Possibly the hardest part of switching to greener cleaners is deciding which ones to buy. Once you have a tried-and-true cleaning favorite, it's hard to bother to switch to something new. Luckily, I've done all that annoying research plus trial-and-error stuff for you. In the next couple of weeks I'll be introducing you to all of my favorite green cleaners. There are definitely others out there that work. These are just the ones that I've tried that have worked for me.
My Kitchen Cleaners
Kitchen table and counters
- Vinegar in a spray bottle (diluted or not): vinegar naturally disinfects and gets rid of yucky smells
- Seventh Generation all-purpose or disinfecting spray (occasionally)
- Bon Ami
- I'm sure baking soda would work well too
- I spray with vinegar or Seventh Generation disinfecting spray if raw meat/eggs were used
- Seventh Generation
- Method and Seventh Generation were both top-rated by Consumer Reports for dish soaps
- More ideas for green dish soaps HERE
- Bio-Kleen's Citrus Automatic Dish Powder, based on this review by Green Baby Guide. Please note that I do not recommend the Free and Clear version (which I tried, and it was horrible), just the citrus-y one.
Information about My Cleaners
- Seventh Generation is a green company that discloses all ingredients on product labels and on its website. You can buy their cleaners at Target, Whole Foods or Amazon. I appreciate that Seventh Generation has great coupons.
- Biokleen is a green company that disclose all ingredients on product labels and/or on its website. I buy Biokleen at Whole Foods or online.
- Method is also a green company that is rated highly by GoodGuide and others - but they do often have "fragrance" as an ingredient, and I try to avoid products that list fragrance as an ingredient. Method's Go Naked line has no fragrance or artificial colors, so that's what I most often buy. Method does list on their website many ingredients that their products do not contain. You can buy their cleaners at Target, Whole Foods or Amazon.
- I buy Bon Ami at Whole Foods or Amazon. Click HERE for info on Bon Ami's heath effects/ ingredients.
- I buy Murphy's Oil Soap at Target or online. It is widely available at grocery and drug stores. Click HERE for info on Murphy's Oil Soap's heath effects/ ingredients.
Want to know what's in your favorite cleaner? Click HERE and enter your cleaner in the "Quick Search" or click on a Category.
The complete Green Cleaning Series:
- 10 Benefits of Green Cleaning
- DIY Cleaning Recipes
- How to Identify a Green Cleaner
What are your favorite green cleaners for the kitchen? Feedback and dissenting opinions welcome.
25 Feb 2011. I added a little note above about dishwasher detergent, after my friend and I both had a terrible experience with Biokleen's Free and Clear Automatic Dish Powder. Maybe it just didn't work with our water? Who knows.