June 23rd, 2014

Best Green Cleaning Products: What’s in My Kitchen

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One question that I’m constantly asked is: “What green cleaning products do you use?”

That’s a tough question to answer since I’m always testing out new and improved green cleaning products, but I’m going to give it shot.

My overall advice when making the switch to green cleaning products is to replace products you’re currently using as they run out with a safer version. Take the time to research safer, non-toxic products and then make the switch.

So here you go….. Take a  rare peek into my somewhat disorganized cabinet under the kitchen sink to see what green cleaning products I’m using right now.

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That BIG tank is part of a reverse osmosis water filtration system. Let me know if you want to hear more about it. I’m happy to share the pros and cons.

Here are some of the green cleaning products under my kitchen sink:

CLEANSING SCRUBBER

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Better Life Even The Kitchen Sink

This product is great for cleaning tile and grout, stainless steel, toilets, showers and tubs. I’ve been using Better Life green cleaning products for a few years. I’ve written about Better Life before and shared with you that I was an official blogger for the company. This essentially meant that I had a chance to test out some of their products and share my honest opinion. And I did!

GLASS CLEANER

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Seventh Generation Free & Clear Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner and Earth Friendly Products Window Cleaner both work well on windows and other glass surfaces.

ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap

Oh how I love this stuff. It can be used for cleaning so many different things. HERE are a few ideas to get you started.

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Branch Basics

Branch Basics is an interesting concept. If you don’t want to make your own cleaning products this is the next best thing. The starter kit comes with concentrate, an Empty Refillable Spray Bottle and foamer bottle. The unscented concentrate can be diluted with water to make the cleaner. There’s a guide that comes with the kit which spells out how to mix the concentrate. It can be used for laundry, dishes, stains, removing streaks and more.

DISHWASHING SOAP

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Check out Earth Friendly Pear Dishmate Dishwashing Liquid. I use this for all dishes. It seems to cut through grease and grim without a problem.

DISHWASHER SOAP

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I just made the switch from a powder dishwasher soap to Earth Friendly Products Wave Auto Dishwasher Gel and so far it’s working well.

What are some of your favorite green cleaning products hiding under your kitchen sink? I’d love to hear!

Disclosure: These products were all purchased by me and can be found under my kitchen sink. Some links are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase. Thanks for your support!

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30 Responses to “Best Green Cleaning Products: What’s in My Kitchen”

  1. Quite collection of products you have Lori! Other than dishwashing and laundry products, my natural cleaning staples consist of White Vinegar, Bicarb Soda, and a few essentials oils – as combinations of these basic products cover all my other cleaning requirements.

  2. Thanks for sharing! Some of those I use, some I’m excited to learn about. I would like to hear about the water filtration system you’re using – I’m looking to do one in our NYC apartment. Thanks for all you do!

  3. Interesting – I may have to check out that cream scrubber.
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  4. It’s always interesting to see what other people like to use. Let me know if you try the Better Life scrubber Betsy.

  5. You’re welcome Christie. I’ll try to pull together a post about the reverse osmosis system we have. There are definitely pros and cons.

  6. Good point…. there’s nothing like baking soda and vinegar for a simple cleaning product that’s easy to make yourself. I generally add tea tree oil.

  7. Love your collection- truly some great products!
    If your interested in some tips that I have on natural home made cleaners, please check out my post here-http://pizzigatidesigns.tumblr.com/post/80077357821/eco-friendly-tips-spring-cleaning.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jenna
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  8. When I need something a little abrasive, baking soda is my go-to cleaner. I’ve even polished silver with it.

  9. I use only Melaleuca products because they are safe, non-toxic and they work. Any product that can remove permanent sharpie from any surface even plush animals is something no mom can be without.
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  10. I highly recommend Ava Anderson Non Toxic’s cleaners…they work great! Glass & All Purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, dish soap, and dishwasher pods 🙂

  11. Me too Judith. I have baking soda, vinegar and tea tree oil at all times…

  12. I only use “Healthy Home Company” products. They are all natural, 100% organic and toxic free, Eco-cert, BPA free, gluten free, non-gmo, vegan and animal cruelty free. Their “CLEAN”, “TOUGH STUFF” and “WASH” are amazing and replace all of the cleaners in your home including dish soap, dishwasher detergent and laundry detergent. You can check them all out here http://www.healthyhomecompany.com/507343

  13. I have the Dr. Bronner’s but never use it! I really need to figure that out. Whole Foods has put up a “green-ness” scale on the cleaning products that I noticed that last two times I was in the store. I ended up with the organic 7th generation all purpose cleaner because it was the “greenest.” Not sure how they rank them but the cleaner does work wonderfully.
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  14. Poofy Organics makes an AMAZING all-purpose cleaner! It’s called Vesta. It can clean counter tops, mirrors, floors, carpet, bathrooms,…pretty much anything. I even used it on my leather car seats yesterday and it worked like a charm without drying out the leather!
    They also make a fabulous dish washing soap and hand soap. They have laundry and dishwasher pods, too.
    AMAZING company, AMAZING ingredients, AMAZING prices – USDA Certified organic!

  15. Our family has used the Shaklee Get Clean non-toxic cleaning products for over 30 years…first of it’s kind: always safe, always work and always green {plus super cost effective, aka cheap, long lasting}.

  16. I would hesitate to recommend some of these “natural” cleaners, as a lot of them do in fact contain toxic chemicals. Have you looked into Ava Anderson Non-Toxic? Made in the USA, the products are made using 100% Certified Organic ingredients, and contain 0 chemicals and 0 toxins. Hands down, the safest and best out there if you don’t have the time/desire to make your own vinegar-based cleaners.

  17. Celadon Road all the way!!!

  18. Love the Earth Friendly Products you have!! I have Parsley Plus, Dishmate, Fruit & Veggie Wash and Orange Plus!

  19. Wow, I just looked at the healthy home company that someone said and I don’t know anyone that would spend that much when there are healthy alternatives that cost at least half of that!
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  20. I have use a number of the items listed here. Would like to add the best laundry detergent ECO from Earth Friendly Products – love all their products. I have also had good results with Seventh Generation Dish Soap.

  21. I swear by Dr. Bronners Castile Soap, white vinegar, baking soda and lemons. I used to use Veggie Wash but now I make my own with vinegar and water in a clean spray bottle plus my homemade DIY Citrus Vinegar! I am still trying to wean my family away from using their old favorites but my husband loves to shop for cleaning supply bargains–it’s a green and healthy journey!

  22. Too bad they still contain Methylisothiazolinone

  23. Hi Lori!

    I always love a good round-up of green cleaning products, so thank you for chiming in on the topic! Dr. Bronner’s is a staple at my house as well–the peppermint one. (It’s good for stinky garbage disposals!) I wrote my own round-up of green cleaning products–here’s a link to it if you want to take a look: http://www.joyfullygreen.com/2013/05/my-top-ten-green-products-for-spring-cleaning.html

    Are you going to BlogHer again? I’m skipping it this year.

    Have a good weekend!

    Joy

  24. Hi Joy! You’re so welcome. Yes, Dr. Bronner’s is great to have around. Thank you for sharing your list- always nice to see what others are using. I’m not going to BlogHer this year. I’ll be speaking at ShiftCon in October instead. Hope to see you soon.

  25. Thanks for the sharing the list. I have only tried Dr. Bonners magic and it works wonders! I will definitely check out other products you listed. Thanks again and advance happy new year to you!

  26. […] always love taking a sneak peek into someone else’s home. I’ve shared with you what’s under my kitchen sink and some of my favorite safe shampoos and lotions. My friend Lindsay has also shared some behind […]

  27. It’s incredible once you start. All of these products that seem so exclusive to certain tasks suddenly feel so interchangeable and overpriced. All you really have to do is buy these five ingredients and your house will be green and clean, your money can be spent on plant-based snacks, and people will suddenly view you as crazy smart. Seriously, try it and see.Harold Wood Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  28. Great ideas. Almost brilliant. But I would like to share to you about the adage of eating. Most of us are quite familiar with the adage, “you are what you eat,” but perhaps a more accurate way of putting this would be to say you are what you absorb. So, we need to adapt green living for our healthy and better life.
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  29. You might also want to try making your own green cleaning products. I’m making mine! There are a lot of easy how-to’s you can find online.
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  30. […] the switch to non-toxic cleaning products. When making the switch to green cleaning products replace products you’re currently using as they run out with a safer version. Take the time to […]

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