List of Eco Friendly Cleaning Products Available in Australia

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More and More of us are transitioning to a more eco-friendly lifestyle at home

And that includes the cleaning products that we use day to day.  Transitioning from tradition cleaners to eco friendly cleaning products is easy with our simple guide! Whether you want to make your own cleaning products at home, or you want to buy products that are earth-friendly – we show you the best brands available in Australia right now.

Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

Ingredients to Avoid When Choosing Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products:

It’s a scary fact that many if not most household cleaners contain dangerous and toxic ingredients.  It is usually these very toxic ingredients that make the products work so well.  The problem with these ingredients that some people can be very sensitive to those ingredients.  Exposure to these harsh chemicals can cause headaches, asthma, skin burns if you come into contact with them without protection.  Plus we really don’t know the very long term effects being exposed to these chemicals can cause.

Ammonia

Ammonia is a popular ingredient in cleaning products because it ‘evaporates’ leaving no streaks.  For this reason, Ammonia is commonly used in products such as glass cleaner or furniture polish.  However, ammonia can cause lung problems and breathing issues as it is inhaled and irritates the lining of the lungs.  People in the cleaning industry who use ammonia on a regular basis can often develop chronic bronchitis or asthma.

What to look for instead:

A great substitute for Ammonia is vodka – and you can drink it if you want!

2-Butoxyethanol

This unpronounceable toxic chemical is used in many industrial and commercial cleaners.  Surprisingly though – it is an organic compound.  It is used as a solvent in many cleaning products as an active ingredient. But even though it is organic, the active chemicals contained in 2-Butoxyethanol are toxic and can be absorbed both through the skin and lungs causing irritation, cough, possible blood disorders, depression, dizziness, headaches, vomiting, blurred vision and kidney damage.

The most common products that contain 2-Butoxyethanol include:

  • Paints
  • White Board Markers
  • Window Cleaner
  • Degreasers
  • Liquid Soaps
  • Dry Cleaning Solutions
  • Varnishes
  • Inks

Chlorine

Chlorine is literally everywhere – and if you are connected to a local water scheme – you will be drinking it and bathing in it every day.  Chlorine is an irritant that can cause breathing problems including asthma.

How to reduce your exposure to chlorine:

Put a filter on your water supply

Phthalates (fragrances)

Any cleaning product you buy that smells really good, think of products like air fresheners, fabric softeners etc contain Phthalates.  These Phthalates can be inhaled and absorbed into the body.  A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health in 2003 showed that men with higher phthalate compounds in their bloodstream had a lower sperm count.

What to look for instead:

Look for products that are ‘Fragrance-Free’ or instead are all-natural or organic or scented with essential oils.

Triclosan

Any product you purchase from the supermarket marked ‘Antibacterial’ most likely contains ‘Triclosan’.  This ingredient does what it says it does – kills bacteria.  However because of its aggressive nature, like antibiotics, the over-use of these products can produce ‘super-bugs’ that can withstand these chemicals.

What to look for instead:

Just avoid all products that are ‘Antibacterial’.  If of course, you are using hand sanitizer you can look for an alcohol-based solution rather than a Triclosan based sanitizer.

More Reading: 10 Homemade Cleaning Products You Will Never Have to Buy Again

 Eco Friendly Cleaning Products Australia

So now that we know what ingredients to avoid – let’s look at what we should be looking for!

What to Look For in Eco-Friendly Cleaners:

Our top tips for the true eco-friendly product include:

  • Eco-friendly cleaners should be available in biodegradable containers or refills which reduces the amount of plastic and waste.
  • As many natural ingredients that you recognise as possible.
  • No dyes
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Vegan

Not every one of the products we recommend here tick every box – but many do – and many come close!

We have hundreds of recipes where you can make your own cleaning products at home – check out our list:

Now let’s look at eco-friendly products we can buy here in Australia:

Eco-Friendly Glass Cleaners:

Probably the best glass cleaner around is a really easy homemade version, and it is totally eco-friendly!.

All you need is:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Sheets of old newspaper

Put the warm water and white vinegar into a spray bottle, spray the glass, then scrunch up the newspaper to rub over the glass.  Cleans just beautifully!

Best Natural All-Purpose Cleaners:

It is super easy to make homemade all-purpose cleaners that are eco-friendly at home.  Here is a simple recipe to try out:

Eucalyptus Oil All-Purpose Cleaner

This one is great for kitchen and bathroom benches and leaves a deliciously clean eucalyptus smell.

  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups of water

Place all the ingredients into a spray bottle, tips upside down a few times to combine – and use right away!

More Reading: Where to Buy Wholesale Essential Oils

Counter Culture All Purpose Organic Cleaner

  • 500ml Spray Bottle
  • RRP: $9.95
  • Australian Made
  • Vegan

Available in two scents, lavender and lemongrass, this all-purpose cleaner is organic and probiotic – containing 13 different strains of live, good bacteria.

Stockists:

Counter Culture Probiotic All Purpose Cleaner | Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

 

Koala Eco Natural Multi-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner

  • Size: 500ml or 1 litre refill
  • RRP: $11.95
  • Australian Allergy Certified
  • Vegan Certified
  • Australian Made

This product is new to the market.  Scented with lemon myrtle and mandarin, it not only smells fantastic, but it is fantastic to clean all aspects of the home including benchtops, fridge, dishwasher, food storage and preparation areas.  It is biodegradable, eco-friendly and has a plant-based formula.

Stockist: Nourished LifeKoala Eco All Natural Multi-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner | Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

Eco-Friendly Dishwashing Liquids:

Lil’Bit Dishwashing Liquid

  • Size: 500ml
  • Made in Australia

Containing none of the above toxic elements, this dishwashing liquid is scented with essential oils.  This liquid doesn’t really ‘foam up’ – but that isn’t such a bad thing, many dishwashing products contain ingredients that increase the suds so we perceive that it works ‘better’.

Stockist: Biome Eco StoreLil'Bit Dishwashing Liquid | Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

 

Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Tablets

This is a tricky one as the dishwasher needs soaps that don’t sud – and that usually means those nasty chemicals!  We do however have a recipe for homemade dishwasher tablets that you can try:

You will need:

  • 1 silicon ice cube tray
  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 1/2 cup coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops of essential oils

Mix together the washing soda, borax and salt, ensuring there are no lumps.  Add the white vinegar and the essential oils and mix with a spoon until combined.

Press the mixture evenly into the silicon ice cube tray.  Leave in a shady dry place overnight for the tablets to dry.  Then pop out of the tray and seal in an airtight container.

Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergents and Laundry Liquids:

More Reading: How to Make Homemade Laundry Powder and Liquid

Soapberries or Soapnuts

Soapberries (or Soapnuts) are dried berries that when rubbed together with a little water, sud up and wash clothing just beautifully at less than 5c per wash.  They can be re-used up to four times and you can also use them to make shampoo, spray cleaner or even in the dishwasher when you run out of tablets.

You can buy them from the following stockists:

Soapberries | Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

Ecostore

  • Laundry Powder Size: 1kg
  • RRP: $14.95
  • Comes in Fragrance-Free and Geranium & Orange
  • Suitable for both top loaders and front loaders
  • Vegan

Ecostore prides itself on products that are kind to sensitive skin, eco-friendly and simple.  Their laundry powder is made from both plant-based and mineral-based ingredients and has been independently tested against the leading supermarket brands to ensure excellent results for your laundry.

Stockist: Nourished Life

Ecostore-Laundry-Powder-Geranium-Orange-Nourished-Life-Australia | Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

Green Potions No.13 Laundry Powder

  • Size: 1kg
  • RRP: $19.95
  • Made in Australia

Green Potions is a small Queensland business who makes eco-friendly cleaning products that are totally natural.  All their products are packaged in reusable containers and the product itself is made from saponified coconut and olive oils.  This is one of the true zero waste laundry powders available.

Stockist: Biome Eco Stores

Green-Potions-No-13-Laundry-Powder-1kg-Biome | Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

Toilet Bowl Cleaners:

Ecostore Toilet Cleaner – Eucalyptus

  • Size: 500ml
  • RRP: $8.95
  • Vegan (PETA Certified)
  • Cruelty Free

Ecostore makes a huge range of fantastic eco-friendly products – and this is one of the best.  Made with 5% citric acid, it has been independently tested to ensure it works!  Made with plant-based ingredients, it is suitable for all ranges of surfaces including porcelain and ceramic and is suitable for compostable toilets.

Stockist: Nourished Life

Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

Adobe Natural Toilet Cleaner Gel

  • Size: 750ml
  • RRP: $8.95
  • Australian Made
  • Vegan

Simple ingredients that work – the Adobe Natural Toilet Cleaner Gel comes in two scents, Rosemary & Mint and Tea Tree.  Contains no palm oil, artificial fragrances or petrochemicals.

Stockist: Nourished Life

Abode Natural Toilet Cleaner Gel | Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

Eco-Friendly Floor Cleaners:

If you have timber floors, tiles or vinyl the best way to clean them is actually just boiling water and a mop – or a steam mop if you have one work on the same principle.  The heat dislodges any grime and dirt and the mop or pad wipes up the remnants. You can pick up a good steam mop like this Bissell Select Steam Mop for under $150. They are particularly good for bathrooms.

Bissell Select Steam Mop | Stay at Home Mum

Koala Eco All Natural Floor Cleaner

  • Size: 500ml and 1 litre refill
  • Price: $11.95
  • Vegan Certified
  • Australian Made

Koala Eco has some beautiful products that are all biodegradable, eco-friendly and plant-based.  With a delicious scent of mandarin and peppermint, the essential oils are also pest deterrents too!

Grab it from Nourished Life

Koala Eco All Natural Floor Cleaner | Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

 

Cinderella Floor Cleaner

  • Size: 500ml
  • RRP: $10.00
  • Vegan
  • Australian Made

With this delicious smelling floor cleaner, your floors will be clean enough to eat from.  Free from GMO’s, sulphates, bleach, ammonia and all harsh chemicals.  Is pineapple and coconut scented.

Stockist: Nourished Life

Cinderella-Floor-Cleaner-500ml | Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

 

Bondi Wash Floor Cleaner

  • Size: 500ml
  • RRP: $16.00
  • Vegan
  • Australian Made

The Bondi Wash Floor Cleaner comes in two delicious scents, Tasmanian Pepper & Lavender, and Sydney Peppermint & Rosemary.  A very gentle but effective floor wash made from Australian Bush Oils.

Stockist: Nourished Life

Bondi Wash Floor Cleaner - Sydney Peppermint & Rosemary 02 | Nourished Life Australia

 

Eco-Friendly Furniture Polishes:

Tinderbox Natural Wood Polish

  • Size: 370 grams
  • RRP: $19.95
  • Made in Australia

Made in a small rural town in Western Australia, Tinderbox Natural Wood Polish strengthens timber against scratches and wear, promoting the longevity of your timber furniture.  Contains delicious ingredients such as linseed oil, beeswax, gum turpentine, organic carnauba wax and essential oils.

Stockist: Biome Eco Stores

Tinderbox-natural-wood-polish-Biome

Beeswax Bar

  • Size: 30 grams
  • RRP: $5.95
  • Made in Australia

Beeswax has been used as a natural way to enhance timber to bring out the shine for hundreds of years.  Now a family-owned business from Brisbane called Apiaries 8 is making these beeswax bars that are filtered three times for a pure, clean wax.

Stockist: Biome Eco Stores

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As you can see, there are some amazing eco-friendly cleaning products now on the market.

We will continue adding wonderful products to our list as we find them!

List of Eco Friendly Cleaning Products Available in Australia | Stay at Home Mum

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