Everyone wants a clean home. However there shouldn’t have to be environmental cost to live in comfort. So traditional products used to keep bathrooms and kitchens spotless are effective. Yet they also feature a litany of chemicals and materials that are harmful to the environment. As well as your health.
As well as today’s green-living enthusiasts are unwilling to put up with such tradeoffs. So today nobody has to. Even mass-market companies are offering eco-friendly products. Combined with smaller niche producers and do-it-yourself options. We now live in a world where environmentalists can stay clean without sacrificing anything. The following list includes some of the best and most trustworthy ways to keep your household spick and span. All without harming Mother Nature in the process.
The method Revolution
One company, method, who I use and did not pay me got out in front of this trend. As well as it managed to make a name for itself early on. It has done well to brand itself first as a cleaning product firm that destroys dirt and germs. That’s with the tagline “People Against Dirty”. All the while championing its creative ways of doing the job in an eco-friendly way. And by getting into some big box stores, namely Whole Foods, it has gotten its other products. Such as dish soaps, laundry detergent, floor cleaner and other products and especially in front of consumers.
By beginning to use 100 percent recycled plastic packaging in 2006 — and recovering plastic from the ocean — it further cemented itself as the brand in eco-clean. “We realize that only a small amount of plastic is taken out of the ocean to make these bottles,” method co-founder Adam Lowry told Whole Foods. “But we can have a big impact if we change people’s minds about their role in protecting our oceans.”
While method dates back to 2000, plenty of other companies are also making waves in this market. Furthermore are discerning consumers all have their individual favorites.
For example, Seventh Generation, which also uses plant-based cleaners. This brand is preferred by many and is often even a bit cheaper. Others swear by, and only use, Dr. Bronner’s for both home and body care. While it made its name in body soap, shampoo and toothpaste, its concentrated Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner has become a big hit.
These are merely a few of the top, trendiest brands of today. Many others can be found in stores across the country, and Amway is one company with a long legacy of supplying homes with cleaning products. They offer an array of environmentally conscious options through their Instagram page.
Although eco-focused companies have devised proprietary plant-based cleaning products, there are historically proven ways to do the job with items you probably already have around the home. And these chemical-free solutions not only work well, but they are generally a lot cheaper if you’re willing to put in a little time to mix the formula.
Baking soda and vinegar are two of the superstar ingredients in many DIY cleaners — although be careful how you mix them together to avoid a science fair volcano. The reason they are so widely used is that baking soda is an available, safe alkaline, while vinegar is acidic. Depending upon the task, either can work to break down grime. Furthermore disinfect and destroy grease. Next is lemon juice, castile soap and various essential oils. Those are also popular and can be used together for different purposes.
An easy and effective all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen. It can be made by mixing together equal parts water and vinegar and putting it in a convenient-to-use a spray bottle. Dish-washing detergent can be made from equal parts water and liquid castile soap. In addition and along with two teaspoons of lemon juice. For hard-to-clean showers and other gunk bathroom tiles: Bam!! Thats don’t bother with the dilution. Spray pure white vinegar on that mildew and leave it alone. Let it go to work its magic for about a half hour. Then rub it down with a sponge. Watch the wall look like new before rinsing away everything with water. Try these and other simple cleaner recipes to help save money — and the environment.
The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from:
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