Above: As a New Englander I grew up with Dr. Bronner’s soaps all around the house, from the bath to the utility closet. Their Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner ($8.99) is made from plant-based ingredients and “natural fir needle and spruce essential oils” and is biodegradable, with minimal impact on the environment. It is truly all-purpose, and can be used to clean floors and counters, as well as dishes and laundry (it’s one of our 12 Favorite Natural Garment Washes too). Above: We’re longtime fans of Brooklyn-based Common Good, which produces “safe, green, hardworking household cleaners and soaps in bottles you can refill,” including largely plant-based dishwashing liquids, laundry detergents, and more. The All Purpose Cleaner has essential oils and works on nonporous surfaces, from tile to countertop; $6.99. Above: We like Wendyl Nissen’s under-the-radar line of DIY-esque cleaners, based in Auckland, New Zealand. Case in point: the Spray Cleaner, “made out of nothing but water, baking soda, and my special mix of antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral essential oils”; $8.85 NZD ($6.05) (It’s also available as a refill, for decanting into your own bottle.) See also: Wendyl Nissen’s “No Nasty Chemicals” Philosophy. Above: We like the offerings from newcomer The Unscented Company, a Montreal-based operation founded on the premise of unscented products. “We believe that unscented is the new smell of clean. Of course, there is nothing like the smell of a freshly cut rose, a field of lavender, or the breeze by the ocean. But synthetic fragrances are surrounded by secrecy, when what we’re all about is transparency,” the company says. In a no-waste, eco-friendly move, the bottles can be refilled at home or in-store. The All Purpose Cleaner is available in the US via Well.ca; $5.75 CAD. Above: Sapadilla (makers of “nice little eco-cleaners”) offers an All-Purpose Cleaner that can be used nearly everywhere, including on wood floors; $8.24. Dilute it (it’s concentrated) or use it full-strength on “stubborn spots.” It’s available in three scents: rosemary/peppermint and grapefruit/bergamot (both shown), plus sweet lavender/lime. Above: Grove Collective is an online retailer offering “care packages for your home,” shipping eco- and health-conscious cleaning essentials (and refills) direct to your door. But they also have their own in-house product line of cleaning essentials, like their Tub and Tile Cleaning Concentrate; $5.95 for a set of two.
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 16, 2017.