What is eco-friendly cleaning?
It’s important to note that everything – from the water we drink to the air we breathe – is made up of chemicals.
When talking about ‘eco-friendly’, ‘green’, or ‘natural’ cleaning, however, it generally refers to using cleaning products that contain few or no artificial chemicals.
There are financial, environmental, and medical reasons that someone might prefer using natural cleaning products. You can also buy the ingredients for eco-friendly cleaners in bulk at a price cheaper than individual retail products, and use these ingredients for multiple cleaning purposes.
Homemade, eco-friendly cleaning products often produce less waste than off-the-shelf cleaners, as you can mix them up at home in reusable bottles or jars.
Finally, while non-natural cleaning products are safe to use if you follow the directions, some people may be more sensitive to the chemicals in them – these include chlorine (found in bleach), artificial fragrances, and disinfectants. They might also have small children or pets and feel more comfortable using natural cleaning products.
Common eco-friendly cleaning ingredients
Vinegar isn’t just a tasty flavouring for chips. It’s also great for cleaning as it’s a type of acetic acid – meaning it can help dissolve mineral build up, remove grease and deodorise.
Bicarbonate of soda
Bicarb soda (also known as baking soda) is a common baking ingredient. It’s pure sodium bicarbonate, which is an alkaline chemical compound that is well known for fizzing when combined with an acid, like vinegar or lemon juice.
Lemon juice has been used as a folk remedy for lightening hair for ages. The reason for that is because it’s a mild bleach, it’s also good for light bleaching around the home. It also smells great!
These oils capture the aroma of plants, including orange, lemon, eucalyptus and tea tree. They’re used to deodorise or provide a scent to a homemade cleaning product, though some people can have allergic reaction to them. Citrus oils are also effective at removing grease from stoves and range hoods.