To help contribute to a cleaner, greener environment, we always do our best to practice being more eco-friendly in our day-to-day. From recycling to walking instead of driving and reducing our energy usage.
However, have you ever considered the impact your cleaning products are having on your or the environment?
Not only do cleaning products use a lot of single-use plastic (though thankfully refills are on the rise), the chemicals used to eradicate dirt and bacteria can be harsh on us and the environment.
The indoor cleaning chemicals can be harmful for children and pets if ingested and can also affect the air quality with VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) causing irritation.
With good ventilation and careful usage this can avoided, but we think a better option is to stock up on some great natural alternatives that'll work just as well to keep your home sparkling clean.
Am I being 'Greenwashed'?
While a lot of the cleaning companies are taking inspiration from the vegan environmental movement, some are marketing their products as eco-friendly and sustainable when they're not. It's sometimes hard to distinguish the difference and not be 'greenwashed', choosing products from brands that might not be truly environmentally conscious.
We've sieved through the green sheen and found the best eco-friendly products from:
• Sustainable brands that strive to change the world for the better with recycled materials and natural ingredients
• Brands that are cruelty-free and against animal testing
• Brands that give back to the community
• Brands that are transparent with their ingredients and authentically deliver their eco-messaging
• Brands that authentically deliver their eco-messaging and act on eco-initiatives
18 eco-friendly cleaning products
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Eco-friendly cleaning products
Ecover's toilet cleaner freshens and cleans without chemicals with its plant-based and mineral ingredients. Suitable for sensitive skin and never tested on animals, their factories are ecological too by being energy efficient, sustainably built and clean running. The bottle are made from recycled and plant plastic so you know with this product, nature is on your side.
This money-saving, eco-friendly and hypoallergenic alternative to washing detergent uses natural cleaning pellets that can last for up to 210 washes. At just 5p per wash this gadget is kind to your environment, pocket and skin and has been dermatologically tested and endorsed by Allergy UK.Click here for our full review on the Ecoegg, covering how and why it works.
Ecozone are the cruelty-free, vegan and Allergy UK approved brand and have made this descaler from 100% citric acid to tackle tough limescale as well as a chemical counterpart. Simply follow the directions for a beautifully clean kettle that's kind on your and the environment.
Method use plant-based, biodegradable ingredients that are cruelty free in their 100% recycled plastic bottles. This particular naturally derived multi-surface cleaner smells amazing with pink grapefruit that leaves your home natural and fresh.
Not only to Faith in Nature make eco-friendly body wash, they have a household range too that ticks all the boxes. Natural, vegan, cruelty-free, ethical, sustainable and made from recycled materials, this laundry liquid can be used straight from the bottle or used to refill your pre-existing laundry bottle. With real cleaning power, it'll gently clean your clothes whilst still reducing the environmental impact.
Back in the 1980s, bio-D's founder was cleaning commercial ships for a living but found using the industrial cleaning products tough and a respirator had to be worn. Bio-D was born as a healthy, natural and safe cleaning product that uses raw materials where possible for a cleaner environment. This concentrated washing-up liquid is vegan, cruelty-free and fragrance-free too.
This strong and absorbent kitchen roll is perfect for cleaning kitchen spills and stains whilst being kind to the environment. Made from 100% bamboo, this natural, cruelty-free and vegan brand donates part of every purchase to the The World Land Trust to protect plants and animals in endangered rainforests.
These dishwasher tablets by vegan and cruelty-free brand ecoleaf are derived from plant extracts and are based on biodegradable and non-hazardous ingredients. Their full range is environmentally friendly and safe for use around the home, providing a powerful clean no matter the job.
Bicarbonate of soda has so many uses and this version from the natural brand Dri-Pak is sure to help. The gentle, non-irratable, deodorising multi-action cleaner can help shift tough stains and comes in a recyclable box.
Method's non-wax, non-toxic, biodegradable wood floor cleaner is specially formulated for wood floors as well as stone, tile or laminate. Scented with a sweet almond fragrance, the cleaner is tough on stains but kind on the environment. The cleaning formula contains natural ingredients derived from materials like soy, coconut and palm oils and the packaging is made from the most readily recyclable materials.
Ecozone's enzymatic drain cleaning sticks prevent blockages and bad odours as a continuous treatment that uses powerful natural bacteria and enzymes. Cruelty-free, vegan and Allergy UK approved, keep your drains free-flowing with this monthly treatment that's safe to use.
This naturally fast acting window and glass cleaner from Alkimi is made from a non-toxic formula that'll still powerfully target dirt and grime whilst being safe as you spray. Made from natural ingredients and scented with aniseed and mint essential oils, you can keep your home clean and smelling great. The packaging is 100% recyclable.
The Bower Collective's mission is to make sustainable living simple and accessible to everyone. This refill concentrated conditioner is delicately fragranced with pure lavender essential oil, protects fibres and leaves clothes soft and static-free. For every purchase, 20p is donated to the Marine Conservation Society's 'Save Our Seagrass' appeal for their role as part of a LIFE ReMEDIES project to protect endangered seagrass meadows in the UK.
Ocean Saver by name, ocean saver by nature! This handy 5 pack of Power Cleaning EcoDrops are designed for all your essential home cleaning needs. Simply drop any EcoDrop into an empty spray bottle, fill with warm water and shake to create a powerful and effective surface spray. The product is eco-friendly and plant-based, a perfect replacement for your existing non-recyclable cleaning sprays. Plastic-free and pet-friendly too, join their mission to save 1 million plastic bottles from reaching the ocean.
Splosh are on a mission to protect the planet from single-use plastic with their refillable bottles and concentrated refill pouches to help cut your plastic waste by 95%. They're also zero waste so if you return your used refill pouches to them, they'll upcycle them into new products. This washing up liquid will cut effortlessly through grease and fragranced with real grapefruit and essential oils, this wonderfully citrussy scent will bring joy to your washing up bowl!
Seventh Generation is a brand powered by plants and with packaging made from 100% recycled fibre that it suitable for home compost too. Fragrance-free and cruelty-free, this concentrated stain removal laundry detergent is made of 96% plant based ingredients. By choosing Seventh Generation products, you're joining their mission to transform the world into a healthy, sustainable and equitable place for the next generation.
Get nature on your side with Ecover's stain remover to target even the most stubborn marks. Plant-based, biodegradable ingredients, cruelty-free and with a bottle made up of 100% recycled plastic, brush away stains with the specially designed applicator which proves you don't need harsh chemicals to remove tough stains.
Made from 100% recycled fibres, keep your bathroom eco-friendly with these competitively priced 3-ply rolls that are plastic-free and good for you with no inks, dyes or scents. With carbon neural shipping and a B Corp Certificate for environmental impact, you can buy as a one-time purchase or subscribe to make sure to never run low. They donate 50% of their profits to charity partners who work in water, hygiene and sanitation to help build clean working toilets for millions of people.
Eco-friendly cleaning accessories
Make your own eco-friendly cleaning product
Want to save your pennies and make your own natural cleaner using ingredients from around the home? Try making some of the cleaners in these videos to keep your home spick-and-span and toxic-free!