All The Must Have Sustainable Cleaning Products Your Home Needs
These days, we’re all about streamlining.
Filtering unworn sweaters out of our overpacked wardrobes. Cutting back on the single-use products in our daily routines.
And, most importantly, streamlining the products in our cleaning cupboard.
Whether you’re a brand new homeowner (congrats!) stocking up on staples for the first time, or a busy family looking for a way to cut back, this list is for you.
A clean home is the ultimate calming balm when the world feels overwhelming. These curated picks will remove stains, eliminate mold, and fight bacteria without breaking the budget.
1. Multi-Surface Cleaner
There are way too many task-specific cleaners out there.
Take glass cleaners. The last time we checked the cleaning aisle at our local grocery store, we spotted a mirror cleaner, glass cleaner, and window cleaner.
Maybe you already see where this is going, but if you don’t, we’re here to tell you that you don’t need that many glass cleaners.
A good multi-tasking, all-purpose cleaner can tackle various tasks and clean the majority of non-porous surfaces, like glass, solid wood, stone, and plastic.
Look for a formula made with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda instead of bleach. Those ingredients have the same effect, without the related health risks.
And, for the record, we’re not trying to be a “well, actually” Karen here. But, well, actually, you don’t need three different glass cleaners to clean glass.
Some messes require extra strength cleaning power.
Degreasers can be used all over your house: in your oven, on driveways and patio furniture, in bathrooms and basements. A powerful degreaser is especially handy for removing food and drink stains, soap scum, grease, oil, and gum.
Whatever formula you decide on, make sure it’s non-toxic and biodegradable. Otherwise, you’ll introduce toxic chemicals into your home and waterways.
3. Bathroom Cleaner
Bathrooms present their own set of cleaning woes.
Mold, mildew, soap scum, and hard water stains do require their own specialty cleaner. One that removes mildew and mold, fights bacteria, brightens, and prevents scum and grime from building up in the first place.
Just like with a degreaser, a biodegradable, non-toxic formula is not only better for your health and your environment, but it’s also more cost-effective.
Harsh chemicals wear away at the lining of your pipes and water lines over time, or else build up and cause blockages. Using biodegradable cleaners will save your spending big on costly plumbing renovations.
4. Paperless Towels and Microfiber Cloths
Say it with us: I do not need paper towels.
In 2017, $12 billion worth of paper towels were sold globally. Nearly half of that total came from Americans.
Other countries see paper towels for what they are, useful but not necessary for every situation.
Paperless towels and reusable dishcloths can be used in most situations where you would traditionally use a paper towel. Most of the time, they’ll even do the job better (anybody else have paper towel bits on their mirrors?).
For dusting, invest in a set of microfiber cloths. Microfiber cloths suck up dust like a vacuum, and once you’re done with one for the day, you can throw it in the washing machine.
5. Vacuums, Brooms & Handheld Brooms
Messes come in all shapes and sizes - dust bunnies all over the house, spilled coffee grounds in the kitchen, dirt tracked through your entryway. And, sometimes, a catch-all product won’t cut it.
A versatile vacuum (we’re big fans of the cordless type), a broom, and a dustpan will pick up dirt and dust all over your house.
Look for a vacuum that converts to a handheld vacuum. It’ll take up less space than having two vacuums and help you get into those hard-to-reach cracks and crevices.
6. Reusable Rubber or Latex Gloves
Nothing’s more frustrating than cleaning your entire house to find that your hands are dry as a desert.
Even if you pick safe formulas free from harsh chemicals, household cleaning products can take a toll on your skin. That's especially true if you suffer from psoriasis or eczema.
A pair of cleaning gloves will save your hands when you’re washing windows, doing the dishes, or scrubbing out tough carpet stains.
7. Stain Remover
Hands up if you’ve ever spilled coffee or wine (or both!) on a brand new carpet.
Keeping a high-quality stain remover around will save your fabrics and your sanity. Look for a formula that works on low and hile pile rugs, car seats, curtains, and clothes.
Ready to learn more about cleaning sustainably? Check out our home cleaning sustainability blog here.