When it comes to cleaning agents, such as bathroom cleaners & disinfectants, it’s important that they maintain anti-bacterial/fungal/viral qualities and therefore they can not be 100% green, but which cleaner is the most environmentally friendly? A reason this question is important is because much of the water that is flushed down the toilet, washed down the sink, or rinsed down the shower is carried into our outside world and is sometimes sent into the earth.
The unfortunate fact is that there is as of yet no truly green disinfectant, chemicals are needed to minimize/eliminate the viruses, bacteria, and fungi that the disinfectants are meant for. To be more green, consumers should limit there disinfectant use to areas it’s needed, such as the shower where mildew may grow. In this way, the impact of disinfectant chemicals is minimal.
As far as other bathroom cleaners go, some green options are: 20 Mule Team Borax (though any borax would likely do), Ecover, and Bon Ami Polishing Cleanser. They’re all on the affordable side and environmentally safe. The Borax is safe enough to be used as a hand soap, safe for septic tanks, and is still quite strong enough for cleaning the deepest grime. Ecover has plant-based ingredients and is biodegradable. Bon Ami is also biodegradable.
Of course those are just a few of the green cleaners offered on the market; they’re just a few I read that had been tested with other green cleaners that had good reviews. Something to consider is the container that the cleaners come in. If it’s plastic, another sort of pollution is going to occur; something must be done with those plastic bottles at some point. Borax generally comes in a cardboard box, which is something that will break down without polluting.