You want a clean and fresh home, but you also worry what the harsh chemicals in cleaning products are doing to your family. Thankfully, there are eco-friendly alternatives to these cleaning supplies that are safe for your family and still get the job done right. Whether you have a family member with health concerns or you simply want to use a nontoxic cleaner in your home, this guide will show you how to make green cleaning products and the best eco-friendly cleaners available.
Method Smarty Dish Detergent
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Get your dishes sparkling clean with Method Smarty Dish dishwasher detergent tablets. These small, white tablets are biodegradable and free of perfumes, dyes, phosphates, ammonia, chlorine, petroleum distillates, and bleach. The lightweight packaging even uses 87 percent less plastic than the original pouch. You can purchase fragrance-free tablets, or you can choose tablets with a natural pink grapefruit scent. Regardless of which style you choose, these tablets are strong enough to clean heavily soiled cookware and dishes, yet they are gentle enough to leave a spot-free shine.
DIY Cleaner with Baking Soda and Vinegar
You can make your own all-natural cleaning products with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. For a great eco-friendly, all-purpose cleaner, you can combine 1/4-cup baking soda, 1/2-cup vinegar, and 1/2-gallon water. Use in the kitchen to clean appliances, wipe down counters, and clean the sink. In the bathroom, this all-purpose cleaner is good for cleaning windows, fixtures, and mirrors and for removing water deposit stains from shower stall panels. Baking soda alone is good for scouring and deodorizing, and by itself, vinegar is good for removing mildew and cutting through grease.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Glass Cleaner
Skip the ammonia, which is a harsh chemical and a potentially toxic irritant, and go with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Glass Cleaner for crystal clear windows. These green cleaning products are free of petroleum distillates, chlorine, and phosphates. Instead, they use plant-based cleaning agents that are at least 99 percent naturally derived. A bottle of glass cleaner includes ingredients such as water, corn-derived ethanol, and citric acid. Choose the lavender scent, which is known for its relaxing and soothing properties, or go for the lemon verbena fragrance, which has a fresh and invigorating smell.
Greenworks Free & Clear Laundry Detergent
As part of the Clorox family, Greenworks Free & Clear Laundry Detergent has the stain-fighting power you want in a laundry detergent. Yet this line of eco-friendly cleaning products has high-quality ingredients that are at least 97 percent naturally derived. Instead of harsh chemicals that can dull your bright clothing and harm the environment, you’ll find natural cleaning agents such as sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium octyl sulfate, both plant-based cleaning ingredients that help remove dirt, grease, and oil.
Fight mold with a DIY Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning Recipe
DIY cleaning products with hydrogen peroxide is one of the easiest green cleaning recipes to make and is also one of the most powerful when it comes to fighting mold. Even though mold growth in a bathroom or kitchen is a common problem, it’s also a serious health concern, especially for those who suffer from asthma and allergies.
Most mold sprays contain bleach, which is highly effective at killing the spores but also harmful to inhale. To banish mold from your bathroom, mix one part of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with two parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the formula on the mold, wait one hour, and then rinse away with fresh water.
Caldrea Dish Soap
Tough on pots and pans yet gentle on your hands, Caldrea’s line of green cleaning supplies is free of strong chemicals such as chlorine and phosphates. Instead, this dish soap relies on plant-based cleaning agents to degrease your dishes naturally. Soap bark extract breaks through grease and charred food, while aloe vera soothes, softens, and moisturizes skin. Just one squirt can help you tackle a sink full of dirty dishes. Plus, with Caldrea’s dish soap, you’ll also get to enjoy natural and pleasing fragrances such as lavender pine, pear blossom agave, basil blue sage, and more.
Bon Ami Liquid Cleanser
Bon Ami’s original powder cleanser is known for its simple ingredients that come together to create strong cleaning abilities. The new liquid cleanser is just as effective and gentle, and it is convenient for spraying on walls, tubs, sinks, and other vertical surfaces. While these natural household cleaners are strong enough to remove hard water deposits and soap scum, they’re also gentle enough to clean stainless steel, chrome, porcelain, and fiberglass.
You can choose the free and clear version, which has no added scent, or you can opt for the tangerine thyme fragrance with natural hints of orange, tangerine, mandarin orange, clove, and thyme for a clean and refreshing smell.
With this handy guide on how to clean green, you can get rid of all the dirt and grime in your home while making sure you and your family breathe easy.