I'm not exactly a clean freak. In fact, I wouldn't be sorry to give up cleaning forever. That said, I have found that making an effort to use safe, environmentally friendly cleaning products does make the process a little easier. Gone are the harsh, toxic products that I used to use years ago and instead my home is stocked with naturally fresh smelling products that still are tough on dirt and grime.
Whole Foods Organic Laundry Detergent - This newish line of cleaning products sold under the Green Mission™ label (pictured above) is USDA certified organic and garners the highest rating on Whole Food's Eco-Scale rating system for cleaning products. My first reaction was that the watery liquid (based on organic soap nuts) wouldn't really clean my clothes but I after putting the detergent to the test, I was pleasantly pleased with the results. $13.99 for 100 oz (100 HE or 66 standard loads).
Thumbs up: Full ingredient list on label. Scores well on the EWG Healthy Cleaning Database. Love the subtle lavender scent. The Organic Dishwasher Gel is a winner too.
Second thoughts: Despite the claims, a grease stain is tough to remove with this detergent even after pre-treating (stain remover is still my best friend in the laundry room). This thin liquid detergent is easy to overpour. I marked the lid with a sharpie pen to keep better track of the dosage.
Honest Multi Surface Cleaner - Cleaning is not such a bad chore when you are spraying this yummy grapefruit scented cleaner around your house. If you haven't checked out the sweet, safe products from The Honest Company yet, I encourage you to do so STAT. $5.95 for 24 oz.
Thumbs up: Non-toxic and biodegradable. A true multi-purpose product. Did I mention the scent?
Second thoughts: Products are available online only.
BioKleen Bac-Out Bathroom Cleaner - Natural enzyme-producing cultures are what helps this product kick butt in the bathroom. $7.50 for 32 oz.
Thumbs up: Food grade lime extract and lavender essential oil make this product smell good enough to eat, even while it attacks mold and mildew stains and odors.
Second thoughts: Full ingredient list is not specified and therefore the product rates poorly on the EWG Healthy Cleaning Guide.
Better Life Einshine - My fridge was shining pretty after using this streak-free, eco-friendly stainless spray. That is until the kids messed it up again. $6.99 for 16 oz.
Thumbs up: The non-toxic formula is free of icky fumes and fake fragrances.
Second thoughts: Is there any way to fingerprint-proof a fridge?
What are your favorite green cleaning products?
(Disclosure: I was sent free samples of a few Whole Foods Market Green Mission products as well as a sample of EinShine. All other products were bought on my own dime. There are a couple of affiliate links in this post.)