There are a growing number of cleaning products with fewer — or no — harsh ingredients.
Looking to do a spring spruce with fewer added chemicals in your cleaning products?
There are a growing number of options that help you scrub away the dirt with fewer — or no — harsh ingredients.
In fact, if you know which brands to look for, it’s actually pretty easy to clean your home in a way that’s sustainable and healthy. To help you navigate the cleaning-supply aisle, we’ve rounded up a list of healthier alternatives to try.
Grab Green Natural Non-Chlorine Bleach Alternative ($14 for 60 pods at amazon.com). Instead of reaching for bleach the next time you need to brighten your whites, opt for these naturally derived pods that are free of fragrances, phosphates, optical brighteners, chlorine and dyes. They brighten whites, remove stains and neutralize odors without the harsh bleach smell.
Babyganics Dish & Bottle Soap Refill ($8 at target.com). Pediatrician and dermatologist tested, this baby-friendly line doesn’t have any phosphates, phthalates, sulfates, fragrances or dyes, so you can clean that endless stream of bottles and sippy cups without worrying about harmful health effects.
The Laundress Kitchen Starter Kit ($65 at thelaundress.com). This eucalyptus-scented cleaning set is aesthetically pleasing enough to leave out on the counter. With four cleaners — scented vinegar, surface cleaner, dish detergent and all-purpose cleaning concentrate — plus a copper cloth and lint-free cleaning cloth, you’ve got everything you need for keeping your kitchen grime free.
Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes ($7 for 90 wipes at target.com). The next time you need to pick up cleaning wipes, consider this compostable line made from wood-based fibers. The Green Works website also explains each ingredient in the wipes for greater transparency. Note that Green Works’ parent company is Clorox.
Willful Natural Beeswax Wood Preserver ($16 at willfulgoods.com). Made out of beeswax, mineral oil and orange essential oil, this natural concoction will help you preserve and maintain wood tables, utensils, cutting boards and any other wood surfaces.
Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner ($7 at cleanhappens.com). This cleaning spray works on almost any surface, from floor to ceiling, and even in the toilet. Available in unscented or Clary Sage & Citrus, it’s free of sulfates, parabens, alcohol, fragrances and more, and is made with solar energy.
Puracy Natural Dish Soap ($6 at puracy.com). Puracy, based in Austin, Texas, produces a variety of natural, vegan products, including detergent, hand soap, bug spray and baby shampoo. This biodegradable dish soap is completely plant-based, using coconut-based cleansers, as well as natural green tea and lime for a fresh scent.