As I’ve made my way through living a cleaner life, there have been a lot of strides: better eating, less tech, and non-toxic beauty products. But as I’ve done my best to live with less toxicity in my life, I realized that I still had (and have) a long way to go. Namely, with all the products outside my medicine cabinet. I’m specifically talking about cleaning products.
It’s actually pretty ironic that the products we use to clean our home are full of really harmful chemicals. You know that clean bleach smell that we all kinda love? Or that feeling you get on your fingertips after cleaning your counters? That smell and that feeling aren’t natural. It’s a chemical reaction.
I’m not trying to freak anyone out, but if living a safer life is as easy as making some swaps, it seems like something to do. At least for me! I tried to put together a comprehensive list so it’s easy to start swapping brands as I run out of the old stuff. If you’re attempting to do the same thing, hopefully it helps you, too. Here’s what I’m into so far or have on my list:
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Make Your Own
I figure if I’m making my own cleaners, then I definitely don’t have to worry about the list of ingredients near as much. Plus, I figured it’s probably cheap. After doing a little bit of research on how to make an all-purpose cleaner, it was actually very simple. The list is short, doesn’t include anything too scary, and most of the contents you might already have around the house. One recipe I came across:
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 cup white distilled vinegar
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 15 drops essential oil (I love lavender, peppermint or orange)
Put in a spray bottle and you’re ready to start cleaning. No funny feelings on your fingers either!
Greenshield Organic Laundry Detergent
Switching to a clean laundry detergent is so important to me—we wear them everyday after all. Also, as you probably know, your skin is your biggest organ, and I don’t want to disrupt that. Greenshield is a pretty well-known brand that has been around for a while, and was created by a dad who wanted safe soaps and cleaners for his family. How cute right? I love that and this brand in general!
The Honest Co. Honest Auto Dishwasher Gel
The Honest Co. has become a popular brand for household items (and for all things baby), and they make it super easy. This was actually one of my first swaps. I’m really liking the dishwasher soap because it’s plant-based and doesn’t contain any ammonia, phosphates or bleach. The company also offers “bundles,” where you can get a bunch of clean cleaning products sent to you on rotation however often you want. I’m thinking about trying their dish soap and swiffer wipes next.
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes
You may have seen this brand at Target or on TV. I really like having disinfecting wipes in the house so I can grab one and clean up a mess in the kitchen or bathroom super quick. So, when I found out Seventh Generation had all-purpose wipes, I was really excited to swap them out for my usual, chemical-filled brand.
Whole Foods Market Glass Cleaner
Glass cleaner is a necessity in my house, because for some reason I’m a super messy face washer. Anyone else?! It’s also such a quick way to clean up a bathroom or sliding door. That being said, I had to find a clean alternative to fill my obsessive clean glass habit. I like the Whole Foods option because I can pick it up while doing my grocery shopping, plus it’s unscented and phosphate free!
Are you on the clean cleaning product trend? Which products should I add to my list?