Natural cleaning products – five of the best
Cleaning can be a hazardous pursuit! Many of the ingredients in conventional products are far from clean. They can pollute the air, effect wildlife, harm your skin and contribute to poor health.
If you’re not ready to embrace the bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), lemons and vinegar brigade or don’t have time to make your own products, then there are lots of eco friendly products to choose from.
Here are some of my favourites.
Maison Belle bath
Maison belle biodegradable cleaning products are effective and non-toxic. Their household cleaner can be used on sinks, tiles, toilets and taps. Scented with essential oils, this special formula leaves your bathroom smelling naturally clean. Simply spray and wipe, with no need to rinse!
Method daily shower
Method’s natural shower cleaner can be sprayed on the tiles and shower cubicles after each shower to prevent soap scum and dissolve mildew and hard water stains.
With method daily shower spray, you’ll never have to scrub your shower again. You won’t have to scrub, wipe, or rinse – just spray it on and leave to work its magic.
Natural house window spa
Natural House Cleaner for glass and windows is made of 91% Certified Organic ingredients, plus natural plant derived extracts. It will give your glass surfaces a sparkling clear look with no smearing, without the use of any harsh chemicals.
Window Spa is certified Organic by the Soil Association and approved by the Vegan Society.
Daylesford lavatory cleaner
Daylesford concentrated lavatory cleaner is biodegradable, safe and effective, and will not affect the actions of septic tanks or cesspits. The ingredients are renewable, ethically sourced, and contain no animal by-products.
Bentley organic kitchen and surface cleaner
Bentley organic kitchen and surface cleaner naturally and hygienically cleans all hard washable surfaces.
With a fresh orange scent it leaves all surfaces sparkling clean and without unnecessary chemical residue. This product is certified by the Soil Association.
Do you have a favourite natural cleaning product to reccomend?
I like Method’s loo cleaner, it’s the best eco-cleaner for this purpose I’ve come across yet. My daughter is a little disappointed however, she likes making fizz bombs with vinegar and bicarb!
@Goo: Hi Goo, good to hear a recommendation for the Method toilet cleaner. Sorry to hear your daughter misses out though; perhaps her job could be to keep the sinks unblocked with a once weekly fizz bomb flush through!
Hi Mrs. Green- thanks for such a helpful post! I just switching over to the “green side” and am trying to find as many tips as possible. However, I was wondering what the price difference is between the home made products and the bought ones? I know the home-made would be cheaper, but are they even comparable in quality?
Thanks for the help, go green!
@Green Cleaning: I just saw that you asked about pricing on green cleaning products. I am really trying to “go green” in cleaning right now, but some of the store bought ones are so expensive, but I recently found this site, http://www.greencupboards.com, and it is kind of like the Costco of green products. They have a whole bunch of great cleaning and personal care products in bulk, and most of them are also heavily concentrated, so they last a really long time! The pricing seems high at first, but I have begun to save a lot, buying green products in bulk.
I would definitely recommend the method products, as well as, Howard Naturals. Both work great.
@Green Cleaning: Hi Green cleaning, glad to see you are making the switch too 🙂
As for cost; I find home made to be much cheaper – you are not paying for packaging or the convenience of someone making the product for you.
So if you can invest time and energy, you will save money.
As for quality; I find for most jobs, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar are as good as anything else! When it comes to tougher things like grease or grime, a shop bought product can have the edge.
I’ll soon be doing a series of videos trialling conventional and eco friendly cleaning products side by side – it should be interesting and I’ll be doing them live!
have you found some brands you like?
@Karissa Jean: Thank you for your comment Karissa and for sharing that information with Green Cleaning. It’s good to bring awareness of other products and sites.
Do you ever make your own cleaning products or do you prefer to buy eco friendly ones?
Hi, Mrs. Green. What about Citra Solv? Their products are natural, biodegradable, work well and smell terrific! They’re also not that expensive and you can easily download coupons from their website.
@Erica: Hello Erica, welcome to the site. Thanks for your recommendation of Citra Solv. I’ve not personally used it, but I have heard lots of good reports, so good to hear of another vote for them!
Methods Natural House is a good soap to use for window cleaning. The one thing that you need to make sure is not to use too much soap in your water. A quick squirt of soap in a 3 gallon bucket should be enough. Too much suds no matter how good the soap is will leave suds. I also found that Natural House gives your squeegee really good glide, helping you clean windows faster and better.
@Brian: Hello Brian, welcome to the site and thanks for your advise. Mr Green tends to think that foam means clean, but I see foam means lots of rinse water and streaking no matter what!