Something that I have learned in the 7 years of cleaning with non-toxic products is that store bought “green”, “natural” and “plant based” cleaners are still just as toxic as the basic Clorox or Windex bottle, if not worse! Just because something has the label “green” or “plant based” doesn’t mean that they are. Those are just great buzz words for the people looking to go green. It’s so important to READ the label and RESEARCH the ingredients so you know what you’re using in your home and subjecting your children and/or pets to.
“Read and research, you say? Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
I hear ya. That’s why I love the Environmental Working Group. They rate cleaners and skin care products to let you know how toxic or clean they are. The lower the score (1-10) for cleaners and higher the letter grade (A-F) for skin care, the better. All cleaners I use for my cleaning service are all rated with a 1. We don’t use anything higher than a 1. Ever. The EWG has an app you can use to scan products but it’s geared for skin care and food.
If you’re out shopping and want to check on a skin care or cleaning product at the store to see how toxic or clean it is, download the Think Dirty App. They’ll give you a number of toxicity. The lower the score, the cleaner the product is.
So, what do we use for our cleaning service and my personal home cleaners??
- I absolutely LOVE Puracy Multi Purpose Cleaner. I get their concentrated cleaner on Amazon and it’s done wonders!
- Dr. Bronner’s makes and amazing concentrated soap called Sal’s Suds. I use this is very dirty floors, carpet stains, soap scummed showers and tubs, and the list goes on.
- Eco-Me makes a great floor cleaner that’s safe for all floor types. They have Lemon and Herbal Mint. I get tons of compliments on the smell of the Herbal Mint!
- I make my own glass cleaner using 3 parts white distilled vinegar and 1 part rubbing alcohol or 100 proof vodka. This is also great for getting smells out of furniture and sanitizing surfaces.
- I make my own wood cleaner using 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil and 20 drops of lemon essential oil. Shake before each spray. Spray directly on surface and using a wet microfiber towel (wrung well- not dripping), wipe surface with the grain of the wood.
- For toilet bowl cleaner, I love the Seventh Generation Emerald Cypress & Fur. It smells great and works wonders. If there are stains in the toilet, I use a scotch brite pad and baking soda and HAND scrub.
- Stainless steel cleaner can be tricky. I mostly use stainless steel towels by E-Cloth. They work great on getting basic smudges out but when stainless steel is very streaky with marks that won’t otherwise come out, we rub a little bit of olive oil on it and buff with a microfiber towel with the direction of the grain.
- Got lime build-up? CLR works great. You can guy it in bulk and it’s rated a 1!
- We wash our towels with chlorine-free bleach and use Dropps laundry detergent. We have them on auto-ship and I love that there’s no waste whatsoever.
I hope all of this helps you make great decisions when it comes to what you’re using in your home. If you don’t want to do the work, we will. Give us a call anytime! 239-410-8907.
Good luck on your journey for a cleaner life!