Clean your house…leave out the toxins

Hey lovelies! I was looking around Apartment Therapy the other day and stumbled upon an old post about cleaning products.  It got me thinking about how I’m always on the hunt for the most all natural and BEST SMELLING stuff around!  I don’t know about you, but growing up, our clean house smells were Bleach, Pinesol (my mom’s favorite), and Ajax.  We all know (and if you still need convincing check this article out) that those old toxic stand by’s are extremely bad for our planet and your families’ health.  So, I’ll share my favorite natural cleaning products with you in the hopes that you’ll share yours! 



Bon Ami Powder Cleanser – I’ve been using this stuff for years and it’s our “go to” scrubbing agent for those down and dirty deep cleaning projects.  We use it on everything from getting my ugly old counter tops as white as can be, to cleaning my pampered chef  pans and scrubbing down the bathtub.  It’s been around for like 120 years or something…so you know it’s gotta be made with good for you stuff!

Seventh Generation Free and Clear is my favorite dish soap.  I love that it’s clear and free of toxins, a far cry from the bright blue Dawn brand I grew up with. 

Toilet bowl cleaner – I use a few different products for the toilet, but the one that gets used most in our bathrooms is the Green Works brand.  I’m not sure how I feel about trusting the Clorox Corporation as a green alternative to my cleaning products, but the label does clearly state there is no bleach and no phosphates in their products.  The label also lists many natural ingredients and the price is pretty awesome for a natural cleaning product.

As far as laundry detergent goes, I love the Method Fresh Air laundry detergent and usually only buy it when it’s on sale…it’s kinda pricey.  All you need is a few pumps from the eco-friendly bottle and your clothes smell amazing!  When I can’t find the Method detergent on sale at Target, my second choice is the J.R. Watkins powder laundry detergent.  This socially responsible and all natural company has been around since 1868, waaay back before phosphates were probably even invented!  I think I just made that last part up.  Anyway, you can get it at Target in the aisle where all the other natural detergents are found. For a little over $8 you can wash up to 80 loads per box!  J.R. Watkins powder laundry detergent is the cheapest all natural product I use.

And last but not least, my favorite smelling all-purpose cleaner of all time …Caldrea for Target (Olive Oil scent).  I buy the big bottle of all purpose solution and use it for almost everything; wiping down counters, the kitchen floor, in the bathroom etc.  Also available in this line at Target is dish detergent, kitchen candles and hand soap, all in my fave Olive Oil scent and in lots of other scents too!

Do you use all natural cleaning products in your home or are you thinking about making the switch?  What are your favorites?  Have you ever tried a product and really didn’t like it?


One thought on “Clean your house…leave out the toxins

  1. Maribel,

    I love Ecos laundry detergent which I can purchase at Costco (cheaper than the Kirkland brand even). It smells soooo good.

    Also, I use Mrs. Meyers Clean Day. I LOVE it. Also not expensive because it is concentrated. I can buy a big bottle for $7.00 and it lasts a long time because you only mix a little with a bottle full of water.

    I’ll check your ideas out. . .

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