From organic vegetable-based formulas to non-toxic and environmentally-friendly packaging, there are dozens of green alternatives to conventional cleaners. Below are a few top products to consider trying if you're thinking about greening your cleaning routine!
For a simple, organic polish to clean banisters and furniture, you can mix a pint of organic vegetable oil with one teaspoon of lemon juice. Or, you can try Sodasan Orange Cleaner (cleaningchemfree.com, $6) for all smooth, wipeable surfaces in your house. Sodasan products are certified organic and derived from organically-grown vegetable raw materials.
If you're looking for an organic all purpose cleaner, try Vermont Soap Organics Liquid Sunshine Organic Spray & Wipe non-toxic cleaner (Vermont Soap Organics, $8). It's is free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, fragrances and preservatives and is made from organic olive, jojoba and coconut oils, organic aloe vera and rosemary. You can even use this cleaner as a sensitive-skin alternative to conventional laundry detergent.
Or, consider Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner (Drugstore.com, $8). It's non-toxic, biodegradable and concentrated, so it can be diluted to different levels and used on a number of surfaces. It can be used to fight stains, even coffee and lipstick, as well as dirt, grease and oil. You can use it to clean everything from floors and walls, to sinks and drains. Simple Green uses 100 percent natural ingredients derived from nature, like coconut, palm, chicory, coconut, naturally occurring minerals, corn, salt and water.
Method's ultra-concentrated laundry detergent packs a punch with enough cleaning power to knock out 50 loads of laundry with one sleek little-20 ounce bottle (Method, $15). Four small squirts from the pump is enough to clean one load! Plus, it's plant-based, has a 35 percent smaller carbon footprint than conventional detergents -- and the package is made from 50 percent recycled plastic. There's also a refill pouch (Method, $20) that's good for 85 loads.
For the dishwasher, try Seventh Generation Free & Clear Automatic Dishwasher Pacs (Seventh Generation, $5). These handy little pouches are single-use and have a biodegradable formula that cleans dishes without the use of phosphates, chlorine or synthetic fragrances.