How bad can chemical cleaning products be, after all, they need to be ‘strong’ enough to actually clean?
Well… if these substances are capable of chemically eroding charred-on food in a few moments, spare a thought for the damage they can do over years of build-up in our delicate ecosystems. And don’t overlook that they’re airborne, ‘volatile’ and you’re inhaling them, too. Luckily, there are a plethora of friendly alternatives.
GREAT ALTERNATIVES TO TRY
Kitchen Essentials Kit ($60) from Yesēco. This chic Australia-design is the ultimate combo of plastic-free cleaning tools – all made from 100% natural, biodegradable and compostable materials.
EcoCoconut Dish Brush ($7.50) from Biome. A coconut husk fibre dish brush with FSC timber handle, this long-lasting design is naturally antibacterial, non-scratching, and biodegradable.
EcoCoconut Round Scourers ($6) from Biome. Another coconut husk fibre design from the brand, which makes all its products to ethical standards in Sri Lanka.
Safix Coco-Fibre Scrub Pad, small ($3.95) from Biome. Featuring natural coconut fibers bound together by a non-toxic adhesive., this pad is useful for delicate surfaces and stay fresh and effective for months. It’s made by a fair-trade cooperative in India.
Multi-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner ($10,90) from Koala Eco. ‘Natural cleaning products can be created from high concentrates of pure essential oils, combined with quality plant-derived biodegradable ingredients,’ explains founder Jessica Bragdon.
Lemon Dish Liquid ($4.49) from EcoStore. This plant-based dishwash liquid from the New Zealand Brand is pH balanced and has been independently benchmarked against the market leader to ensure excellent results. We recommend investing in the bulk-buy 20-litre variety to reduce on plastics too.