Everyone wants a clean home, but many of the household cleaning supplies on the market today are full of chemicals, irritants and known carcinogens. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my favorite cleaning supplies that are non-toxic, safe to use in your home and have great customer reviews. I personally use each of these products in my own home so I’ve firsthand tried everything I’m recommending.
I want to thank Leather Honey for partnering with me for this post. Leather Honey is a family-owned premium leather cleaner and conditioner company whose products are made in the U.S.A. The conditioner is for authentic leather only, but the cleaner can be used on vinyl, plastic, rubber or even fake leather products.
Here are my favorite non-toxic cleaning supplies for a happy & healthy home:
Multi-Purpose Surface Cleaner
I use this for almost all of my surface cleaning like bathroom vanities and kitchen countertops. Follow the dilution directions on the bottle for best result. Whenever you use products that contain essential oils, it’s best to store in a glass bottle so the chemicals from the plastic do not leach into the product.
A quality microfiber spray mop cuts my cleaning time in half. For the liquid portion that goes inside of the mop, I use warm water and a few drops of Dr. Broner’s Castile Soap or Sal’s Suds. The warm water helps loosen any smudges and I always follow up with towel so there isn’t any water damage to my hardwood floors. I’ve used Dr. Bronner’s for years and it’s one of the most versatile products. It comes in multiple scents (using essential oils) and lasts forever. Here is a dilution chart to get an idea of all the things it can be used for. It’s my go-to for shaving my legs!
Leather & Vinyl Cleaner
If you have any leather or vinyl products, Leather Honey is the perfect product to protect new leather or to rejuvenate old leather. You can use it on all leather except suede, including furniture, auto interior, motorcycle leathers, jackets, boots and shoes, gloves, purses, saddles and tack. I keep a small bottle in my center console to use on all the vinyl in my car.
Glass & Mirror Cleaner
-Cheap vodka (You can use rubbing alcohol if you don’t want consumable alcohol in your home, but it is toxic compared to vodka/ethanol.)
-Newspaper or Lint-Free Cloths
The best glass and mirror cleaner is simply a combination of 50% vodka and 50% water. Put it in a spray bottle and wipe with a piece of newspaper or lint-free cloth for a streak-free shine every time. Keep out of reach of children.
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner
I use Folex spot remover as a stain treatment, as well as for cleaning larger areas of carpet. It can be used on any material that can be safely dampened with water. I’d avoid using it on wool, however, as it did leave a lighter spot on one of my rugs, but everything else is fair game. It doesn’t leave any residue, it’s completely non-toxic and doesn’t irritate normal skin. Simply apply to the stain, gently agitate with finger tips and blot with absorbent cloth stains. When I’m doing a larger area like the stairs, I unscrew the top and add a splash of Folex into the warm water of my handheld steam cleaner. It works miracles.
Tub & Toilet Bowl Cleaner
For the tub or sink, I squirt a little bit of Sal’s suds in, then sprinkle in some baking soda and use a non-scratch scrub sponge to clean.
For the toilet bowl, I do the same, but let it set for a few minutes and use a toilet bowl brush. For really stubborn water stains, I plunge out the water until the bowl is dry and use a pumice stone to scour away tough stains.
I’ll be the first to tell you I’m mighty blessed to have a husband who does the dishes for our family, but we recently started having our three girls wash and keep track of their own dishes (each girl has a color coordinated tray, plate, bowl, cup & silverware set). This means they have to wash their own dishes by hand, dry them and put away. We keep a soap dispenser that is half water and half castile soap, a scrubby brush and dishcloths nearby. I feel good knowing they are only using the cleanest and safest of household cleaners.
And there you have it! My list of go-to household cleaning products. I will add and edit this list accordingly, but I’d love to hear your feedback as well. Is there a “clean” cleaning product you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments!