Your ULTIMATE Guide for Non-Toxic Cleaning

 
green cleaning must haves
 

There are a lot of products on the market these days claiming to be greener and safer to use around you home. But the truth of the matter, there is also a lot of Greenwashing going on, this is when companies are stating that they are selling environmentally and public friendly products, when infact they are still selling, well, total crap. As you are on your search to find better products for your home and family, you probably are also looking to stay within a budget since you have little humans to cloth, feed and educate!

If you are looking for getting the most bang for your buck, the best option are to make DIY home cleaners. I know this is not possible for everyone to do, and maybe you are able to make some of the products at home, but not everything. So if that is you, please be sure to read on to get some more reviews and prices on cleaners.

Now, if the DIY route is more for you. You can go straight to DIY Cleaning Recipes to get recipes you can get started on today!

When shopping for greener products there are some chemicals you need to steer clear from:

Chlorine

Formaldehyde

Ammonia

Ethyl Bezene

Triclosan (Dioxin)

Phenol

Sodium Hydroxide

Methanol

Benzene

Toluene

Hydochloric Acid

 

The easiest thing to do right now, is to search which products you have in your home by using EWG. I was surprised to see some products, like Lysol Power & Free- multisurface cleaner and wipes were given a B rating, meaning they are low concern for causing health or environmental issues.

The biggest health issues toxic cleaners can cause are cancer, asthma and hormone / reproductive disruptions, which can cause infertility issues! So, for you and your family, the best place to start, is to research what you are using and what you can find in your price point that you can swap!

 
Beginners guide to green cleaning
 

 

- Top Rated Products -

TOP RATED MULTI - SURFACE CLEANERS  (A Rating)

Seventh Generation Multi Surface Disinfecting Spray

Branch Basics - Concentrate

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap

Puracy Mutli Surface Cleaner

Wholefoods Citrus All Purpose Cleaner

 

TOP RATED - LAUNDRY (A Rating)

Attitude - all varieties

BioKleen - Free & Clear

Better Life - Lavender Grapefruit & Unscented

Seventh Generation Laundry Packs

OxiClean Baby Stain Remover

 

I provided the top brands (according to EWG, 2018) for the multisurface and laundry since those are usually the most popular items to search/swap for first. However, if you want to get ratings for other products please visit EWG.org. You can choose which cleaner you want to search for (i.e. bathroom cleaners) and a list of the A ratings will pop up first. Also note, there are way more brands than the ones I just listed above for each of these categories. I chose the ones that I found are the most accessible, like in Target and Amazon and in a some-what decent price range!


 Green Cleaning Products, Ratings & Reviews

 

Seventh Generation

image source instagram    @seventhgeneration

image source instagram @seventhgeneration

If you are looking for price and effectiveness, plus high ratings on EWG is Seventh Generation. My favorite thing, other than the price, is that you can get it locally at almost any store now, such as Target. Plus, if you shop at Target, as every mom does, you can save even more money by using your redcard or cartwheel app. They almost always have something of Seventh Generation on sale there! So for me that is a huge deal when it comes to saving money while also buying healthier home products.

Top Rated Seventh Generation Products ( A Rating )


Multi Surface Disinfecting Spray

Dishwasher  Detergent Packs

Laundry Detergent Packs

Chlorine Free Bleach

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Tub & Tile Cleaner

 

For more Seventh Generation Ratings Please Visit EWG.org

You can also find some freebies by visiting: https://generationgood.socialmedialink.com/home#/


image source instagram    @honest

image source instagram @honest

When I was pregnant I chose to use a lot of Honest cleaning products and I was a bit disappointed when I had seen they were not rated higher. Now, for the record, they are still higher than other things I was using prior to my green cleaning search, so overall, there is worse stuff out there. And I do LOVE the smell of their white grapefruit prouducts - PLUS they are very effective when it comes to cleaning. Honest also has the bundles that ship to your house monthly so you can sign up and even combine with personal care products you might use for yourself and/or your kids - they have some great bubble baths and a face mask that is awesome for a treat that mom can sneak in for herself! Anyways, back to cleaning- so if you are looking for a bundle sort of deal, shipped monthly, then Honest is great for you and I highly recommend you check them out!

Top Rated Honest Company Products ( A Rating )

Laundry Pods

Dishwasher Gel

Honest Dish Soap, Lemon Verbena Scent, White Grapefruit Scent


image source instagram    @attitude_living

image source instagram @attitude_living

This is a brand you may not have heard of yet. Personally, it was one I had not heard much about until I started to really pay attention to EWG ratings!  I have yet to test these out, for home or personal products, so I can’t give a full review (yet) but felt it was only right to include here for those of you who want to learn about them on their website http://www.attitudeliving.com. They also have a lot of their products on Amazon, though, beware some look like they are higher priced! This one might not be as cost effective for you and your family, but quality seems to be higher than others! I am not listing a top product list for Attitude, because almost all of their products are an A rating. You can do more research about them here. 

 


image source instagram    @drbronner

image source instagram @drbronner

You have probably seen or have this in your home. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap is a household staple. It can be used for cleaning and personal care. The list of things you can do with this stuff truly endless. It also is very cost effective because you don’t need a lot of it to do its job! It is also available just about everywhere, from Target to Wholefoods to Amazon! It also comes in a variety of scents, which is great if you are using alone, or making your own products!


thieves - young living

image source: Young Living Education FB Group

image source: Young Living Education FB Group

Young Living Essential Oils has a personal and home product line called Thieves. I have been using Young Living EOs for about 10 years and it took me about 8 to finally try Thieves! So if you are like me, you might want to check this out! It has a multi-use concentrate that is hands - down my favorite cleaner I have ever used. As someone super sensitive to scents, this has the most delicious, holiday inspired smell. It cuts through basically everything and I have no reservations about using it around my kids. I use it on the counters, tables, floors, bathroom, toys that are covered in unknown stickiness. You can adjust this to make just about every cleaner you will need and add other oils to boost the scent. It is a must have product in my home. If you are interested in learning more you can visit the Young Living website. If you are new to Young Living you can send me a message to learn more!


The ‘Cleanest’ Option: DIY CLEANERS

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When it comes to cost effectiveness and health, making your own cleaners is always going to be your best option! Most of the things you need to make your own household cleaners are already in your home!

 

BEST NON TOXIC CLEANING CHOICES

Baking Soda: Cleans & Deodorizes

Vinegar: Cuts Grease, Soap Scum and Kills Bacteria, Mold & Viruses

Lemons: Natural Stain Remover , Disinfectant and Cleans Soap Scum

Hydrogen Peroxide: Disinfect, Sanitize & Deoderize and much more. This is a great article on what it can do

Pure Castile Soap

 

Essential Oils: Favorites for DIY Cleaning

Lavender

Tea Tree Oil

Lemon

Grapefruit

Orange

Rosemary

Thieves an essential oil blend by Young Living

 

 DIY Multi-Purpose Cleaner

DIY+Multi+Purpose+Cleaner

1 Tsp baking soda

2 tbsp vinegar

20 drops Lemon essential oil

20 drops Rosemary essential oil

5 drop Tea Tree essential oil

1 cup warm water

Combine all ingredients in a glass bottle, like this one, shake before each use!

 

For more recipes see my Pinterest Board here!
 


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Sources

greenlivingonline.com

EWG

going green before you conceieve