Environmentally Friendly and Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Your Home

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Ring in your New Years resolutions with this attainable action: Replace all the cleaning products in your home with environmentally friendly and non-toxic cleaning products! Easily doable and you can cross off an accomplishment, creating positive reinforcement for those harder to reach goals.

Last Updated: December 14, 2016

As part of my quest to use environmentally friendly and non-toxic household products, I decided to create a list once and for all for easy reference. I’ve been spending time researching products as needed at the store while shopping, which was not time efficient.

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Researching ingredients and figuring out their toxicity, skin irritant levels, or cancer-causing agents is a task which will leave one standing for hours in front of the cleaning product aisles. I’ve seen my fellow brethren holding a bottle and researching on phones indefinitely, only to sigh and put it back.

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 Environmental Working Group. They have a database which made searching and weeding out products a lot simpler. As a side note, it was interesting to see horrible products I was currently using. I was under the impression some of the ones I had recently upgraded to were decent – boy was I disappointed.

All Purpose Cleaners

General Purpose:
Attitude All Purpose Eco Cleaner
($15 for 27 Fl Oz)

biokleen All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate
($14 for 64 Fl Oz)

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap, Lavender
($16 for 32 Fl Oz)

Disinfectant:
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner, Lemongrass Citrus
($3 for 26 Fl Oz)

Glass and Window Cleaners:

Attitude Window & Mirror Eco Cleaner
($5 for 27 Fl Oz)

Simple Green Naturals Glass & Surface Care, Rosemary Mint
($9 for 32 Fl Oz)

Mold Removers:

Attitude Bathroom Mold & Mildew Cleaner
($10 for 27 Fl Oz)

Bathroom Cleaners

General Purpose:

Green Shield Organic Bathroom Cleaner, Fresh
($15 for 31 Fl Oz)

Drain Cleaner:

Earth Friendly Products Earth Enzymes Drain Opener
($8 for 32 Fl Oz)

Hard Water Remover:

CLR Calcium, Lime, Rust Cleaner
($23 for 1 Gal)

Shower Cleaner:

Earth Friendly Products Shower Cleaner
($6 for 2x 22 Fl Oz)

Soap Scum Remover:

Simple Green Naturals Bathroom Cleaner
($10 for 24 Fl Oz)

Toilet Cleaner:

Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Natural Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir
($3 for 32 Fl Oz)

Earth Friendly Products Toilet Cleaner, Natural Cedar Scent
($4 for 24 Fl Oz)

Toilet Deodorizers:

LYSOL CLING Clip-On Toilet Bowl Deodorizer and Cleaner
($3 for 4)

Tile and Sink Cleaner:

Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Natural Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir
($3 for 32 Fl Oz)

Kitchen Cleaners

General Purpose:

AspenClean Kitchen Cleaner
($9 for 22 Fl Oz)

Attitude Kitchen Cleaner, Citrus Zest
($5 for 27 Fl Oz)

Baby Bottles:

Attitude Little Ones Baby Bottle & Dishwashing Liquid, Fragrance Free
($6 for 24 Fl Oz)

Dishwasher Detergents:

Earth Friendly Products Wave Auto Dishwasher Gel
($4 for 40 Fl Oz)

Dishwasher Pods:

Attitude Dishwasher Eco-Pouches
($13 for 40)

Nature Clean Automatic Dishwasher Pacs
($10 for 24)

Hand Washing:

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap, Eucaluptus
($12 for 16 Fl Oz)

The Honest Co. Honest Dish Soap, Lemon Verbena
($8 for 26 Fl Oz)

biokleen Natural Dish Liquid, Citrus Essence
($5 for 32 Fl Oz)

Rinse Aid:

Ecover Rinse Aid
($8 for 16 Fl Oz)

Countertops:

Earth Friendly Products Stone Countertop Cleaner, Natural Parsley
($9 for 22 Fl Oz)

Degreaser:

Green Shield Organic All-Purpose Cleaner Degreaser
($4 for 32 Fl Oz)

Granite and Stone Cleaner:

Earth Friendly Products Stone Countertop Cleaner, Natural Parsley
($9 for 22 Fl Oz)

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Floor Cleaners

Carpet Cleaner:

Simple Green Naturals Carpet Care
($8 for 24 Fl Oz)

Earth Friendly Products Concentrated Carpet Shampoo with Bergamot and Sage
($8 for 40 Fl Oz)

Carpet Stain Remover:

Fit Organic Laundry & Carpet Stain Remover
($20 for 32 Fl Oz)

Hard Floor Cleaner:

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

Wood Floor Cleaner:

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

Truce Wood Cleaner, Citrus
($7 for 4 Fl Oz)

Wood Floor Wax and Polish:

Eco-Me Wood Polish
($11 for 16 Fl Oz)

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Furniture Cleaners

Fabric and Upholstery Cleaner:

BuggyLOVE Organic No-Wash Stain Remover
($10)

Fabric and Upholstery Deodorizer:

Earth Friendly Products Everyday Stain & Odor Remover
($8 for 22 Fl Oz)

Eco-Me Carpet Freshener
($14)

Fabric and Upholstery Stain Preventer:

Earth Friendly Products Everyday Stain & Odor Remover
($8 for 22 Fl Oz)

Wood Furniture Wax and Polish:

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

Truce Wood Cleaner, Citrus
($7 for 4 Fl Oz)

Laundry Detergents

Fabric Softener:

Attitude Fabric Softener, Pink Grapefruit
($17 for 34 Fl Oz)

Laundry Additive:

Fit Organic Baby Laundry Stain Remover
($12 for 32 Fl Oz)

Laundry Detergent with Fabric Softener:

Ecover Laundry Liquid Concentrate, Sunny Day
($11 for 32 Fl Oz)

HE Laundry Detergent with Fabric Softener:

Attitude 2 in 1 Laundry Detergent & Fabric Softener, Mountain Essential
($28 for 35.5 Fl Oz)

Ecover Laundry Liquid Concentrate, Sunny Day
($11 for 32 Fl Oz)

Delicate Laundry:

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap, Baby Unscented
($11 for 16 Fl Oz)

Laundry Detergent:

Better Life Laundry Detergent, Lavender Grapefruit
($20 for 64 Fl Oz)

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap, Eucaluptus
($12 for 16 Fl Oz)

Fit Organic Laundry Detergent, Free and Clear
($32 for 100 Fl Oz)

HE Laundry Detergent:

Better Life Laundry Detergent, Lavender Grapefruit
($20 for 64 Fl Oz)

Ecover ZERO Laundry Liquid Concentrate
($15 for 51 Fl Oz)

Fit Organic Baby Laundry Detergent
($25 for 100 Fl Oz)

Green Shield Organic Laundry Detergent, HE Elite Care, Free & Clear
($44 for 200 Fl Oz)

Lion Bear Naked Soap Co. Eucalyptus Laundry Powder
($17 for 5 Lbs)

Laundry Pods:

Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent Packs, Free & Clear
($25 for 90)

GrabGreen 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent Pods, Fragrance Free
($15 for 60)

Other Cleaners

Stroller Cleaner:

BuggyLOVE Organic Stroller Frame & Accessory Cleaner, Sweet Orange Scent
($50 kit)

Pet Odor Remover:

Aussan Natural cat odor eliminator
($8 for 8 Fl Oz)

Aussan Natural dog odor eliminator
($8 for 8 Fl Oz)

Toy and Baby Cleaner:

Attitude Little Ones Toy & Surface Cleaner, Fragrance Free
($15 for 16 Fl Oz)

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.

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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