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October 21, 2020

by Alyssa

The Best Non-Toxic Cleaning Products in Every Category

A complete list of the best non-toxic cleaning products. We're covering every single category of your home so no matter what you're cleaning, we've got a non-toxic option.

Best Non-Toxic Cleaning Products in Every Category

When it comes to the food we eat, by now most of us are aware of the harmful effects of chemicals like pesticides, additives, and preservatives. We know that ingesting those harmful chemicals and toxins can be detrimental to our health. And we try to avoid them as much as possible.

We're also starting to become more aware of the chemicals that are going into beauty and skincare products as well. Since our skin is our largest organ, we know that what we're putting onto our skin is getting soaked up and into our bloodstream. So again, trying to avoid those chemicals whenever possible.

But what about the products we're using inside our home? Are we even considering the harsh and toxic chemicals that we're using to clean our counters, wash our dishes, clean our clothes, use on our floors, etc.? I would say for many of us, the answer is no.

Luckily, there are TONS of options out there for non-toxic cleaning products. And across every category as well! So today I'm rounding up some of the best non-toxic cleaning products and sharing some of my favorites (including which I use in my own home). Even if you just swap one of the products you're using for one of these non-toxic options, my heart will be so happy!

Non Toxic Cleaning Products 2020

NOTE: this post has been updated since the original publishing and all products have been approved through EWG

Best Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaners

All-purpose cleaners are just as they – used on most surfaces! That means you're likely using these cleaners are surfaces that are getting used frequently, like counters, coffee tables, handles and other things you're touching all the time. If you're using traditional cleaners, then not only are you getting them on your hands, but they're probably also getting on some of your food.

I have found this to be the easiest switch, as there are so many fantastic options out there! The best non-toxic all-purpose cleaners I have found include:

Best Non-Toxic Disinfectant Wipes

The next category I want to share is disinfecting wipes. I use these constantly in my kitchen to clean up the counters, so their one of those things that are almost always going to get on my food. I have a few different options for non-toxic wipes, but I also included some non-toxic sanitizing wipes and some non-toxic screen wipes (for your computer or cell phone).

Best Cleaning Products Non-Toxic

Best Non-Toxic Kitchen Cleaning Essentials

The kitchen is where we prepare our food, so even if we're eating super clean, organic food, if we're cleaning with toxic chemicals, we're negating that. If you think about all the things you're using in your kitchen to clean, you'll quickly see where the chemicals add up. It's not just our counters – it's the soap we're using to clean our pots, pans, and cutting boards, is the detergent we're using to clean all of our dishes and silverware.

Each of those things is touching our food and therefore transferring their chemicals into our bodies. I'm giving you a pretty big list of non-toxic kitchen cleaning products, so feel free to pick and choose what makes sense for you:

How to find the best non-toxic cleaners

Best Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaners

This one to me is a little less important because I'm not necessarily ingesting things that are touching the surfaces in my bathroom. But nevertheless, I am physically touching these surfaces, so it's another one of those areas to think about cleaning up.

One of the things I recently thought about was the importance of a non-toxic toilet bowl cleaner as sometimes Trevi drinks the freshwater in our toilet (yes, it's gross, but it's a reality for many pet owners). I want to make sure that she's not ingesting chemicals as well, so I instantly made the switch.

On this list of non-toxic bathroom cleaners, we have tub/tile cleaners, as well as the toilet bowl cleaners:

Best Non-Toxic Laundry Detergent

This category is a biggie, friends! Why? Because you are wearing and touching these chemicals all the time! Think about it… you wash your clothes, your towels, your sheets, your kitchen rags, your pillowcases. Pretty much everything that you're coming in contact with on a constant basis.

Unfortunately, this isn't something many of us think about, but luckily there are non-toxic laundry options for all the categories. We've got detergents, brighteners, stain removers, softeners, and even non-toxic bleach!

How to find the Best Non-Toxic Cleaners

Best Non-Toxic Glass Cleaners

Next, we'll talk about glass and mirror cleaners. I would say for me, these are the lowest priority on the list because frankly I'm just not using them much. I don't have many mirrors in my apartment and we don't clean our own windows (that's a building thing), so I've had the same non-toxic glass cleaner for about 3 years.

Either way though, there are some good options out there:

Best Non-Toxic Household Cleaners

And finally, we're finishing out our non-toxic cleaning post with a general category. These are the cleaning items you might not use often but still have stashed away in your cupboard. Things like furniture cleaner, wood cleaner, stainless steel cleaners, drain cleaners, etc. All those things we don't think about – and maybe don't use often – but can still be full of harmful chemicals.

If you don't use these types of items often, here's what I suggest doing:

Go through your cupboard. If you've had something for 3+ years, toss it and get a new one. If not, wait until you've finished the bottle of the stuff you have and replace it with the non-toxic version!

Best Cleaning Products in Every Category

How to Switch to Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

It's always my goal to help you be healthier in all areas of your life, so my hope is that you are able to make some changes at home that will have a huge impact on your overall health. Also, just a reminder that you don't have to make the switch all at once. I would suggest doing an audit of what you have and determining what items you want to switch out first.

Items I think you should change out immediately include:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Dish soap
  • Dish detergent
  • Laundry detergent

Otherwise, you can take it a little slower and change them out as you use older ones up!

What's Your Favorite Non-Toxic Cleaning Product?

So I'd love to hear from you: do you use any of these products at home? Is there a brand I might be missing? Let me know in the comments!



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  1. Hi Alyssa,

    Can you please suggest me the best cleaner and disinfectant, I deal with Herbal and Organic Herbs, sometimes I have to clean my surface or utensils to reuse, but I don’t want to lose the organic integrity of my products. Plus the cleaner / disinfectant has the be non-toxic, chemical free and organic friendly. Please advise!
    Thank you so much!

  2. Hi Alyssa! Can you advise me on cleaning products AspenClean? They have also recently been verified by EWG. I have been using Attitude products for a long time before, but I found it time to test something new, and I am thinking about these cleaners. What do you think? Is it worth it or not?

  3. I love seventh generation products, too! I also started using Blueland. I love that they have so little packaging. I would love to know what you think of them.

  4. Method, Seventh Generation, and Mrs Meyers products and some of the others rate pretty bad on EWG for toxins. You can go to EWG and see 93% of Method products don’t rate well, Mrs. Meyers is about the same. If it gets a B or lower steer clear of the products is my standard due to MTHFR and liver detox issues and autoimmune issues. Always research each product with EWG and you’ll see many don’t make the cut.

    • Hi Angela! Just wanted to let you know that we’ve updated the post and checked everything with EWG 🙂 I know you mentioned Seventh Generation, but the products we’ve included are rated as “A”. Hope that helps!

    • I totally agree with you Angela! I was trying to do some research to find some new and natural, non toxic products and I came across this blog. I started laughing the moment I saw mrs. meyers listed! They have “fragrance” listed. Totally toxic. I wish more research would be done by these bloggers before posting this kind of content!

  5. These products are not truly non toxic. It is green washing at its finest, Please do more research before spreading info about products that is not true. Some of these products are very harmful

    • Hi Hannah – after doing more extensive research, we’ve updated this post to include highly rated products with EWG. While they might not all be 100% natural, they are all rated as safe according to their database 🙂

    • Hi Hannah – I did my research and didn’t include only all natural products. Some of these do have chemicals in them, but they do not contain the top toxins that most other conventional products have. I think creating another post dedicated to all natural products is a great idea!!

  6. I use My Greenfills laundry detergent. They carry non toxic laundry detergent, clothes booster (sort like Oxy), alternative laundry rinse, stain remover& essentials oil in beads as a fabric softener. Please check them out.

  7. Sad to see Seventh Generation (owned by Unilever) and Method (owned by Proctor & Gamble) making your list as safe products. Both of these companies have less than stellar ratings on EWG. A far better option that is a small business, very ethical, and multi-use is Branch Basics. Wonderful effective product which I trust implicitly.

    • I agree. Method is the worst cleaning product I have ever used. As soon as I spray any type of their products I start choking until I almost vomit. Their products can’t be safe.

  8. I don’t know if you have this already, but I’d like to see a section/discussion on household and beauty products to make yourself. I make some of my own things now (household cleaner, creamy face cleanser, etc.) but would love to see a more comprehensive list with options that don’t require a ton of expensive ingredients or a lot of double-boiler cooking. Also, using lye to make soap kind of scares me, so… 🙂 I’ve been away from your site for a bit, and I love all of the changes and updates you’ve implemented. Great Job!!

  9. I love love love Norwex products, they are cleaning cloths with no chemicals…just get them wet and wipe, anything.. no chemicals in my house at all.

  10. Did you look at Noreen products at all? They have a cleaning paste that is awesome. And from what I remember, it’s all natural and only a few ingredients.


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