2019’s Eco-Friendly Cleaning Trend - Concentrates!

Posted by Mario Mazza on

While we've all realised the chemicals in our food and in our skincare, probably aren't doing us any good, run of the mill, chemical packed cleaning products are often forgotten, as we spritz, spray and disinfect our homes.

Fortunately, there are cleaning brands out there who care about the environment and our holistic health: brands who don’t test on animals, don’t include microplastics or microbeads. While you might not find them in the supermarkets, they're worth an investigation.

What is a cleaning concentrate and who is a cleaning concentrate for?

Liquid concentrates could be your new best friend. Instead of buying separate products for each household cleaning need, you can save time, space, energy and money by just using one, powerful concentrate. Versatile cleaners can be diluted at home in reusable spray bottles, these multi-taskers boast a number of benefits.

A cleaning concentrate’s purpose ranges from company to company but the main goal is that the concentrate can be mixed up with water or used in a variety of different concentrations (hence the name concentrate) to clean just about everything in your home. Looking to simplify your household products? A cleaning concentrate might be just what you need.  The most obvious and immediate benefit? Because you’re buying less cleaner, less often—just a little bit of concentrate can go a long way on most cleaning tasks—you could save a considerable amount of money. 

If you’ve been using a cleaning concentrate, I encourage you to check it out and see if it’s safe to continue using.  How are chemicals in household cleaners classified?
Hospital-grade disinfectant:

  • Listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) and subject to TGA disinfectant standard.
  • Evidence for quality, safety and efficacy reviewed by TGA.
  • Must pass performance test for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, E. coli and S. aureus.
  • Must include the quantity and name of the active ingredient on the bottle.
  • Possible claims include "kills germs" or any of the bacteria subject to the testing (above); claims must be supported by product testing.

Household/commercial-grade disinfectant:

  • Exempt from the ARTG but subject to the TGA disinfectant standard.
  • Not tested or reviewed by the TGA.
  • Must pass performance test for E. coli and S. aureus.
  • Must include the quantity and name of the active ingredient on the bottle.
  • Possible claims include "kills germs" generally, or E. coli and S. aureus.
  • Manufacturers "advised to hold evidence" of claims.

Other surface sprays:

  • Excluded from the ARTG and not subject to TGA disinfectant standard.
  • TGA performance tests not required; must be fit for purpose under the ACL.
  • Claims limited to removal of/reduces non-specific microorganisms to a sanitary level, an improvement in hygiene, or antibacterial action.

I like to think about the impact of the packaging of concentrated products as well (and reusing my own spray bottles) is also producing less waste. Yes, there’s probably even less waste in making my own cleaners from vinegar, essential oils, or lemon juice, but cleaning concentrates have helped me find a sweet spot of convenience, consumption, and joyful cleaning.

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