Your home is your haven, and you strive to preserve your investment while creating a safe, healthy, clean environment for your loved ones. Maybe it’s a new pet, baby or relationship that’s made you reconsider what you’re introducing into your home. But it’s not the 1950s, when chemical-laden cleaning products were considered a huge leap forward for cleaning the house. Today, environmentally-friendly, green cleaning is no longer just a trend. Here are several companies that make taking care of your home in a safe way easy, without sacrificing clean results.
Perhaps the “granddaddy” of this category, some might even say that Dr. Bronner’s originated natural, versatile, eco-friendly cleaners and pioneered USDA certified organic personal care products, and Fair Trade projects. Boasting a legacy of five generations of expertise, the soap’s versatility has made it the #1 selling brand of natural soaps in North America. Their Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner is a concentrated hard-surface all-purpose cleaner made with plant-based ingredients and natural essential oils, perfect for general household cleaning (dishes, floors, laundry, etc.), but is also gentle on the skin.
Started by 2 parents (the more famous being Jessica Alba) who were looking for products for their children and home that were non-toxic, eco-friendly, biodegradable and affordable, Honest boasts products for the home for personal care; get started with their bundle (with recurring, monthly delivery) to try different products and discover your favorites.
You may recognize their iconic tear drop bottle of ubiquitous hand wash. Formulated with naturally derived ingredients, Method cleaners clean your home without toxic residue. They also launched the first triple-concentrated (3x) laundry detergent widely distributed in the U.S.
Yes, even big companies have responded to consumers seeking healthier, more natural cleaning options. Enter Clorox’s Green Works brand: they are 95-99% natural, and are working to become 100% natural. Looking for dye-free and fragrance free options? Their dish and laundry detergents fit the bill.
Another legacy green cleaner developed over 30 years ago as a non-toxic cleaner for coffee roasting equipment, the father and son founders soon found this biodegradable cleaner was versatile enough to be an all-purpose household cleaner. Now the product line includes wipes, laundry detergent and more.
Started by a couple of fiber science majors who were working in the fashion industry, initially Laundress focused on natural, biodegradable cleaning products for clothes. The company has since expanded into home cleaning products.
They say necessity is the mother of invention, and in this case, it’s reality. Started by a Midwestern mother of 9 (yes, she is Mrs. Meyers!), the product line uses plant-based ingredients and essential oils that work just as hard as those chemicals with the scary names, with wonderful, garden-inspired scents. While it is easy to find a product for your cleaning job, the bigger challenge is to choose which scent.
Your grandmother may have used baking soda and vinegar, but when time is short or you’re just not inclined to go the Martha Stewart route and make your own cleaner, go ahead and feel confident when you’re reaching for a product from one of these companies that see green for all the right reasons.