Updated: Apr 14
There are numerous positive reasons for switching to organic cleaning products. The most important is that they help to keep a healthier environment for ourselves, our loved ones, the soil beneath our feet and the bodies of water that sustain us and our ecosystems. In addition to keeping ourselves safe (given the nature of our van-life adventures), we should also consider the benefits to our water tanks’ health and minimizing hazardous roadside dumping by using organic cleaning products versus nonorganic.
Organic cleaning products are free from harmful chemicals that not only pollute our environment but can also cause damage to our physical bodies. The highly-advertised and well-known conventional cleaning products are comprised of toxic chemicals that have been linked to allergic reactions, birth defects, disruption of hormones, respiratory problems, poisoning and cancer. The good news is, there is a plethora of conscientious companies who choose to put people and the Earth first, making our selection process an easier one. Below are five stand out products that will surely give you the best bang for your buck.
Meliora is a women-owned company that has created a line of organic home cleaning, laundry and bath and body products. Standing by their slogan of “people-and-planet-friendly”, they list all of their ingredients right on the front of their label so that you know exactly what you are inviting into your home. Currently they are offering free shipping on any order over $49.
Molly’s Suds sells a variety of laundry detergents and household cleaners with a slogan of “Safer Ingredients. Powerful Clean”. Their company started when a nurse started asking questions about her stillborn child’s death, a baby girl she had named Molly. They place Molly’s footprints on their website and packaging as a symbol of keeping their promise to providing families with truly safe products. They are offering a 10% discount on your first purchase.
Koala Eco’s pride is in their packaging - no new plastic is used, and all of their plastic products are “recycled, recyclable and reusable”. You can purchase their entire line (contaning all 5 of their natural products) for less than $65 and it includes their hand wash, dish soap, multi-purpose cleaner, floor cleaner and fruit and vegetable wash.
Dr. Bronner’s is probably the most well-known of these natural brands. Their labels are filled top to bottom and left to right with all sorts of interesting information, including their ingredient list smack dab, front and center. The best part about Dr. Bronner’s is that their singular product has 18 different uses - from laundry detergent to cleaning your kitchen to brushing your teeth. This is definitely the organic product to go with if you are looking to save some space! Their deal right now is free shipping on any order over $45.
Do It Yourself
In addition to the products listed above, there is always the option of creating your own organic cleaning products at home. Using simple ingredients like water, white vinegar, olive oil, baking soda and/or your favorite essential oils, you can concoct 100% safe and effective kitchen, bathroom, wood and glass cleaners, dish soap, laundry detergent and even stain removers. While this is a great and affordable option, some of your appliances may not agree with some of these ingredients, so be sure to do a quick internet search beforehand. There is tons of information online for easy recipes to tackle whatever cleaning job you’re in need of.
Switching to organic cleaning products may seem daunting at first, but the benefits truly outweigh the serious risks to our bodies, our homes and the environment around us. We encourage you to try out a few of these products to see the noticeable, useful effects they produce. Along with your own health and that of others, your water tanks and our water sources will thank you!
No matter where you decide to travel to, live your best life and try to stay cool this summer 😎 Please make sure you Leave No Trace to respect the wildlife and parks for years to come! Get outside and enjoy camping season! Happy exploring! 🚐
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