15 Best Safe Natural Cleaning Products For Your Home
Your family’s safety is the top priority and there’s no better way to keep your home safe and clean than with natural cleaning products. Many traditional cleaning solutions are full of harmful chemicals (many of which are too hard to pronounce) and incredibly harsh to use in your home. It is imperative to use healthy, non-toxic and, as far as possible, environmentally friendly cleaning products. “Technology has made dramatic advances in the world of green chemistry over the past 10 to 15 years. It is now possible for environmentally friendly products to match the performance of harsh conventional cleaning products, shares the team at L ‘BEFORE Collective.’ Finding reliable cleaning solutions can be difficult, but we’ve reviewed family-approved products for every corner of your home. These lifesavers will easily become an essential part of your regular home cleaning routine!
What to look for
- James Dudra, the co-founder of Therapy Clean explains: “It is important to understand what is really inside the product used. Look for products that openly list everything their ingredients on the label. At the same time, consumers can consult websites such as the Environmental Working Group as a guide to better understand what these materials are and their safety.”
- According to Kristi Lord and Lindsay Droz, the co-founders of L’AVANT Collective, a visual cue on the outside of the label is the color of the cleaning product. “If the soap or cleaning product is blue, yellow, orange or any other color, that should be the first indication that the product may contain harmful ingredients. The color and dyes are for aesthetic reasons only and do not aid the cleaning performance of the products.”
- What’s not listed is just as important as what is. “Safer cleaning alternatives generally list whether they are free of parabens, phosphates, bleach, phthalates, dyes, and triclosan. These ingredients can be harsh skin irritants, release harmful VOCs, or damage our waterways,” the duo explained.
- “Look for products certified by third-party agencies, as this helps substantiate any ‘green’ claims made on the label. The main agencies are USDA BioPreferred, EPA SaferChoice, and Leaping Bunny,” Dudra advises.
The list below includes all-natural cleaners to spruce up any furniture in your home after you’ve finished your dusting with vegan cleaning solutions you can actually customize yourself. The majority of these great options are also refillable, which is affordable and reduces waste. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best options for your home and family, and for the planet. Happy cleaning!
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Best Natural Wood Cleaner
Polish furniture and clean wood
Restore your cabinets, antiques, tables and chairs with this non-toxic wood cleaner and furniture polish! It leaves a shiny finish instead of the sticky residue found with beeswax and orange oil products. The entire cleaning collection of the brand is very popular on Amazon!
Best Non-Toxic Glass Cleaner
Window cleaning spray
This classy ammonia-free, cruelty-free cleanser (from a company co-founded by Kris Jenner!) is great for removing grease stains and fingerprints from any widow or mirror. It smells amazing too!
Best Natural Detergent
100oz Laundry Detergent
This black-owned cleaning brand is actress Taraji P. Henson’s favorite. Pur Home Lavender Grapefruit Laundry Detergent is sulfate free and contained in a biodegradable and compostable container. It’s not loaded with harsh ingredients but still effective at cleaning heavy loads because it’s 2x concentrated. That means a little of it will go a long way.
Best Disinfectant Cleaner
Multi-Surface Vegetable Disinfectant Cleaner
This Botanical Disinfectant Multi-Surface Cleaner from Seventh Generation works wonders. It kills 99.99% of household germs and has a great citrus scent. You can feel safe wiping down the surfaces in your space without worrying about leaving chemical residue behind.
Best All-Natural Dry Balls
Nellie’s Lamby Dryerballs
These 100% wool dryer balls are a better option than traditional dryer sheets, which contain harsh chemicals like chloroform and benzyl acetate. Plus, they’re reusable!
Best natural dish soap
Natural dish soap
Who said cleaning couldn’t be a luxury? This chic dish soap is elegant and efficient. The non-toxic formula is packaged in deluxe plant-based glass bottles to make cleaning your dishes easy.
Most Versatile Cleaning Products
Branch Basics Premium Starter Kit
If you buy in bulk, Branch Basics is a non-toxic all-purpose cleaner concentrate that comes in refillable bottles to reduce plastic waste. The brand offers everything from baths to glass, each made up of a different combination of the same base for super easy shopping (and simple instructions on how to mix them).
Best Natural Bathroom Cleaner
Give your bathroom a little extra care by using Public Goods’ effective plant-based cleaner. The product is as simple as it gets, with a clear solution, free of harsh chemicals and powered by coconut-based actives.
Best Non-Toxic Floor Cleaner
Vinegar floor cleaner
A clean house is not clean without a clean floor! This natural vinegar based floor cleaner works great for removing any dirt, food, grease or grime that may be touching your floor.
Best Dishwasher Soap
Set of dishwasher tablets
The following of this brand is 100% deserved! Put the soluble tablets in your dishwasher for spotless plates and utensils. Clean Cult packs its products in recyclable paper boxes right to your door.
Best All-Natural Sponge
Greener Clean Anti-Scratch Scrubbing Sponges
Scotch-Brite has made the pivot to becoming more environmentally friendly with the introduction of its cleaner, non-scratch scouring pads. Made from 100% vegetable fibres, these sponges are perfect for everyday cleaning.
Best Non-Toxic Hand Wash
The hand washing kit
We obviously can’t keep your hands out of the equation! This superb herbal soap is formulated with organic aloe vera and olive oil to lock in moisture. The kit includes an exfoliating hand soap and a stylish soap dispenser.
Best Customizable Cleaning System
All-inclusive starter kit
There’s no better way to see what products are being used in your home than with a customizable cleaning system. You can create your own hand soap, all-purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, glass cleaner and more with this plant-based concentrate kit.
Best Herbal Bleaching Agent
Oxygen Bleach Plus Laundry Detergent
This option is the perfect alternative to the favorite household bleach. Plant-based bleach works to naturally brighten and whiten your clothes and remove stains.
Best Natural Cleaning Brush
Agave and Hemp Scrubbing Brush
Instead of using a coarse cleaning tool with steel wool, opt for a sleek and effective hand brush that won’t leave streaks on your pots and pans. The bristles are naturally antibacterial thanks to sisal and hemp. Koala Eco also offers the best scent solutions that invigorate your senses while you clean.
Ingredients found in natural cleaning products: “I think ‘green’ cleaning products have gotten a bad rap in recent years because formulators were willing to skimp on performance for safety. Fortunately, there are more powerful with more secure profiles that companies can incorporate into their products,” says Dudra.
Decyl Glucoside: surfactant (soap) which is used in many hard surface cleaners
Vegetal glycerine: natural moisturizing properties for products that need to re-nourish surfaces
Citric acid: naturally present in citrus fruits such as lemons/limes. Used to help adjust pH
Vinegar: natural solvent which can improve the cleaning power
Essential oils: used to enhance the cleaning experience and evoke positive emotions
Coconut oil: natural shine agent in varnishes
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