Want to Start cleaning up your act in the new year? Today, let’s talk about the best green cleaning products to keep under your sink! Bonus: Most of these will SAVE you money!
It’s no secret that I’m a huge advocate of green cleaning here on the blog. It all started years ago, when my oldest was a baby. She had such sensitive skin, she would break out in rashes that lasted for days with seemingly no cause.
I started inspecting everything that came into my home during that time, and eventually realized that she did this every time I cleaned. During this time, I was also waking up to the ingredients that were in the food I ate, and suddenly I realized, “if they’ll add all of these ingredients to my food, what are they adding to the products labeled ‘not safe for ingestion?'”
Gradually, I learned about the hidden ingredients in most household cleaners, and just how bad they are for our health. I learned how to make simple cleaners of my own, and my passion for clean living grew from there.
Of course, that was over ten years ago, so the majority of what I was able to use was homemade. Luckily, over the years, the green cleaning industry has grown a ton. We can now purchase cleaners that are more convenient (and smell better) than mixing our own, which makes this whole idea much more manageable.
I get asked a lot here through the blog and on Instagram what exactly I use to clean my home, so today, I wanted to share my favorites!
Read on for the best green cleaning products for your home. Whether you’re looking for laundry detergent, toilet scrub, or something to use on your floors, I did my best to cover all the bases!
Why Our Products Matter
Conventional cleaners are well known for their ability to get the job done, whether they’re promising to cut through soap scum without any scrubbing, or cover up the smell coming from your garbage can. But, what’s less known is the price we pay for those products, far beyond the price listed on the bottle.
Here are some interesting stats to consider before you reach for your favorite all-purpose cleaner again:
- Did you know that over 100 chemicals commonly found in homes have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, headaches, skin reactions, chronic fatigue, joint pain, and asthma?
- How about the fact that according to the EPA, the air quality inside our homes is now actually worse than the air quality outside?
- Did you know that in 1976, Congress passed the Toxic Substance Control Act, essentially grandfathering in over 60,000 chemicals being sold on the market? That means they basically haven’t been subjected to any testing at all.
- This act also included trade secret laws, which means that manufacturers don’t even have to list what ingredients are in their products.
It can be easy to think that the ingredients in our cleaners don’t matter. After all, we’re not eating them, or even slathering them on our skin, right? Cleaners are supposed to be tough!
I hear you, but consider this:
No, you’re not eating these products, but every time you spray it, you’re inhaling the fumes from it. You’re using these products (the ones labeled as “not safe for human consumption”) on your counters and food prep surfaces, and then turning around to prep dinner right there in the same spot. You’re scrubbing out the bathtub and then putting your babies in there, with their most sensitive areas in direct contact with the tub you just scrubbed.
The Best Green Cleaning Products For Your Home
Whether we like it or not, the ingredients we clean our homes with do matter. Luckily, it’s pretty easy these days to do better. Let’s take a look at some of the best green cleaning products I’ve found, based on my own experimenting and trying new things over the course of the last 5+ years.
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If you are just starting to build a collection of green cleaners, I highly recommend checking out Branch Basics. It’s a cleaning concentrate that can be combined with water to create an all purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, window cleaner, hand soap, and even laundry detergent. You start out by buying a kit that has everything you need, including bottles that have directions right on them. Plus, it comes with a product called oxygen boost which I love to use to create a soft scrub or to add as a laundry boost.
When you buy their starter kit, you get:
- a bottle of concentrate
- oxygen boost
- and bottles for each of these products with instructions right on the label.
I’ve tried all of the options, and while I can say I didn’t love it as a laundry detergent, I do love the all purpose cleaner, foaming hand soap, and oxygen boost. One bottle lasts me probably 6 months, which I think makes this the most cost effective green cleaner in my home.
Seventh Generation Dish Soap
Actually, there are quite a few Seventh Generation products that I like, but their dish soap is the one I use the most. They were one of the first green companies to be readily available in stores, so I’ve used them off and on for years! I like Seventh Generation because they’re transparent about their ingredients, used plant-based formulas, and have recycled packaging. I like their free and clear dish soap, which you can usually find in stores, but is also available right here.
Dropps Biodegradable Laundry Pods
Laundry detergent is probably the product I spent the most time trying to perfect. It seemed like the clean options either left my clothes feeling dingy, cost an arm and a leg, or didn’t rinse off well, leaving residue on my clothes.
Finally, about a year ago, I found these laundry pods, and my laundry room has finally found peace. They’re biodegradable, come in plastic-free packaging, and are scented with essential oils. Plus, when I buy them on Amazon, they get delivered right to my door!
Quick note: if you’re coming from conventional laundry detergents that come out of the wash filling the whole house with their fragrance, these will not be the same. Over time, your nose will adjust, and you’ll find that you don’t need the overpowering scents to smell good!
Ecover Dishwasher Pods
Finally I found a dishwasher pod that actually works! They’re made with plant-based and mineral-based ingredients, are biodegradable, and actually get my dishes clean. This is yet another product that I keep on auto-ship through Amazon. Find them here!
Dr Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap
Sometimes, my very favorite cleaner is the simplest one. I use castile soap for a variety of cleaning needs. I mix it with peroxide to clean the toilet, dilute it with water to clean my floors, and mix it with baking soda or oxygen boost to create a soft scrub. It’s got so many incredible uses, so I recommend always keeping a bottle on hand.
Thrive Brand Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Thrive Market is an online marketplace full of natural, healthy grocery options. You can buy everything from food, to makeup, to supplements, or even household cleaners! You can read my full review on them right here.
More recently, I’ve been trying out their private label cleaning products, and discovered this toilet bowl cleaner. Every single ingredient in it is biodegradable and naturally derived, so you won’t find any questionable chemicals, synthetic dyes, or fragrances.
You do have to have a membership with Thrive Market to shop, but as a member for the last year, I can tell you, you’ll get your money’s worth. Plus, right now you can get a free gift (up to $24 value) with the purchase of a new membership by clicking right here.
Wool Dryer Balls
One of the first things I got rid of when I swapped to green cleaning supplies was dryer sheets. They’re loaded with toxic junk, and the fragrance is a big culprit for things like headaches, allergies, and asthma. Ditching them made a big difference in my personal health, and it’s the number one thing I recommend others get rid of, too!
Plant Therapy Multi-Surface Cleaning Concentrate
This is one of my favorite cleaners for the kitchen and the bathroom, because it cuts through the mess so easily. I’ve currently got the Holly Berries (holiday) blend, and it makes the entire house smell amazing. It goes out of stock pretty quick, so I’m sure to stock up whenever I see it. You can shop right here.
Don’t Forget DIYs!
Over the years, I’ve found a lot of simple, cheap DIY cleaners that I actually prefer to buying product! If you want to give some of them a try, you can find a list of my favorites right here.
The Best Green Cleaning Products to Start the Year off Right
Over the last ten years, I’ve spent a lot of time learning about and trying different green cleaning products. There’s been a lot of trial and error, but over time, I’ve found some products I truly love.
This list of the best green cleaning products for your home includes all of my favorite products, and I hope it helps you find some new favorites, too!
More on Green Cleaning and Clean Living from Angie Cruise:
- Green Cleaning Recipes for Your Entire Home
- How to Make Wool Dryer Balls
- How to Avoid Greenwashing
- The Benefits of Using Natural Products (Even Though it’s Harder)
- Things I No Longer Buy to Live a Non-Toxic Life