Cleaning without chemicals

Keeping your home clean need not involve a lot of expensive eco-cleaning products. While there are a host of environmentally preferable cleaning products available at organic stores and supermarkets, many a cleaning trick can be used from the days of old - vinegar and paper bags anyone? A quick internet search will bring you a wealth of recipes on how to make cleaners from items in your pantry to use for cleaning everything from toilets to ovens to windows. There are a host of local suppliers starting to stock low toxic cleaning products and equipment such as wooden scrubbing brushes and replaceable heads.


Cleaning products

Local natural cleaning product suppliers:

  • Be Natural Soaps - New Plymouth. Handmade organic soaps.

  • Bin Inn Waitara - Waitara. Stocks a range of cleaning products in bulk containers which you can fill into your own bottles/containers.

  • Down to Earth - New Plymouth. Stocks bamboo scrubbing brushes and bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soap (which you can use as the base for homemade dishwashing/laundry liquid).

  • Papa Toe - New Plymouth. Stocks menstrual cups, organic bamboo washable sanitary pads and maternity breast pads, and toothbrushes with bamboo, home compostable handles. 

  • Shonagh Hopkirk - Inglewood. Sells bulk washing soda ash and baking soda, with recipe. Contact Shonagh: 021 255 6390.

  • Tempt - New Plymouth. Sells cotton dishcloths.

  • Watts Good Creations - Hāwera. Sells materials for making your own low toxic cleaning products as well as her own locally made cleaning products.

  • Willow & Ash - New Plymouth. Stocks wooden dish brushes with the removable/replaceable, home compostable heads.


If you know of other stockists/retailers/suppliers/services or all round fantastic sustainable sources please let us know so that we can include them.