Eco Friendly Cleaning Products and Solutions


cleaning tools with lemon and sodium bicarbonate on wood

Although it’s a fact, it’s not very well known that your skin is the largest organ, and it absorbs what you put on it. That means that in addition to the soaps, shampoo, lotions and cosmetics you apply to it, cleaning products that you use to clean your home are also absorbed. Even if you use cleaning gloves, you are still going to breathe the fumes that those products give off, so it’s a really good idea to ‘go green’ when cleaning your home…not only for the environment but also for you and your family’s health.

What I thought would be best to do here is to list off some recommendations for each category…for products you can buy but also some suggestions in products you can put together, yourself, to clean areas of your home, where applicable. There are more options out there…these are just a few.

General Purpose 

Dr Bronners Magic Soaps: The Castile Liquid Soaps are good for not only cleaning your body but also for general cleaning purposes. You can use it as a laundry soap too. But an even better solution is their SAL Suds Cleanser. It cleans even tougher jobs, but remains safe on the skin.

https://www.drbronner.com/

Green Shield Organic All Purpose Cleaner Degreaser: The ingredients are safe and it does a good all around job.Rated highly by the Environmental Working Group.

http://www.greenshieldorganic.com

Alternative: White Vinegar mixed with water and Essential oils in a spray bottle

Abrasives

Bon Ami Powder Cleanser: According to Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning (http://www.ewg.org/), this abrasive has an A+ rating, which makes it very safe to use for jobs that need that extra tough cleansing power. 

Alternative: Baking soda, table salt, or a combination of the two. I have found them both to be very effective. Table salt is stripped of minerals that natural salt has, but it’s fine to use for scrubbing.

Kitchen

See General Purpose Cleaners, above

Bathroom

Seventh Generation Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Rated highly by EWG. This company has been making Eco Friendly products for many years.

http://www.seventhgeneration.com/

Green Shield Organic Toilet Bowl Cleaner

http://www.greenshieldorganic.com/

Alternative: I’ve had much success in just using a mixture of a spray bottle of water/essential oils and baking soda and salt in cleaning the toilet bowl, as well as all parts of the bathroom.

For all other surfaces in the bathroom, see General Purpose and Abrasives

Floor

Dr Bronners SAL Suds (for tile and other non carpet areas)

Carpet

Eco Me Carpet Refresher

http://www.eco-me.com/

Simple Green Naturals Carpet Care

http://simplegreen.com/products/naturals-carpet-care/

Alternative: Baking Soda 

Furniture

Lemon Oil or Coconut Oil are great, eco friendly, non toxic furniture polishers

Laundry

Dr Bronners Magic Soaps

Grab Green Laundry Detergent Pods: These are very effective pods to use. 3 in 1, it cleans, removes stains and brightens clothes. Also leaves them lightly scented, but there’s also a fragrance free option.

http://www.grabgreenhome.com/laundry-care/

Dishwashing

Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Concentrated Pacs

Green Shield Organic Squeez Automatic Dishwasher Liquid Detergent

Eco-Me Dish Soap 

Glass Cleaner

Green Shield Organic Glass Cleaner

Alternative: Vinegar or Rubbing Alcohol, sprayed through a bottle

Renee Rubio
About me

Renee Rubio is passionate about health in all aspects. She's been keenly aware of the fact that it's not just about food and exercise, for most of her life. She wants to help teach others that there are other parts to the whole, of being healthy (and thus, knowing the true nature of happiness!). Growing up the child of an alcoholic, she knew from the beginning that substance abuse is a dead end street. As she grew older and worked through her emotional issues, growing spiritually, and dealing with weight issues (tied into her emotional issues), she finally discovered raw foods and the benefits of that type of eating. Deciding to change her diet to plant based first, in 2009, she transitioned to raw living foods in 2010. At times, she's been 100 percent raw, she's done several fasts, and adopted many of the lifestyle aspects of a raw, vegan foodist, and continues with it. She has never been healthier or happier in her life and has finally found the key to the foods that her body responds best to. She knows that she still has some ways to go, on her journey, and continues onward and upward. Her current focus is on learning more about hormones and parasite cleansing. She lives in Nevada with her soul mate and her Australian Cattle Dog fur baby. She loves being of service. One of her favorite activities is to coach others. She believes she is a natural born supporter and encourager. Among other things, she also loves to laugh, watch movies, and prepare healthy, beautiful and delicious food for her loved ones. Most of all, she loves learning, because learning never ends in this life, and it keeps things interesting :)

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