The air inside our own homes is polluted thanks to building materials, furniture and yes, cleaning products. If you just aren’t a DIY type of person like me and prefer the convenience of store bought cleaners but hate the thought of all the fumes and toxic chemicals around your kids and pets, this list is a handful of easily obtained brands that are better choices. A lot of brands that are more on the eco-friendly side still contain some levels of preservatives for shelf life and to inhibit the growth of bacteria in the products.
- Better Life – I’ve been a fan and an ambassador of Better Life since it’s birth years ago. They put a lot of care and science into making the safest pre-made cleaning supplies around. Now it’s available in stores around the country.
- Blissful Home – Another sound choice that you can find over on MightyNest.com. “Every ingredient is food-grade and naturally safe for humans, animals and the environment.” Works for me.
- Earth Friendly Products – This brand I have tested myself and while I liked the performance of the products and they are definitely less toxic. There were a few ingredients I had some questions about though. A lot more “natural surfectants” and “natural preservatives” then you typically see but perhaps they have good reason. They do have a wide variety of items and include laundry soaps and baby nursery supplies as well.
- Earth Mama Angel Baby® Castille Soap – One of my favorite brands and no, they aren’t a cleaning supply company but they do have castille soap that can be great for making nursery cleaners and baby wipes.
- Eco-Me – This line is based on one of the best things to clean with, vinegar. Vinegar, water and plant oils are featured in these safe cleansers. No sulfates, no harsh chemicals, scents or preservatives. Definitely a top choice.
- Ecover – This one makes the list, most notably the dish detergents and soaps but a few products I’m still “jury is still out” on.
- Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps – Maker of castille soap and bar soaps, these can be used for a multitude of DIY products or used on their own.
- Seventh Generation – a commercial brand available just about everywhere. A few items contain SLS and a few other questionable ingredients that are really hard to spell. But if I had to choose this over Tilex or Clorox I would.
- Honest Company – I have a want to love it / want to hate it relationship with Honest Company due to some of their ingredient shenanigans at the inception of the company. I think overall they have ironed out some of the kinks and now offer this line in retail stores. Overall a better choice than commercial stuff. Yes they are free of the big bad wolf stuff (ammonia, SLS, SLES, fragrances, glycol, dyes, phosphates, 1,4-dioxane, chlorine, bleach, DEA, formaldehyde, triclosan – not too shabby). There are appearances of phenoxyethanol and a few other nit picky things but again, I’d choose this over Mr Clean if I had my choice.
- Method -Target’s version of natural products. Ok in a pinch but there are better ones to chose. However this brand has a decent price point so if budget is a concern, Method will fit the bill. Not 100% sure just how “natural” this brand is though.
Make Your Own!
What you’ll need to make an abundance of cleaning products for next to nothing:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Lemon or lemon juice
- tea tree oil
- essential oils of lavender, sweet orange or lemon (or what you prefer, but totally optional)
- Re-purposed spray bottles and containers
To make a tub scrub:
Mix 1 cup baking soda with 5 drops essential oil and 4 tbsp lemon in a glass dish. Should be the consistency of paste. Use to scrub out tub or toilet stains or tough bathroom grime.
To make counter cleaner:
Mix 2 cups water with 10 drops tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Shake to mix. Use on counters, appliances, tables and other non-porous surfaces.
To unclog sinks and drains:
Pour 1 cup of baking soda and then 1 cup of vinegar into offending drain and let fizzle. Run hot hot water down after it to loosen and rinse away clogs.