Many of us aspire to become more green and eco-friendly. From ditching one use plastic bottles to teaching the kids to reuse and upcycle our family has become greener. We are aiming to make changes that will not only make a lasting impact in our kids lives; but changes that also make a lasting impression on our footprint on the planet. I have a confession to make. Changing up my cleaning routine and adopting green and eco friendly cleaning products hasn’t been easy for me.
I am notorious for using bleach in my home. It doesn’t feel to me like the house is clean if it hasn’t been bleached and disinfected. I obviously know that it’s not really the case; but making a change in my cleaning products has been pushed to the back burner. It really hasn’t proved to be an easy change for me at all. There are so many recipes online for creating your own products. As well as a huge variety of eco cleaning products you can get off the shelves. In this post I aim to give you, and myself, a little bit of inspiration to help you find the best eco friendly cleaning products to buy and also to make!
Sourcing Eco Cleaning Products
With so many products on the market it’s not easy to find eco cleaning products that you can incorporate into your life. That’s why I really like websites that offer eco cleaning products you can buy off their virtual shelves. There has always been a big variety of cleaning products on the market but nowadays eco cleaning products are becoming just as popular and just as readily available.
I really like to shop online because you can get all of the information that you need about each line of products. Pattersons, for example give you thorough information so you can be informed before you buy. Not only can you find commercial cleaning products on their site, but you can get your household cleaning products there too.
Creating Your Own Eco Cleaners
There are so many ideas floating around on the internet and social media. They promise to help us make the transition from traditional cleaners that aren’t good for the planet to eco cleaners. As with anything, there is so much information out there. It can sometimes be difficult to know where to begin or what tips to follow.
When I make a big lifestyle change I start with baby steps. I don’t want to get overwhelmed by a change and then not truly stick to it. The following infographic is perfect for me, and hopefully for you too! These 3 simple eco cleaning hacks can help you take the baby steps to set you on the right track.
Eco Cleaning Hacks
Create your own all purpose cleaner by mixing 1 part distilled water, 1 part white vinegar, and adding drops of your favourite essential oil for scent. You can use this cleaner to wipe down work surfaces, for example, and if your little ones put their biscuit down on it and pick it up again you won’t have to worry about them ingesting anything toxic!
A quick stain remover can also be made by taking 1 spoonful of eco friendly soap, 2 spoons of baking soda, and 2 spoons of hydrogen peroxide. Not only is this effective against stains but it is also gentler on your skin.
Make your own degreaser by mixing 2 cups white vinegar and 1/2 cup of lemon juice. The acids in both products combine to cut the grease and make it easy for you to clean it up.
So there you have it! Do you use eco friendly alternatives for your cleaning? Let me know your experience in the comments or on social media!