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The days of plastic shopping bags are almost behind us, and a new trend is emerging to help protect our little blue planet.
This blossoming beauty of a trend is green cleaning. But we’re pretty sure it’s here to stay.
Eco-friendly cleaning is exploding in popularity as people look for ways to cut down on plastic pollution while also minimising their — and the environment’s — contact with nasty chemicals.
The cleaning products market accounted for AUD$539 Million in 2021. This is expected to continue to grow each year by 4.6%.
The good news is it’s never been easier to embrace green cleaning.
There’s a range of eco-friendly cleaning services, habits and hacks to get you started.
So, let’s break it down, shall we?
Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to spend a fortune to transition to eco-cleaning products.
Common pantry staples, such as white vinegar, bicarb soda and lemon juice, can double as cleaning products when used correctly.
The keyword here is these products need to be used CORRECTLY.
Lemons aren’t just a zesty condiment for schnittys; they can also be used to descale a kettle.
All you need to do is cut the fruit into thin rounds, place it in the appliance and fill it with water. Then, boil the kettle, leave it for half an hour, boil again, and voila! Scale is gone.
Another inexpensive hack we love at Pleasant State leaves rusted metal surfaces sparkling like new.
Simply soak a ball of aluminium foil in white vinegar and gently scrub the affected metal surface.
You could try this to restore an old bike — hello, weekend project! Just remember to recycle the aluminium in your kerbside recycling.
Did you know that you can recreate DIY carpet steam clean by spritzing a carpet with white vinegar and laying a colour-safe cloth over a stain?
Once the two steps above are completed, grab your trusty iron, select the steam setting, and gently move the iron above the stain.
Just promise us you’ll be careful when you do this one; you don’t want to melt any carpet fibres.
Green cleaning can be as simple as the three hacks above, but remember that fun hacks are not a fit-all solution. You should always test them before going all-in.
Let’s take a look at what you should avoid and embrace when shopping for environmentally-friendly commercial cleaning products in Australia.
While a DIY home-cleaning kit is a great start, any eco-friendly cleaning products manufacturer worth their salt should be offering universal cleaning solutions.
This prevents waste AND makes it possible to clean various surfaces in one go — which is great when you just want the chores to be done.
When purchasing green cleaning products, look for cleaning solutions that have multiple uses and products like mop heads and bottles that can be reused.
We developed our products with longevity, efficiency and waste minimisation in mind. So, we created our best-selling complete cleaning kit, which comes with: a universal, a glass, and a bathroom cleaning solution, washable microfibre towels for wiping surfaces, as well as our iconic glass spray bottles.
We’ve touched on this in one of our previous articles, but when shopping for cleaning products, customers should avoid anything that contains:
These are no Bueno for the environment.
More and more commercial cleaning companies have heard the call and are now offering eco-friendly alternatives for homes, businesses, serviced apartments and more. This is perfect if you are looking for a planet-friendly cleaning service.
Having such large-scale cleaning companies adopt an environmentally-friendly approach is one of the most heartening developments we’ve seen in the eco-cleaning space of late, as it cuts down on a massive amount of waste.
If your business is looking to book an eco-friendly cleaning service, we recommend asking the following questions beforehand:
By asking these questions, you can ensure the business you choose isn’t just talk, and actually walks the walk.