BUYERS’ GUIDE Top eco-friendly cleaning products

Avoid adding unnecessary pollutants to your environment; save the earth and keep your home squeaky clean with these...

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Eco-friendly cleaning products aren’t just good for the environment; they are good for bubba’s health too. Chances are these cleaning products are free from — or contain fewer — harsh chemicals that can be damaging to baby’s skin.

The hypoallergenic and fragrance-free nature of some of these cleaners could also translate into fewer allergic reactions, should you choose to make the switch. Keep your eyes peeled for labels from welfare organisations that certify the product as “eco-friendly”, such as Green Label Singapore, SIRIM from Malaysia and USDA Biobased from the US. These labels are only awarded when the product complies with stringent testing done by independent labs.

Here is a selection of greenest cleaners you should grab — stat!

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1) Babyganics Multi-surface Cleaner – Fragrance-free

PRICE $16.20 for 946ml

FROM Agape Babies

WHAT A versatile cleaning spray that is good for use on a wide array of surfaces ― from glass to granite, laminate to stainless steel, and even hard-wood surfaces! It is also a non-toxic cleaning solution labelled as ammonia-, bleach-, phosphate-, phthalate- and sulphate-free. The plant-based cleaner claims to have been tested by paediatricians and dermatologists and is hypoallergenic, making for an easy (and painless) switch from your current wash liquids.

PARENTS SAY The spray makes it easy to use especially for stubborn stains at hard-to-reach areas. Plus, several mentioned that it is compatible with a wide variety of surfaces.

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2) Ecover Ecological Floor Soap – Unscented

PRICE $45.00 for 5l

FROM Redmart

WHAT Linseed oil — also known as flaxseed oil — is used as a waterproofing agent in paint production. It is also a main ingredient in this plant- and mineral-based washing liquid so it provides lasting protection from stains. However, it is not suitable for hardwood or laminate floors.

PARENTS SAY Our tester is just a little wary about the claim that it provides lasting “protection against staining”, as it implies it has to be rather strong to protect against repeated stains.

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3) TLC Green Floor Cleaner – Unscented

PRICE $9.90 for 2l

FROM Redmart

WHAT A biodegradable cleaning liquid made with plant-based ingredients. It is formulated with a degreaser that promises to lift away dirt effectively and an anti-dust agent; this washing liquid claims to keep your floors clean for longer periods of time. It is also SIRIM certified — an independent Malaysian Eco-labelling scheme.

PARENTS SAY The price point makes this a very affordable option. It is also a fuss-free cleaning option as it includes a fast-drying agent.  

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