Keeping your home neat and clean is as important as finding the right furnishings and décor to fill it. After all, who cares about that antique vase you found on your trip to France if it is covered in dust? But the choice of which household cleansers to use is endless, and some have been known to contain toxic chemicals and ingredients that are extremely harsh. Here, we’ve come up with some of our favorite natural brands and products with which to keep your home bright and shiny. Plus, by using these lines you will be helping to keep the earth clean as well.
As the leading brand of green cleaners, Seventh Generation has a full line of household cleaners to keep your whole home spotless, including all-purpose cleaners, disinfectants, laundry detergents, dishwashing products, shower cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner and much more. Seventh Generation has been around for 20 years, paving the way for environmentally responsible and chemical-free households. Additionally, Seventh Generation donates 10 percent of their profits to nonprofit community, health, environmental and responsible business organizations who work toward positive change. www.seventhgeneration.com.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day
Founded by Thelma Meyer who was inspired to create household products with fragrances that resembled those in her garden, Mrs. Meyer (also a mother of nine) created a line of household cleaning products that are biodegradable, cruelty-free, safe for pregnant women, pets and babies and that use natural ingredients deriving from sugar cane, corn, coconut and palm. The scents of the products are also divine, and range from basil to lavender to Iowa pine. www.mrsmeyers.com.
This brand of eco-friendly products gets our award for convenience, as the line is available at shopping destinations like Target, Safeway, Whole Foods, Costco and more. As one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, Method not only makes products that are all-natural and good for the earth, but they also smell great too. Method doesn’t go for the bleach-clean smell; instead, they offer products with fresh, fruity and herb-like fragrances. The brand carries laundry detergents, all-purpose cleaners, wood cleaners, antibacterial wipes and more. www.methodhome.com.
Make Your Own
A big trend is to make your own cleaners with essential oils. Choose lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus or lavender essential oil to create a multi-use cleaner that will purify your home with fresh, sweet and wholesome scent. A newly-mopped floor should smell fresh, not harsh. Wipe away grime with this gentle yet effective three-ingredient cleaner.