So which green cleaning products actually work? Straight from a friend in San Francisco, who’s had a housecleaning business for over 10 years and has extensively field-tested them all, here are the best green cleaning products for cleaning your house, toxic-chemical-free:
I found most of these at the local supermarket.
I bought Mrs. Meyer’s countertop cleaner (lavendar) and it works great. Also bought the dish washing liquid (basil), it also works great.
But the real revelation was Mrs. Meyer’s dishwasher detergent.
Mrs. Meyer’s automatic dishwasher detergent consists of little packets the size of two thumbs, full of white powder. (They look illegal.) You put one in the dishwasher compartment. It works as well as — if not better than — Cascade with all the rinse chemical-fixins.
I did not expect that: never thought something “green” could actually work. It’s brilliant. It’s all I use now.
More choices for green cleaning products For other green cleaning products, here’s a great link from outside of Seattle containing a list of non-toxic versions of everything from air fresheners to upholstery cleaners to pipe-unclogger to slug stopper (?! really). Only thing is, “non-toxic” doesn’t necessarily mean chemical-free, so while these lists are helpful, they don’t absolve any of us from research and label-reading.
Still, a helpful place to start:
If you have favorite ‘greeners’ that are time tested and you really believe in them, please post them below. I’ll try anything, especially if it won’t kill my new, young, growing ash tree that lives near the “outgoing” drainage pipe at my place. (Also, my dog eats things off surfaces she shouldn’t, so I’d like to keep it real for her too.) Green cheers to all.