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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies: Why Make the Switch?

7 minute read / For the Environment

When it comes to learning how to be more eco friendly, you can start by opting for more sustainable cleaning supplies. Choosing between conventional cleaning products and more eco-friendly options can be like trying to decide between taking the stairs or the elevator. You know they’ll both help you achieve the same end result—but the overall impact of the choice can have you scratching your head.

Fortunately, choosing an eco-friendly cleaner won’t make you as winded as climbing five flights, and the benefits of your choice can extend far beyond your hamstrings. 

In addition to potentially reducing health risks, cleaning products made with safer ingredients can help minimize your carbon footprint and prevent harmful chemicals from winding up in our ecosystems. With a little eco-friendly info, you’ll be ready to make the switch from traditional cleaning products to cleaning supplies powered by plants and driven by perfection.


The Green Clean Revolution

It's easy to assume that eco-friendly cleaning supplies help protect the planet and are made with plant-based ingredients. But the reality is, when it comes to green cleaning products, understanding what makes a product “green” can be more difficult than saying “dipropylene glycol butyl ether” three times fast.

The problem? Many companies brand their products as “green” without taking the steps necessary to ensure that every ingredient meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Safer Choice guidelines.1

That’s where ECOS comes in. By embodying the core tenets of sustainable manufacturing, we’re helping to put the green back into clean. These tenets include:

In short, green cleaning products prioritize human and environmental health alongside premium grime-fighting powers.

3 Reasons to Choose Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies

Now that you know what makes a cleaning product green, let’s dive into three reasons why eco-friendly cleaning products should be counted on for counters (and doorknobs, sinks, plates, and pretty much anything you want to sparkle or sanitize).

#1 They Can Be Better For Your Health

When you clean your home, you’re helping to protect yourself and your family from bacteria and viruses. However, if you’re using conventional cleaning supplies, you may be doing more harm than good.

That’s because many traditional cleaning supplies contain toxic chemicals and volatile organic compounds that are less than clean. 2

A few of the most common chemical “nasties” include:

In addition to these chemicals, many conventional cleaning products contain other neurotoxins and carcinogens that many countries have banned. So if the cleaning products that are supposed to keep you protected actually contain harsh chemicals, it may be time for a switch. 

It’s best to stick with plant-powered cleaning products that kick these nasties to the curb. So, with an eco-friendly cleaning product, you can still get the same cleaning effect but with safer ingredients.

Clean Ingredients, Cleaner Health

If many traditional cleaning products contain nasty chemicals, safer cleaning supplies are known for their plant-powered ingredients.

That said, not all eco-friendly cleaning products are created equal. For the best of the best, look for products that bear the Safer Choice logo. 

Safer Choice-certified products ensure that every ingredient is the safest in its class. Studies have shown Safer Choice products may be safer than traditional cleaning products—especially when used in large quantities.6

Plant-Based Cleaning, Plant-Based Power

A great example of a Safer Choice product that packs the power of plants—not the nefariousness of nasties—is our ECOS Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent with Enzymes.

With cleaning power derived from the sustainable coconut, our plant-powered laundry detergent includes the following ingredients:

While these ingredients might sound highfalutin, they’re actually Safer Choice-approved ingredients and plant-based derivatives designed to clean your clothes safely and effectively.

#2 They Can Be Better For the Environment 

If the Lorax washed his hands before stroking his bushy yellow beard, he’d use a product like our ECOS Hypoallergenic Hand Soap (while finding a way to work it into a rhyme).

That’s because our products aren’t just safer for you—they’re also safer for the environment.

Not only are they made in a more sustainable way, but they also use cleaner ingredients that remove stains without sending toxins down the drain and they’re more concentrated for less water waste. By using ECOS products, you can add to your journey on how to reduce waste in your home and community. 

Let’s dive into two essential components of eco-friendly cleaning supplies.

Holistic Approaches, Environmental Solutions

Holistic manufacturing takes a product’s full environmental impact into account. These business models look at everything, from the sourcing of ingredients to the product’s final disposal.

After all, what good are eco-friendly ingredients if the production process turns a community from clean to polluted?

Making the switch to eco-friendly cleaning supplies means choosing companies that take the following factors into account:

For example, our ECOS Liquidless Laundry Detergent sheets packaged in recyclable paperboard boxes and are entirely plastic-free, giving you the same great ECOS laundry detergent in an easy-to-use and easy-to-carry that works great and reduces waste.

Green Chemicals for a Greener Planet

Studies suggest that eco-friendly cleaning supplies can be much better for the planet than traditional cleaning supplies.7

This is largely because the best green cleaning products avoid chemicals that harm people and  the environment. These decidedly unfriendly chemicals include:

Instead of choosing cleaning products filled with eco-enemies, use plant-based cleaning products that go easy on the planet and your health

#3 They Can Be Better for Your Community

Many eco-friendly companies strive to make the world a better place through their environmental impact. But some take it a step further and support initiatives that can directly benefit your community.

These social and environmental impact initiatives could include:

Making the switch to eco-friendly cleaning supplies means directly supporting these initiatives. That way you can rest easy knowing that you’ve helped clean up your community and our world with each clean shirt.

Switch to a Better, Cleaner Future With ECOS

Eco-friendly cleaning products can be found in many forms, from dish soaps and laundry detergents to bathroom cleaners. So, switching to eco-friendly cleaning supplies is one of the best moves you can make for yourself, your family, your community, and the environment.

In addition to providing safer cleaning power, green cleaning products promote climate positivity. They also embody the social and environmental initiatives that help make the world a greener, cleaner place.

For over 50 years, ECOS has made cleaning safer for you and the environment. That’s why we were named the 2022 EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year, and it’s why we’re committed to safer cleaning for generations to come.

 
 
 
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1,4-Dioxane. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/1-4-dioxane/default.html

Consumer Products Ingredients Database. EPA Safer Choice Ingredient. https://www.productingredients.com/

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Identifying Greener Cleaning Products. https://www.epa.gov/greenerproducts/identifying-greener-cleaning-products

Naturwissenschaften. Aerosols and environmental pollution. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19727639/

International Journal Of Occupational And Environmental Health.. Hazardous substances in frequently used professional cleaning products. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4096065/

American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Traditional and environmentally preferable cleaning product exposure and health symptoms in custodians. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4976595/

New Jersey Department of Health. Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet-Dipropylene Glycol Methyl Ether. https://www.nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/0804.pdf

PUBCHEM. Benzenesulfonic acid. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Benzenesulfonic-acid#section=Safety-and-Hazards&fullscreen=true

PLOS One. Cleaning Products, Environmental Awareness and Risk Perception in Mérida, Mexico. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3751835/
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