There’s an ever-growing array of eco-friendly cleaning products on the market, all of which ditch chemicals and harsh scents (remember Pledge?) in favor of natural, plant-derived ingredients and essential oils. We particularly like those that do double (or triple) duty, safe for use all over the house: on counters, tile, floors, and bathrooms, and even (in some cases) dishes and laundry. As one such company says, these solutions leave “a clean you can actually eat off of”—good news for the kitchen in particular. Here are 13 favorite cleanings solutions on the market, eco edition.
Above: Our latest discovery: UK-based Kinn, a clean beauty, cleaning, and laundry company from a mother-daughter team. Their Eco-Friendly Lavender and Rosemary Kitchen Cleaner, for example, is made of plant-based ingredients and essential oils (as the duo says: “We choose our essential oils for their natural anti bacterial qualities. We don’t like synthetic fragrances at Kinn, so we use only pure essential oils”). The cleaner is £4.25. Above: Supernatural deals in “conscious home care powered by plants,” and in small sizes: each of their targeted cleaning solutions (one for Counters and Granite, one for Wood and Floors, one for Glass and Mirrors, and one for Bath and Tile) is $10 and comes in tiny concentrated amounts, ready to be mixed with water for use. Above: Australian company Murchison-Hume, a Remodelista go-to for natural cleaning products, offers a Counter Safe All-Purpose Cleaner—free of ammonia, bleach, and dyes—for $9. Above: Another Remodelista favorite, The Laundress, has ventured from laundry essentials to the rest of the home. Their All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate ($12) is made with natural, nontoxic ingredients and is biodegradable. It can be used to mop the floors or clean the bathroom, they say; since it’s so concentrated, one bottle equals up to 32 uses. Above: Ode to Clean specializes in all-purpose, 100 percent plant-based wipes that “leave a clean you can actually eat off of.” (They’re toxin- and fragrance-free, so they’re also safe to use on pet’s paws.) To start, we like The Ode to Clean Kit, which includes one refillable BPA-free dispenser and two packs of the cleaning wipes; $19.99. Above: J. R. Watkins offers All-Purpose Cleaners in six natural scents, from lemon to grapefruit, all of them chemical-free; $4.99 each. Above: With only four ingredients and five times the strength of household vinegar (one of our favorite all-purpose cleaning agents) the Eco-Pioneer Concentrated Pure Vinegar Cleaner can be used all over the house and garden (tips here). It also comes in a reusable amber glass container; $9.29 from Well.ca.