Many brands and services nowadays claim to be offering “green,” “100% natural,” or “safe for the environment,” cleaning. However, understanding the difference between products that are actually “green” can require a level of expertise most consumers do not have or care to attain. Given the influx of new products on the market, it is important to ensure you are not using harmful chemicals and be aware of products that actually meet the definition of organic and naturally derived while being effective.
Emily Eveland, professional owner and cleaning expert of Boise Cleaning Maid Easy states the only way to ensure you know what is in your cleaning products is to ask your cleaning service what products they use, or simply DIY and make your own products like the professionals do at boisecleaningmaideasy.com. As innovators in the cleaning industry we are passionate about the products we use and are constantly researching products recommended by experts that we think you will love.
Ready to cut those toxins from your life and clear those cobwebs from your closets? Here is a list of products we felt compelled to share to not only keep you and your home healthy, but that of the planets.
Eveland recommends this plant-based cleaner that is made using solar energy, and she says works just as well as the harsh chemical-filled ones. She cannot say enough good things about Better Life’s all-purpose spray, but the company also makes an anti-bacterial cleaner, a product not many other brands carry.
Another highly recommended green cleaning product is Mrs. Meyer’s spray for its efficient cleaning power and addictive scent. It’s literally cleans every surface in throughout the house. Not to mention it is made using only natural ingredients and essential oils, and doesn’t rely on toxic chemicals to do the job.
Made using clay, soap, vegetal oil, vegetal glycerin, and lavender fragrance with no harmful chemicals or phosphates. This is an essential cleaning product that won’t scratch or leave streaks. “It even cleans scuff marks off walls without damaging the paint” Eveland says. Long-lasting and available in a variety of soothing scents like lavender, lemon, and eucalyptus.
This product is great because it is all natural and also works as a disinfectant. It is perfect for streak-free mirrors or cleaning wood floors. “This one also has a calming lavender scent to provide a calming environment,” Emily notes.
These sponges are made from 100-percent natural plant-based fibers, including 50 percent agave plant and 23 percent recycled paper. They won’t scratch mirror-finish pots and pans, which Eveland says makes these sponges perfect for everyday kitchen use. “You can heat them in the microwave to sterilize and they last forever.” Says Eveland.
The tools you use to clean are just as important as the products you use. Microfiber cloths are environmentally friendly and can be used with just water to remove dust, germs, viruses and bacterial. “Being resourceful enables us to clean without using any chemicals at all, which is the ultimate lack of environmental impact,” Eveland explains.
This soap is good for 18 different uses, including laundry, household cleaning, and even toothpaste (the more you know, amirite?). Soap-making has been in the Bronner family for three generations, so it wouldn’t be wrong to call them experts at this point.