Last updated: June 2012
Discover how you can reduce your carbon footprint indoors and enjoy a toxic-free home.
1 - Buy green cleaning products
Avoid toxic and non-renewable ingredients by choosing greener products. Sales of greener cleaning products are increasing every year having risen from £3m in 2000 to £42m in 2010. There are now many brands to choose from and some are available in supermarkets.
See our product guides:
2 - Make your own
Go one step further and make your own from the handful of cleaning cupboard essential ingredients. Interest in making your own has also grown bolstered by the TV programmes ‘How Clean is Your House’ and the more recent ‘Superscrimpers’.
Here is our guide to creating your own DIY non-toxic cleaning kit.
3 - Wash at lower temperatures
To reduce carbon impacts, experiment with washing laundry at the lowest temperatures that give satisfactory results.
4 - Campaign for an animal testing ban
Support groups such as Animal Aid, PETA, Uncaged, BUAV, Humane Society International, RSPCA, Naturewatch, the Vegan Society and Viva!
More about animal testing of cleaning products.