DIY household cleaners have the advantage of being non-toxic and generally more budget friendly, as they are made with items you probably already have around your home. Check out the links below tofor recipes that will keep you and your family healthy and won’t break the bank.
Looking to make your cleaning routine more environmentally friendly but don’t want to make your own? Here are things to keep in mind when selecting cleaning products (source: Rolling Stone):
- Formula: Look for formulas that are biodegradable, pH balanced, and free from potentially harmful chemicals, including likely carcinogens or highly irritating or corrosive substances. Unsure about an ingredient? Check out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) guide to household cleaners. Try to avoid artificial fragrance and look for products that have a low volatile organic compound (VOC) level, which can negatively impact indoor air quality.
- Packaging: Sustainable packaging is a crucial factor when thinking about the impact of our household products. Concentrated formulas are not pre-diluted with water, which cuts down on bulkiness, makes shipping more efficient, and means that you aren’t over-paying for a product that is essentially 90% water. Packaging made of recycled materials is also a big plus.
- Reusable Tools: Use reusable versions of paper towels and single-use spray bottles. Check out our Reduced Waste Living page to learn more about reduced waste swaps for the kitchen and bathroom.