By Kate Elisha-Goldberg
We all want to do what’s best for our family, and when it comes to our homes, we want to know that they are clean and germ-free. But with so many different cleaning products on the market these days, it can be difficult to know which is the healthiest choice. It seems like a new product comes out every day claiming to be the best and most effective, but as consumers become more and more educated about the harmful and often toxic ingredients in various popular cleaning products, many people are choosing to “go green” and become more conscious about the cleaning products they bring into their homes.
Fortunately, manufacturers are responding to the rising demand for non-toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and by doing some simple research before heading to the store, consumers can feel good about the purchases they make.
Additionally, there are plenty of safe cleaning product alternatives that can be made at home with just a few simple ingredients. We’ve scoured the web for some of the best recipes for homemade cleaning products as well as some of the most popular green products available on the market today.
Green Cleaning Solutions You can make at Home
- ½ teaspoon liquid detergent
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 cups water
Dispense into a spray bottle, and use newspaper to wipe window surfaces clean.
Porcelain and Tile Cleaner
- Baking Soda and water
Scrub with a moist sponge or cloth.
- Lemon juice and vinegar (Good for removing stains or mildew)
Kitchen Counter Cleaner
- 2 cups of water
- 3 tablespoons liquid soap
- 20-30 drops of tea tree oil
Spray or rub on countertops and other kitchen surfaces.
- Baking Soda or vinegar with lemon juice
Pour in small dishes, and place around the house to absorb odors.
- White Vinegar
Let solution sit on stain, and scrub with brush or sponge and warm, soapy water.
Popular Green Cleaning Products on the Market
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
- EPA registered
- No rinsing or wiping required
- Kills 99.9% of household germs botanically
Method Laundry Detergent
- Biodegradable formula reduces the average laundry detergent lifecycle carbon footprint by 35% (carbon footprint calculated using planet metrics rapid carbon modeling software)
- Bottle is recycled and recyclable
Green Works Natural Dishwashing Liquid
- Dermatologist-tested dishwashing liquid is gentle on your hands
- 97% naturally derived.
Nature’s Source Natural Bathroom Cleaner
- Biodegradable and plant-based
- Packaged in recycled bottle
Purex Natural Elements Fabric Softener
- Biodegradable softening ingredients
- Hypoallergenic and free of dyes
Arm & Hammer Essentials Baking Soda
- Natural deodorant that absorbs odors
Green Home Cleaning Services
Even if you don’t have time to do the cleaning yourself, you can find a green home cleaning service that will use environmentally friendly products and apply sustainable cleaning practices. Make sure to ask any potential cleaning service about the products they use and what sustainable methods they apply.
Thanks to the growing awareness of consumers, “going green” with cleaning products is quite simple, and the benefits to our heath and the environment are tremendous. For more information on green products, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency website. (http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/cleaning.htm)
Kate Elisha-Goldberg is a freelance digital marketer and copywriter. She has worked for several B2B companies, managing all aspects of their online social presence and currently develops web content and guest blogs for companies across the United States and Canada. She lives in Thornton, Colorado with her husband and their 2 dogs and cat. You can follow her personal blog at marriedwithmutts.com.