My Current Green Cleaning Routine
As a green blogger, I am constantly testing out new products and trying new things. BUT, there are certain products I go back to again and again, products that withstand the test of time because they just work.
When it comes to green cleaning, I usually make my own products and have tons of DIY Cleaning recipes that are easy, cheap and effective! But in a pinch, I do rely on storebought cleaning products and try to find those that are as eco-friendly, natural and effective as possible.
I typically buy green cleaning products from Amazon or Thrive Market. Though I’ve been recently turned onto two different all-natural cleaning concentrate lines that I’m completely enamored with.
The first is Supernatural. Admittedly, this is a pretty expensive splurge, but the packaging is easily the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, the products are made with super-effective essential oils (read: they smell amazing) and potent plant-based ingredients, as in they’re the kind of toxin-free household products you can actually feel good about using, and the reusable bottles are great for the environment! You could also save $35 and just use your own bottles and buy their concentrates, which include one for the bathroom, one for glass, one for wood, and one for countertops. Get 4% cash back when you shop through Ebates.
The second line of concentrates is much more affordable, but not quite as clean and pure ingredient-wise, though still far and above conventional cleaning products. Grove Collaborative’s concentrates are formulated with plant-derived ingredients and scented with 100% natural essential oils, and work like gangbusters. They’ve got an All Purpose Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, and Tub & Tile Cleaner, all for just $7.95. PLUS, use my link to get a FREE Cleaning Concentrates Bundle, which includes Grove Cleaning Concentrates (3 pack), Grove Glass Spray Bottle, Grove Caddy, Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges, Free Shipping & VIP Trial!
Alright, if neither of those are for you, or you’re looking for a specific product, here are the non-toxic products that are currently part of my green cleaning routine, as of February 2019.
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If you’re going to DIY cleaning products, I recommend getting your essential oils at Plant Therapy–their oils are 100% pure, free from any additives, adulterants, or dilutions. Their essential oils come in varieties like synergies, singles, organic, and pre-diluted roll-ons, and their facility is USDA Certified Organic. Their prices are also super reasonable, plus you can get 10% off your order of $50 or more sitewide with the coupon code ROOT10!
Glass + Window Spray: DIY Glass Cleaner
Hardwood Floor Cleaner: DIY Floor Cleaner
Carpet Cleaner: DIY Carpet Cleaning Solution
Dusting Spray: DIY Dust + Furniture Polish Cleaner
Hand Sanitizer Spray: Cleanwell
Steam Mop: Light’n’Easy 5-In-1 Electric Floor Mop–it’s a Floor Steam Cleaner, Handheld Garment Steamer, Carpet Cleaner, and Window Cleaner!
Vacuum: You know you’re old when you get so excited about a vacuum. But the Shark Rotator TruePet Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum is truly amazing and gets up pet hair around the house like nobody’s business!
Granite Cleaning Spray: Better Life Natural Granite and Stone Cleaner, Pomegranate & Grapefruit or my DIY Granite Cleaner
Hand Soap: I alternate between soaps based on what scent I’m craving at the moment, but my faves are Everyone Hand Soap, Meyer Lemon + Mandarin and Puracy Natural Liquid Hand Soap in Lavender/Vanilla
Paper Towels: Seventh Generation Unbleached 100% Recycled Paper Towels
Sponges: Twist Scrub Sponges
Sponge Cloth: Amala Magic Sponge Cloth (it’s Biodegradable, Vegan, NON-GMO)
Scrub Brush: OXO SteeL Soap Dispensing Dish Brush
Dishwasher Detergent: I used to use Seventh Generation, but noticed a film left on our glasses. I recently switched to Nature Clean Automatic Dishwasher Pacs and have been very pleased!
Glass Spray Bottles: Sally’s Organics Glass Spray Bottles are glass, white and chic!
Grill Cleaner: DIY Grill Cleaner
Bathroom Spray: GreenShield Organic USDA Certified Organic Bathroom Cleaner or my DIY Bathroom Cleaner
Toilet Cleaner: DIY Toilet Bombs or Thrive Market Toilet Cleaner, Tea Tree & Eucalyptus
Mold Remover: DIY Mold Remover
Toilet Paper: Seventh Generation 100% Recycled Toilet Paper
Laundry Detergent: Grab Green Natural 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent Pods, Lavender with Vanilla, or Molly Suds Laundry Powder, or ATTITUDE’s laundry detergent (I also love ATTITUDE’s baby bath)–smells amazing! Use the code ROOT10 for $10 off your first purchase at ATTITUDE.
Dryer Sheets: These are so incredibly toxic, and I made the switch years ago to DIY Wool Dryer Balls and have never looked back!
Bleach: Since I never use bleach in my house because it’s so toxic, I love these Grab Green Natural Non-Chlorine Bleach Alternative Pods.
Stain Remover: White Vinegar. Yes, really. This works as well as any stain remover I’ve tried. I usually pour vinegar directly on the stain to spot treat. And for really tough stains, I’ll scrub some Dr. Bronner’s castile soap into the stain as well. Works like a charm, I swear!
Stain Remover: Nature’s Miracle Dog Stain and Odor Remover
Kitty Litter: This is the litter box we use, and I haven’t found a good natural cat litter, so we use Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat Clump & Seal Clumping Litter.
But to control odors, we love NonScents Cat Litter Deodorizer and then the Litter Genie has made the actual act of scooping poop so much easier! We use these Litter Genie Ultimate Cat Litter Odor Control.
Car Cover: To keep my car clean from Finch’s never-ending stream of drool while she’s in the car, I love the BarksBar Original Pet Seat Cover for Cars.
**Note: While most of my cleaning products are natural, safe and non-toxic products, I’m a firm believer in balance and I’ve found that natural living doesn’t have to be all or nothing in order to have a profound impact, both on your health and the environment. And so there are a few traditional products that I’ve gone back to, even though they’re not the “greenest” or “cleanest”. My goal is to reduce my toxic load where I can, not be perfect.
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