Does this sound familiar? You look at your cabinet of toxic cleaning products and wish that you could transition to green cleaning products but you have no idea where to start? There are just so many options available, but at the same time, you have all those old cleaning products left. What do you do with those? Where do you go from here? Not to worry, every single person who has transitioned to green cleaning products has gone through the same thing! You can transition to green cleaning products for the health of your family and the planet, follow these tips and your transition will be seamless!
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Step 1: Use What You Have
Wait, what? That’s not green?!
Or is it? Is dumping all those cleaners, unused down the drain really a good idea? I don’t think so. That’s why over the past years I have been transitioning to green cleaning products. Yes, you read that right, it’s taken me years and one move around the world to get to this point! It all started with me slowly using up whatever traditional cleaners I had left. Then as I did, I’d get new, green options or make my own. The biggest push in the green direction came at our previous move. Since we were literally moving around the world, there was no way to bring any opened cleaners with us. When we moved to our new apartment, all of the new cleaners that were purchased were green. Finally.
Step 2: Identify & Purchase Replacement Cleaners
There are two ways to go: make your own, or buy them. Making your own sounds good, doesn’t it? I mean those pins on Pinterest make it look so easy and great right? It’s not for everyone though! It takes time, and research to make sure you are using recipes that are legit. You also have no clue how well they will work, other than the opinion of random internet strangers (like me!). So purchasing them from an existing brand might be the way to go for you. You know you will be getting a quality, safe product, that actually works. Two of my favorite brands which have excellent, natural cleaners are Seventh Generation (hands down my all time fave green company!), and Method (a close second). I use both, though prefer Seventh Gen…Vermonters gotta stick together! Both are easy to find in most local grocery stores, and even chain stores like Target. If you can’t find them in your area, or can’t find all the products you want, ordering them online is a great option.
Protip: Don’t want to leave your house, but want to save money on your favorite organic & natural products, cleaners and foods? Then try Thrive Market. They deliver your order right to your door!
Looking for DIY cleaners? I’ve collected many tips and recipes on Pinterest, check out my Green Cleaning board below!
Step 3: Profit
Enjoy! You’ve successfully transitioned to green cleaning products! Congrats! It can be overwhelming making new lifestyle changes, but by taking small steps like phasing out old cleaners with new, green options you can make sustainable lifestyle changes that will stay with you. Plus, you won’t have to put out a large investment in cleaning products all at once (if you’ve ever moved, you know the pain of having to repurchase every single cleaner you ever owned, it’s surprisingly expensive!).