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Non-Toxic Cleaning Products: What’s in My Cabinet

If I could have one wish, outside of winning the lottery and maintaining good health for my family, I would ask a genie in a bottle to grant me a cleaning lady daily. I feel calmer when my house is organized, free of dust bunnies and relatively clean. Since I haven’t seen the big check yet, I’m still looking for ways to keep my house presentable. Now that I embrace a clean lifestyle, it’s not just about eating wholesome foods, keeping active and wearing mineral makeup, it’s also about using non-toxic cleaning products within the home. Many conventional cleaning products have chemicals and other ingredients that are  potentially harmful for our health.

So in an effort to “be well” in our home, when I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, I changed my cleaning routine to find less toxic products and use pantry items. I investigated these through my favorite resource, the Environmental Working Group’s website that ranks single ingredients.

Now, as each season arrives, I look for new products to try. Here’s what’s under our cabinet now.

WHAT'S IN MY CABINET NOW: NON-TOXIC CLEANING PRODUCTS

Non-Toxic Cleaning Products: What’s in My Cabinet Now

Window Cleaner/Granite Countertops/Stainless Steel Appliances

Window Kleener Lavender 22 fl oz Liquid by Earth Friendly Products

Dishwasher Detergent

Seventh Generation Auto Dish Pacs, Free and Clear, 45 Count

Dishwashing Liquid Soap

Ecover – Dishwashing Liquid, Lemon, 32 oz

Hand Soap

EO Products Hand Soap Peppermint & Tea Tree, 12 fl. oz. and doTERRA On Guard Foaming Hand Wash (16 oz) with 2 Dispensers

Homemade Products

Lemon as a sponge, baking soda as a scrub and vinegar & water as a countertop disinfectant. Many DIY products use essential oils that are antibacterial and antiseptic including rosemary, lemon and tea tree oils.

What is your favorite household cleaner?

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11 Comments

  1. Ooh, some great products! I am intrigued by the lemon as a sponge idea! I love lemons and that is by far one of my favorite essential oils and smells in general. I had never thought of using one to clean, brilliant!
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    • Yay. I’m glad you like the lemon sponge idea. I love it. It smells good and works easily. BTW – what do you use lemon oil for? I bought some, just haven’t used it yet.

  2. Great post! I’ve been wanting to shift to using more non-toxic products, so this has been really helpful for me. Plus, I love the idea of simple homemade household cleaners from a money-saving angle too! :)
    Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers recently posted…Happy National Running Day! {Running Survey & Favorites Roundup}

    • I’m glad you liked the post. I make hot water and lemon before breakfast every morning and then throw the fruit in the sink after to use as a sponge. I also love using baking soda as a scrub. It’s simple and cheap. Though, I do carry more conventional cleansers because sometimes it’s just easy to pull out the squirt bottles. I do like these products listed because they are more “health” and less toxic than many of the mainstream brands. Have a great weekend.

  3. First, I am right there with you wanting a cleaning “fairy” to come make my house pretty daily. A girl can always dream. Second, great post on the non-toxic cleaners. I have been buying more non-toxic cleaners within the last 2 years but would love do diy my own. XO
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    • It really isn’t hard to make your own products, but sometimes it’s just easier to buy them at the store. Let’s see…in addition to a cleaning fairy, I would love a plant-based chef. Maybe on Fridays, the chef would make sushi. I would also love a trainer and a PT to stretch me daily. Gosh – I would need more than 24-hours to fulfill all these dreams, right. hahahaha Happy Friday.

  4. Do you purchase online or Whole Foods?
    Kristen recently posted…How I Ditched the Mom Guilt When I Missed Graduation

    • When I started trying out products I bought them largely at Whole Foods. But now that I know what I like, I get them online. Check out the links, most of the products listed can be purchased on Amazon. Even some of these are now in traditional chain stores, too.

  5. I have a bottle that is blue Dawn soap, some vinegar, and some water (not sure of the ratios – I just kind of pour it all in until it seems right, ha) that I use for cleaning almost every surface in the house.
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    • I love all-purpose cleaners especially when they don’t streak. My favorite DIY non-toxic cleaner is the baking soda scrub. Who knew that it was so easy, right? Dump a little baking soda, then use to scour food off pans, etc. Have a great week. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Love this Caryn! I too started switching to non-toxic cleaning products (Better life, Attitude, Method and Pure Haven aka Ava Anderson) and some of these brands also offer a beauty line! Good stuff. Love your blog — keep it up!

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