In a world that's becoming increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of our choices, transitioning to eco-friendly cleaning products is a small change that can make a big difference. Not only do these products contribute to a healthier planet, but they also create a safer, non-toxic environment for you and your loved ones. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the essential aspects of choosing the best eco-friendly cleaning products for your home.
Why Choose Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products?
Traditional cleaning products often contain harsh chemicals that not only harm the environment but also pose health risks to humans and pets. Eco-friendly cleaning products, on the other hand, are formulated with natural ingredients that are gentle on surfaces, people, and the planet. By making the switch, you're reducing your carbon footprint, minimizing water pollution, and promoting a sustainable future.
Key Factors to Consider:
1. Ingredients Matter
When selecting eco-friendly cleaning products, pay close attention to the ingredient list. Look for plant-based, biodegradable, and non-toxic components. Keywords to keep an eye out for include "plant-derived," "essential oils," "biodegradable," and "free from sulphates, phosphates, phthalates."
2. Certifications and Labels
Reputable certifications like "Certified B Corp," "USDA Organic," "EcoLogo," and "Cradle to Cradle" indicate that a product meets stringent eco-friendly and non-toxic criteria. These labels serve as a quick guide for people seeking genuine sustainable options. Note, these certifications can be expensive to apply for, so many smaller/newer brands might not have them, despite reputable ingredients. Guests on Earth is a Certified B Corp, which demonstrates our commitment to sustainable operations, materials, and social impact. Read more on our B Corp status here. We are hoping to apply for Cradle to Cradle or EcoLogo as we have the resources to do so. In the meantime, we list all of our ingredients (alongside its respective EWG score) in the Ingredient Glossary on our website.
3. Packaging and Sustainability
Consider the packaging of the product. Opt for those with minimal or recyclable packaging. Some companies, like Guests on Earth, go the extra mile with refillable containers to reduce plastic waste. Choosing concentrated formulas can also decrease the need for excess packaging. All of our formulas are highly concentrated, saving on unnecessary quantity and packaging.
4. Effectiveness and Performance
Eco-friendly cleaning products are designed to be as effective as their conventional counterparts. Look for reviews and testimonials from other users to ensure the product performs well in real-world situations. We have over 100 positive reviews for our products and are third-party lab tested as effective as the leading natural cleaner.
5. Scent and Fragrance: Many eco-friendly products use natural essential oils for scent. This can be a refreshing departure from the artificial and potentially harmful fragrances found in traditional cleaners. At Guests on Earth, we use only essential blends in our signature scents - Desert Dawn and Dunes at Dusk. There are no synthetic ingredients in our fragrances, just pure essential oils.
Making the Transition:
1. Start Gradually
Switching to eco-friendly cleaning products doesn't have to happen overnight. Start by replacing one or two products at a time to ease into the transition.
2. DIY Solutions
If purchasing non-toxic products is beyond your budget, consider making your own leaning solutions using ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and essential oils. DIY solutions are not only cost-effective but also customizable to your preferences.
3. Research Brands:
Take the time to research and explore brands that align with your values. Read about their mission, ingredient sourcing, and sustainability efforts.
Let us know how you've made the transition to a more eco-friendly lifestyle in the comments.