When it comes to choosing the cleaning products to bring into your home and around your family, you have a right to be nervous. We complied a list of the best and safest cleaning products for your family and pets.
Dave by Eco-Me All Floor Cleaner
Safe to use on tile, sealed wood, vinyl, and more, the Dave by Eco-Me All Floor Cleaner eliminates bacteria without harsh chemicals. $6; eco-me.com
Method Antibacterial Toilet Cleaner
Squirt Method’s antibacterial toilet cleaner under the rim and the citric acid-based formula kills 99.9 percent of germs. $4; methodhome.com
J.R. Watkins Home Care All-Purpose Cleaner
Behind the pretty packaging is a grapefruity all-purpose spray for any room in your house. $6; jrwatkins.com
Refreshing basil, soothing lavender, energizing lemon verbena, calming honeysuckle, and other plant-based scents work on your senses while the nontoxic, biodegradable, concentrated formula leaves your floors, cabinets, and more sparkling. (Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day All-Purpose Cleaner, $8)
Method’s All Purpose Cleaner
Method‘s grab-and-go spray cleaner — no diluting required — is made from biodegradable, non-toxic ingredients derived from plants (including corn and coconut) that combine “powergreen technology.”
According to the company, “corn-based cleaning salts bind to dirt to wipe it away, while coco oil derived surfactants remove grease and grime.” (Method All-Purpose Cleaner with Powergreen Technology, $4)
The Free & Clear All Purpose Cleaner from Seventh Generation also comes in a spray bottle for quick application, making it easy to have a bottle at the ready whether you’re wiping down the counter or shining your stainless steel.
The ingredients — which you can find on the site along with downloadable Material Safety Data Sheets — include plant-based cleaners and water softeners. (Seventh Generation Free & Clear All Purpose Cleaner, $3.50)
Dr. Bonner’s Sal Suds
Dr. Bronner’s line of organic body products — which includes liquid and bar soap, lip balms, lotions, hand sanitizer, and more — aren’t the only way to live a clean, green life: The company’s Sal Suds will also keep any hard surface in your home pristine.
The all-purpose cleaner gets its power from plant-based sufactants (those are the compounds that make the soap foamy) and essential oils of spruce and fir trees; the soap is also biodegradable and promises to rinse away without leaving a soapy residue in hard or soft water. (Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, $9-$40)
Shaklee has a long history of eco-friendly business practices — they’ve been making biodegradable cleaners for more than five decades and boast that they were the first company to be certified carbon neutral.
Get Clean Basic H2 is a concentrated, organic formula that makes 48 gallons of cleaner that you can use on just about anything — including windows, mirrors, and surfaces that need an extra boost of degreasing. (Shaklee Get Clean Basic H2, $12)
Like many of these companies, BioKleen offers a full line of cleaners specifically designed for diferent parts of your home — one for the bathroom, one for the floors, one for windows.
But they also offer the Super Concentrated All Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser, which, when diluted with water, will do double duty just about anywhere.
The formula works in cold water (so you can save your hot for your post-cleaning shower) and won’t cause trouble in grey water systems or septic tanks. (BioKleen Super Concentrated All Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser, $7)
Simple Green Naturals
Simple Green Naturals’ Dilutable Concentrated Cleaner is all about flexibility: Change the ratio of cleaner to water to get out tougher spots and stains; use the finished product in a spray bottle or with wipes; or replace your floor cleaner with it when mopping.
The naturally derived surfectants, alkaline boosters, preservatives, and essential oils clean a variety of surfaces, so you can wash everything from the kids’ toys to your laundry with the same product. (Simple Green Naturals Dilutable Concentrated Cleaner, $6)