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    Updated on Aug 25, 2020. Posted on Aug 18, 2020

    24 Home Cleaning Supplies Without Harsh Ingredients

    Get your home squeaky clean with sprays, cleaners, and powders galore.

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    "Harsh" means something different to everyone. We included cleaning products that are free from ammonia, phosphates, and other potentially harmful ingredients. For more information on nontoxic cleaning products, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website here.

    1. A plant-derived all-purpose cleaner so you can tackle messes around home with ease. This formula has soap bark, coconut, and corn, which will get to work on stubborn grease, sauces, and spills.

    Model uses clear and pink bottle of Better Life Pomegranate All-Purpose Cleaner to clean windowsill
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I just cleaned all of my floors and I can't believe how well it worked. Well worth the price, I initially bought it because I have a toddler and was fed up with all the harsh chemical cleaners, especially since much of the time is playing barefoot on the floors. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I plan on making this my go-to cleaner." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two 32-ounce bottles from Amazon for $11.49+ (available in three scents).

    2. A set of 100% natural cellulose Swedish dishcloths to save yourself from using a million paper towels in the kitchen. These gems, which are made from cotton and wood pulp, work great on counters and you can reuse them again and again.

    Hand uses reusable dishcloth that says "Bushel & Peck Farmers Market" to wipe up flour on a kitchen table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Wasn't sure about these. I'd never heard of a dishcloth like them before. Now I love them! They have impressive scrubbing ability and hold up well. They're easy to keep clean and after about a month of use, the design is still going strong. They can be tossed in the microwave or dishwasher which is awesome. As someone who tries to make eco-friendly choices, I recommend them." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.44+ (available in 16 designs)

    3. An eco-friendly carpet cleaner, because you can deodorize *and* remove pesky stains from rugs without a nasty chemical-y smell. This formula, which is free from sulfates, phosphates, bleach, and animal by-products, will leave your upholstered surfaces squeaky clean.

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    Promising review: "I am honestly in shock how well this worked. My husband is a mechanic and sometimes drags grease through the house, plus I have a dog who has a sensitive stomach and barfs, not too mention my three messy kids. I’m amazed at how this took grease, black oily grease, out of my carpet!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    4. A nontoxic glass cleaner set so you can wipe away grime without leaving a streaky mess. Just fill the reusable bottle with water, drop in an unscented cleaning tablet, and spray dirty mirrors and windows that need a quick cleaning.

    A Blueland Reusable Glass + Mirror Cleaning Bottle filled with a clear liquid
    Blueland

    This set comes with a reusable spray bottle and three unscented glass and mirror tablets.

    Promising review: "This glass cleaner has everything I want. It benefits the environment (refillable bottle and smaller carbon footprint), looks great, has no detectable odor or fragrance, and does its job to perfection. No catch here. It is a great concept and a great product." —Blueland Customer

    Get the Glass + Mirror Starter Set from Blueland for $16.

    5. Bamboo paper towels that are 100% biodegradable and machine-washable. Spills and messes are no match for these cleaning essentials, which are reusable up to 120+ times.

    Model washes a watermelon while holding it up with wet paper towel
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have purchased no paper towels since I started with these. I keep a mesh bag under my sink and after I use these, I toss them in the bag. Once a week, I put the mesh bag with the used towels into my washer with my regular towels. They come out great. I then just fold them and keep them in a bin in the cabinet. I feel like I am doing a small part to reduce waste." —Amazon Customer

    Get a roll from Amazon for $10.99+ (also available in two-packs and four-packs).

    6. Stink-free vegan sponges, because nothing's more gross than a smelly sponge when you're trying to wash plates. These tiny helpers are basically magic because they remove grime and grease from dishes and still smell fresh afterwards. They're not made with petroleum by-products, so you can reduce your carbon footprint *and* keep your silverware clean.

    Hand uses stink-free vegan sponge to clean the inside of a wine glass
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Wow! They really don’t stink! I am a very messy (but good) cook. The hubby does a good job of cleaning up and puts the dish sponge through the ringer, but doesn’t rinse/clean the dish sponge out very well. The old blue sponges would stink within just a couple of days. These amazingly enough do not!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $17.96.

    7. A plant-based floor cleaner to pair with your trusty mop. This formula, which is made with vinegar and doesn't have an abrasive scent, quickly gets to work on sticky messes. Won't it be nice to not have a headache after you're done cleaning?

    Poodle mix dog stands next to a black mop bucket and clear container that says "Aunt Fannie's Floor Cleaner"
    Aunt Fannie's/Instagram / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "My husband does the mopping and I wanted something nontoxic to use around the cat. Husband was pleased with how well it cleaned, it smelled great, and the cat’s still alive. All in all, money well spent." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five scents).

    8. A nontoxic dusting spray that's super gentle on tables, dressers, and nightstands. Vinegar, olive oil, and essential oils target debris and help minimize the dust colonies on your furniture.

    Clear and black spray bottle that says "Pardo Naturals Natural Dusting Spray" filled with yellow liquid
    Pardo Naturals

    Get it from Pardo Naturals for $8 (available in four scents).

    9. Pumice stones to get rid of gross toilet bowl rings and hard water stains in the sink. Use one of these babies to remove rust and grime from bathroom surfaces without bleach or other potent cleaners.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "The guest bathroom toilet had rings around the bowl for eight years that even straight bleach would not remove. I learned about these stones that promise to clean in a short period with no damage to bowl. Hard water stains, calcium buildup, and mold all gone in five minutes." —Amazon Customer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.70.

    And check out "21 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Hacks That'll Make You Say 'I Wish I'd Known About These Sooner!'" for more tidying inspo.

    10. A nontoxic tub and tile cleaner for your bathroom. Its plant-derived cleaning agents dissolve mineral deposits and soap scum (woot!), plus it comes with a spray bottle that you can reuse multiple times.

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    Promising review: "I was looking for a shower cleaner that was natural and didn't have to hold my breath to clean. I have stains on the bottom of the shower that I have scrubbed with everything, before this. I let it sit for a few minutes, and the stains came right off. Even the soap scum that was on the knob came off. Love this stuff. No harsh fumes is the best part." —Amazon Customer

    Get two from Amazon for $12.99.

    11. A stainless-steel cleaner and polish that's plant-based and tackles smudges on kitchen appliances. Coconut oil gives the polish its shine, so your dishwasher and fridge will be sparkling (and fingerprint-free) again.

    Hand uses bottle of Therapy Stainless Steel Cleaner + Polish and microfiber cloth to wipe away smudges from the front of a fridge
    Amazon

    It also comes with a microfiber cloth, so you can avoid using paper towels!

    Promising review: "Just thought I would be doomed to a fingerprint- stained fridge for the rest of my small children's time at home. I have tried everything from sprays to special microfiber cloths, and there were always shadows of where the handprints and fingerprints had been. The very first time I used this, it cleaned off two years of three kids’ fingerprint smudges that I thought were permanent! It took a matter of seconds. Ah-mazing." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    12. A phosphate-free surface scrub for bathroom counter tops, stove burners, and more places around home that are incredibly messy. Made with plant-derived ingredients, these lil' helpers will remove everything from sauce to toothpaste.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've used many brands of cleaning products before for my bathroom and I always end up having my body smell like the fumes by the time I'm done cleaning. This product smells very subtle but good and doesn't offend my nose. I can clean my bathroom without being suffocated by strong toxic fumes like before. " —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.09.

    13. A jewelry cleaner with plant-based ingredients that'll get your dull rings sparkling again. This gentle formula works great on gold and silver and won't leave a streaky residue behind.

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    Promising review: "Love this stuff. I put my wedding band and engagement ring in for about five minutes, took them out, and voilà! It was spotless. I used the brush to clean off any excess gunk still remaining and it came off with just a light swipe. It got in the crevices and grooves of my rings and all the gunk was gone. No scrubbing needed!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in five sizes).

    14. Bio-based dishwasher detergent packs so you can remove grease, leftover food, and other tough debris for a powerful clean without bleach.

    Pack of Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Packs with white pods inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these dishwasher pods!! I wasn’t sure if they would be super effective since they’re 'environmentally friendly,' but I’ve been so pleasantly surprised! They clean my dishes amazingly well, and leave them spot and streak free! Even my crystal wine glasses coke out amazing. They’re unscented, so you might not love that if you like a smell. For my household, they’re perfect!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a 45-pack from Amazon for $11.77.

    15. A sulfate-free dish soap that'll be so gentle on your hands and get your dirty cups, plates, and glasses squeaky-clean. It also smells so good, so you won't dread washing dishes after meals.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to try this stuff out because of the price. I'm so glad I took the chance! I have been using Puracy dish soap for a little over a year now as of this review. I absolutely love the smell while doing dishes and am extremely pleased how well this stuff cleans." —Amazon Customer

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $17.99.

    Read more about eco-friendly kitchen cleaners in "19 Natural Home Cleaners People Actually Swear By."

    16. Biodegradable laundry detergent pods so you can brighten and deep-clean your clothes sans dyes, chlorine, and phosphates. If your washing machine needs some help fighting those tough stains, these tiny, eco-friendly pods will get the job done.

    two pods with clear liquid next to a cardboard box
    Dropps

    Promising review: "The drops laundry detergent pods do a great job cleaning and are so convenient to use! I also love the fact that we’re helping the environment at the same time." —Dropps Customer

    Get 56 pods from Dropps for $24.

    17. A nontoxic cleaning paste for ovens, stove tops, and shower doors that won't leave a streaky trail behind. Gross food residue and water deposits will be history, thanks to a powerhouse formula that's biodegradable.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’ve been trying to switch all my cleaning products over to biodegradable or biocompatible. I bought this because my shower stall doors are supposed to be transparent but were actually a mess of fog, hard water deposits and other foul substances. Nothing I used cleaned the doors at all. I tried this and scrubbed my doors twice with it. Not only did it actually clean my doors but it lacks gross fumes and smells quite pleasant." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    18. An essential oil-based degreaser that'll do the dirty work for you and remove stubborn stains from surfaces. It's a USDA-certified bio-based product, has a nice scent, *and* works through tough grease, grime, and debris lingering on your counters and tables.

    Clear bottle filled with yellow liquid that says "citrasolv concentrated cleaner & degreaser"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been using this degreaser for years to clean most everything. It's particularly good for cleaning floors, but I also use it for counter tops, stove top, and other general cleaning. A little goes a very long way. It leaves a very pleasant but not overwhelming clean scent behind." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.60.

    19. A nontoxic fabric refresher, because your bed, couch, and curtains don't have a heavenly scent (oh hey sweat and pet pee), and need some love. This formula has enzymes and plant-based ingredients that will eliminate gross odors from household things.

    Bottle of Biokleen All Purpose Cleaner next to a striped  dishcloth on a picnic table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I’ve tried literally every thing on this couch my old stinky dog thinks is his bed. We’ve shampooed, steamed, all the things. Trust me when I say this is literally the only odor product I will ever use again. It’s truly amazing. My Collie gets neck and skin infections that smell like rotten socks, and this is the only thing that has ever ever helped all of the fabrics. We are in love." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.79.

    20. A multi-purpose cleaner to make your tidying problems go *poof* disappear. This formula is like the fairy godmother of household essentials because you can use it to clean carpets, remove stains from counter tops, and add it to laundry detergent.

    Clear bottle filled with light brown liquid that says "Good Vibes Sandalwood All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate"
    Good Vibes

    This cleaning gem contains sandalwood (which smells so good) and vegetable-based soap.

    Get it from Good Vibes for $10.

    21. A counter top spray cleaner for the one area in your kitchen that's always covered with water, grease, dried food, and other questionable messes. Made with veggie protein extract, this formula cleans up in a jiffy without a harsh scent.

    Black and white spray bottle that says "Caldrea Tangelo Palm Frond Countertop Spray"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Smells great and works wonderfully. Love the smell of my kitchen after I clean my counter tops. I am never disappointed by Caldrea." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.92.

    22. A multi-surface cleaning powder that'll help lift rust and grime away from tubs, tiles, and more surfaces at home. Sprinkle this plant-based formula onto an area and scrub all the nasty stuff away with a sponge.

    A clear container that says "PUR Home Multi-Surface Scrub Cleaner" on the front
    PUR Home

    Promising review: "I purchased this product because I wanted to support a Black and woman-owned small business and because I have been trying to be more eco-friendly at home. I am glad I did. The multi-surface powder smells wonderful and did an amazing job cleaning out my shower. It also doesn't feel harsh to my sinuses while I clean." —PUR Home Customer

    Get it from PUR Home for $9.99 (available in five scents).

    23. A pet stain remover so you don't have to deal with your fur baby's pee, poop, or vomit drying into your carpet or floor. Just spray this enzyme cleaner on dirty spots, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and dry the area with a cloth.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love everything about this product! Works wonderfully and smells good! I have five dogs as well as a cat, so stains do occur at my house but now I have finally found a way to eliminate those stains! I highly recommend this product and will be purchasing in the future!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes and three scents).

    24. And an odorless and biodegradable drain clog remover, because it's been a minute since your bathroom drain was squeaky clean. This formula won't smell bad as it removes lint, hair, soap scum, and other gross substances from the abyss of your tub.

    Clear bottle that says "Xion Lab Safer Drain Opener"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I’ve been dealing with a slow drain for months. I’ve tried everything on the market and also tried baking soda and vinegar. Nothing worked. My drain then became completely clogged. That’s when I found Xion Lab. I followed the directions and only used about 16 ounces of the drain cleaner. I let it sit overnight. When I tried it in the morning, the drain was completely clear! This has been the only thing that worked to clear my drain." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 32-ounce bottle from Amazon for $19.98.

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