We’re big fans of green cleaning products that don’t include chemicals harmful to people’s health and the environment. Here’s a list of our favorite green cleaning brands whose products you can feel good about using in your home.
Dr. Bronner’s is a family-owned soap producer that’s been in business since 1948. They don’t add any dyes, whiteners, or synthetic fragrances to their products, and are happy to list all the ingredients on their products’ labels. Sal Suds is a concentrated, mild biodegradable cleaner that you can use on all surfaces of your house.
2. Seventh Generation’s All-Purpose Natural Cleaner
Seventh Generation has been making green cleaning products since 1988, with an eye toward creating an eco-friendly world that will be inhabitable seven generations in the future. The All-Purpose Natural Cleaner helps you take care of your whole house, from kitchen to windows, and appliances to bathroom.
3. Earthworm Drain Cleaner
Conventional drain cleaners are among the most dangerous of household products and are usually lye-based formulas, which is not exactly something you’d want lingering under your kitchen sink. Earthworm Drain Cleaner has natural enzymes to break down whatever food, grease, or dirt clogging your drain, and because it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, it leaves no chemical residues behind.
So how do the natural enzymes work, exactly? Enzymatic drain cleaners use bacteria or enzymes that feed on organic waste like food, dirt, or hair. The small organisms digest the waste that’s blocking your pipes and reproduce to spread beneficial bacteria through your septic system.
4. Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-surface Everyday Cleaner
Mrs. Meyer’s was founded in Minneapolis in 1999 by Monica Nassif, who named it after her mother, Thelma Meyer. Nassif got the idea for the company when she was walking down a cleaning aisle of the grocery store, smelling the harsh chemicals of the products. This all purpose cleaner is made with natural essential oils, is phosphate-free, and can be used on all non-porous surfaces.
5. Bon Ami
Bon Ami is the oldest green cleaning product around, created in 1886. “We didn’t start out striving to be green. We just started out with simple ingredients and simple processes to give you products that work well without dangerous chemicals,” said a company spokesperson. Bon Ami contains no chlorine, dye, perfume, bleach, or phosphorus. Compare that to the more conventional Ajax or Comet whose safety data sheet tells you to “avoid release to the environment.” Yikes.
6. Ecover Toilet Cleaner
Ecover Toilet Cleaner is made with plant-based ingredients that don’t harm the environment and don’t have toxic fumes that dizzy you while you’re scrubbing. Founded in 1979 in Belgium, Ecover is now based in San Francisco, with factories in Belgium, France, and Chicago. The company claims that “Your bottom will thank you” for buying this toilet cleaner.
7. If You Care Reusable Paper Towels
I know what you’re thinking– paper towels are not exactly a green cleaning product. But one roll of these reusable paper towels will last you as long as eighteen rolls of conventional paper towels. If You Care also has eco-friendly household gloves and natural sponge cloths as well. So how does the reusable paper towel work? Just wipe, rinse, wring out the paper towel and let it dry. The company launched in 1990 with the first unbleached coffee filters in the U.S. and has expanded into green cleaning products since then.