Hello! Today, we’re going to talk about eco-friendly cleaning brands for you to try this month.
First of all, we hope you had fun this 4th of July! Our friends from Memphis Maids created a post Fourth of July cleaning checklist in case you haven’t cleaned your home yet after Independence Day.
Now, let’s talk about this week’s article. We know how important it is to take care of the environment and yourself. Over the years, we’ve started to see not only eco-friendly versions of existing products but also entire brands dedicated to creating green and natural products.
In fact, we’ve talked in the past about eco-friendly cleaning products and how to choose them.
In the US, cleaning companies are not required legally to disclose the ingredients in their products. This means that they can include harmful components, volatile fumes, or other chemicals causing you allergies, skin reactions, or other side effects.
Besides, in case you didn’t know, there’s actually a movement called Plastic Free July. The main goal, of course, is to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics and take this month as a learning experience for the rest of the year.
This is why we’ve decided to talk about some brands that are offering natural and eco-friendly cleaning products. These brands offer alternative, non-toxic cleaning agents which are safe both for the environment and for your household. We’ve also considered the use of non-plastic packaging, refillable options, and biodegradable residues.
Let’s take a look at these brands. Some of them are easily recognizable and popular, some are less known, but they are effective and eco-friendly nonetheless.
Dropps is an eco-friendly brand with over 15 years on the market and offers a wide variety of laundry and household cleaning products.
Their packaging is outstanding. It is very well thought-out, and it is mostly made out of cardboard and glass.
The components for each product are all effective and non-toxic. They are created using plant-based and mineral-based components. In the case of the Dropps brand, it uses harmless cleaning agents such as baking soda, essential oils, and plant extracts.
Among the most popular products are laundry pods, created with a polyvinyl alcohol membrane, which breaks down into water and carbon dioxide, avoiding the use of plastic.
You can also find oxi-boosters. These are oxygen-based whitening pods. They are safer and less aggressive than chlorine.
A great “green flag” for this company, and other companies in general, is the transparency about their products. They give you a detailed list of each component, their origin (most of them plant-based or mineral-based) and the purpose of that component.
Not only will this allow you to know the product you’re getting, but will also let you advert quickly for any products you’re allergic to, or that you disagree with for other reasons (ethical, environmental, etc.)
This brand specializes in eco-refills. They have the perfect combination of cardboard packaging with a spigot to use as a dispenser and refill a smaller bottle. And they extend this concept to several of their products. Even their deodorant is plastic-free!
They offer a wide variety of cleaning and personal care products: anything from multi-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent to body wash and hair shampoo.
As for their components, they use plant and mineral-based ingredients such as citric acid, sodium carbonate (washing soda), or coco glucoside.
It is actually a Canadian brand, so it can be a bit more on the expensive side (compared to other brands). However, because of the bulk container for the refills (67 oz), it means that the price per oz can be cheaper than other brands with smaller containers.
The brand Cleancult is another well-known company in the U.S.
They have a really interesting approach when it comes to their packaging: it is recycled cardboard and it comes in something similar to a carton of milk. It certainly has a lot of personality! Cartons are also recyclable in the future.
As for their formula, they use mostly fruit-based cleaning ingredients, such as coconut oil, citric acid, and aloe vera.
The formula is biodegradable, which means that both the product and the container will have a non-toxic end of life. Even the shipping is sustainable! It is entirely made out of cardboard and paper.
Although you might find Cleancult (and eco-friendly brands overall) a bit more expensive than more commercial brands, keep in mind that their products are concentrated. This has a deep implication.
Not only you’re getting more product in the long run for less, but also the packaging is less contaminating to the environment since you’re using less paper and cardboard each time.
They also offer reusable glass containers and bottles, whether it’s for storage, with a soap dispenser cap, or with a spray cap. These types of dispensers are perfect for managing the exact amount of product you need for each use, and in the case of sprays, it spreads the product evenly on the surface. They created dishwasher tablets which are created for one load as well.
Pur Home is one of the youngest brands on this list, founded only around 5 years ago.
They do offer products in plastic bottles as well. However, it doesn’t mean they can’t be reused many times.
They meet the highest standards of cruelty-free production for household products. If veganism and cruelty-free are important to you, then this is a solid option to consider.
We’ve talked previously about transparency and ethics about their ingredients. In the same line of thought, Pur Home has an Ingredient Glossary on its website. They break down each chemical with its scientific name, their “normal” name, and their origin and purpose.
Like other brands, they offer concentrated cleaning products and, in this case, their “star” product is a multi-purpose cleaner. All-purpose cleaners are very popular in the homemade cleaning world because they come with several benefits.
First, it is easier to manage your cleaning products when you have less variety. If you have 10 different types of detergent and sanitizers, you might forget to refill or replace them individually.
Second, it’s easier to carry around a single bottle of product and the rest of cleaning supplies (towels, sponges, etc.) while you go through each room and area.
You also find concentrate “pacs” or individual pods for doing laundry.
Unfortunately, they do use plastic packaging in their products, so keep that in mind if this is important to you. It is, however, cruelty-free and vegan.
Something really interesting about Blueland is that they do not use artificial dyes or fragrances. Many of their products are transparent and odorless.
Besides, they are free of harmful chemicals such as ammonia and phthalates. In our Green Cleaning Products guide, you can find all the side effects of these types of chemicals.
Their refill packs come in paper bags and they offer discounts for buying in bulk. Again, this means less contamination, less packaging, and more savings in the long run for you.
Something that happens frequently with these products and brands is that you might get overwhelmed. Maybe you’re interested in some of their products but are not sure which one to pick first.
In this case, the good news is that Blueland, (and many of the brands above) offers starter kits with many different containers and cleaning agents for your home. Again, they offer discounts as well for these kits so you’re getting more product for less.
Last but not least, we have Common Good. This is a brand with a very particular aesthetic. Their packaging is extremely simple and straight to the point.
Besides, it is one of the very few brands with a large refill dish soap, 2.5 Gallons to be exact. That’s a lot! And, in fact, you can take the plastic liner that the product comes with and return it to the brand to be reused many times.
They do use plastic packaging, but they are refillable plastic bottles and plastic pouches, which are much less contaminating than single-use plastic. They use plant and mineral-based cleaning products with essential oils for added scents.
Common Good offers other cleaning supplies such as different types of wooden cleaning brushes, reusable glass bottles, and even a kitchen caddy set!
It is one of the longest-running companies on this list, being created in 2010. It is cruelty-free as well.
We hope you get to try these brands. It’s important for cleaning manufacturers to help build a better, greener company.
Of course, you can try many other brands as well.
Remember that you can also check our Homemade Cleaner recipes. Nothing is more eco-friendly than using your own products at home to create your own cleaning recipes!
We hope these brands inspired you and we can’t wait for you to read our next article!
Disclaimer: These brands are not sponsored by Dallas Maids or vice versa.