What Are Eco-Friendly Household Products & Why Are They Needed?

Eco-friendly household products are household items that have been created with our planet in mind. From plant-based biodegradable household cleaners to recycled paper towels, sustainable household products are designed to be as ecologically responsible as possible. 

So what’s the problem with regular household products? 

Many conventional household products are made with chemicals that are toxic to the environment. These chemicals can…

  • Pollute water supplies when washed away which harm aquatic life and cause problems at water treatment plants. Some chemical particles persist and end up in the food chain after being ingested by fish. 
  • Contribute to air pollution when sprayed which affects air quality in the home and adds to city smog formation. These airborne chemical particles are not exactly our lungs’ best friends. 

Non-eco-friendly household products are usually packaged in non-recyclable plastic which ends up in landfills. Conventional paper household products such as toilet paper and kitchen towels also contribute to deforestation. 

Let’s take a look at some of the alternatives! 

  • Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Eco-friendly cleaning products are made with renewable, plant-based, and biodegradable formulas. This means that instead of causing water pollution, they harmlessly biodegrade when washed away. Sustainable household cleaners are also more gentle on the skin and don’t release toxic chemicals into the air. 

  • Sustainable Candles

Did you know your self-care candles may also be contributing to indoor air pollution? Studies show that certain candles made with lead and paraffin release toxic chemicals and may aggravate allergies. 

But don’t despair! Your candle-lit bathtime ritual is in safe hands. Our eco-friendly household products collection includes a fantastic range of sustainable soy candles. Made with US-grown soybeans, the finest essential oils, and cotton core wicks, these luxury plant-based household products will keep it lit, with none of the pollutants! 

  • Recycled Paper Towels 

Paper household products are an everyday necessity, but with deforestation as a major source of climate chaos, we say the only way is tree-free. Choose 100% recycled facial tissues and sustainable bamboo toilet tissue

Why Choose Eco-Friendly Household Products?

There are tons of reasons to make the switch to sustainable household products. Let’s take a look at just a few… 

  • Cruelty-free: Here at PlantX, this is a prerequisite but we thought we’d remind you anyway! Of course, all the plant-based household products we sell are 100% cruelty-free. That means they don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients and they are never ever tested on animals at any stage of production. Next! 
  • Better for the planet: This one is a no-brainer. Eco-friendly household products are designed to minimize the negative impacts on the environment. They use fewer resources to produce, are free from toxic pollutants, and are often made from recyclable or renewable materials. 
  • Better for your health: Sustainable household products are free from the chemicals that may affect your respiratory health or aggravate skin conditions. 
  • Cost-effective: While plant-based household products might be a little more expensive, they don’t cost the earth. We’d say that’s worth an extra dollar or two. 
  • Convenient: When you buy household supplies online right here at PlantX, they arrive straight at your door. That means you can stock up and get a whole lot of tasty vegan food while you’re at it, saving multiple trips to the store and heavy grocery bags! 

What Swaps Can I Make For a More Eco-Friendly Household?

The first thing to remember when trying to make your household supplies more sustainable is that it’s not all or nothing. Don’t try to change everything at once and feel overwhelmed. Make sensible swaps in a way that feels sustainable for you. 

Here at PlantX, we have all the eco-friendly household products you need to start showing up for the planet. Simply changing up your toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and candles is a great place to start. Then you can take it from there! 

Plus, when you buy household supplies online with PlantX, you can rest assured that we’ve done the research for you. No more squinting at ingredients lists - just choose which plant-based household products you need and you can be sure that it’ll be a great swap for your home and for the planet! 

Eco-Friendly Household Products - Top Picks 

Made from sustainable plant-derived ingredients, this all-natural stain remover is an essential eco-friendly household product for any busy family. It effectively removes stubborn stains, including mud, grass, grease, and more! 

Made with natural essential oils, this botanical room freshener will keep your home smelling clean and fragrant. Free from propellants, parabens, and phthalates, this sustainable household item comes in three garden-fresh scents to choose from. 

Handmade in California with sustainable soy wax, this carefully crafted scented candle will give your home a naturally soothing fragrance. Free from parabens and phthalates, add this self-care candle to your list of essential household supplies - you won’t regret it! 

Need a tougher eco-friendly household product for tough stains? Look no further than this lavender-scented surface scrub. This non-scratch powder can be used on stainless steel, porcelain, cookware, and more. It effectively removes stubborn stains without causing any damage to delicate surfaces! 

Made with 95% bio-based formula, this hypoallergenic dish soap is an EPA Safer Choice household item. Biodegradable, cruelty-free, and tested by dermatologists, this eco-friendly dish soap will leave your dishes sparkling clean and your hands soft and moisturized, with no need for harsh chemicals.

Made with plant-based ingredients, these handy disinfecting wipes kill 99.9% of germs botanically. Clean, disinfect and deodorize in one easy step with these refreshing citrus-scented wipes, with no-rinse required! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Eco-Friendly Household Products Really Work?

While they may not contain the chemicals you might be used to cleaning with, eco-friendly household products really work - we promise! Sustainable brands know that customers won’t continue to use household items that don’t perform as well as their chemical-based competitors. That’s why all eco-friendly household products are thoroughly tested to ensure they are just as effective as traditional cleaning products. 

Just make sure you carefully follow the instructions for your plant-based household products. If it says ‘Leave for 5 minutes before wiping off', be sure to leave for the full amount of time to allow the product to do its job. 

Are Sustainable Household Products Pet Safe?

Most eco-friendly household products are pet-friendly as well. This is because they are free from harsh chemicals such as bleach that can be toxic to both humans and their pets. 

In our household supplies collection, we’ve even got an environmentally-friendly AND pet-friendly stain & odor remover, specifically designed to tackle messes left behind by your furry friends. We also have non-aerosol room fresheners made with natural essential oils to help keep your home smelling fresh and pet funk-free! 

Why Are Eco-Friendly Products More Expensive?

It is true that eco-friendly household products are generally more expensive than regular household supplies. This is because sustainable household products must be 100% free from cheap toxic chemicals. The lower demand and higher production costs for these items also drive up the price (meaning the more people buy them, the cheaper they’ll become!).

Remember, you don’t need to switch up your household supplies to be eco-friendly all at once. Slowly make the changes in a way that your household can afford. Every extra penny you spend to ensure your household items aren’t contributing to pollution and climate chaos is a penny that isn’t costing the earth! 

Are Eco-Friendly Household Products Better for Sensitive Skin? 

Many eco-friendly household products are specially designed for sensitive skin. They are also free from the harsh chemicals found in regular household supplies that are known to irritate skin conditions. 

If sensitive skin is a concern for you, look out for household items described as fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, or recommended by dermatologists. We’ve got plenty to choose from.