Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products (That Work!)

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I’ve blogged about some natural cleaning products that I use around my house before, but they’re all a bit vinegar based.  What if vinegar isn’t your thing?  I do get that – sometimes cleaning your kitchen with vinegar does sound a bit far out.  For anyone that isn’t a fan of vinegar I thought I’d round up some of my favourite environmentally friendly cleaning products.  None of them are vinegar based, and in my opinion match the cleaning performance of their harsher counterparts:

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products – Dish Washing

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For the dishwasher I like Ecover Dishwasher tablets in conjunction with dishwasher salt. They have a fresh lemon scent and cut through most dirt and grease.  We ran out once and could only get a big brand name one in our local shop – I would say the Ecover matched it in terms of cleaning power.  A box of 25 is around £5.50 and is widely available, and it’s also available in a big box of 70 for just £11.95 at Ethical Superstore*.

For handwashing I’ve been using Bio D washing up liquid for quite some time now.  I was initially sceptical the first time I used it as it doesn’t have much of a smell, and it seemed quite watery.  My fears were unfounded as it’s got great cleaning power and is now the only liquid we use.  It’s around £2 for a big 750ml bottle, and often available in Oxfam shops, as well as natural food stores.  If you’re into bulk buying, it’s only £9.30 for 5 litres at Ethical Superstore*.

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products – Laundry

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For a few years now we’ve used Method Laundry Liquid and I’m really happy with it’s cleaning powers at 30°C.  I even used it on my daughter’s washable nappies for over two years, which was a real test of it’s cleansing and freshening powers!  It’s concentrated so comes in a little bottle, but don’t let the size fool you – it lasts around 25 washes or so.  It costs around £6 but I stock up whenever I see it on offer, and you can even buy an 85 wash refill bag for £14.

Lately I’ve been having problems with my washing machine smelling.  After a web search I found that washing manufacturers don’t recommend that you use laundry liquid all of the time as it can clog your machine, especially if you always wash at low temperatures (scroll down to the section on causes of washing machine smells in that article).  Did you know this?  I knew that fabric softener isn’t good for your machine but I was completely in the dark about laundry liquid and low temperatures.

Thankfully Mangle & Wringer recently sent me some of their Pure Laundry Powder and Natural Bleach Powder to try out.  As well as getting my laundry clean, it has really been helping with the washing machine stink (that and a couple of empty hot washes with a couple of dishwasher tablets!  Honestly!).

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What I really like about the Mangle & Wringer products is that they are made from all natural food grade ingredients and are completely unscented.  While the products are a bit more expensive at £9.50 for a 1.5kg bag of washing powder, and £3.50 for the natural bleach, it’s well worth it if you are sensitive to chemicals, or looking for an effective all natural washing powder.

I’ve been washing my towels and flannels on a hotter wash (60°C) with the Mangle & Wringer duo and have been enjoying squeaky clean and soft towels with no synthetic scent or chemical residue (and a sparkly clean washing machine!).    Don’t be frightened by the term ‘bleach’ – it’s great for stains or smells, even on colourfast items.

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products – Surface Cleansing

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We’re hand-down Method fans when it comes to cleaning surfaces.  I love their lavender multi-surface spray (£3) – it smells lovely and cleans easily.  You get a lot for your money in comparison to some other sprays, and I use it all round the house.  I even dilute it in water to mop my floors.  Basically, if I’m not using vinegar then I’m using this – lavender is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so it meets all of my needs.

I mostly use bicarbonate of soda on tough stains in the kitchen and bathroom.  If that’s not your bag then Mangle & Wringer again make an all natural cream cleanser for both the kitchen and the bathroom (£5.80 each), which they sent me to try out.

I’ve found that the kitchen cleanser makes light work of food splashes on my hob, and leaves my sink and draining board gleaming.  Meanwhile the bathroom cleanser tackles soap scum in my sink and shower with ease.  Like the laundry powder, the cleaners are completely unscented and made with 100% natural ingredients, making them great alternatives to the big brand name chemical-filled cream cleansers.

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So there you go, a round-up of some of my favourite environmentally friendly cleaning products.  Any favourites you want to add?

 

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Mangle & Wringer also sent me the products mentioned above to review.  As always all opinions are my own.

5 comments

  1. Great list Wendy! When you have a sec, would love to hear your thoughts on Freshana Organic Solutions 100% natural, organic, safe and effective cleaning products and air purifiers as well and add them to your list! :) Freshana.com

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  2. I have been using this laundry liquid for the last five months, mainly on linen that should be white but has had a cat (or three) sleeping on it and has therefore gotten mud stained with a good coating of fur to really add to the task of getting it clean again.

    I was initially a little sceptical about whether such a small amount of liquid would be able to remove all traces of my cats’ activities in one go, even with the addition of a dose of the stain remover I normally use for such matters. However, four squirts of this liquid was all it took to bring the linen back to pristine whiteness.

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  3. I have been searching for unperfumed cleaning products for some time and was delighted with the performance of Method Daily Shower except the ylang ylang perfume proved to be far too pungent for us. After only three uses my husband couldn’t stand it and requested that it be put outside and not used again.

    My question for you is this: how can a product be described as unperfumed when in the ingredients state ylang ylang, lavender or lemon – and peony blossom?

    I don’t have a problem with paying extra for the right products but paying for something I am told is fragrance free and then finding it isn’t is too much.

    I would be grateful if you could comment on this. Thank you.

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