Using Household Products Outdoors — Responsible Camping Tips

Travelling, hiking, camping, bbq picnics, breathing the air enriched with the scents of greenery and flowers. Summer is the time to get energy and inspiration from being outdoors, closer to nature. But although most of us understand the importance of cherishing and protecting the wildlife that strengthens us, do we know how to take care of it?

white tent in a meadow neat the tree - representative picture of eco-friendly and responsible camping

This blog post discusses one of the foundations of sustainable tourism and entertainment — the responsible use of cleaning products and household chemicals while being in nature. 

Find out why common household chemicals are among the biggest destroyers of the natural balance and learn how to replace them with nature-friendly alternatives.

Why Conventional Cleaners Are Damaging

The secret of effective cleaning agents is the active ingredients (surfactants) that penetrate an object’s surface or garment to remove the dirt or grease from it. 

There are many different surfactants: some can be quickly decomposed, while others remain toxic and harmful for a long time. Some are non-degradable, neither in natural circumstances nor even water cleaning systems.

Manufacturers often use surfactants produced from oil to ensure maximum effectiveness at the lowest price. Even more, regular cleaning agents’ formulas are usually complemented with harmful components (EDTA, NTA, etc.) that remain active at low temperatures, as well as non-degradable, irritating chlorine compounds. These materials damage the fauna and flora, accumulate in animal fat and eventually find their way into the human body with food.

Finally, such toxic mixes are then supplemented with artificial dyes, preservatives and fragrances that are often carcinogenic and negatively affect the nervous systems. 

Natural Surfactants and a Responsible Approach to Cleaning

The massive, persistent use of toxic chemicals in households is already a visible problem. These substances accumulate in sewage systems, enter the groundwater and spread in the environment around us, slowly changing the nature we have been accustomed to seeing. 

However, the fact that humans are used to unsustainable practices does not mean that they must choose either efficiency or sustainability. There are plenty of natural, non-aggressive active ingredients. All we need to change in the current situation is the choice of the products.

woman getting ready while sitting in a tent

Surfactants of plant origin — coconut oil, palm oil, grapefruit seeds, cellulose extracts or corn — are ecological alternatives to non-degradable compounds. Unnecessary added materials such as artificial scents can also be avoided: there are plenty of cleaning products with natural fragrances. Even more, scentless solutions are also becoming more popular.

Saving Resources with Less Washing

We encounter unpleasant smells and sweat in our clothes more often when travelling or camping. So another aspect that’s worthy of mentioning in this blog is waste prevention — avoiding waste is the next step in learning how to use natural resources responsibly.

Count the times you put the clothes in for washing because they’re dirty. Compare this number with the times you decide to wash something because it got smelly. Then think of the energy, the amount of water and the washing solution you need to freshen up stainless clothes. The numbers may surprise you!

You can save both Earth’s resources and your time using odour remover that extends the intervals between the washing and reduces the amount of laundry. This natural product is a time-saver innovation, which instantly and effectively eliminates unpleasant smells from clothes or footwear once you need refreshment. Odour remover is also extremely convenient when travelling: it fits into a small bag and does its job in seconds.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products to Use Outdoors

You now know why regular cleaning agents and washing liquids are undesirable to use in nature. However, this doesn’t mean that you should stop caring about cleanness: natural, environmentally friendly, degradable materials are slowly becoming more widespread in the market.  Just as well, solutions that save natural resources, such as odour remover, are also finding their way into people’s cleaning routines.

A woman setting the dishes and the tableware on a wooden table - preparing for the dinner in the nature

Getting ready for a weekend outdoors? Here’s a list of eco-friendly, sustainable cleaning products for you:

  • PROBIOTIC CRAFT dishwashing liquid that effectively removes grease and moisturizes your hands thanks to hyaluronic acid;
  • PROBIOTIC CRAFT odour remover that helps avoid unnecessary washing;
  • PROBIOTIC CRAFT laundry liquid (when there is a real need to remove the stains from garments) with anti-inflammatory lotus extract;
  • PROBIOTIC CRAFT multi-surface cleaner that removes stains from different surfaces and has soothing hazelnut oil

All of these products disinfect naturally by replacing the bad bacteria with the good bacteria (probiotics). They are water and nature-friendly, effective and safe to use even for the most sensitive skin owners.

Did you know that PROBIOTIC CRAFT’s aim to unite sustainability, innovations and effectiveness is appreciated in the ecological and organic products industry? PROBIOTIC CRAFT is recognised as one of the best new eco-living products in Europe!

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