Not all non-toxic cleaning products are created equal
Some of us clean like Marie Kondo (that’s still a thing, right?), while others of us shove toys in the closet and call it a day. Whatever your style, turn to these non-toxic cleaning products that help make all that tidying, wiping and washing just a tad bit more bearable. These cleaning brands are all sustainable, effective, and have packaging that you actually won’t want to hide under the sink. Oh, and they don’t require a hazmat suit to use or leave that funky bleach smell on your fingers.
Why go out of your way to stick with non-toxic cleaning products? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the chemicals found in some cleaning products can cause health problems, including eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as headaches. Leaning on green(er) formulas can help prevent asthma, upper respiratory inflammation, fatigue, nasal congestion, nausea, and dizziness. Of course, we all want to avoid all that. Plus, many non-toxic cleaning products are safer to use around your little ones (always read package labels to make sure, though). Read on for our picks.
Grove Co's Traditions Aglow Collection
You'll actually want to do the dishes when you smell the Spiced Pumpkin or Harvest Apple scent of the Traditions Aglow collection from Grove Co ('tis the season!). Get the kids doing their own laundry with the dissolvable laundry sheets and show them how to be better Earth stewards with the cleaning concentrate and reusable spray bottle. Everything from Grove Co is sustainable, cruelty-free, and made with 100% natural fragrances so you can feel good having it in your home.
With L’AVANT Collective, you can now have effective non-toxic cleaning products that you’ll actually be proud to display on the counter. Their line, with packaging design that's downright dreamy, is sustainable (they have refillable and glass options) and plant-based (they tell us that their dish soap is the first plant-based soap to beat the performance of a conventional soap in third party testing). Choose from dish soap, multi-purpose cleaner, hand soap, biodegradable wipes, and bundles. They also offer a subscription service so you can set it and forget it.
If you consult EWG before making purchases, you’ll love HealthyBaby. Their cleaning and laundry systems are both EWG-verified. Their cleaning system is a concentrate and with each 34 oz. bottle you can make up to 16 bottles of hand soap, 16 bottles of baby dish soap, or 16 bottles of surface spray, which saves so many plastic bottles per year (it comes with a reusable stainless steel container). HealthyBaby's laundry system also comes in a 34 oz. bottle, which makes up to 170 loads of laundry (you simply pump once or twice directly into your washer). Both are free of toxins and harsh chemicals typically found in common household products and detergent. Bonus: HealthyBaby also offers diapers, wipes and a skincare line, all EWG-approved and healthy and effective for your littlest littles.
The name of this brand pretty much says it all. This mom-approved remedy was created by New Hampshire mama, Jen Cosco, who created her line of sustainable cleaning sprays and wipes after finding it challenging to find cleaning products she felt comfortable using around her own kids and pets. MomRemedy’s line includes zero waste reusable wipes in glass jars and cleaning spray and stain remover bottles. The brand also has reusable glass bottles to help reduce environmental impact even further. Expect to find effective, non-toxic and a biodegradable formula that is dye-, sulfate- and paraben-free.
TrulyFree Clean Start Cleaning Kit
TrulyFree offers non-toxic, fragrance-free cleaning products that come in minimally-packaged refills so your environmental impact is greatly reduced. Your first shipment comes with the bottles, jugs, and cleaning solution, so all you need are the refill concentrates in future orders. They offer products for all over your home, too. Laundry, kitchen, bathroom, and more.
arbOUR’s formulas are the best of both worlds: stronger than standard eco-friendly cleaners and naturally safe for everyone and everything important to you—your kids, pets, plants, and the environment. They work to adapt the latest professional innovations for household use to create cleaning products that are eco-effective (not just eco-friendly) because cleaners that don’t work just make more work and more waste for everyone, right?
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