Earth-friendly green cleaners seem to be popping up in stores everywhere, but why should we use them? And do they really work as well as those trusted lemon-fresh concoctions designed to make your home sparkle and shine?
The answers may surprise you. Here are 10 green cleaners to help you stay away from harsh and toxic chemicals — and clean your home and shield yourself and your family from dangerous chemicals.
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The products I’ve linked to here have all been awarded an A or B rating from the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering people to “live healthier lives in a healthier environment.”
Also known as the EWG, this organization rates products on an A-F grading scale according to their ingredients and their effect on the environment. For more information on cleaning product ingredients and their effect on the environment and our health, check the EWG website.
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Best Green Cleaning Products for Your Kitchen
1. Ecover Liquid Dish Soap, $3.99
Get your dishes clean — even the greasiest and most dirty mess of dishes. A bright lime scent brings a little something extra to a sink full of pots and pans.
2. Biokleen Automatic Dish Powder, $13.95
Let the dishwasher do the work while your dishes turn up clean and without any residue or buildup of toxic cleaning agents. Many of the product reviews on Amazon agree, and one reviewer even said:
“I highly recommend this product to anyone! It is very effective, also cost effective. It is free of phosphates, chlorine, and pretty much all chemicals. I will be using this from now on. Great product.” — L. Harden
Sometimes convenience wins in a fast-paced world, but there are earth-friendly products that meet this need! Dishwasher packs are notoriously toxic, but this is by and large a safer choice (and, as with all cleaning products, keep these out of reach of children and pets.) What do the reviews have to say?
“No complaints here — compliments in fact! I have hard water but my dishes come out of the washer nice and clean (and I’m not one of those people that wash my dishes before I put them in the dishwasher). I have gone through a few packages already and don’t plan on changing…I also like that there is no perfume and it doesn’t contain phosphates or other nasty stuff.” — Michelle B.
Green cleaning doesn’t always have to come in the form of a product you buy at the store. In fact, you can repurpose common household items to do some scrubbing for you! Learn how to clean with lemons, how salt can help you scrub away messes, and when to use vinegar in your cleaning routine.
No. 1 Green Bathroom Cleaner
4. Eco-Me Toilet Bowl Cleaner, $8.99
This toilet bowl cleaner packs a punch when cleaning your bathroom by utilizing powerful plant extracts with a fresh herbal mint scent.
“I was amazingly surprised with the thickness off this toilet bowl cleaner. It is amazing and sticks on the side without budging, unlike chemical toilet bowl cleaners. I am very impressed.” — Penelope
Best Green Floor Cleaners
5. TriNova Wood Cleaner and Conditioner, $15.97
Wood polish and dusting products can be one of the worst environmental offenders in your home, but this nontoxic cleaner eliminates those concerns. Shiny, well-conditioned wood looks beautiful, so step up your cleaning game with this earth-friendly product.
“This is a wonderful wood cleaner. It does everything you would want a wood cleaner to do! I have a lot of wood furniture. Coffee tables, cabinets, armoires, side tables, bookcases, etc. I’ve been noticing over the years that they get quite dingy and other wood cleaning products I’ve purchased in the past like the lemon scented stuff leave this white-ish film on my furniture. I hated it! Then I saw this wood cleaner and I knew I had to try it out. The best thing about this is that I only need one product now! It cleans AND conditions.” — Lindsay
6. Simple Green Naturals Carpet Care, $15.55
Superior carpet care without the harmful chemicals. This product can tackle nearly any stain it encounters, all with naturally-sourced ingredients.
7. Babyganics Floor Cleaner Concentrate, $15.18 (for two)
Anyone with a crawling baby knows that nothing is off limits when it’s time to explore! Keep your floors clean and free from toxic cleaning agents with this concentrated cleaner. Watch out for floor snacks!
“This makes my wood floors squeaky clean and shiny. I love that it’s a healthier choice than the chemical products I had been using before having my baby. I was afraid that anything ‘green’ wouldn’t get the job done but this soap really is better than regular cleaners. And [it’s] super concentrated and lasts a long time when diluted. Even after diluting its super sudsy.” — Nicole C.
Best All-Purpose Green Cleaners
8. Biokleen Bac-Out Stain and Odor Eliminator with Live Enzyme Cultures, $14.13 (pack of six)
One of the best kept secrets in natural cleaning products, this one packs a powerful punch with live enzymes doing the tough cleaning work. Ideal for households with pets and children, and the reviews agree!
“Bac-out is a fantastic product. It eliminates all sorts of stains and odors. It is is especially useful for eliminating odors from urine and feces and can be used on cloth diapers for babies. We have seven dogs (all rescue) and it cleans up tough odors from doggie accidents like a champ. If you put a quarter cup into your drains at night before you go to bed, it will eliminate the odors and will also help prevent clogs. It is earth-friendly, safe to use and non-toxic. It is also very gentle to your skin. It works to actually eliminate the odors with food-grade enzymes. It doesn’t ‘mask’ or ‘cover them up.’ Non-animal tested and no animal products. I use an ounce in every load of laundry I run.” — M. Stuber
9. Puracy 100% Natural All Purpose Cleaner, $13.29 (for two)
All-natural and nontoxic cleaners aren’t easy to come by, and this one is safe to use around children and pets and is certified cruelty-free.
Our Favorite Green Laundry Detergent
Convenient and nontoxic, add some convenience to your earth-friendly laundry routine! (No matter how safe a product may be, be sure to keep it out of reach of children and pets.)