Whether you’re looking to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle or have kids, pets or allergy sufferers in your home, cleaning always comes with a dilemma: you don’t want to be surrounded by germs, because they could make you and your family sick. But you don’t want to remove germs with cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals, because inhaling these ingredients could be harmful to health.
Here’s a natural cleaning product guide that’s great for the eco conscious, parents, pet owners–or anyone who’d rather keep it “clean” while cleaning.
Wipe down the countertops with GrabGreen Degreaser Cleaner (the light, natural citrus scent probably won’t tickle scent-sensitive noses), which borrows its cleaning power strictly from plant-derived agents and essential oils.
Got granite? Earth Friendly Stone Countertop Cleaner (go for the natural parsley scent) is perfect for all stone surfaces and is free of formaldehyde, petrochemicals, GMOs, phosphates, chlorine, and that old-school favorite, ammonia.
Tackle stainless steel appliance grime with Earth Friendly Steel Cleaner and Polish, which not only is all-natural but is made from 10% sustainable, plant-based products.
If you’re going to be elbow-deep in dishwater for 20 minutes every night, you’ll want to feel secure that you’re not submerging your skin in chemicals, dyes or toxins, so an all-natural dish soap like Seventh Generation Dishwashing Liquid is a good choice. (An even better choice: ask your partner to do the dishes, and put your feet up and have a nice cup of tea instead!)
Meanwhile, feed your dishwasher with phosphate-free, eco-friendly Ecover Ecological Automatic Dishwasher Tablets and you’ll feel good about making the world a better, more eco-friendly place for your family.
Banish bathroom germs (naturally)
Surprising fact: you can kill 99.9% of household germs, including salmonella, staph and influenza, without bleach, ammonia or any artificial ingredients or chemicals. Powered by thyme oil and scented with refreshing lemongrass, Seventh Generation Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner is a safe choice that will get the job done.
And if you still have the energy to scrub the toilet and don’t want to breathe in potentially dangerous fumes, Ecover Ecological Toilet Bowl Cleaner is a great choice–plus, it’s safe for all septic systems.
Must-have jack-of-all-trades cleaners
In addition to these specific products, it’s also good to have an all-purpose cleaner for pet stains, disinfecting, odor removal and other miscellaneous messes. Fortunately, you need look no further than your pantry for some apple cider vinegar, which you can use for bathroom and kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors. Mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water and let the magic begin!
Also, you can’t go wrong with Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Organic Pure Castile Liquid Soap, which you can use to rinse vegetables, and as a household cleaner for laundry, dishes, floors, rugs, even cars and boats. Just dilute one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning, or use a 1:1 ratio for heavy cleaning jobs.