Environmentally Friendly and Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Your Home

Last Updated: December 14, 2016

Environmentally friendly and non-toxic cleaning products are not only better for the environment, they are also better for your body. 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.

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.

Economically Sustainable Cleaning Products

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

All Purpose Cleaners

General Purpose:

Drain Cleaner:

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ECOS Earth Friendly Products Earth Enzymes Drain Maintainer, 2lbs
  • Cuts through grease, protein & hair buildup
  • Made with enzyme power
  • Safer for people, pets & the planet

Hard Water Remover:

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CLR PRO Calcium, Lime and Rust Remover, 1 Gallon Bottle
  • Industrial Strength: CLR PRO Calcium, Lime and Rust Remover is a non-toxic, multipurpose cleaner designed for bathrooms or bathroom related surfaces. It breaks down calcium, lime and soap scum to leave behind a streak-free shine
  • Fast Acting: Quickly removes calcium, lime and hard water deposits, soap scum, discoloration and dirt. Cleans and shines stainless steel, countertops, tubs, showers, tile, fixtures and sinks
  • Multi-Purpose: Versatile cleaner for home or office surfaces. Use on plastic, ceramic tile, glass, stainless steel, faucet and shower fixtures, shower doors, fiberglass, toilet bowls and sinks

Bathroom Cleaners:

Kitchen Cleaners

Biokleen Natural Dish Soap - 32 Ounce - Liquid, Dishwashing, Hand Moisturizing, Eco-Friendly, Plant-Based, No Artificial Fragrance, Colors or Preservatives, Citrus & Aloe
  • Cuts through grease and baked-on foods
  • Rinses spot-free without residue
  • Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic, Plant-Based, No Artificial Fragrance, Colors or Preservatives
Earth Friendly Products ECOS Parsley Plus All Purpose Household Cleaner, 22 oz
  • Perfect for everyday use
  • Great for any water-safe surface
  • U.S. EPA safer choice certified

Furniture + Floor Cleaners

Carpet Cleaner:

Simple Green Naturals Carpet Care
($8 for 24 Fl Oz)
floor cleaners carpet cleaner simple green

Earth Friendly Products Concentrated Carpet Shampoo with Bergamot and Sage
($8 for 40 Fl Oz)
floor cleaners carpet cleaner earth friendly

Carpet Stain Remover:

Fit Organic Laundry & Carpet Stain Remover
($20 for 32 Fl Oz)
floor cleaner carpet stain remover

Hard Floor Cleaner:

Aussan Natural floor cleaner concentrate
($6 for 32 Fl Oz)
floor cleaner hard floor cleaner

Wood Floor Cleaner:

Martha Stewart Clean Wood Floor Cleaner
($13 for 35 Fl Oz)
floor cleaner wood floor

Truce Wood Cleaner, Citrus
($7 for 4 Fl Oz)
floor cleaner wood floor truce

Wood Floor Wax and Polish:

Eco-Me Wood Polish
($11 for 16 Fl Oz)
floor cleaner wood polish

Fabric and Upholstery Deodorizer:

Earth Friendly Products Everyday Stain & Odor Remover
($8 for 22 Fl Oz)
furniture cleaners fabric upholstery deodorizer earth friendly

Eco-Me Carpet Freshener
($14)
furniture cleaners fabric upholstery deodorizer eco me

Fabric and Upholstery Stain Preventer:

Earth Friendly Products Everyday Stain & Odor Remover
($8 for 22 Fl Oz)
furniture cleaners fabric upholstery deodorizer earth friendly

Wood Furniture Wax and Polish:

Martha Stewart Clean Wood Floor Cleaner
($13 for 35 Fl Oz)
floor cleaner wood floor

Laundry Detergents

Fabric Softener:

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laundry detergent laundry pods grab green
  • Like a car detailing kit, this has everything you need to keep strollers & car seats clean, odor-free and functioning like new without all the nasty chemicals. This kit also comes with a natural stroller lubricant to eliminate annoying squeaks & squeals.
  • Quickly wipe away stains and neutralize funky scents without having to take apart stroller/car seat to launder it. Removes hundreds of messes from Little Ones, including baby food, juice, grease, fingerprints, footprints, grime, streaks, & milk spills.

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

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
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    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 spray bottle and use on infected 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 which 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 trusted cleaning-friends have and support it with great feedback. I’ll be adding this to my arsenal.

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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.

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  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!

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  3. 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

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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!

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    • 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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