My List of Natural Store-Bought Cleaners

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My List of Natural Store-Bought Cleaners For when you just don't have time to make it yourself...

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I think it is fun making my own cleaning products, and it has been one of my favorite parts of my journey to a healthier lifestyle. It is like a craft project that is useful, safer for my family, and saves money (as opposed to buying natural store-bought cleaners). I have made cute little labels and gotten very organized with all my natural products, and even have back up recipes ready if I don’t have a particular ingredient on hand or want to try something new.

But sometimes life gets in the way, and I just don’t have time to make my own. And in certain cases, I haven’t found a natural recipe that works as well as store bought. (See this article on things I wish I knew before I started making my own products.) When this happens I check out the GoodGuide or EWG and find a cleaner that works for my budget and comfort level with the ingredients. I have compiled a list of the ones that are reasonably priced, easy to get, and have a good rating from one or both the GoodGuide and EWG. Feel free to use this list as your own!

(Note: If you are still on the fence on whether or not natural products really make a difference, take a look at this article.)

I have also provided the EWG and GoodGuide current ratings for the natural store-bought cleaners, where available. EWG is rated with A being the best and GoodGuide rates products on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. On that scale, it is also color coded red (bad) to green (good). Anything that is still green I consider healthy, but the higher the score the better.

In addition, I have provided Amazon links to these, and very often that is where I get them. But be sure to shop around because sometimes you can get a much better deal at your local store.

I do think it is also important to mention that brand loyalty will get you in trouble here. Don’t go out and buy all Seventh Generation or Mrs. Meyers, or whatever looks good just because it says it is natural. They vary a lot within the brand and even within the scent choices! Sometimes there will be a product that has a perfect 10 rating, but in another scent it is a 0.

My go-to list of natural store-bought cleaners:

 
Glass Cleaner

Okay, this is one that is so easy (and inexpensive!) to make myself, I usually do. But in a rare instance, I will use:

Method Glass + Surface Cleaner – Mint

EWG Rating: N/A

GoodGuide Rating: 10 (dark green)

 

All Purpose Cleaner

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner – Lemongrass Citrus

EWG Rating: A (Be careful though, because another scent got a D rating.)

GoodGuide Rating: N/A (The free & clear version on this site got an 8 out of 10.)

 
Bathroom Cleaner

Seventh Generation Tub and Tile – Emerald Cypress and Fir

EWG Rating: A

GoodGuide Rating: 8 (dark green)

 

Toilet Cleaner

Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Emerald Cypress and Fir

EWG Rating: A

GoodGuide Rating: 8 (dark green)

 

Lime & Rust Remover

I thought CLR was probably really bad for your health, so I quit using it. But sometimes you just need a little extra and the homemade versions I made didn’t quite cut it. So, I looked up CLR just to see how bad it was. Turns out, it is actually not harmful to your health and has one of the highest safety ratings I have seen!

CLR

EWG Rating: A

GoodGuide Rating: 10 (dark green)

 

Laundry Detergent

Be very careful on these…there is a lot of conflicting information. I usually just make my own. Also, as a side note, I have been recommended to by Dreft, which is baby detergent, and it received an F from EWG and a 0 from GoodGuide. Scary what we are using for our babies’ clothing when we think we are doing right by them! 

Green Shield Organic – USDA Certified Free and Clear Laundry Detergent

EWG Rating: A

GoodGuide Rating: N/A

  

Dish Soap

Eco-Me Dish Soap – Lemon Fresh (Suzy)

EWG Rating: A

GoodGuide Rating: 10 (dark green)

 

Dishwashing Detergent

Seventh Generation Natural Dishwasher Detergent Packs – Free & Clear

EWG Rating: A

GoodGuide Rating: 10 (dark green)

 

Rinse Aid

Seventh Generation Rinse Aid – Free and Clear

EWG Rating: A

GoodGuide Rating: 10 (dark green)

  

Wood Furniture Polish

Eco-Me Wood Cleaner and Polish – Lemon Fresh Scent

EWG Rating: A

GoodGuide Rating: 8 (dark green)

 

In Summary

Switching to natural products is one of the easiest steps you can take in improving your family’s health. Once you find some recipes you like, or use the natural store-bought cleaners, it is as simple as making them when you run out or replacing a brand with a safer alternative. It takes very little willpower (unlike giving up sugar or sticking with an exercise program). I often tell people to start here. Small steps made consistently over time lead to big results!

 

Have you tried any natural store-bought cleaners that you love? Please share!

Jen

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This is for educational purposes only, and not intended as medical advice. As always, please consult a doctor before making any lifestyle or health changes. Affiliate Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, at no additional cost to you, I receive an affiliate commission. I only recommend products or services I believe will be helpful to you. In addition, 50% of the profit from this site, including affiliate commissions, goes to helping those in need. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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