Charlie's Corner

May 17, 2020

How to Clean with Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products in COVID-19

One of the most surprising effects of COVID-19 was how difficult finding simple household items like toilet paper, or your favorite cleaning products became. In many cases, your go-to brands weren’t available. In a time where keeping a clean home is more important than ever, it’s the perfect time to experiment with eco-friendly cleaning products. 

What Makes a Cleaning Product “Eco-friendly?”

The Merriam-Webster definition of eco-friendly is simple: “Not environmentally harmful.” To help customers better identify a genuine environmentally friendly product, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a Safer Choice certification.

Safer Choice certified products meet the EPA’s strict safety requirements for human health and environmental impact. A Safer Choice certified product contains safe ingredients that are sustainably packaged, lowers the risk of skin irritation, helps minimize indoor air pollution, and more. Charlie’s Soap is proud to say that four of our eco-friendly cleaning products are Safer Choice certified

Eco-friendly Cleaning Products & COVID-19 

The CDC recommends routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, faucets, light switches, remote controls, and so on to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus in your home. Frequent cleaning of surfaces and objects can remove germs while disinfecting can kill them. A regular household cleaning and disinfecting routine can lower the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others. 

You can start an eco-friendly cleaning and disinfecting routine by choosing the right cleaner. Charlie’s Soap Kitchen & Bath Household Cleaner can handle the high-touch areas in your home that need cleaning most, like kitchens and bathrooms. Our Indoor & Outdoor Surface Cleaner is safe yet strong enough to tackle indoor dirt like mildew stains or buildup. It also works on the toughest outdoor messes like grill grease or engine oil.

Using Charlie’s Soap Cleaning Products

To start cleaning, we recommend disposable or reusable gloves designated only for cleaning and disinfecting. Make sure the area you’re cleaning is well ventilated.

Once you’ve chosen your cleaner, read the directions for use first. Charlie’s Kitchen & Bath Household Cleaner is simple, spray it on the surface and then wipe it with a clean cloth. For extra tough messes or stains, let the cleaner soak a few minutes before wiping. 

Charlie’s Indoor & Outdoor Surface Cleaner is a powerful, concentrated cleaner that’s strong enough to remove the most stubborn dirt and grime. It is also gentle enough to literally bathe your dog! For tough spots on outdoor gear or even your driveway, use Indoor & Outdoor Surface Cleaner at full strength. Spray on the surface, let soak, then rinse. For more delicate areas like floors or other indoor surfaces, dilute the cleaner with water before spraying, scrubbing, or mopping, then rinse or wipe clean. 

After you’ve cleaned your surfaces and objects thoroughly, remember to follow up with an EPA-registered household disinfectant. You can even make a bleach solution to use as a disinfectant by mixing five tablespoons (⅓ cup) bleach per gallon of water. With any disinfectant you use, continue to keep areas well ventilated and wear gloves to protect yourself.     

Switch to Eco-friendly Products Today

For more green coronavirus cleaning tips, check out the Charlie’s Soap blog post on Cleaning and COVID-19 and our Spring Cleaning Tips Under Quarantine. Don’t forget to pick up Charlie’s Soap at your local retailer, or order online! When you start using this non-toxic, biodegradable, natural multi-surface cleaner, you may never go back to your regular old cleaning product brands again.