Green Cleaning 101: 12 of the Healthiest Products for Your Home

Updated 04/22/17
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Personal hygiene and a clean home prevent the spread of germs, which is essential to our health, yet the majority of household cleaning products contain chemical ingredients with adverse health effects that also harm the environment. Some brands even contain cancer-causing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. How's that for a doozy of a catch-22? Though it sounds like a pretty bleak situation, there are many organic household cleaning products and brands that help you scrub away the dirt without leaving an even bigger metaphorical mess behind.

In fact, if you know what brands to look out for while you're shopping, 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 at the drug store, we rounded up a list of healthier alternatives at a variety of price points. We hope you use our list of natural, effective supplies as a reference guide to help you identify the best ones for your home. Ready, set, and scroll through these 12 green products to scrub-a-dub-dub without risk of residue.

For the Laundry Room

Millefiori Milano Perla Scented Fabric Softener $28
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This Italian brand is a great option if you're looking for high-end cleaning products that offer refreshing fragrances. This fabric softener doesn't contain any toxic color additives, and it's 99% biodegradable. 

Jason Mark Suede Cleaning Kit $12
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Consider Jason Markk your new go-to line for all your shoe-cleaning needs. The products are reusable, which can help any efforts to minimize waste (and it'll save you a trip to the store to restock). Even better, Jason Markk solutions don't have any harsh chemicals and abrasives, so they're great for delicate surfaces. So go on and buff that suede, guilt-free.

Grab Green Natural Non-Chlorine Bleach Alternative $15
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Bleach, by definition, is a corrosive chemical. That's why you probably recognize the distinct chlorine stench of it. Instead of reaching for bleach next time you need to brighten up your whites, opt for these naturally derived pods from Grab Green.

Le Labo x The Laundress Rose 31 Signature Detergent $45
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Le Labo knows a thing or two about creating luxury fragrances, while The Laundress specializes in premiere cleaning products. So when the two merge, you get a detergent that's almost too good to be true. Plus, it's biodegradable and free of petroleum, phosphate, phthalates, and dye.

For the Kitchen

Babyganics Dish & Bottle Soap Refill $10
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Pediatrician and dermatologist tested, this baby-friendly line doesn't have any phosphates, phthalates, sulfates, fragrances, or dyes so you can clean those sippy cups without worrying about harmful health effects.

The Laundress Kitchen Cleaning Gift Set $75
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This cleaning set is aesthetically pleasing enough to leave out on the drainboard. With a cleaning brush, lint-free cloths, scented vinegar, surface cleaner, and dish detergent, you've got everything you need for the kitchen in one place.

Puracy Natural Dish Soap $6
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If you're looking for something simple, vegan, and organic, Puracy is a great option, and they carry a variety of items, from detergent to lotion and haircare products. This dish soap is not only super affordable, but it's also completely plant-based and green-living friendly.

Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes $6
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Next time you go to the drugstore for another round of cleaning wipes, consider reaching for these compostable ones. You'll be able to wipe down those surfaces as often as you see fit while also minimizing waste. 

For the Bathroom

Aesop Post-Poo Drops $29
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A superhero of sorts, Aesop's post-poo drops are the great destroyers of unpleasant bathroom odors. Aesop products contain mostly plant-based ingredients, though they aren't always 100% chemical-free. Check out the full list of ingredients here

Willful All Natural Wood Preserver $16
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Made out of beeswax, this natural concoction will help you preserve and maintain wood surfaces, utensils, cutting boards, and pretty much anything else you can think of. 

Full Circle Clear Single Spray Bottle $12
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While avoiding fumes and pollutants is an essential part of being environmentally conscious, it doesn't stop there. If you want to reuse, reduce, and recycle, this cleaning kit from Full Circle is a great place to start. You won't have to toss your plastic bottles, thanks to the reusable bottle, and the cleaning solution recipe is completely organic. 

Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner $10
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This cleaner spray from Better Life is great for pretty much any surface, from floor to ceiling and even in the toilet. 

What are your favorite all-natural cleaning products to use at home? Sound off in the comment section below. 

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