- Eco-friendly cleaning products can help reduce landfill, support healthier waterways and lower our carbon footprints
- There are eco-friendly alternatives to the plastic brushes and sponges you use to apply cleaning products.
- Look for waste free products that have reusable or plastic free packaging.
Swapping to eco-friendly cleaning products isn’t just a green-washing fad. Less plastic means less waste going to landfill. Less chlorine, phosphates and other chemicals in cleaning products means healthier waterways. Less single-use products means having smaller carbon footprints.
To help you make the switch, here’s our guide to some of the best eco-friendly cleaning products for a sparkling clean house and a healthier planet.
When it comes to bathroom cleaners, washing detergents and window cleaners, choosing a natural cleaning product may be a great idea.
When you’re looking to clean glass or mirrors, Koala Eco Natural Peppermint Glass Cleaner is a great choice. It has no synthetic fragrances, is plant-based and everything used is biodegradable. The bonus is the company is Australian owned and made!
Simply Clean Australian Eucalyptus Disinfectant Cleaner is another great product to have in your toolbox as it’s an all-natural, disinfectant that uses the natural antibacterial power of pure blue mallee eucalyptus oil. As well as killing 99.999% of sickness-causing germs, it’s also safe to use on food preparation surfaces and toys.
Simply Clean eco friendly cleaning products are biodegradable, eco-responsible and grey water safe.
Sponges and brushes
When you’re looking at doing an eco-cleaning overhaul, don’t forget to also look at how you’re applying your products. Traditional sponges and brushes are often made of plastics and other synthetic products which eventually end up in landfill.
We love the RetroKitchen Dishcloth range, not just because they’re super funky but also because they’re made from cotton and cellulose, machine washable and 100% compostable.
The Ever Eco Bamboo Handle Dish Brush is a zero-waste alternative to plastic dish brushes and its bristles are made from plants. You can also buy replacement heads – pretty cool, right?
RetroKitchen dishcloths are made from cotton and cellulose, machine washable and 100% compostable.
What about fragrances?
Some research shows that fragranced products may trigger adverse health effects. Fragranced products are a common indoor air pollutant.
Choosing natural cleaning doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to that post-clean smell. You may be surprised at how good smelling natural cleaning products are!
Simply Clean Lemon Myrtle Air Freshener has no artificial fragrance. It contains only the scent of pure, locally harvested, Australian lemon myrtle oil.
And the Koala Eco Pink Grapefruit & Peppermint room spray is biodegradable, eco-friendly, plant-based and smells just like the Australian bush.
Waste free multipurpose soaps are the perfect way to replace liquid dishwashing detergent, hand soap, and general cleaning soap.
Waste free products
And what about packaging? There are a bunch of awesome eco-friendly packaging ideas on the market. Some are old school, such as soap in a bar instead of a bottle, while others are very cool just-add-tablets-to-water situations that reduce single-use plastic.
We love That Red House Chunky Block Dishwashing Soap, with its simple and plastic-free packaging, meaning the only thing that ends up in landfill is the paper wrap.
And if you like the idea of reusable packaging, Baresop Lavender Scent Hand Wash Kit comes with a refillable bottle and compostable hand wash powder sachets. Just add boiling water.
Sometimes being eco-friendly means buying things that break down, and other times it can mean choosing products that last forever. Like the Ever Eco Stainless Steel Clothes Pegs, which help you to buy it once and buy it right!
Reviewed by the healthylife Advisory Board October 2021.