Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for Your Furniture

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for Your Furniture

Eco-friendly cleaning products help us keep our homes spotless while reducing the waste and harm that some products have on the environment. Some products you can buy, and some you can make at home—all to help you clean in a green way.

What Are Green Cleaning Products?

More than one type of product can qualify as “green.” For example, some green products might still contain harmful chemicals while using recycled packaging or supporting green initiatives as part of their mission. Ultimately, most products are identified by an eco-friendly label. Green cleaning products are considered sustainable, help reduce carbon emissions, and cut back on chemical additives.

Why are eco-friendly cleaning products good for my furniture?

Sustainable cleaning products are better for your furniture and for you. Green cleaning products put fewer chemicals on your furniture, which helps to maintain its integrity and extend its lifespan. It also introduces fewer chemicals into your home—harmful chemicals that you, your family, or your pets may be allergic to. 

What Ingredients Should I Look For?

Look for natural ingredients in cleaning products. In fact, you can learn how to make eco-friendly cleaning products with common household ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon. When looking at labels, the Environmental Protection Agency designates products with a low concentration of volatile organic compounds as “low VOC”—a sign of a product you can use as a green solution. 

What Ingredients Should I Avoid?

In general, anything that has artificial colors, fragrances, and compounds should be avoided. Steer clear of bleach and ammonia, which are dangerous and toxic. You should also avoid any products with concentrations of chlorine, formaldehyde, perchloroethylene, and sodium hydroxide. 

How Do I Make My Own Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products?

A simple DIY all-purpose cleaner includes ¾ cup of hydrogen peroxide, ½ cup of distilled white vinegar, one teaspoon of unscented liquid Castile soap, 10 drops of tea tree oil, two cups of water, and lavender essential oil for fragrance. Mix all ingredients and shake well before use. You can find an abundance of green cleaning product recipes online.

Techniques for Cleaning Furniture with Green Products

Dealing with dirt, grease, and other stains can be difficult without the right tools and techniques. Here’s how to handle your toughest projects:

Upholstery: Create a mixture using 1 cup of club soda, ½ cup of vinegar, and ½ tablespoon of natural dish soap. Wet a clean rag with the mixture and dab at the stain. Avoid rubbing so you don’t damage the fabric’s surface. Use on sofas, chairs, linens, and carpet.

Wood: Mix ½ cup of white vinegar, ¼ cup of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin, and 20 drops of lavender essential oil. Shake well in a spray bottle. Spray mixture on wood and wipe with a microfiber towel. This is great for your dining room table.

Glass: In a spray bottle, mix two cups of distilled water, ½ cup of vinegar, and 10 drops of essential oil. Mix well, spray on the window or glass top and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth or towel.

Art: You can clean artwork such as an oil painting with a mixture of 1 cup of distilled water and a few drops of lemon juice. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture, squeeze out most of the water, and dab the painting. Once damp, wipe the painting with the cotton ball. Note: Test the mixture on an inconspicuous spot first. If the paint flakes, do not use this method.

Bottom Line

Using green and sustainable products is important for your health and good for the earth. Plus, by making and using your own eco-friendly cleaning products, you can save some money on expensive store-brand products.

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