Eco-friendly cleaning products versus regular cleaning products: 5 reasons to switch

You’ve probably seen lots of eco-friendly cleaning products in shops and online – in fact, we stock a wide range of them. But why should you use eco cleaning products? Are regular cleaning products that bad for the environment, or your health?

As it turns out, the everyday chemicals we casually use in our homes can be extremely harmful to wildlife, aquatic life and humans, too. Eco-friendly cleaning products aren’t just about using less plastic. Cutting our use of harsh chemicals is an important step towards reducing pollution.

You can find eco-friendly alternatives to all kinds of traditional cleaning products nowadays – from surface spray and wipes to laundry detergent and dishwasher tablets. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider making the switch to eco-friendly cleaners:

Safer for the environment

bide-tilet-scrub-1440-x-1120This Bide natural toilet scrub is a safe alternative to toxic toilet bleach. It’s made using Epsom salts, bicarbonate of soda and citric acid, and is vegan and plastic-free.

The biggest benefit of using eco-friendly cleaning products is that they’re far safer for the environment and wildlife than regular chemical cleaners. Thousands of chemicals in common use are known to be harmful to wildlife and aquatic life.

Lots of these chemicals are known carcinogens, and many more are non-biodegradable, so will never break down into harmless products. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as phthalates, chlorine, ammonia and sodium hydroxide all cause serious harm to nature. Once these chemicals enter our waterways, they can cause serious and lasting damage.

Eco cleaning products, on the other hand, are made using safe, non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients. They reduce water pollution as well as air pollution, and are also not tested on animals.

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Safer for you


This Bio-D laundry bleach is an oxygen-based in-wash whitener that’s natural, allergy-safe, antibacterial and sanitising. It’s plastic-free and cruelty-free too.

Have you ever sprayed down a shower cubicle and felt the effects of the fumes? Conventional cleaners can cause respiratory irritation – as well as allergic reactions, chemical burns and even poisoning. Over-exposure can be highly dangerous. Small children and pets can be particularly at risk, due to the higher level of exposure relative to their size.

When you switch to eco-friendly cleaners, you can rest assured that the chemicals you’re using around your home are safe for you and your family. You may also find that eco-friendly laundry detergents and cleaning products don’t irritate your skin.

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Less waste


EcoDrop cleaning concentrates are plant-based, non-toxic, cruelty free and 100% biodegradable.

Buying your cleaning products in big single-use plastic bottles is hugely wasteful, considering the product is mostly made of water. Eco-friendly cleaners (such as these EcoDrops) are often sold in concentrated forms, so you can simply mix them with tap water in the same bottle over and over.

Eco-friendly cleaning products are typically packaged in recyclable, biodegradable or refillable packaging. Have you ever considered how much waste is generated by your cleaning routine every year? Green cleaning is compact, takes up less space and is often plastic-free.

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Less expensive


For just £7.50, an EcoEgg could clean your clothes for a year. The refillable mineral pellets last for 70 washes.

Yes, really – even though eco-friendly cleaners sometimes cost a little more, they will often last longer than their chemical counterparts. These EcoEggs are a great example of that. Buying eco-friendly cleaning concentrates in bulk will usually result in a significant saving, and you’ll need to buy them far less often.

And when you go back to basics and use products like borax, bicarbonate of soda and citric acid, the cost gets even lower. These old-fashioned cleaners are completely natural but highly effective, and can be used in a myriad of ways around the home – from deodorising to descaling.

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Just as effective


This super-concentrated, 100% natural Eco-Mate washing-up liquid is tough on grime. It comes in a plastic-free bottle made from paper and latex.

Eco-friendly cleaners will make your home sparkly just as effectively as chemical cleaners, but in a much safer way. And because they’re less harsh, they may even be better for cleaning your surfaces and clothes without causing damage.

We often feel attached to brands that we’ve been buying for years (washing-up liquid comes to mind). But why not give a safer, more eco-friendly option a try next time? You might be surprised by how well they work!

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Considering making the switch to eco-friendly cleaning products? Take a look at our full range here, which also includes essentials such as cleaning wipes, dish brushes, bin bags, loo roll and more.


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