Cleaning Products

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The reduction of bacteria, mold, and grime in our homes is a simple way of minimizing illness. But you will only trade one evil for another if you use common household cleaning products that contain toxic chemicals. The lobbying arms of cleaning product manufacturers continue to ensure that ingredients can be added without being tested for health and environmental effects; they are not even required to list all ingredients on the bottle. In their analysis of common cleaning products, the Environmental Working Group found ingredients associated with cancer, asthma, reproductive problems, and hormone disruption.[1] For example, Spic and Span Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner contains nonylphenol ethoxylate. This chemical has been banned in California and the European Union since it eventually turns into nonylphenol, a hormone disruptor that accumulates in the body. Ajax, Dynamo, and Fab Ultra laundry detergents contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Some companies go so far as to label a product as “Green” despite using toxic ingredients. Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner is labeled as “non-toxic” but contains alcohol ethoxylate surfactants (some of which are banned in Europe) and 2-butoxyethanol, which has been linked to red blood cell destruction and reproductive problems in animal studies.[2] The list of offenders is seemingly endless.

 

Best Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has evaluated the toxicity of hundreds of cleaning products, particularly whether product ingredients have been linked with asthma, skin allergies, developmental abnormalities, cancer, and environmental contamination. We draw upon EWG’s work[3] to identify products that do not have any or very few known/suspected toxins. We further refined the list of non-toxic products by selecting those that were highly rated on Amazon.com and were not tested on animals. Products were assigned additional points if the associated company demonstrates support for public interest regulations, such as donating to progressive non-profit organizations or obtaining Green Seal, EcoLogo, or USDA Organic certification.

 

Product Categories

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Just the Basics: Vinegar and Baking Soda

Multi-Purpose Cleaners

Air Fresheners

Bathroom: General Cleaners

Bathroom: Anti-Clog Products

Bathroom: Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Bathroom: Mold/Mildew Cleaners

Dish Soap

Dishwasher Detergents

Floor Cleaning Products

Laundry Detergent

Laundry Bleach Alternatives and Stain Removers

Surface Cleaning Wipes

Other Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

 

 

 

 

 

Just the Basics: Vinegar and Baking Soda

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a very safe and effective cleaning agent for many surfaces. Simply mix with water into a paste. Vinegar is acidic and can thus effectively clean many surfaces; it also has anti-bacterial properties. Vinegar should be diluted with water. See this list of multiple ways to use vinegar for cleaning.

 

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

 


Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

 


Spectrum Naturals Organic Distilled White Vinegar

 

 

Multi-Purpose Cleaners

Dr. Bronner’s has been the clear leader in developing an effective, non-toxic product that can be used to clean virtually anything. Moreover, Dr. Bronner’s has maintained an unwavering commitment to such progressive causes as labeling genetically-modified foods, protecting animals from abuse, promoting organic standards, and advocating for fair trade.[4]

 

Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade and Organic Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner - 32 oz
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds All Purpose Liquid Cleaner

 

 

Air Fresheners

 

Aura Cacia Mist

 


Arm & Hammer Fridge-N-Freezer Baking Soda, Odor Absorber

 

Bathroom: General Cleaners

 

Earth Friendly Products Shower Cleaner with Tea Tree Oil

 


Seventh Generation Tub and Tile Emerald Cypress and Fir

 

Bathroom Anti-Clog Products

Liquid drain cleaners are some of the most toxic products on the market. Use a “snake” to unclog drains, and use clog-preventing drain covers.

 


FlexiSnake Drain Millipede Hair Clog Tool

 


OXO Good Grips Shower Stall Drain Protector

 


OXO Good Grips Bathtub Drain Protector

 

sink strainer

 

OXO Good Grips Silicone Sink Strainer

 

Bathroom: Toilet Bowl Cleaners

 


Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir Scent

 


Earth Friendly Products Toilet Kleener, Natural Cedar Scent

 

Bathroom: Mold/Mildew Cleaners

 


Siamons International Mold Control Spray

 


ATTITUDE Bathroom / Mold and Mildew Cleaner

 

Dish Soap

 


Eco-Me Natural Sudsing Liquid Dish Soap, Fragrance Free

 

Dishwasher Detergents

 


Seventh Generation Auto Dish Powder, Free & Clear

 


Seventh Generation Auto Dish Packs, Free and Clear

 


Ecover Rinse Aid

 

Floor Cleaning Products

 


Earth Friendly Products Carpet Shampoo (for hot or cold water carpet cleaners)

 


Simple Green Naturals Carpet Cleaner

(note that other Simple Green products may be toxic)

 


Simple Green Naturals Floor Care

(note that other Simple Green products may be toxic)

 

Laundry: Detergent

 


Seventh Generation Powder Laundry Concentrated, Real Citrus and Wild Lavender

 


Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent Powder, Free and Clear

 

eco me

 

Eco-Me Laundry Detergent

 

Laundry: Bleach Alternative and Stain Removers

 


Ecover Non-Chlorine Bleach Ultra

 

Grab Green Bleach Alternative

 


OxiClean Baby Stain Fighter, Soaker

 

Surface Cleaning Wipes

 


Greenshield Organic, Biodegradable Surface Wipes

 

 

 

 

Other Non-Toxic Multi-Purpose Cleaning Products

 


Greenshield Organic All-Purpose Cleaner

 


Planet All Purpose Spray Cleaner

 

 temp eco me

 

Eco-Me Scrub Cleanser, Lemon Fresh

 


Bon Ami Polishing Cleanser Powder

 


LA’s Totally Awesome Power Oxygen Base Cleaner (Chlorine Free)