Choosing eco-friendly cleaning products is a great first step to making your home a little bit more environment friendly.
Mini Miracles are proud to provide a green cleaning service using eco-friendly cleaning products to businesses and domestic customers who want to minimise their impact on the environment.
But when you’re doing your own cleaning there is still a lot you can do on a day-to-day basis to reduce the use of chemicals when cleaning your home; don’t forget most of the cleaning products you use end up being washed down the drain and eventually into water courses (witness the recent fuss about microbeads in cosmetics) so the more natural the products, the better for the environment.
A common myth about eco-cleaning is that “green” or “natural” products do not perform as well as the more familiar, branded, chemical-based counterparts - this is simply not true! With the help of today’s technology eco-cleaning products have been proven to be just as effective as a chemical based cleaners.
Of course the distinction between a natural product and a chemical is very blurry, you might not fancy eating something with 3-methylbut-1-yl ethanoate in it, but actually it’s just one compound found naturally in bananas.
When looking for eco-cleaning products in supermarkets choose brands like Ecover or Method, and there are many more available online. Some supermarkets do their own eco-friendly products but be sure to check the labels, the regulations here are surprisingly lax and there’s no legal definition of “natural” when applied to cleaning products.
Products to avoid are those that contain:
Sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES or SLS) – linked to allergic reactions of the skin, eyes and respiratory tract
Formaldehyde – as for SLES and SLS
1,4-dioxane - a carcinogen linked to organ toxicity
You could also do what your Granny probably did and make your own cleaning products from vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice – surprisingly effective for many tasks and totally natural. And cheap too! Try here for 5 useful recipes, and let us know how you get on!