Can eco cleaners really banish bacteria and viruses?

Many people think that to get sparkly clean surfaces like in the TV ads, you need to use chemicals to get rid of the bacteria and make them shine. We’re here to bust that myth! Eco plant-based cleaning disinfectants are just as effective while being better for both human health and the environment. However, not all natural cleaners are created equally so it’s best to do your research and choose a reliable option!

Let’s get into chemical cleaners vs natural eco cleaners and our top 3 chemical-free cleaning products!

Are chemical cleaners bad for you?

Bleach can be extremely dangerous if used without care. Inhaling the fumes can be detrimental to your lungs and irritate your skin. Another example is glycol ethers, often used in solvents which reportedly can lead to neurological and blood effects. Other common chemicals used in cleaners are sodium hydroxide, butoxyethanol and ammonia. Although it’s nearly impossible to link the chemicals to health risks, using natural cleaners is undoubtedly better for your health and wellbeing.

Are chemical cleaners bad for the environment?

Cleaning products make you think of getting rid of the toxins and bacteria in your home. That’s somewhat true. But what you might not have thought about is how it affects aquatic life. After these products have cleaned your home, they get washed down the drain and some pollutants aren’t removed in the process. Instead, they end up in rivers, ponds and lakes.

Some of the phosphates in traditional cleaners have a fertilising effect, triggering a widespread growth of algae that drains the water’s oxygen, reducing aquatic biodiversity. Additionally, microplastic can pass through filtration systems and is incredibly dangerous. Traditional cleaning products also come packaged in single-use plastic bottles – and we all know how bad that is!

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Why choose eco and non-chemical cleaners?

There’s a whole world of benefits to reap from ditching chemicals for eco cleaners and yes, they really do banish bacteria and viruses! We’ve got 10 reasons to start your natural cleaning journey today.

  1. Minimise risk in your home by choosing eco cleaners that aren’t toxic or dangerous.
  2. Peace of mind because you won’t have to worry about harming the environment, your family or your pets.
  3. Stop polluting your home and breathe easier knowing that eco cleaning products don’t contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which have been linked to a range of health problems.
  4. Put your money where your mouth is by investing in products that share your values about the planet.
  5. With an increasing number of manufacturers going green, eco cleaners are becoming more competitively priced and affordable.
  6. It’s easier! I used to have tons of plastic bottles under my sink with every cleaning product under the sun. Many eco cleaners are great multi-purpose alternatives so you don’t need tons of products to do a simple job.
  7. Know what’s in your products because you won’t have to go through a list of chemicals you’ve never heard of.
  8. It’s better for your home as eco cleaners can clean gently but still effectively, without being harsh or damaging your surfaces.
  9. Reduce plastic waste as eco cleaners are typically packed in recyclable materials, biodegradable materials and refillable bottles.
  10. Conserve resources by not needing such a huge range of cleaners and refillable options prevent the need to generate more packaging and plastic bottles.

What about vinegar or lemon juice?

While using homemade acidic solutions like vinegar or lemon juice is great for cleaning certain aspects of your home like food containers, kitchen surfaces and the kitchen sink, for the heavy-duty stuff like the toilet, you may prefer to use something stronger. Which is where eco cleaners come in.

Top 3 eco and non-chemical cleaning products 

Now you know why, let’s get into the what! We have a brilliant range of eco cleaning products for every part of the house but these three are great at beating bacteria and viruses.

Oceansaver EcoDrop Disinfectant Surface Cleaner Refill Pink Grapefruit

We are big fans of eco drops! These small and mighty pods dissolve in 500ml of warm water to create a disinfectant cleaner that kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses – just like any traditional cleaner. All you need is one plastic bottle forever as you can keep buying the drops to refill.

Eco drops are plant-based, non-toxic, cruelty-free and 100% biodegradable, you can’t get much better than that! With a fresh, pink grapefruit scent, it’s much nicer than the smell of vinegar. Plus, regular cleaning products are just 90% water which is shipped all over the country, but with eco drops, your kitchen tap reduces the massive carbon footprint as only the small drops are being shipped.

Find out more about Oceansaver EcoDrops here.

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OceanSaver EcoDrop Anti-Bac Refill Ocean Mist

Similarly, the anti-bac eco drops kill 99.9% of bacteria and are plant-based, non-toxic, cruelty-free and 100% biodegradable. It’s also paraben free which means it’s free from chemicals. Designed not only to keep your home sparkling clean, it will also help you reduce plastic and carbon emissions.

Discover how to use EcoDrops. 

And for ease, we offer a subscription service so you can get it delivered straight to your door without having to think!

Cheeky Panda Biodegradable Multi-Purpose Cleaning Wipes

These multi-purpose surface wipes are 100% biodegradable, vegan and anti-bacterial so they’re perfect for cleaning kitchen worktops, highchairs and any spills. Made from eco-friendly bamboo, they’re super soft yet strong, eliminating the need to use any chemicals.

Being made from bamboo, it has tons of benefits. It’s one of the most eco-friendly alternatives on the market. Bamboo grows 20-30 times faster than trees, produces 35% more oxygen and absorbs 35% more carbon dioxide. It’s also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so it’s a great choice for cleaning your home. Once used, simply chuck them in the compost and they’ll biodegrade, leaving nothing behind.

Learn more about Cheeky Panda wipes. 

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It’s time to start banishing bacteria with eco cleaners 

Whether you’ve already started your eco cleaning journey or you’re yet to, you can view our entire range of eco kitchen cleaning products. And don’t forget that we have hundreds of Learn & Save articles on how to clean naturally.


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