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toxin free cleaning products

Updated on September 11, 2011


It’s a nearly unbelievable fact: Indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. Toxins like radon, carbon monoxide, mold, and gasoline shuffled in on shoes are all culprits. But another guilty party? Yep, cleaning products. According to the Clean Water Fund, the average U.S. household uses 40 pounds each year of harmful cleaning products, which can cause allergies, headaches, and more.

Ironically, cleaning products aren’t required to disclose their ingredients, but those big, bold “danger”, “warning” and “caution” labels might say enough. To be safe, why not switch to a couple eco-friendly grime-busters this spring? Thanks to the boom in “green” living, there are now a number of great products on the market.

Bon Ami

Bon Ami, an earth friendly cleaning powder and polishing powder, is celebrating its 120th year anniversary. The polishing cleanser, which works magic on stove tops, is made from calcite & feldspar mineral abrasives, and biodegradable detergent. It does not contain chlorine, perfume, or dye.

The cleaning powder, which will make your tub sparkle, is recommended by allergists because it is gentle. This product is safe to use almost everywhere in your home.

Ecover Glass and Surface Cleaner

Ecover, founded in Belgium in 1980, makes its earth-friendly cleaning products in a factory with a grass roof for insulation, wooden beams from a sustainable forest, and bricks made from coal mine waste. We prefer its glass and surface cleaner to its competition, for its uncommon feminine, floral scent and ability to leave our mirrors completely streak free and clean of residue.

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day All-Purpose Cleaner in Lavender

A vegetable protein additive kills odors while essentials oils of lavender and orange give every surface you use this spray on — dining room table, kitchen counter, bathroom walls — a lingering, heavenly scent. We wanted to spray this stuff everyone, like an air freshener!

Seventh Generation Natural Green Mandarin and Leaf Shower Cleaner

Real mandarin and spearmint essential oils invigorate your senses and mask the odor of hydrogen peroxide, a safe bacteria – and fungus-killing agent that also removes stains — and impressively whitened our tub.

Ecover Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing the john certainly isn’t on anyone’s list of fun weekend activities. Ecover makes the chore a tad more enjoyable with a pine scent so fresh you think you’ve entered an Oregon evergreen forest.

Seventh Generation Natural Kitchen Cleaner

Hydrogen peroxide non-toxically kills viruses, bacteria and fungus, while citrus oil naturally cuts grease and makes your entire kitchen smell like a glass of Florida-fresh orange juice.

Ecover Dishwasher Tablets

We tested these phosphate-free tablets in a home with water so hard that glasses emerge from the wash with a thin film of calcium all around them. Thanks to its all-natural formulas, Ecover claims that its products leave no chemical residue. But we were still unprepared for the results: The glasses came out nearly as clear and sparkly as the day they were bought.

Mrs. Meyer’s Laundry Detergent in Lemon Verbana

This HE-suitable wash contains a gentle blend of plant-based surfactants, cotton extract, borax, and dirt-fighting enzymes. Essential oils of lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, clover, geranium, and fir needle lend a springtime in Provence smell that, truly, will make you never return to your favorite age-old brand.

Natural Value EcoSafe® Trash Bags

Natural Value’s trash bags are not only free of harmful PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and plasticizer, but they contain an additive called DCP (degradable compostible plastic) that breaks down into compost when triggered by heat, light, or mechanical stress. Now that’s biodegradable!


Yes, some problems do have easy, natural solutions. Plants — especially English Ivy, bamboo palm, spider, and ferns – eat up indoor toxins, including formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, and cigarette smoke. English Ivy, which absorbs mold, has even been shown to significantly reduce asthma. We can’t think of a better reason to cultivate a green thumb.


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  • Ivorwen profile image


    9 years ago from Hither and Yonder

    Most of these brands are new to me, but the concept is not. I like to make my own orange/lavender infused white vinegar for cleaning most surfaces. Hydrogen peroxide is an amazing cleaner, though I have always used sparingly, since I know it can eat through some finishes.

    I love having plants, but never knew that English Ivy was so beneficial! Maybe that is why I have always kept one near the garage door.


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