Using environmentally friendly home cleaning products can have big impacts (like lessening air and water pollution) and smaller, more immediate effects (like eliminating potentially toxic chemicals throughout your home). But is “going green” easy? And is it effective?

Thankfully, the answer is now “yes” to both questions. But it wasn’t always that way. When green products first hit the market, they weren’t very effective, and they were more expensive than traditional cleaning products. They were also harder to find. Cleaning with green products used to be quite the chore, and it’s no wonder that many consumers stopped using eco-friendly products and instead fell back to using traditional cleaners.

Now, products from companies like Method, Seventh Generation, and Mrs. Meyer’s are excellent cleaners, cost about the same as traditional cleaning products, and can be found in supermarkets, drugstores, and big box retailers. Many of these companies are also socially responsible and drive recycling and other community programs. Green cleaning products are everywhere, and consumers love them!

Green cleaning products don’t use potentially hazardous chemicals and instead use plant-based and other natural cleaning agents, scents, and materials. They often use biodegradable or recyclable packaging and can be disposed of more safely than traditional products. Most importantly, they can be as effective as conventional products—they’ll get the job done well, and they’ll do it safely.

Green cleaning products for the home include dish, hand, and laundry soaps, surface cleaners, and even oven, bathroom, and floor cleaners! There are green outdoor products for gardening, car washing, and exterior jobs, too. Environmentally friendly cleaning cloths, sponges, and disinfecting wipes are great alternatives to traditional products.

Consumers love green cleaning products for many reasons—the feeling of social responsibility, the peace of mind at home, and the wonderful natural smell. It’s never been easier to clean your entire home, inside and out, with environmentally friendly products!

You can also make your own green cleaning products at home! These home solutions can cost pennies per use, and you might even have everything you need already at home. Check out this list of DIY products that you can use without resorting to harsh and potentially hazardous chemicals (and save a little money while you’re at it):

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