Okay, so we know you care about sustainability. Why else would you end up at a vegan slippers website?! Women’s slippers with arch support are easy to come by, but sustainable ones… now that’s trickier.
We're all spending more time at home these days, which means we’re all of a sudden cleaning a LOT more! With that, we’re becoming more selective about the cleaning products we use too.
A lot of people are now opting to avoid harsh cleaning chemicals like bleach, and replace them with cleaning solutions that are naturally derived, non-toxic, and biodegradable. Not only are these practices natural and eco-friendly, but they are also beneficial to your family's health and the wellbeing of the earth.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) examined how safe our cleaning products are. They analyzed over 1,000 ingredients used in common household cleaning products and found that more than HALF of those products contained ingredients that may harm our lungs. One in five had ingredients that can trigger asthma, even in healthy individuals. (Read the report here!)
Without further ado, here’s a round-up of some wonderful sustainable cleaning products:
Elegance. Hygiene. Style. They all go hand-in-hand here! L’Avant Collective’s high-performing multipurpose surface cleaner elevates the everyday chore of wiping down your surfaces, providing a powerful cleaner to remove grease, grime, and the uninvited house guests living on your surfaces.
Here’s how to use it:
Multipurpose Use: Spray surface and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. For tougher messes, allow spray to sit for 30 seconds, then wipe dry.
According to what we saw on their website, Grove is a one-stop-shop to buy cleaning products that are great for people and the planet. Here’s how they do it – by offering you uncompromisingly healthy, beautifully effective, sustainably produced, and cruelty-free brands!
What we love is their super collection of home-improvement goods. Check them out here.
Not only do you get to use eco-friendly cleaning products, but you save plastic too! We love it! Common Good has an amazing collection of starter kits to try, and bonus – they make great gifts too. You can buy refills, surface cleaners, and more. Check them out here!
Now in case you’re looking to go the natural cleaning route and make your own products at home, you can give it a try! Here are some easy ways to get started:
- BATHROOM AND TILE CLEANER
Fill a container with 1.5 cups baking soda, 1/2 cup warm water, 1/2 cup liquid soap, and 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar to make a bathroom cleanser that works equally well on your tub and shower as it does on your tile flooring. You can also use a little lemon juice if your grout is very grimy.
For moldy areas, in a spray bottle, combine one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water and spray on moldy spots. Allow at least one hour before rinsing or showering.
- CARPET CLEANER
For carpet stains, combine 1 teaspoon of clear dish soap and 1 cup of warm water in a bowl. After blotting the stain dry, sprinkle the soap mixture over it and let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub gently until the area is clean.
Combine 10-20 drops of your preferred essential oil with a cup of baking soda and sprinkle liberally on carpet for your own DIY carpet freshener. Allow for a few hours of rest before vacuuming.
- WINDOW AND GLASS CLEANER
For squeaky clean mirrors, combine 1 cup of hot water and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in 4 teaspoons of cornstarch after that. Spray onto windows, mirrors, or glass with a spray bottle before wiping clean with a microfiber cloth.
- CLOTHING STAINS
Different stain removers work better for different sorts of stains. Many food stains can be removed with just vinegar. Simply spray the stain thoroughly before washing.
- HARDWOOD FLOOR CLEANER
All you need is a little dish soap to make your wood floor gleam. Simply combine 2 tablespoons of dish soap with a gallon of warm water and mop.
- STAINS ON WALLS
Baking soda used to a damp sponge can remove many ink marks, pencil, crayon, or marker spots from painted surfaces. Gently rub, then wipe and rinse the stain off.
- OVEN CLEANER
Using a wet sponge, moisten the oven surfaces. Make a thick paste using 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt, and 1/4 cup water, and distribute it all over the inside of the oven. (Avoid any bare metal or holes.) Allow to sit overnight and clean with a damp cloth. For difficult places, gently rub with fine steel wool.
- STAINLESS STEEL CLEANER
All you need is a little dish soap and water to clean stainless steel or chrome safely. In a spray bottle, combine the two materials, spritz on the surface, and scrub in the direction of the grain with a clean microfiber cloth.
- UPHOLSTERY FRESHENER
In a spray bottle, combine 1/4 cup baking soda, 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender, and 1-1/2 cups water to eradicate odors from upholstery. Mist on the target area.
- LAUNDRY DETERGENT
For your own homemade laundry detergent, grate 1 bar of castile soap and combine to 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of washing soda and 1 cup of oxygen bleach in a large container. For a light load, use 2 tablespoons; for a large or dirty load, use 4 tablespoons. Wash as usual.
- ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER
For a DIY all-purpose cleaner, combine 1/4 cup vodka, 2 3/4 distilled water (tap water might create streaks), 1/4 teaspoon lavender essential oil, and 1/8 teaspoon tea tree essential oil in a spray bottle.