• Ashley Goldman

My Favorite Non-Toxic, Non-Harmful Cleaning Products


Truth be told I am a total clean freak. Everything has a place and a purpose in our home and I have always been wired to keep my surroundings clean. But I knew that I wanted to ensure my cleaning products didn’t just clean well, but were safe for my family. The EPA reported this year that “a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. The EPA also notes that people spend about 90% of their time indoors. And indoor air pollution is one risk that we can actually do something about! As a work-from-home mom, Porter and I spend most of our days at home, and I knew with him putting everything in his mouth that I wanted cleaners that would be SAFE for him.


In the United States alone 80,000 chemicals were approved for use by the TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) and yet only 200 of the toxins were tested for human safety. This is alarming. Once hearing this information, I knew it was up to us as consumers to do the research and find companies that had the safety of its customers in mind. After some trial and error, these are the brands and their products that we found work best and also have human-friendly ingredients.


1. Seventh Generation

What I love about Seventh Generation is that they are super accessible— you can find them at most major stores such as Walmart and Target. Their products are safe and rate very well on the EWG app. They are also a B Corp business meaning the work they do is good for people and the planet. My favorite products from them are:


2. Ecos

These are thoughtfully created cleaners that work great and are safer for not just humans, but the planet as well. Ecos products are made in four carbon-neutral plants that enables them to keep prices low and quality high. They are also manufacturing using Zero-Waste guidelines in 100% renewable energy facilities. We especially love their laundry detergent and find that it is surprisingly cost-effective. My favorite products from them are:


3. Puracy

Alright, I LOVE this company. I just started using their products recently, and they have impressed me. They are a small family owned company that started just SIX years ago and has completely taken off. Their goal was to create clean products that actually WORK, and I am here to attest that they DO!


They are extremely transparent on their website about their ingredients and do a great job explaining why certain things are in their products. Some of the products I have used from Puracy are now my all time favorites; I love their shampoo, conditioner, and baby wash. As far as cleaning products go, these are my go-to’s:


4. Better Life

This is a plant-based cleaner that works just as well as chemical-filled ones. They have specific products for different things such as screen cleaner, stainless steel cleaner and nursery disinfecting spray. I personally have only used their dish soap, but absolutely loved it and felt like it really cleaned our greasy pans!


5. Biokleen

This is another great green company that has clean ingredients! Their products require less water, less packaging and less energy to ship. Their products are ultra concentrated which allows them to save water in the manufacturing process while providing more cleaning power to the consumer. Plus, this extra concentration means I don’t have to use as much and I can make their products last a while. I have found this brand at Whole Foods and on Amazon. Here’s what I love from Biokleen:


6. Molly Suds

I love the mission and story behind this brand. A mama started this company after having a stillbirth with her daughter “Molly.” She became super passionate about learning about the toxins in our environment and how they can be transmitted through pregnancy and breastfeeding to our babies. She founded the company in hopes to educate others of the products they are using and hoe it affects their health. You gotta love a company with a good mission + heart! We love using these products:


7. Vinegar

Ask me what my favorite cleaning supply is and I will tell you vinegar! If you can tolerate the smell, plain ole white vinegar is one of the most effective and affordable ways to clean your whole home. Vinegar kills over 80% of viruses and bacteria, making this cleaning product one of my staples.


I put a 1/4 cup of vinegar in the dishwasher if it starts to smell a little funky, use it on my counter tops for a disinfectant spray (you can mix 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for a simple spray solution), and I even use it to clean the toilets (simply place a 1/2 cup of vinegar in the toilet and scrub). To make the smell more tolerable, add in your favorite citrus essential oil like lemon.


In closing, I want to note that there is a lot of GREEN WASHING happening in our country right now. It has become very trendy to buy “non-toxic” cleaning products for ourselves and our home, but please be aware that not everything is as clean as the label claims. The FDA does NOT regulate the word “natural,” so unfortunately, that word rarely means anything. Also, under the 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act, the EPA “can’t require chemical companies to prove the safety of their products.” This means it is up to individual companies to do their own safety testing on their products. Whether they actually do that or not is in their hands.


As a consumer it is SO important to support companies you trust and that are transparent about what’s in their products. We have to realize that just because it is sold at Whole Foods or in the “natural” section at Target, does not mean that it is safe. Research, then research some more, until you find a good company with safe ingredients. I truly believe a house free of toxins is one of the greatest gifts we could give our family.


Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/food/food-labeling-nutrition/use-term-natural-food-labeling

https://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/annualReports/pcp08-09rpt/PCP_Report_08-09_508.pdf

https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/toxic-substances-control-act-tsca-and-federal-facilities

https://www.nsf.org/newsroom/reliable-and-scientific-tips-for-cleaning-with-vinegar