These 18 eco-friendly cleaning products are tough on dirt yet kind on the planet

The greener the better

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When your home needs a little TLC, it's easy to forget about the harsh chemicals that come with so many of today's cleaning products. Sure, you're caring for your home, but are you doing so at the expense of the planet? While going completely sustainable is a tall order, there's nothing stopping us from making small steps to improve our cleaning practices. I, for one, could do a lot better. 

That doesn't mean spending hours trawling the web, though. Lucky for you, we have done the hard work already. All you need to do is read on, and pick out your essential eco-friendly cleaning products to fill the space underneath your sink. Whether it's time for a bathroom blitz (AspenClean, we're looking at you!), you're fixing up the roof, or simply putting a wash on, every chore has an easy-to-use solution, designed mindfully. This might just mean your chosen cleaner comes in recycled packaging, uses plant-based ingredients, or is non-aerosol. Perhaps, it's simply the ever-resourceful microfibre cloth that helps you do more and create less waste. Together, these form a move in the right direction.

See our favourite eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products just below, and start the year by slowly stacking your cabinets with solutions that are kinder on the planet. You definitely won't regret it.

18 eco-friendly cleaning products for your sustainable home

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Some of the eco cleaning products we've tested

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The vast majority of the eco-friendly cleaning products we've included above have been tried, tested, and (obviously) loved by a member of Real Homes. Now, in order to test a load of products from a range of brands, we split this task between the team. This way, no one has to unnecessarily clean or use any products they don't actually need as we're very keen on trying to be eco-friendly.

We're not going to go through each product one by one and say who reviewed it, but what we will list is our favourite eco-friendly brands that we buy when shopping for underneath our sink. Here's what we love...

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Annie Collyer

Hi! I'm Annie, the head ecommerce editor at Real Homes. This means I am in charge of all of the money-making content on the site, from eco-friendly cleaning products all the way to furniture roundups and more. I'm forever trying to be more eco-friendly at home, whether through my cleaning or buying habits. The two eco-friendly brands I truly couldn't live without would be Smol and Ocean Saver Drops. I've had a Smol subscription for years which means I get eco-friendly dishwasher and laundry tablets delivered through my letterbox based on how often I use them. It's convenient, affordable (I did a price comparison with supermarket tablets), and they're pretty great. Otherwise, if I ever run out of cleaning stuff I will always go for Ocean Saver Drops as they're sold at most major supermarkets. I have so many empty bottles that I put them into and use my label maker to keep track of what's in each container.

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Christina Chrysostomou

Hello, I'm Christina, Real Homes' ecommerce editor. I look after all of our small kitchen appliance content, which is both a blessing and a curse. Yes, this means I spend a lot of time cleaning appliances. So, you can bet I always have a bottle of Method's Anti Bac (rhubarb scent ftw) or Mrs. Meyers Clean Day spray (in lemon verbena) under my sink.

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Nishaa Sharma

Hi, I'm Nishaa, staff writer at Real Homes. I swear by the entire Method range of cleaning products, but my three staples are the clementine kitchen cleaner, eucalyptus mint bathroom cleaner, and the glass cleaner. The products are all plant-based and biodegradable, so they're pet-friendly and planet-friendly too.

What else to do when searching for eco-friendly cleaning products

1. Limit how much packaging you buy
Decide whether you want separate items for different uses or if you’d prefer something multi-purpose. Doing so will cut down on the number of bottles you need to buy. 

Check that the bottle is recycled and/or recyclable and that the bottle top and label are too. Ideally, choose something that either comes in a large container that will last for ages or something where you can buy refills.

2. Check the list of ingredients
This way you can make sure they are chemical, bleach, chlorine and phosphate-free and look for natural and plant-based extracts, especially if something has a fragrance. Essential oils are fine but artificial perfumes or additives aren’t.

3. Look for natural remedies
If you want to create your own eco-friendly cleaning products, you can always stock up on things like the E-cloths we featured above, baking soda, vegetable soap, lemon juice, and vinegar, as these can be used in so many ways to clean just about anything!

Browse more eco-friendly cleaning products...

If it's really important to you to be able to switch your normal buys for an eco-friendly or non-toxic cleaning product alternative to clean every corner of your house sustainably, then you might still be looking for more cleaning products. These are our favourite retailers for picking up planet-friendly options...

Joseph Bobowicz
Freelance Contributor

Working across digital and print publications, Joseph Bobowicz is a London-born writer obsessed with books, culture, and all things new. When he's not writing about fashion for i-D and the Independent, he's out sourcing the best homewares to incorporate into any humble abode, fixer-upper, or first-time buy alike.