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It’s easy to think about the toxins in our food. For the health-conscious, most of us are aware of the chemicals and additives we want to avoid. But when it comes to other products in our homes, we’re not as attentive.
Consider what’s in your cleaning cabinet right now. How many harmful and toxic chemicals are you exposing yourself (and your family) to? You might be thinking of heavy-duty bathroom cleaners like the drain de-cloggers and the bleach filled toilet cleaners.
Have you considered the negative effects of chemicals in everyday products like your dish soap and laundry detergent? Since our skin absorbs toxins and deposits them directly into our bloodstream, these products may be even more harmful in the long run.
Luckily, there are plenty of non-toxic all-natural household cleaners out there. Check out this list of 7 great natural alternatives to clean your home.
- Thrive Market Lavender Soap
for handwashing dishes
Conventional dish soaps often contain toxic ingredients, including some seriously nasty ones like ammonia and formaldehyde. Many of these ingredients are hormone disrupters that wreak havoc on the body after repeated exposure. Thrive Market’s Dish Soap is a great alternative that you can feel good about using.
This non-toxic cleaning alternative is tough on grime and gentle on your body (and the planet!). With plant-based ingredients and lavender essential oils, it’s also hypoallergenic.
- Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Packs
for the dishwasher
Just like traditional dish soaps, your dishwasher detergent could contain toxic chemicals that aren’t even on your radar. Even though you’re not absorbing the toxins through your skin, ingesting these harmful ingredients is easier than you think. When you run a load of dishes, the detergent often leaves a fine residue on your plates, cups, and silverware.
You probably can’t detect the presence of chemicals, but when you use your dishware, you ingest them. As you ingest more and more, the chemicals add up and can cause negative health effects.
These detergent pods from Seventh Generation are a safe alternative for your family and your planet. They contain no harmful or toxic chemicals, and it’s an easy switch to buy something new. With plant and mineral-based ingredients, you can feel safe and be healthy with a simple shift in your household cleaning routine.
- Bon Ami
for kitchen, bathroom, and tile
If you haven’t heard of Bon Ami yet, you’re missing out. It’s been around since 1886. Yes, you read that right—over 130 years. It’s an all-purpose cleaner for sinks, countertops, tile, and tubs. Bon Ami is similar to powdered bleach products (without the bleach, of course), and it contains no harsh chemicals.
Bon Ami works well due to added mineral abrasives that work like exfoliators for your dishes and surfaces.
- Chinese Soap Nuts
Chinese soap nuts are an all-natural alternative to laundry detergents. Also referred to as soap berries, soap nuts are dried berry shells that come from several different plants within the Sapindus plant family. They contain saponin, an ingredient that acts as a natural soap.
All you need to do is tie them up in a small bag (they usually come with one) and pop them in the wash! The best part? They’re reusable.
Although there is some conflicting research out there about the effectiveness of soap nuts, it seems that they do work, but they’re not the greatest for heavily soiled clothes. They’ll work best with your regular cotton clothes and hot water.
- Biokleen Bac-Out Stain & Odor Remover
for almost anything
When soap nuts aren’t strong enough, Biokleen is a phenomenal non-toxic laundry detergent alternative. Biokleen’s Bac-Out collection uses “live enzyme-producing cultures” in addition to other plant-based ingredients to remove tough stains and smells.
Biokleen offers a bunch of different products, which means you can use this stuff on your floors, laundry, fabrics you can’t easily wash (like the couch), counters, carpets, toilets—you name it!
All of Biokleen’s products are free of harmful ingredients, including “phosphates, chlorine, ammonia, petroleum solvents, alcohol, butyl, glycol ether, brighteners, artificial colors,” and “artificial fragrance.”
- Essential Oils
to fight mildew
Did you know that essential oils do more than smell great? Sure, they might make you feel more energized or more relaxed, but I’m talking about their anti-bacterial properties.
Tea tree essential oil is one of the best options for controlling mold and mildew growth in humid household areas like bathrooms. Other great anti-bacterial oils include lavender, peppermint, citrus, oregano, and turmeric.
This household cleaner is so fast and easy to make. Take a spray bottle (glass if you can!), and add a few drops of non-toxic dish soap, a tablespoon of baking soda, 30-50 drops of essential oils (I like to combine tea tree and orange), and two cups of water. Mix it all up, shaking well. You can use this on your counters, for the kitchen sink, in your bathroom, or wherever you need it!
- Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner
If you’d rather skip the recipe and opt for a premade cleaner, Seventh Generation offers a great all-purpose cleaner for all your surfaces. Whether you’re cleaning countertops, tables, or anything else from regular use or accidental spills, Seventh Generation has got your back—and it’s free of any toxic ingredients.
Seventh Generation also offers plenty of other non-toxic all-natural household cleaning products. If you’re looking for one brand to meet all (or most) of your cleaning needs, this is my personal favorite.
for windows and mirrors
Although some still consider alcohol, or ethanol, to be a toxic ingredient, it is a much safer alternative to traditional glass cleaners that contain ammonia. To make your own no streak window cleaner, combine one cup of vodka with one cup of water in a spray bottle. Add a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, and you’ve got an alternative to ammonia filled products that aren’t safe for skin contact, inhalation, or ingestion.
Cleaning Your Home with Safe Products
Changing things up to have a clean, non-toxic home can be easy. You don’t need fancy solutions or tons of knowledge about every ingredient in your household cleaners.
With brands out there like Seventh Generation, Thrive Market, and Biokleen, there are tons of options out there for you.
Exchange your toxic cleaners for healthier options as soon as you can, and your body will thank you.
Lemon is a great one to use on areas that you want to remove watermarks or kill and odor. It works great when cleaning your bathroom shower floors to remove that raw-ish smell you get. It is perfect for cleaning off your kitchen sink, cutting boards, and a lot more thing. Just cut the lemon in half and srub the area with it.
This is a list of some of the items I use in my house to clean, which are affordable as well. They all make cleaning much easier for me and even faster. I recommend you use these. List of affiliate links below.
To Use Less Liquid Soap
Clean Your Floors Faster
Clean The Walls In Your House Easier
For Cleaning Windows Or Stains Off Wall
To Clean Your Sofa, Car Seat, Bed ETC
To Use With Product Below
To Clean And Polish Furniture, Grout Joint, Toilet, Car
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