The Earth was born four billion years ago and has weathered many a health crisis. From asteroid strikes to horrible World Wars to the 1970s’ shaky fashion sense, our planet has pressed on, serving as our home and life source.
Scientists’ extensive research tells us the Earth is halfway through its life span. And, as our changing weather patterns tell us, our world is in the midst of a midlife crisis. As we’ve learned about how our lifestyles have a serious impact on the overall health, livability and future of our planet, we’ve learned that our own personal consumer habits can have a small, but lasting cumulative impact on the environmental welfare of our planet.
Going and living green is easier than we think. The drive can start at home. Here are 10 eco-friendly household products we can use to put our own green stamp on Earth.
#10. Pure Wool Eco Dryer Balls
Not a fan of dryer sheets, which can be greasy, over-perfumed and laced with chemicals? Clothes’ best friends when drying can be eco dryer balls, which are simple in their great cleaning talent. Just throw a few in with any load and watch them work their magic. Pure wool balls soften laundry fibers and their bouncing action separates and creates space between clothes, which allows the dryer’s air to circulate better. In turn, eco dryer balls cuts drying time which equals less energy used and more money for your wallet.
Some of the best eco dryer balls in the business are Nellie’s PVC-Free Eco Dryer Balls.
#9. Biodegradable Pots
A flower pot that becomes part of the plant? Sounds like a magician’s trick, which is just what biodegradable pots serve as, taking care of their own maintenance. All you have to do is add water and sun. One great option is Western Pulp Square Pots.
#8. Earth-Friendly Drain Cleaners
And we thought cleaning the toilet was tough work. One of the most laborious of household cleaning chores becomes greener and a lot easier with eco-friendly drain cleaners. These cleaners use natural enzymes to break up clogs, replace foul odors with sweet fragrances (we recommend sweet citrus) and offer an eco-friendly alternative to chemical-heavy drain cleaners. Try Earth Enzymes for powerfully clean cleaning.
#7. Murchison-Hume “Everyday” Furniture Spritzer
Cleaning furniture around the house can be a chore. It’s right up there with weeding the garden on the fun chart. Finding a cleaning solution that can eliminate grime and dust without harsh chemicals can be a challenge. Cleaners load up with the toughest dirt fighters for a reason and most don’t come with an environmentally safe label.
Murchison-Hume “Everyday” Furniture Spritzer is refillable, spruces up and disinfects the dirtiest wood or upholstery and leaves a zero carbon footprint. It’s so clean, you won’t even know it was there, except for a sparkling table or couch of course.
#6. Greenworks Free and Clear Laundry Detergent
The Laundry Room isn’t exactly the greenest of cleaning centers.
Laundry detergents can take a sledgehammer to the environment with toxic chemicals that annihilate stains as well as the air. But the perfectly named Greenworks Free and Clear has the same potent cleaning power without the harmful residue. Plus, Greenworks, which has a dermatologist-tested, natural formula, doesn’t dull colors.
#5. Everyday Stain and Odor Remover
Who knew your ordinary ferns and peace lilies could eliminate that pesky spaghetti stain that’s become engrained on your favorite golf shirt and rug. Everyday Stain and Odor Remover, from Earth Friendly Products, protects clothes and carpets, keeping them looking and smelling like new with a natural formula or enzymes and plants that work to break down and remove organic stains.
#4. Mrs. Meyer’s Biodegradable Surface Wipes
Dirt has a green new enemy. Pre-moistened, biodegradable wipes like Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Surface Wipes, tackle dirt head on on most surfaces. They pack easy for moms on the go, giving the most time-challenged parent a green cleaning ally at the ready. They also smell great.
#3. Swanson Healthy Home Eco-Friendly All-Purpose Cleaner
One-stop shopping for most household trouble germ and spill spots, this is an eco home run.
Swanson Home All-Purpose Cleaners clean, degrease and deodorize any and all water safe surfaces in homes. Its eco-friendly base makes it safe to use around surfaces reachable by pets and kids. It replaces the harsh chemical fumes of some cleaners with a fresh parsley fragrance.
The best part for our planet: Swanson’s products contain no dioxane, phosphates, formaldehyde, caustic solvents or petrochemicals of any kind.
#2. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and Vinegar
An Old American housecleaning classic hasn’t lost any of its power with age, and remains eternally Earth-friendly. Baking soda and vinegar scrub and clean as good as the latest and greatest products on the shelf, and they cost a fraction of the price. And nobody does baking soda better than the commercial Godfather of the product, ARM & HAMMER.
#1. B4 Brands Eco-Premium Hygiene Products
The ultimate win-win for consumers and the environment. B4 Brands Eco-Premium formulas offer customers instant hand hygiene while leaving a zero negative impact on the environment. Call B4 Brands Eco line the invisible man of the hand hygiene industry.
The Eco-Premium line, utilizes natural moisturizers and humectants, leaves no fragrances, contains no antibacterial formulations and features easily recyclable packaging. Plus, all Eco-Premium products – from Avant Eco-Premium hand sanitizer to Aterra Eco-Premium hand lotion and hand soap are certified for environmental impact and performance by a third-party organization.
With the introduction of its “Original” line, B4 Brands became the first company in the world to introduce a comprehensive line of bio-based hand hygiene products. B4 Brands introduced its Eco-Premium line of hand soaps, hair and body washes and hand lotions in 2012.