now you know what to look for in eco-friendly cleaning products, here's what you should avoid:
- Liquid cleaning products are usually 60-95% water. Look for concentrates with little to no water instead
- Cleaning products containing “fragrance” or “parfum” on the ingredients lists. These are often petroleum-based synthetic fragrances hidden under the capture-all legal term.
- Serious warning label terms such as:
- “Harmful to aquatic life with long-lasting effects”
- “Do not breath spray”
- “Causes serious eye damage”
- “Avoid release to the environment.”
- “Use in well-ventilated areas”
It can be difficult to know what’s really in the average cleaning product. That's because businesses and manufacturers are not required to print the entire ingredient list, as is required by law for cosmetics. It’s best to find brands with values that you trust and stick to their items, as opposed to trying to decipher what may or may not be in a conventional cleaning product.
DIY homemade cleaning product ideas
It’s easy to make your own cleaning products at home using a few cheap ingredients. Here are some easy DIY cleaning product ideas:
Vinegar surface spray
- One part white vinegar
- Two parts water
- 20 drops of your favourite essential oil (to cover vinegar smell)
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and use in place of conventional cleaning sprays.
Eco drain cleaning volcano
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- A dash of vinegar
Remove hair and and physical build up from your drain. Drop the baking soda into your drain. Splash the vinegar down the drain and watch it bubble and foam up. Leave for 10 minutes and follow up with hot or boiling water.
- 1 lemon, sliced in half
- 2 tablespoons baking soda (more if needed)
Place baking soda on a flat surface and dab with lemon half. Use to clean surface as you usually would with a sponge or cloth.
Remember: These ingredients can be corrosive to certain metals and materials so always do your research first according to your home.
Eco-friendly cleaning tool ideas
Many plastic-based and disposable cleaning items will be sitting on our planet for the next 500+ years. Always opt for reusable cleaning tools that you can use, rinse, wash and repeat for a long time.
Easy cleaning tool swaps
- Swap plastic sponges for compostable sponges
- Swap disposable wipes for washable clothes and upcycled rags
- Swap plastic cleaning brushes for dishes and the toilet for wooden options
- Swap plastic dusters (which just move dust around) for damp washable clothes
- Swap disposable mop heads for washable mop heads.
Eco-friendly spring cleaning is easier than you think! Swap expensive disposable plastic and toxic chemical-filled cleaning products for more natural options. It can benefit the planet, your health and your bank account. Try the CONCENTR8ED bathroom cleaning eco bar (pictured above) for FREE today.