Housekeeping: My Favorite Eco & Health Friendly Cleaners

People have asked me which household cleaners I use when I don’t make my own, so I wanted to share my favorite products along with pros and cons.

I personally prefer to use naturally derived products, products that aren’t tested on animals, and eco/socially responsible products. I hate cleaning as it is but these are products I actually enjoy using. They aren’t harsh and they smell amazing. And these are around the same price as most other popular household cleaners and found in most stores!

Here is the list of some staples in my cleaning arsenal and what I use them for:

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Bon Ami

This is my favorite cleaning line ever. It’s magic.

Spray Cleansers:

For the kitchen and other household surfaces I recommend either Method’s All-Purpose Spray or Mrs. Meyers Countertop Spray. My favorite scents are Method’s grapefruit and Mrs. Meyers radish.

Pros: Great smells, great price, effective cleaning, found in most stores.

Cons: Don’t use too much. They sometimes leave streaks if not wiped off completely.

Powder Cleansers:

Forget the Comet for those stubborn cleaning jobs! This will tackle pots and pans, sinks, tubs, and tile!

If you can’t find Bon Ami, try Mrs. Meyers Surface Scrub.

Pros: Scratch free, doesn’t irritate eyes, skin or nose, a little goes a long way.

Cons: Can’t think of any!

Bathroom Cleansers:

For tub, bathroom sink, tile, and toilet.

Daily Shower makes cleaning easier by preventing soap scum and mildew build-up.

Pros: a little goes a long way. Smells great. No irritating fumes.

Cons: Cleaner can get a little too foamy causing the sprayer to get wacky. Leave-in spray leaves spots on glass doors and fixtures unless squeegeed off.

Other Surface Cleansers:

Method Wood Cleanser: For cleaning, dusting, and shining wood furniture.

Pros: Smells fantastic. Prevents dust from building up on furniture. Makes furniture look new.

Cons: Can seem a little oily if you use too much.

Vinegar and Water: For mirrors, glass, and to clean drains. Also for hard floors and stainless steel appliances.

Pros: Cheap, available everywhere, non-streak clean.

Cons: Smells weird until the scent dissipates.

My favorite cleanser is STEAM!

Steam is an extremely effective cleanser for even the toughest jobs. I once completely transformed 600 square feet of filthy, stained, mildewy floor tile and grout using only steam and a stainless steel brush. It cleans and disinfects using only water.

Pros: Easy. Convenient. Reusable pads. Uses only water. No residue. Can be used to freshen carpets and rugs.

Cons: Initial investment. (Between $60-$100)

There you have it. My favorite commercial household cleansers! I promise I am not sponsored by any of these products. These are honest recommendations. Always remember to recycle your bottles!

Housekeeping: Sage All-Purpose Household Spray | DIY Cleaners

This is one of my favorite DIY household cleaning recipes. Vinegar has been a trusted household cleaner for decades and I started using this particular mixture a few years ago to clean our tile countertops and floors to avoid dulling residues. My dogs also suffer from allergies and I wanted to make sure the floors were safe for them too. It works swell on other surfaces as well. I’ll admit I love the Method and Mrs. Meyers line of cleaners because of their scents, but when those aren’t on hand, I fall back on my trusty homemade friend.

In summer I like to add orange or lemon peels. You can easily use essential oils to scent your spray as little or as much as you’d like. They work a little better since the scent is concentrated. I went with fresh sage for this batch because it was over growing and needed to be used.

Get a spray bottle and fill it up. If you’re recycling a bottle from a previous cleaner make sure you rinse it out well before mixing your ingredients (duh).

You’ll need-

Warm Water

White Vinegar

Isopropyl Alcohol

Dish Soap (a drop)

Sage (or your favorite essential oil or herb)

Put your leaves in the bottle and muddle them with a wooden spoon handle. You can also just twist them up or squeeze them in your hand. This activates the leaves to produce their natural oils. Make sure your herbs are very fresh so you get as much scent as possible from them. It’s really hard to completely mask the smell of vinegar but that’s just the price we pay for DIYing it. The smell quickly dissipates when it dries so it’s fiiiiine.

The mixture is easy. 1 part warm water, 1 part vinegar, 1/2 part alcohol.

Add a DROP of dish soap and shake it up.

The sage will permeate the mixture with its oil. Not only does it help cut the alcohol and vinegar scent some but Sage oil also acts as a natural antibacterial component.

There you go! Sage all-purpose spray cleanser.

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(You should discard this mixture after a couple days. Otherwise it will begin to smell like pickles.)