Natural Household Product Faves

Natural Household Product Faves

I’ve had a lot of people recently ask what I use to clean my house with.  It may be because spring is here, and spring cleaning is looming over everyone’s head.  I must say I’m a clean freak by nature.  Ask my family, they’ll tell you-I can be a little OCD!  Oh well, my house is clean.  The spring cleaning bug has definitely bit me.  I’ve been de-cluttering our place like crazy!  My motto: If it doesn’t serve a purpose, toss it.  Let’s just say I’ve given away loads of “stuff” these past several weeks and it feels so good.

In the spirit of spring cleaning, I thought I would share with you my top household product picks.  Everything from laundry soap, window cleaner, bleach alternative…well, you get the point.  I’ve compiled this list after over 5 years of testing out natural DIY’s, products and everything in between.  I finally feel my list meets my standards and is worth sharing.  I mean do you know how many laundry soaps I’ve tried in 5 years?!  I think I know every DIY recipe out there.  I literally changed mine every couple of months.

Oh and you all must know how toxic cleaning products are…if you don’t, trust me when I say you don’t want them in your house!  Some of the most toxic ingredients live inside those bottles, and they’re horrible for you to breathe, touch and have around if you have kiddos in the house.  Half the products now are loaded with so much fragrance to mask their smell that it practically knocks you off your feet!  Artificial fragrance, in my opinion, is one of the worst things-I can smell it a mile away.

So I’ve compiled my little household list for a non-toxic/clean home.  Trust me, you won’t even miss your old stuff!

Household Product Faves:

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I wanted to give a brief introduction about e-cloth before I continue sharing their products.  The basis of e-cloth is that it offers a chemical free cleaning experience using only water.  It does this through micro fiber technology, proprietary equipment, and manufacturing techniques.  I love their mission:

“Our aim is to supply the most effective, healthiest and most environmentally friendly cleaning products available at a good value to the consumer.”

*Also, with many companies on the market offering similar microfiber cloths and products, learn why I chose e-cloth here.

e-cloth Washing Up Pad

Where has this been all my life?!  No really, I’ve struggled to find something that not only cleaned my dishes, but wasn’t a scotch brite pad that smelled like chemicals.  Not to mention, I wanted something I could re-use and not throw away all the time.  Well, the e-cloth Washing Up Pad came into my life, and has rocked my world!  The gray side of the pad is for scrubbing stuck on food, and the other side is smooth and cuts through grease and grime.  It’s made from cloth, versus some weird chemical smelling sponge material.  The best part?!  You just throw it in the washer when you need to clean it.  Hello, how cool is that?  Not only does this sponge work like a charm on all my tough dirty dishes, but it saves me money and is environmentally friendly.  A win/win in my book!  Get the e-cloth Washing Up Pad!

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E-Cloth 2 Glass & Polishing Cloth– Kitchen/Windows/Mirrors

This cloth has been another winner from e-cloth.  One side is more grainy and perfect for getting rid of residue, while the other side is smooth for polishing.  Both sides remove 99% of bacteria just using water-I love it!  I just spray some water onto the stainless steel, then use the grainy side to remove any residue(make sure you go in the direction of your grain so you don’t scratch anything).  Then I would use the smooth side to polish.  It did clean my stainless steel well, but it didn’t leave it sparkling like I wanted.  I contacted e-cloth and asked what the solution might be to get the “sparkle” effect.  They recommended the Glass and Polishing Cloth.  So I got that, gave it a try, and bam-my stainless steel sparkled like new!  The best part is it not only works for shining up stainless steel, but also for cleaning windows and mirrors.  I would spray a little water onto my window or mirror and wipe away.  No streaky residue.  Are you hearing me people?!  There was absolutely no chemical used to clean my stainless steel, windows or mirrors!  Let’s just say I struck gold.  I also used the Stainless Steel Cloth to clean my granite counters, and my countertops never shined brighter.  I highly recommend these two products.  They tackle so many cleaning jobs with no chemicals.  Plus, no paper towel was wasted, just wash and re-use!  Get E-Cloth 2 Glass & Polishing Cloth.

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These two have been my jam as far as laundry detergent goes.  I toyed a lot with making my own laundry detergent recipe.  However, over the years I just got tired of having to make it…does that sound so bad?!  Some things I don’t mind making, and who knows I might find another recipe I want to try again but for now I’m stuck on these two.

Ecover Naturally Derived Automatic Dishwasher Tablets

These really work and are clean!  They are fragrance free which I love and are so easy to use.  Just add one tab to the dishwasher and that’s it.  My dishes come out clean and streak free.  Plus, as I mentioned they’re super clean- chlorine free, dye free, phosphate free.  Made with plant-based mineral ingredients and biodegradable. Get the Ecover Naturally Derived Automatic Dishwasher Tablets!

Simple Dish Soap Recipe from Live Simply Blog

This dish soap recipe is my fave!  It’s so easy to make-literally takes a minute, it’s so effective, and it’s toxin free!  Plus, you’re going to save a ton of money, since you’re not buying it pre-made.  The recipe uses Sal Suds from Dr. Bronner’s and love it.  I also use it for cleaning my floors sometimes when I want a little soap.  For the full dish soap recipe head to Live Simply’s Blog here! 

 

Buckaroo Organics Soapberry Suds Organic Laundry Detergent:

I love this detergent!  It really works and is completely natural-what more could you ask for?  I love the whole concept of using soap nuts.  For one they aren’t nuts, but are actually a berry from a tree, how much more natural can you get?!  They’re a sustainable resource and grown organically easily, they’re great for sensitive skin, and hypoallergenic.  Not to mention they’re 100% bio-degradeable, and completely safe for water systems.  If you’re not sold yet, they actually use less water than conventional detergent, are safe for front loading washers, and they cost less per load too.  They’re just a pretty amazing little berry!!  How does it actually clean your clothes?  It takes the saponin contained in the husk of the natural berry, and uses that to wash and get rid of dirt.  Yes, even my husband’s stinky workout clothes smell good!  My clothes smell fresh, not artificial and they are clean.  I’m addicted to this stuff and almost out- it really is some good stuff. Buy it here!

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Molly’s Suds All Natural Laundry Powder

I’ve been using Molly’s Suds laundry detergent for a while now and I must say I’m hooked.  I’ve tried 3 different versions of their laundry detergent.  Two powders and one liquid.  They have a regular powdered scented version(scented with essential oils) and it’s great for my regular everyday clothes.  They also have a sensitive version that is scent free and I use that for my baby girl and my toddler’s clothes, blankets, etc.  The last one I’ve tried is their sport version and I use it for my workout clothes and my husbands-really gets the sweaty smell out of them!  They also carry an Oxygen Whitener, laundry detergent for cloth diapers, wool dryer balls and they just came out with a regular liquid laundry detergent.  Overall, I’ve been super impressed with the quality of their products.  Buy Molly’s Suds All Natural Laundry Powder.

Meliora Cleaning Products Laundry Stain Removal Soap Stick

This stick is my most recent find and I’m addicted!  It works so well!  I’ve gotten a ton of food stains out of clothes, grease and even my baby girl’s breast milk poop-which in my opinion is one of the hardest things to get out.  It’s so easy to use too.  I just wet the stain and rub the stick into it and scrub. I rinse it out and then wash the clothes or whatever it is like normal.  Everyone needs this in their kitchen!  And it’s such a steal!  Grab your Meliora Cleaning Products Laundry Stain Removal Soap Stick!

Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, and White Vinegar

When it comes to cleaning my house I like to keep it really simple.  I’ve looked at a ton of the “natural” cleaning products, and there’s always ingredients I don’t recognize off hand.  Plus, when the job can be done at a fraction of the cost, and with simple ingredients I’m all about it.  You can always find these three at my house: hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and white vinegar.

What can’t these three do?  I have yet to find out.  I keep it simple when cleaning my bathroom.  From the sink, tub, shower and toilet, they get the job done.  I don’t put hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle because it is light sensitive, and starts to break down when exposed.  That’s why you typically see it in a brown bottle.  Oh and did I mention it’s around .99 a bottle?  Yeah, pretty awesome.  I just squirt it all around my tub, sink, toilet and counter and let it sit for 10 minutes.  After I squirt it I always sprinkle on baking soda.  This acts as a grit to help pick up more dirt.  White vinegar I use similarly to hydrogen peroxide.  It’s great for cleaning drains.  I always put some essential oil drops around the sink when I’m done cleaning to help mask the vinegar smell.  I clean my sink with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda too.  Another trick I learned is to clean your cutting board with hydrogen peroxide. So many uses for it!

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Favorite Hand Soap: Kosmatology Foaming Hand Soap

I LOVE this hand soap!  Best organic, natural hand soap I’ve tried…hands down.  I’ve struggled with finding a hand soap.  It either wasn’t pure, squirted out weird or didn’t foam.  This baby does it all, and has the best ingredients.  Not to mention, it doesn’t dry out my hands!  Everyone needs this in your kitchen and bathroom…trust me.  They have them in several scents-they all smell good!  $8.99 Buy it here!

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Shark Light and Easy Steam Mop for Hard Wood Floors-

I use an electric steam mop from the brand Shark to clean my hardwood/non-carpet floors.  I love this mop!  It heats the water creating hot steam that kills 99.9% of germs.  And your just using water…no chemicals!  They say it’s safe to use on all sealed hard wood surfaces on their website.  The mop comes with two reusable pads you can wash and just reuse.  I’ve had mine for several years and have no complaints.  $69.99  Buy it here!

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Tips:

I’ve also picked up a few other cleaning tips and some DIY’s if that’s our thing!

Bleach alternative- I found this recipe on the blog Live Simply.  Check out Kristin’s blog-it’s awesome!  She has so many great DIY recipes and they actually work.  This one is gold!  You just mix hydrogen peroxide, washing soda and hot water.  I can’t take any credit for it though.  I’ve just used it for everything and I’m here to say it works.  I typically soak my stuff overnight, not that you need too,  I just forget I’m soaking things sometimes…opps!  I’ve found it works best for things when done right away.  Don’t wait a month, and then decide you want to whiten something…know what  I mean?  I had these white tea towels that hadn’t ever been whitened, needless to say they were in bad shape.  However, they did turn out pretty white with a good soaking…but just get on the soaking asap just for good measure.

Use the same towels for cleaning each time so there is no need for paper towels.  I haven’t used paper towels for over a year until recently.  I finally started buying them because with a 1 year old I was going through a crazy amount of laundry, not to mention I was ruining a lot of towels, and my husband was constantly on me about it.  Sometimes convenience wins out.  I buy Seventh Generation’s recycled paper towels and only allow 1 roll per week.  We actually make it longer than a week most of the time.

Here’s a recipe for liquid dish soap I like from the blog Mommypotamus, she really knows her stuff and this one is tried and true, and not full of the nasties.

Here’s a recipe for dishwasher detergent from the blog Pins and Procrastinations.  I’ve tried a ton of these recipes, and this one has seemed to work the best.

Ok, that’s my cleaning regimen for now.  I want to hear from you guys!  What do you use, like or what hasn’t worked.  Leave me a comment!

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Kaylee
    April 13, 2016 at 10:34 am

    My product choice from E Cloth USA would be the Glass Polishing Cloth. Wonderful post Suzi, I’ve been researching what best to use in my home for cleaning as I am a new home owner and want a fresh, natural and healthy beginning. It is wonderful to hear your methods and know more products! Thank you for this.

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    Kim
    April 13, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve been cleaning my sink with lemons and baking soda/vinegar lol, but I’d love to try e-cloth’s Kitchen Dynamo along with our natural cleaners!

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    Gloria
    April 13, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Would love to try out the dusting glove & the kitchen/bathroom washing up pad from e-cloth. Thanks for all your informative posts.

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    Sarah Anderson
    April 13, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Stainless steel cloth 🙂

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    Annie
    April 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Awesome tips and recommendations! Quick questions:
    1) for the first laundry powder, do you have to use warm/hot water? I wash everything in cold (energy saving) and have heard that some natural detergent, especially the ones using soap nuts work best with warm/hot water. I currently use Charlie’s and it works pretty well with cold water and Nelly’s for brightener. Will be Checking out Molly’s soon too.
    2) for the soapnut (eco nuts), I read some of the reviews saying that you need to use warm/hot water, are you finding that?

    3) the link to the bleach alternative is linked to the Shark steam Mop 😛 I found it using Bing, but thought you might want to update it 🙂

    Thanks again!
    Annie

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      Suzi
      April 13, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Hi Annie! Thanks for the heads up about the link-I changed it.I use both warm,hot and cold on both of the laundry detergents. It depends on what I’m washing. I haven’t used either of those detergents you mentioned but I’ll look into them. Yes, I’ve heard that about soapnuts too. I haven’t found it to be true for me. I wash some things on cold and some on warm or hot as I mentioned and haven’t noticed a difference either way. For me I always wash my towels on warm or hot…haha it’s the clean freak in me that thinks they’re not clean unless they’re washed on hot! Not as good for the environment but I everything else I do is pretty environmentally friendly

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        Annie
        April 13, 2016 at 10:39 pm

        LOL! Thanks so much! Appreciate the feedback. I’m going to give the nuts a try as I’ve been really curious about them for a while. If they don’t work as well for me, I’ll give the powder a try 🙂 What do you use for brightening? BTW, since you use essential oils, I LOVE adding a few drops of lemon oils to my laundry. They come out smelling amazing and it takes away any yucky smell the wash might have. Bonus, I have found my washing machine to be cleaner too. 🙂 Thanks again for a great list!

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    jane
    April 14, 2016 at 10:19 am

    hi suzi,
    for the e-cloth wash up pad, do you really follow their directions and only use water to wash all your dishes? or do you use organic dish soap? i understand their products gets rid of 99% bacteria, but i still….makes me curious a bit

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    Susie @ Pins and Procrastination
    April 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring my dishwasher detergent- I’m glad you liked it! I love your cleaning tips and I definitely agree with most of them.

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      Suzi
      April 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Of course! It’s the best recipe I’ve tried. Plus, it lasts me forever. I now need to follow you on Pinterest 🙂

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    Kristy
    May 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This post is great timing, thanks for all the great info–I’ve been wanting to try Buckaroo Organics Laundry Detergent! I’m having a baby this summer and am wondering if you can use the Buckaroo for your kids laundry or if you only recommend the Molly Suds sensitive version? Thanks!

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      Suzi
      May 4, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Yeah, I definitely think it’s great to use Buckaroo for kid’s clothes too!

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