Environmentally Friendly and Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Your Home

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These environmentally friendly and non-toxic cleaning products for your home will not only keep your house clean, but will keep both the environment and your body free of toxins. As part of my quest to use more sustainable and healthier household products, I decided to create a list of all those preferred products for easy reference.

Researching ingredients at the store may require standing for hours in front of the cleaning product aisle. Trying to determine a product’s relative toxicity, skin irritant levels, or cancer-causing agents can turn out to be quite the task. I’ve seen my fellow brethren holding a bottle while researching on phones, only to sigh and put it back on the shelf.

Environmentally friendly and non-toxic cleaning products for your home

Advertising and compensation disclaimer: I have NOT received any compensation to recommend any of these products, however, I may receive a commission for the sale of some linked products. This was NOT a factor in my evaluation.

Methodology and Sources of Research

I used 7 different factors in selecting the cleaning products cited below. In order of importance for my own ranking:

  1. Cancer
  2. Skin allergies and irritation
  3. Respiratory and Asthma
  4. Environment
  5. Developmental and reproductive toxicity
  6. Personal and trusted friends’ experience in cleaning effectiveness
  7. Availability

A major source was the Environmental Working Group. They have a database that made searching for and weeding out products a lot simpler. It may be interesting to discover how bad some of the most common products on the market are for the environment. Here is a working list of some good ones available on Amazon:

All Purpose Cleaners

Drain Cleaner:

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Hard Water Remover:

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Bathroom Cleaners:

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Kitchen Cleaners

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Living Room Cleaners

Fabric and Upholstery Deodorizer and Stain Remover:

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Wood Furniture Wax and Polish:

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Laundry Detergents

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HE Laundry Detergent:

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Fabric Softener:

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Laundry Pods:

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Stroller Cleaner:

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DIY Homemade Cleaners

A great alternative to buying many of the above cleaners is making your own. I’m a big fan of distilled white vinegar.

Baking soda, diy homemade cleaners

Ingredients for All Natural Cleaners:

  • Baking soda
    Deodorizer and gentle scrub; softens hard water, removes acidic stains, and polishes shiny surfaces like stainless steel without scratching.
  • Distilled white vinegar
    Deodorizer, disinfectant, mild acid, and preservative; breaks up dirt, grease, mineral deposits, mold, and soap scum.
  • Tea tree oil
    Disinfectant and antifungal.
  • Lemon
    eodorizer, stain remover, grease cutter, acts as a mild bleach when exposed to sunlight.
  • Mineral oil
    A natural oil that helps to nourish and polish wood
  • Castile soap
    Plant-based liquid soap gentle soap made with oils such as olive, palm, and coconut, rather than petroleum derivatives or animal fat.

All-Purpose Scrub

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Castille soap
  • 1/2 of a lemon

Pour baking soda into container. Add just enough Castille soap to make a creamy paste as you stir. Squeeze lemon into paste. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Use with damp sponge or rag.

Window Cleaner

  • 1/2 teaspoon Castile soap
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups water

Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake. Spray onto window and wipe clean with rag.

Floor Cleaner

  • 1/8 cup Castille soap
  • 1/8 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 gallon water
  • 10 drops tea tree oil

Mix all ingredients in a bucket and mop.

For ceramic and stone floors, eliminate Castille soap, which leaves a film, and use 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1 gallon of water.

For unsealed wood floors, combine 2 cups of vinegar with 1 tablespoon of mineral oil in a bucket. Spread a thin coat over the floor with a mop or soft cloth. Let soak for 20 minutes, then dry mop to absorb excess liquid.

Mold and Mildew Spray

  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Tea tree oil

Pour vinegar and water into a spray bottle and use on the moldy area. The smell will dissipate in a few hours.

For areas with persistent mold problems, use tea tree oil instead of vinegar. Combine 2 drops of tea tree oil per 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Tea tree oil will kill most types of mold and help prevent new growth.

Closing Thoughts

There are so many great alternatives, I simply don’t see a reason to continue to use products that are toxic or hurt the environment. It seems very common for companies to continually update their formulas multiple times a year, for better or for worse. I’m hoping with a list like this, I can influence some of these companies to find better formulas.

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap was a recurring option for multiple types of cleaning. I’ve never used this before, but several of my environmentally conscious friends have and support it with great feedback. I’ll be adding this to my arsenal.

13 thoughts on “Environmentally Friendly and Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Your Home”

  1. 5 stars
    In addition to the above effects, many common cleaning products will burn or irritate skin and eyes, and many are fatal if swallowed. Thankfully, none of these ingredients are necessary for cleaning your home. It’s easy to make your own safe cleaning products using the formulas listed below. A growing number of commercial, non-toxic home cleaning products are also available as healthier and environmentally responsible alternatives. If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own, using these products helps promote the growth of green businesses that are contributing to a more sustainable economy.

  2. This is a great list. I’m definitely going to invest in some tea tree oil to try on a few mold problem spots in the house.
    I was wondering though, how you feel about the packaging aspect. Like with the clip on toilet deoderisers, I really like them, but I feel that they create so much waste, I can’t bring myself to use them. I wish they were refillable, instead of just being thrown away each time!

  3. Wow, what a great list! I don’t typically buy cleaners anymore (I make my own) but there are a couple that I have to buy every now and then and this list will come in useful!

  4. That is one seriously comprehensive list! Your home must be very clean. 🙂 I’ve been researching the best options for cleaning my wood floors, so thanks for saving me some time!
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

  5. Great list! I didn’t realize there were so many eco-friendly cleaners available. I prefer to use things that are better for the environment, but it seems that don’t always clean as well. Will have to give some of these a try.

  6. There are so many more companies on here that I wasn’t aware of yet. I am moving into using more Eco-friendly cleaners. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to check out these new ones… well new to me.

  7. I must say this is one of the most informative blogs I have read so far. You did a great job putting everything together and easier to shop. Thank you very much. Please keep doing this. You don’t only help us but mother earth as well.

  8. Wow this is super thorough. I am trying to switch to all non toxic in my home. I use bronners but also just want to stop using vinegar!

  9. This list is wonderful. I always want to go full enviro-friendly but there is so much out there, it can be overwhelming on which products to choose and which ones are actually friendly to the environment. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks, Laura, I completely agree. I have spent countless hours staring at the back of cleaning bottles only to just select one which seems good enough if I can’t find enough info. Now I at least have a list to quickly reference.


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