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8 expert-approved cleaning products that are affordable and eco-friendly

Lou Manfredini shares his favorite solutions for a clean and sustainable home.

The days of spring cleaning are behind us but that doesn't mean you should stop tidying up your home. Whether your carpet is looking tired or your countertop has seen better days, a spotless room might be easier to achieve than you think.

Instead of sticking with your go-to supplies, consider incorporating some environmentally friendly products into your cleaning routine. And if you're not familiar with going green, TODAY has you covered with some expert-approved picks.

"Housesmarts" host Lou Manfredini shared some of the most effective products on the market that won't take a toll on the environment. Can't make it to the store? He also showcased some simple DIY cleaning methods that are both sustainable and efficient.

Clean your home while going green with his picks and tips below.

Best eco-friendly all-purpose cleaners

All-purpose cleaners can be used on everything from bathroom mirrors to kitchen countertops. With so many options on the market, it's tough to choose one that's both efficient and eco-friendly.

To make your own DIY cleaner, mix together the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 gallon of water

1. Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner

To clean the surfaces in your home, Manfredini recommends this dye-free, bio-based cleaner that doesn't include any harsh chemicals. It's safe to use on everything from chrome to ceramic. Simply spray it on a surface and wipe clean with a reusable cloth.

2. Common Good All-Purpose Cleaner

Common Good makes multiple cleaning products including dish soap and glass cleaner. This all-purpose option is made with plant-based ingredients and it's safe to use around kids and pets.

3. Biokleen Bac-Out Stain and Odor Remover

This popular cleaner is designed to destroy odors and stains by using live cultures, botanicals and plant-based active ingredients.

"The only stain remover that's worked completely is Biokleen Bac-out. We used it on cloth diapers, curry stains on clothes, even the kitchen counters for bad tomato stains," said one verified buyer.

Best eco-friendly carpet cleaners

Stains are a normal part of life and these simple solutions can make getting that inevitable wine stain or pet stain out of the carpet much easier.

To make your own DIY solution, mix together the following ingredients:

  • 1-part white vinegar
  • 1-part water

Add the vinegar and water to a spray bottle and spritz directly on the stain. Let it sit for several minutes and then clean with a sponge dipped in warm, soapy water.

1. Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner

This biodegradable liquid cleaner removes grime, dirt and grease stains with ease. Plus, it's made without added dyes, synthetic fragrances or brighteners.

Best eco-friendly laundry products

Doing laundry isn't on anyone's list of enjoyable household tasks. However, you can do your part to protect the environment with these green products.

To make your own DIY solution, mix together the following ingredients and use 1 tablespoon for light loads or 2 tablespoons for heavy loads.

  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 1-2 tablespoons of castile soap gratings

1. Biokleen Free and Clear Laundry Detergent

This concentrated laundry detergent doesn't include artificial fragrances, colors or preservatives. It's designed to clean tough stains and remove harsh odors from clothing.

2. Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Detergent

These might look unique but they can do some serious work for your load of laundry. The Eco Nuts are actually dried berries that when put in water, produce a natural solution that gently cleans laundry!

Best eco-friendly toilet cleaners

Cleaning the toilet might be one of those tasks you wish you could avoid. Manfredini shared some cleaning options that will make the chore less of a burden.

To make your own DIY solution, mix together the following ingredients:

  • Vinegar
  • Essential oil
  • Small spray bottle
  • Baking soda

Combine vinegar and essential oils in a spray bottle and spritz the toilet bowl. Let it sit for several minutes. Next, sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl and scrub it with a toilet brush.

1. Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Tackle stubborn stains and smells with this concentrated toilet bowl cleaner. It works hard to clean your toilet bowl but it's also plant-based and eco-friendly.

Best eco-friendly way to save paper

Paper towels aren't environmentally friendly or great for your budget. Now, you can save the earth and your pockets from damage with this helpful set of reusable cleaning cloths.

1. E-Cloth Microfiber Towels

This starter kit includes four large microfiber cloths along with a glass and polishing cloth to leave mirrors and windows squeaky clean.

This story was originally published January 10, 2020, on

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