A Green Clean
With so many great choices, why wouldn’t you choose eco-friendly products?
Not only is it healthier to clean the home with natural products, it’s also become a lot easier, as new green cleaning brands come onto the market every day, and older, more established ones become more innovative. Here are some of our favorite new launches.
Give Back Earthy is a new company with non-GMO laundry detergent, Pet Stain & Odor Remover and cleansers featuring fresh, unusual scents like cucumber lime and white cedar. (They also feature USDA-certified organic and cruelty-free personal care products.) Earthy will be donating a four-ounce bottle of laundry detergent, dish liquid or other product to food banks around the country, with every full-sized bottle sold. earthy.me
Reduce Plastic Biokleen’s Laundry Liquid is made with plant-based surfactants and packaged in an innovative “eco-bottle”-—a handsome and rustic-looking compostable shell made from recycled plastic. biokleenhome.com
No Waste The Savvy Green Powder Laundry Detergent is biodegradable and super concentrated, which means it is not only cost-effective, it results in 70 percent less packaging, which is great for the environment. It is also fragrance-free and non-irritating on sensitive skin. The packaging is made from recycled materials, it is recyclable and printed with water soluble inks. savvygreen.net
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Save Water Mrs. Meyer’s No Rinse Gel Cleanser comes in two versions: Baking Soda, for polishing stainless and Vinegar, for disinfecting surfaces. It conserves water simply because there’s no need to rinse it off. mrsmeyers.com
Less Is More The latest bio-based Laundry Detergent Packs from Seventh Generation, with no added fragrances or dyes, are also EPA Safer Choice Certified, and they are concentrated, so you don’t need to use as much, and they take up less shelf space. (They also just swapped out their opaque plastic Dish Liquid containers for clear packaging.) seventhgeneration.com
DIY Fresh and Clean Countertop Concentrate
If you want to experiment and make your own countertop cleanser, this easy recipe from Aura Cacia kills germs and leaves the house smelling fresh and clean.
- 1 quart hot water
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 70 drops lemon tea tree essential oil
- 1 tablespoon castile soap
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Use as a cleaning spray for countertops and surfaces. auracacia.com