Thanks for the question, I hope I can help answer your question with a few different products/resources.
I am not sure by eco friendly cleaning products you mean dishwasher detergent, or surface cleaner etc - so I am going to list a few different ones I have tried.
In terms of eco-friendly cleaning products you can buy, here are a few products I would recommend:
I’ll start with dishwasher detergents.
- Ecover Dish Tabs
URL: Ecover Dish Tabs
Ecover Dish Tabs have powerful degreasing properties that get dishes sparkling clean. What’s more, they do it without those unnecessary chemicals.
Powers away stuck-on food and gets dishes sparkling clean
Biodegradable and phosphate-free
Made using plant-based and mineral ingredients
Naturally derived fragrance
Box made from recycled cardboard
Ingredients: Sodium Citrate, Sodium Carbonate Peroxide, Sodium Carbonate, Disodium Disilicate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium polyaspartate, Tetra Acetyl Ethylene Diamine (TAED), Sorbitol, Sorbitan Sesquicaprylate, Caprylyl/capryl glucoside, Glycerin, Fragrance, Subtilisin, Amylase, Limonene (allergen).
- Attitude Dish Tablets
URL: Attitude Dish Tablets
ATTITUDE is not the only brand to offer phosphate-free dishwasher detergent. But it is important to understand that phosphate-free doesn’t necessarily mean eco-friendly. ATTITUDE is the only one offering vegan and completely biodegradable chlorine-free cleaners without petrochemicals, dyes and artificial fragrances.
Certified eco-friendly by EcoLogo, the most recognized certification in North America
CO2 neutral: no contribution to climate change
Vegetable-based / Natural / Biodegradable
Free of phosphate and chlorine
Free of color dyes and artificial fragrances
Non-carcinogenic (selected ingredients not listed on the IARC Categories 1, 2A or 2B)
Not tested on animal
Septic tank safe
Vegetable non-ionic surfactants
- If You Care Dishwasher Tablets
URL: If You Care Dishwasher Tablets
If You Care Automatic Dishwasher Tablets Free and Clear are super concentrated. They contain a potent blend of mineral and plant derived cleaning ingredients including powerful enzymes to get your dishes sparkling clean.
Don’t be fooled by the small size of their dish tabs – they pack a powerful punch! Yet they are biodegradable, non-toxic, have minimal impact on aquatic life, contain no phosphates and no chlorine.
Replacing larger dish tabs or pac with our small but powerful tabs contributes to a reduction in emissions and energy consumption related to transport and handling, due to its 45% to 55% reduced product weight when compared to other leading brands.
Less raw materials used, stored, transported, handled and distributed means less CO2 and less detergents (even biodegradable ones) and waste in waters. All this, plus your dishes will shine. The film is polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a water soluble, biodegradable polymer. It will dissolve quickly in water.
Minimal Impact on Aquatic Life
Now onto surface cleaners/bathroom cleaners.
I am a bit hesitant to showcase any products with plastic, because I honestly think we can do without plastic - so for all purpose kitchen/bathroom cleaner, I am going to link to you some resources which enable you to make your own eco friendly cleaning products.
Here are some of the best recipes I have found:
- Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
You can begin by pouring ½ cup white vinegar into a full-sized spray bottle.
Then, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and fill the bottle with luke warm water before shaking well.
To cover the vinegar scent, you should add a few drops of essential oil, such as tea tree, eucalyptus or citrus oil
- Homemade “Soft-Scrub” Cleaner
Baking soda is an amazing product for a DIY cleaner, so make sure you always have some spare!
You can start by measuring 1 ½ cups of baking soda into a mixing bowl. Then, add ½ cup of environmentally safe liquid laundry soap (castile soap is best for this), and stir until this forms a paste.
As with the all-purpose cleaner, you may choose to add several drops of essential oil, such as tea tree, lavender, or rosemary. You can store this paste in a food container, and if the mixture begins to dry out, simply add a small amount of water and stir.
Lastly, if you are someone who likes visual help to ensure you make the product correctly, check out this YouTube video:
DIY Eco Friendly Cleaning Product Video Link
Perhaps other members can add some more DIY recipes here for everyone to try out! 👍🏼♻️