Sustainable October: Green Cleaning Jumpstart

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Using cleaning supplies and chemicals not only is harsh on your counters, but also harsh on the environment. Commercial use of cleaning supplies such as building power washing, street cleaning, metal refining, automobile production, and so much more can cause impacts on water and air pollution and a lot more waste than necessary. Many of the cleaning supplies use and produced by commercial industries not only contain chemicals too harsh for humans but they also effect the creatures we call nature neighbors.

So what can you do to help curb this effect?

Well, one thing you can do (and the easiest first step) is to only purchase “green” cleaners. Unfortunately, that means brands like clorox, windex, tide and pledge fall very short of the “green status”. Its estimated that over 2000 products on the American market are considered too harsh for the environment. Also, the US doesn’t require health and environmental testing, and doesn’t require the ingredients to be listed on the products. So, if we can’t see whats in the bottle how do we actually know what we are buying?

So what should I buy? Here are five items you should keep in mind while purchasing your cleaning products.

  • Disclosed ingredients
  • Plant Based ingredients
  • USDA Certified Biobased Product
  • Lack artificial colours and fragrances
  • Possible refillable or recyclable

So the top five products I recommend starting with.

  1. Better Life. It has an ingredient list with listed source and purpose. It contains no fragrances, dyes, sulfates, and other harsh chemicals. Is plant based. There is a whole line of products. Also comes in recyclable bottles.

2. Dr Bronner’s. Made with organic and fair trade ingredients. The Products are never tested on animals and cruelty free. No synthetic detergents and preservatives. Super Concentrated so the last 3x longer. Products come in recyclable bottle.

3. Mrs. Meyer’s. This is my biased favorite. Plant Derived Ingredients. Garden Inspired scents. Not tested on animals. Can come in concentrated forms. TONS of products. Recyclable bottles.

4. Home Solv and Citra Solv. Ingredients labels. Plant-Based and contain no Dye, EDTA, phosphates or chlorine. Concentrated products available. Cruelty Free and Vegan

5. Branch Basics. Plant and Natural based. Fragrance and Harmful preservative free. Biodegradable. Not tested on animals. Concentrated products. Recyclable bottles.

Source from Branch Basic Website.

For more enthusiastic and dedicated people, you can always make your own cleaning supplies for everyday use and leave the commercial products for the deep cleaning. Pinterest has TONS of “pins” on this topic. And I can one day make my own article about it. But for now here are some links I found on Pinterest.


The next article will be about eating sustainably.

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