7 Eco-friendly cleaning tips
Move over Mrs Hinch, we've put together 7 top cleaning tips that are good for you, your home and your family. Cleaning doesn't have to involve nasty chemicals, there are lots of natural products that we can use to give our home that environmentally friendly spring clean.
- Most commercial multi-purpose surface cleaners use toxic chemicals such as ammonia to help shift stains and disinfect surfaces. Thankfully, it’s easy to switch to eco-friendly options that don’t cause allergies, asthma and skin irritation, such as our Iron & Velvet cleaning sachets and Ocean Saver cleaning drops. Plus, they are both plastic-free as they come in water-soluble sachets that you simply drop in to warm water filled reusable cleaning bottles and hey presto you’re good to go!
2. Most of us use disposable sponges and scrubbing brushes to clean and freshen our home. They are easy to use and discard, but we know we’re adding them to the landfill mountain, so why not pick more sustainable options? Our Maistic All Purpose Cellulose Sponge is made of natural cellulose from wood fibres and nothing else and of course you can wash it meaning its reusable. It also plastic-free and compostable, just cut up into small pieces first, so it’s also a zero-waste product.
Our Unsponges, are also a similar concept, they are made from organic cotton, can also be resued over and over again and then composted once use is exhausted. Plus they come in these beautiful prints!
- You can also use ingredients from your home cupboards! White wine vinegar is a great stain remover as it naturally anti-bacterial and a great natural deodoriser so it’s perfect for glass cleaning, for removing stubborn and smelly food stained dishes.
- It’s hard to make stainless steel shine without toxic cleaners. Most specialist products contain produce nasty ammonia fumes that fill your kitchen and can affect your breathing. Baking soda is another one of nature’s cleaners as it is a mildly alkaline substance that functions as a gentle abrasive, deodorant and much more. A thick paste of baking soda and water can be useful in removing surface rust and make your surfaces shine! A more liquid mixture of baking soda and water can function as an all-purpose light cleaner that is particularly effective on grease.
- Give our Ecococonut range a go and be blown away by the natural powers of coconut husk! These products are made from the outside of a coconut that normally has very little use so normally ends up in landfill. It is naturally strong and durable, which makes it the ideal cleaning materials. Our Ecococonut Scourers and Dish Brushes are eco friendly, plastic-free and made from 100% natural resources. Coconut is also naturally antibacterial and is 100% compostable.
- Dish washing soaps bars are great for your general washing up. Our LoofCo Washing Up Soap completely replaces plastic bottles of washing-up liquid. It’s tough on grease and grime whilst also being gentle and better for your skin than that of commercialised washing up liquids that contain all sorts of chemicals. Plus it’s vegan and SLS free.
- Traditional black plastic bin bags can take up to 1000 years to degrade down whilst in landfill, releasing harmful greenhouse gases in the process. All of our bin bags are made of renewable, natural materials and they are fully compostable in the right environment. They are 100% plant based, plastic-free and vegan. They are nice and strong too with a reinforced base to stop leaking. Available in 30l or 50l sizes.