For many of us, home
now doubles as a workspace or study space. The Harvard Business review says that “the physical environment of the workplace has a significant effect on the way that we work. When our space is a mess, so are we.” Taking this into account, we should make it a conscious habit to keep our homes tidy – and clean – to help boost productivity during the day.
Rather than spray and scour with conventional cleaners loaded with chemicals that are both bad for the environment and your health, make the smart switch to green cleaning
. Here are 10 eco-friendly products to add to your cleaning cupboard today!
Personally, I’ve always found washing dishes therapeutic and relaxing. This clementine zest and lemongrass scented dish liquid
is all-natural and aromatic. If your happy place is relaxing in the tub with a nice bath bomb, try spending a few extra minutes washing the dishes. The warm water and suds might just remind you of a mini-bath
On extra busy days, dishwasher tablets
are a good way to go. These plant-based, citrus scented pods are biodegradable and leave your dishes sparkling clean. Using the dishwasher is an efficient way to save time while still keeping your space tidy during the day
Accidents happen whether you’re home or not, and they’re bound to happen more often when you’re home all the time. Most stain removers contain harsh, harmful chemicals, but this natural spot and stain remover
is non-toxic and effective. Just spray this on the affected area a few times, rub it with a towel, and you’re good to go.
If something is going to come into close contact with my skin, I prefer to use natural products. This is why I use natural laundry detergent, and this water lily-scented detergent
is a great option. It’s hypoallergenic, free of dyes and masking agents, has naturally derived ingredients, and still removes stains!
Conventional liquid fabric softeners contain harsh chemicals, but wool dryer balls
naturally soften your laundry. These are humanely, ethically sheared and “hand-felted in Nepal by women who support their families with their craft.” They’re fragrance-free, but you can add a few drops of lavender essential oil
directly to the dryer balls to give your laundry a calming scent.
We go through so much effort to wash our hands thoroughly and keep them away from our faces, but what about the places we touch in order to make that happen? We touch sink handles, soap dispensers, kitchen counters and door knobs with our dirty hands daily, so it’s important to remember to clean these areas with surface cleaner
. This is an all-purpose, natural, lime and sea salt-scented spray that leaves your surfaces extra fresh.
Moving onto the bathroom, this natural toilet bowl cleaner
removes buildup and replaces bad odors with tea tree and peppermint. Apply the gel at the beginning of a 10-minute break, and brush and flush at the end. You can finish an entire chore in no time!
This works very similarly to surface cleaner, but it’s specifically designed for your bathroom. Spray this natural foaming bathroom cleaner
on grout, ceramic, glass and more to keep those areas of your bathroom free of mold and mildew.
If you have hardwood floors or furniture, wood polish
is probably a worthwhile purchase. This cinnamon and lavender scented one gets rid of dust and fingerprints and leaves any wood surface shiny and clean.
Lastly, spraying some of this natural air freshener
is a great way to incorporate some aromatherapy into your routine. It’s made with organic citrus oil and lasts four times longer than ordinary air fresheners. Spray a few spritzes of this around your home at the start of your day, and you’ll be good to go.