Organic Household Detergents

Many of us do not realize how toxic our daily household detergents can be!

They contain chemicals, irritants, and pollutants that affect not only sensitive individuals, pregnant women, the elderly, pets, children, and wildlife, but all of us, too! Yet, they are sold in regular grocery stores as harmless products.

 

Conventional detergents contain toxic ingredients and chemicals that are cheap to produce, harsh on us, the planet, and the environment. They are linked with asthma and respiratory damage, skin allergies and irritations, development and reproductive toxicity, posing cancer, and environmental hazards. You can check your current detergent's toxicity rating here at EWG.org 

 To keep our house a healthy place, we need to ditch conventional cleaning products and use natural ones! ​

❌ ​Besides many popular brands such as Clorox, Ajax, Lysol, Mr. Clean, Arm & Hammer, Up&Up, Windex, with products rated F- toxic by ewg.org, there are many "greenwashing" products around.

❌ Greenwashing companies are filling their “natural" products with synthetic petrochemical, oleochemical emollients, thickeners, detergents, fragrances, and preservatives.
Brands such as Method, Safeway, Green Works (a Clorox company), Babyganics, and Mrs.Meyer’s are still classified as toxic by ewg.org, with products classified D and F. ​

 
What to avoid in greenwashing household cleaners?

Many "natural cleaners" contain controversial ingredients mixed in their almost natural formula such as preservatives, dyes, fragrances, surfactants, bleach, alcohol, quats, hydrogen peroxide, or any other harmful chemicals. 

Methylisothiazolinone:  preservative skin sensitizer, linked to allergies, lung, neurological, and organ toxicity. Plus it is very toxic to aquatic life.

 


​ 🍃That’s why I choose to buy from safer, more responsible, and transparent companies that are

USDA Certified Organic, better for us and the planet. They are Biodegradable, and their clear plastic bottles are made by incorporating sugar cane resin which reduces the amount of new petroleum-based plastic being used. ​

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Since there is no government regulation of the words: “organic” or “ natural.” ​I only use USDA Certified Organic products.

 They are a few natural brands, even if they are not certified, they are safer and transparent in their ingredients list and they meet my criteria I approve of them. They are all listed on this page.

 recommend also a few not certified brands that meet my safety criteria.
​ ​💕These are my choices! 

Organic Detergents 

 

That’s why we need to have the right information that allows us to buy a better detergent to protect us, our family, pets, and the environment.  Use your nose and eyes. Read the ingredients list. Avoid fragranced products and colored liquid products.

To be sure that it is really natural, pick a USDA Certified Organic detergent that guarantees it is made with at least 95% organic ingredients, produced in a rigorously eco-friendly way. NO GMOs, pesticides, or toxic ingredients are allowed. A USDA Certified Organic product protects us from conventional toxic brands and at the same time from deceiving greenwashing brands that pretend to be natural, but they are not! Not sure how a USDA Certified Organic Seal looks like? Look here.

Meliora Organic All-Purpose Home Cleaner
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🍃Just add water!This All-Purpose Home Cleaner is your one-stop solution for cleaning the hard surfaces in your home. Floors, walls, countertops - even the greasy fingerprint smudges on the fridge.

This "people-and planet-friendly" cleaner is Vegan, Cruelty-Free, and MADE SAFE Certified. As a Member of 1% for the Planet, 1% of every sale goes towards environmental causes.

🌿Here is how to use their all-purpose home cleaner:

  • Their refillable glass spray bottle comes pre-loaded with one All-Purpose Home Cleaner tablet

  • Remove sprayer and add warm water

  • Close the bottle and shake gently; wait for the tablet to dissolve. Warm water will dissolve the tablet faster than cold water (do not use very hot or boiling water).

  • Spray your All-Purpose Home Cleaner on any hard surface*

  • Wipe until clean and dry for a streak-free finish
    *Always test any stained/finished surface in an inconspicuous spot

  • When empty, add 1 All-Purpose Home Cleaner Refill Tablet to the bottle and repeat the steps above. Every refill tablet eliminates the need for one more single-use plastic bottle. Hooray!

🌿 Here is their difference:

✓MADE-SAFE Certified ✓ Single-Use Plastic-Free ✓ Dye-Free✓ Preservative-Free ✓ Palm-Oil Free ✓ Cruelty-Free ✓ Synthetic Fragrance-Free

 🌱 INGREDIENTS: Vegetable Soap [Potassium Cocoate, Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Water, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil

Molly's Suds Sink Scrub
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🍃Gently scrubs away tough dried food and grease

Helps buff out scratches on kitchen and bathroom surfaces

Trades stinky sink smells for a beautiful, nose-pleasing aroma

Helps gently remove stains from natural stone, ceramic, and porcelain 

Made from naturally-derived ingredients that are safe for your skin, your sink, and the environment

🌿​Sink SCRUB™ comes in three beautiful, aromatic blends. 

  • Beach: a warm, summery fragrance of coconut and salty breeze scents.

  • Lavender: a serene, floral scent of lavender fields in the French countryside.

  • Citrus: a cheering clean of sweet lemon and herbal aroma.

INGREDIENTS: Lavender & Beach:Aluminum-Free Sodium Bicarbonate, *Natural Fragrance. Citrus: Aluminum-Free Sodium Bicarbonate, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

Mama Suds All-Purpose Cleaner Spray 
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🌿There hasn't been a non-toxic household cleaner that has made the colored markers quiver in their box since.... well, never. Grease dissipates at the mere sight of the bottle and germs burst into tears at just the whisper of its name (MamaSuds All-Purpose Cleaner). Bold statements? Absolutely... but just wait until you see this all-natural cleaner in action! 

🍃MamaSuds All-Purpose Cleaner is tough on the crud but safe enough to wash out a potty mouth. Actually, don't do that, it tastes horrendous.

You don't need a special cleaner for every nook and cranny of your home. Sinks, counters, doorknobs, stove-tops, garbage lids, the side of the couch where your mini-me drew a self-portrait.... all you need is this brilliant and effective formula that leaves nothing behind except a faint aroma of pure essential oils.

  • BPA-free and recyclable plastic with a spray top (both made in the USA)

  • Earned gold stars for safety from the Environmental Working Group

  • Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and Vegan by PETA

  • Free of any synthetic ingredients

INGREDIENTS: water, MamaSuds handcrafted Castile Soap (potassium olivate), aloe vera gel juice with non-GMO citric acid*, pure essential oils of clove bud, organic cinnamon leaf, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary.

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CleanWell Botanical Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner 

🍃 In this period we keep our house cleaner and wash our laundry more often.

🌿 CleanWell Botanical Disinfectant All Purpose and Bathroom Cleaners kill over 99.9% of germs, kills cold and flu viruses. No rinsing required, even on food contact surfaces.

EPA registered - Ingredients: Thymol
KILLS specified bacteria, viruses, mildews, or fungi on hard, nonporous surfaces

🌱Wet the surface and just wipe clean.

TO DISINFECT:  Wet the surface and leave for 10 minutes, allowing to air dry. No rinsing required!

CleanWell Botanical Disinfecting Wipes and Sprays are on the EPA’s List N “Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2”. All products included on List N meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 virus, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19

EPA Registration Number: # 84683-3

It is also available for less on Thrive Market

INGREDIENTS: Thymol, Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate (bluestone), CleanWell® Essential Oil Fragrance Blend.

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Miessence  Household Cleaning 

🍃BioPure is a highly concentrated, all-natural household and industrial cleaner containing powerful probiotic bacteria, antioxidants, and enzymes that break down grease, grime, and dirt and neutralize odors.
🍃 BioPure means cleaning without chemicals and its living benefits continue to work even after the initial application.

The probiotic properties of BioPure ensure it is eminently safe for humans and the environment, and uniquely effective as a surface-active agent to ionize and digest organic matter for surface cleaning and odor reduction. Can be used safely in septic systems and is fully biodegradable.

🍃 BioPure can be used as a general-purpose household cleaner, for floors, kitchen surfaces, mold and mildew areas, and bathrooms. BioPure is a probiotic cleaning liquid and works differently from anti-bacterial products, which attempt to kill bad bacteria. BioPure utilizes beneficial bacteria to regenerate and repopulate with healthy bacteria so they can dominate harmful, disease-causing (pathogenic) bacteria. This creates a natural, healthy and clean environment. When used consistently, BioPure prevents the re-emergence of pathogenic bacteria.

INGREDIENTS: aqua (purified water), certified organic molasses, naturally occurring probiotic bacteria and symbiotic yeasts, organic mineral powder, sea salt, certified organic oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, certified organic vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract

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365 Everyday Value, Organic White Vinegar
  • I use it to clean my refregerator and bathroom

  • Brought to you by Whole Foods Market.  The packaging for this product has a fresh new look. During this transition, you may get the original packaging or the new packaging in your order, but the product and quality is staying exactly the same. Enjoy!

  • Our organic vinegar is a pantry superstar. It's not only useful in the kitchen but for every room in the house, even the laundry room.

  • Distilled vinegar is a naturally fat and sodium free food.

  • Clean, deodorize, preserve, freshen.

  • Certified Organic, Certified Kosher, Vegan.

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If You Care Natural Household Gloves

🌸 These are the most eco-friendly Household gloves on the market.

🌸 They are reusable, made with soft natural latex rubber and delicate cotton lining.

Great if you have eczema, that could be provoked by toxic gloves 

These natural gloves are:

  • (FSC) natural rubber, latex

  • 100% natural cotton lining

  • 100% renewable resources

  • Fsc certified ethically sourced latex

  • Packaging-fsc-certified

  • recycled board processed chlorine-free 

  • Biodegradable non-toxic inks and glue box

  • Fair Trade

By using them we are reducing the many gloves that end up to landfills to stay!

🍃💕Organic Holiday cleaning! The Holida
Greenshield Organic  All-purpose 

🍃Organic cleaning! The Holidays are for friends and family coming over to visit us! To keep our house a healthy place, we need to ditch conventional cleaning products and use natural ones! ​
​​​🍃 That’s why I choose to buy from companies that are USDA Certified Organic. 

GreenShield Organic is placed on the podium of winners in the Healthy Cleaning Guide of EWG, their products are rated on the top for safety and transparency.

Their Laundry Detergents, Multi-Purpose, Organic Glass Cleaner, Organic Pet Stain & Odor Remover, and Organic Baby Collection are USDA Certified Organic, Cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny Certified, Vegan, Gluten-free. ​
​ 🍃Also, they are biodegradable, and their clear plastic bottles are made by incorporating sugar cane resin which reduces the amount of new petroleum-based plastic being used. ​​INGREDIENTS: Water, Acetic Acid (Organic), Dead Sea Salt, Ethyl Alcohol (Organic), Organic Fragrance, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid

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Greenerways All-Purpose USDA Certified  Organic Cleaner 

💚Greeenerways_organic was able to create a truly organic line of products for the entire family! 💚All-purpose cleaner, an organic hand cleaner that’s alcohol-free, is made with only 100% organic ingredients, such as organic tea tree oil, organic lemongrass oil, organic orange terpenes oil! They can be used everywhere in your home and when traveling, including on kids’ toys! 💚100% Certified organic, chemical-free, alcohol-free, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, safe for kids and pets, made in the USA. 🌎Their other organic products include USDA certified organic bug repellent, USDA organic lawn, garden insect repellent, and organic wonder balm! 🍃
With a collection like this, who needs conventional products? 😉​

I use to clean my phone, mac, and other  electric equipment

INGREDIENTS: Tea Tree Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Rosemary Oil, Orange Oil, Sucrose Cocoate

usda certified organic multisurface cleaner whole food
USDA Certified Organic Multisurface Cleaner Unscented

​USDA Certified Organic all-purpose cleaner 

  • Made with at least 95 % certified organic ingredients:

  • I'm impressed with the choice of simple and effective ingredients in these products: water, organic soapberry, organic coconut oil, potassium hydroxide, organic honeysuckle as a preservative, organic alcohol, and organic glycerin.

  • Made with Plant-Derived Ingredients. Biodegradable Formula.

  • No Added Fragrances or Dyes. No Added Phosphates, Phthalates, or Chlorine. Not Tested on Animals.

  • Removes Dirt, Grease & Grime.

  • INGREDIENTS: Water, Sapindus Mukorossi (Organic Soapberry) Fruit Extract†, Alcohol (Organic)†, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil† & Potassium Hydroxide, Lonicera Japonica (Organic Honeysuckle) Flower Extract†, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Carbonate, Glycerin (Organic)†.

Mama Suds All-Purpose Cleaner 
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🌿Eight REFILLS packed into one BOTTLE! Save the money and the plastic!

🍃There hasn't been a non-toxic household cleaner that has made the colored markers quiver in their box since.... well, never. Grease dissipates at the mere sight of the bottle and germs burst into tears at just the whisper of its name (MamaSuds All-Purpose Cleaner). Bold statements? Absolutely... but just wait until you see this all-natural cleaner in action! 

🍃MamaSuds All-Purpose Cleaner is tough on the crud but safe enough to wash out a potty mouth. Actually, don't do that, it tastes horrendous.

🍃You don't need a special cleaner for every nook and cranny of your home. Sinks, counters, doorknobs, stove-tops, garbage lids, the side of the couch where your mini-me drew a self-portrait.... all you need is this brilliant and effective formula that leaves nothing behind except faint aroma of pure essential oils.

INGREDIENTS: water, MamaSuds handcrafted Castile Soap (potassium olivate), aloe vera gel juice with non-GMO citric acid*, pure essential oils of clove bud, organic cinnamon leaf, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary.

Dr. Bronner’s Cherry Blossom Soap is her
Dr. Bronner Organic Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Cherry Blossom Soap is here! 😍I replaced my hand cleaner, body soap, dish detergent, kitchen detergent, bathroom cleaner, floor cleaner, shower cleaner, beauty cleaner for make-up brushes and sponges, hand washing laundry, and as soap while traveling, all with this one organic pure-bastille liquid soap in Cherry Blossom. Dr Bronner's 🍒 It’s all that you need. It will save you money and space. ​
​​💖To wash your hair brushes, you just need a few drops of Dr. Bronner soap and a toothbrush and some water and they are like new!✨
🌸Their new version smells so good and there is also an unscented baby version. Since it is super concentrated, you need very little. ​
​🌿Pure -Castile Liquid Soap is biodegradable made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients such as organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil. 100% post-consumer recycled bottle. Non-GMO verified, cruelty-free and Vegan. 🍒Are ready to smell like a cherry?
​​updates: I recommend some versions of dr. Bronner's detergents. Only the ones where fragrance ingredients are listed. 

Greenshield Organic Glass Cleaner 
The majority of cleaning products you wi

The majority of cleaning products you will find at conventional grocery stores or online are chemically based and have strong artificial scents and harsh ingredients.🙊 They are mainly chemicals and even their bright colors look so unnatural.🙈 Check your current glass cleaner toxicity rate on ewg.org. You will find there all the popular brands such as Windex, Clorox, CVS, Up & Up, and Glass Plus, all with a very low rating. 
​ ​ ​💖🌎As an environmentalist, for me, it is important that the cleaning products I use are made respecting nature, animals, and are made with eco-friendly ingredients. 🌿This is the only USDA certified organic glass cleaner I was able to find. USDA Certified Organic means that it needs to be at least 95% organic and it has to pass strict environmental rules. Only USDA certified organic products can display this logo. ​
🍃Made by GreenShield Organics with only natural ingredients: Water, Acetic Acid (Organic), Ethyl Alcohol (Organic), Organic Fragrance. That’s it~🍃no harsh chemicals🍃no GMOs🍃hypoallergenic🍃no animal testing🍃fragranced using organic essential oils🍃100% recyclable bottles made with sustainable sugar cane🍃safer for kids and pets and you know what…it cleans perfectly fine without the need for conventional ingredients✨It has also a delicate scent! It is great to turn your home more organic!🌺🌸🌱🌿🌺🌷

organic non toxic rust remover
Fit Organic Remover Rust Lime Calcium

The majority of crust removers are chemically based and have strong artificial scents and harsh ingredients.🙊 They are mainly chemicals and even their bright colors look so unnatural.🙈

Check the ingredients!  

​ ​ ​💖🌎As an environmentalist, for me, it is important that the cleaning products I use are made respecting nature, animals, and are made with eco-friendly ingredients.

🌿This is the only  natural  rust remover on th emarket and it is also USDA certified organic .

USDA Certified Organic means that it needs to be at least 95% organic and it has to pass strict environmental rules. Only USDA certified organic products can display this logo. ​

  • Rust Remover

  • Lime Calcium

🍃INGREDIENTS: Water, Organic Citric Acid, Organic Berry Saponins, Organic Glycerin, Organic Ethyl Alcohol, Organic Eucalyptus Oil.

❌Not recommended brand:
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Not recommended brand:

Branch Basics The Concentrate, I don't recommend this because it has a controversial ingredient!

INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Chamomile Extract, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Phytate.

Sodium Phytate in-household cleaners according to EWG.org  Phosphates in detergent cause lake pollution and eutrophication.
Why do we need to pay $50 for a cheap detergent made with sodium phytate responsible for polluting our lakes??!

I prefer Dr. Bronner's: for only $12 you can use it as personal care and household cleaner including dishwashing, safer ingredients, and no lakes pollution.

Sure it is better than Clorox, but why spend all that money on something that is just ok and also associated with general ecotoxicity concerns by ewg.org.

I wish bloggers out there would make more responsible recommendations.

Conclusion:

❌ GREENWASHING, POLLUTING, GREAT MARKETING

❌Not recommended brand:
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Not recommended brand:

Force Of NatureI don't recommend this because it has a controversial ingredient!

 

This is a disinfectant, not a household cleaner since its formulation generates a form of chlorine!!

 

Even though it is much less than in a conventional bleach it is still chlorine!

In fact, the company states: "Those individually allergic to Chlorine should avoid direct contact as it may cause irritation with symptoms of redness, itching, and swelling."

Even you are not allergic to it, you are still breathing and touching chlorine. I find chlorine to be also not eco-friendly!

Their chlorine is in their Hypochlorous acid (HOCI) and Sodium Hydroxide (aka Caustic soda) that is formed during the electrolysis of vinegar, salt, and water. 

Chlorine and caustic soda sound eco-friendly to you?

 

1. First sign of greenwashing.

They claim it is only salt, water, and vinegar.

Their full ingredients list is not easy to find!

But in reality, the ingredient list is reported in their safety data sheet:

INGREDIENTSWater, sodium chloride (salt), Hypochlorous Acid HOCl, Sodium Hydroxide NaOH, aka Caustic soda.

Hypochlorous Acid and Sodium Hydroxide mixture.

​It sounds much more aggressive, less eco-friendly, and safer!

2. Second sign of greenwashing.

"Force of Nature is gentle, hypoallergenic, and fine to use without gloves." 

SAFETY DATA SHEETChemical Name: Hypochlorous Acid, Sodium Hydroxide
Formula: H20; NaCl; HOCl; NaOH

Hazardous Decomposition Products: Hypochlorous Acid decomposes into chlorine. 

Skin Contact: Those individually allergic to Chlorine should avoid direct contact as it may cause irritation with symptoms of redness, itching, and swelling.

It is not gentle or hypoallergenic!! 

 

Let's analyze their ingredients:

 

Sodium Hydroxide

According to Wikipedia drops of Sodium Hydroxide  NaOH solutions can readily decompose...which consequently cause chemical burns and may induce permanent blindness upon contact with eyes. Sodium Hydroxide is called also CAUSTIC SOD

 

Hypochlorous Acid 

According to Wikipedia  the ingredient Hypochlorous Acid HOCl  is a weak acid that forms when chlorine dissolves in water 

It is not the same as bleach; it has a different chemical composition than bleach. 

Hypochlorous acid is considered safe until it is diluted  with water 

  • Bleach (sodium hypochlorite): NaOCl 

  • Hypochlorous Acid: HOCl

Hypochlorous acid reacts slowly with DNA and RNA as well as all nucleotides in vitro.

Storage issues: Most hypochlorous acid water has a short shelf life and is not suitable to keep for a long time. Electrolyzed alkaline ionized water loses its potency fairly quickly, so it cannot be stored for long.

3.Third sign of