Cleaning & Laundry

All Purpose Spray

Better Life All Purpose Cleaning Spray Unscented US $ ★★★★★ Very effective cleaner with mostly natural ingredients and no scent at all. My current favorite. Rating by EWG slightly lower because of an artificial preservative that is present in a very low concentration.
ATTITUDE All Purpose Eco Cleaner Citrus Zest US & CA or Amazon US $ ★★★★★ “A” rating by EWG.
Honest All Purpose Spray $ ★★★ Not particularly effective.
Puracy All Purpose Cleaner Green Tea & Lime US $$ ★★★ A powerful cleaner. The natural fragrance is a little too strong, but many love it. Puracy claims that all their products are phthalate-free.
Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner Free & Clear US UK AU CA $ ★★★ Not as effective as Better Life, but still a good choice and easy to find in local stores.
ECOS All Purpose Cleaner US UK $$ ★★★★★ Highly rated on Amazon UK. Natural fragrance. Specifically labelled as phthalate-free.
ALKIMI Shiny Surface Cleaner With Bergamot Oil and Lemongrass Extract (UK) $ ★★★★★ Highly rated on Amazon UK. Specifically labelled as phthalate-free.
Alkimi Variety Pack (Includes Kitchen, Bath, Window cleaner etc) UK $ ★★★★★ Highly rated on Amazon UK. Specifically labelled as phthalate-free.
Abode Natural Surface Spray AU $ ★★★★★


Dishwasher Detergent

Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus Detergent Gel US CA $$ ★★★★★ Cleans very well. Unless buying with Amazon Pantry box, it is typically cheaper in stores than online.
Ecover Zero Dishwasher Tablets US UK $$$ ★★★ Cleans fairly well, but left soap build up in filter compartment
Honest Dishwasher Gel $$ ★★ Does not clean well
Grab Green Naturally-Derived, Plant & Mineral-Based Automatic Dishwasher Detergent UK


$$$ Limited number of reviews are positive


Dish Soap

Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid, Fragrance Free US    CA $ ★★★★★ Works very well and good value.
Ecover Zero Dish Soap Fragrance Free US UK AU CA $$ ★★★★ Does not clean quite as well as Seventh Generation and typically more expensive, but still a good product.
L’Arbre Vert Washing-Up Liquid for Sensitive Skin (UK) $$$ Specifically labelled as phthalate-free.
ECOS Dishmate $$$ ★★ Does not clean that well. Contains phenoxyethanol, which the FDA says should not be ingested.

Laundry Detergent 

All Free & Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin US $$ ★★★★★ Ingredients are not as natural as other brands, but it removes stains much more effectively and is better value. The highest rated conventional brand by ThinkDirty App.
Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Free & Clear US UK CA $$$ ★★★ Good ingredients and reasonably effective against stains, but can be expensive.
BioKleen Free and Clear or Citrus Laundry Liquid US UK CA AU $$$ ★★★★★ “A” rating by EWG and over 400 five-star reviews on Amazon.
Honest 4 in 1 Packs $$$ ★★★ Moderately effective, but messy since the packs often break.
Honest Liquid Laundry Detergent $$$ ★★★ Great ingredients but not the most effective on stains.
Ecover Zero Laundry Liquid (UK) $$ ★★★★★ Good for very sensitive skin.
Abode Natural Laundry Liquid Baby or Zero AU $$

Laundry Stain Remover

Honest Stain Remover spray $$ ★★★★★ Works well and does not damage fabric.
All Oxi Laundry Booster Free and Clear US CA $ ★★★★★ Good at removing stains when added as a detergent booster
Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover US CA $$ ★★★★★ Very effective.

Floor Cleaner

Better Life Floor Cleaner Citrus Mint US $$ ★★★★★ Cleans well, with fresh scent. Does not leave residue.
Aunt Fannie’s Floor Cleaner Vinegar Wash (Eucalyptus) US


$ ★★★★★ Very effective. Receives an “A” rating by EWG
Bissell / Shark Steam Mop US UK AU CA


$$$$ ★★★★★ Cleans wood and tile floors very well with minimal effort and no cleaning products. (Discard any optional fragrance discs.)

Bathroom Cleaner

Better Life All Purpose Spray Unscented US $ ★★★★★ Effective cleaner with mostly natural ingredients and no scent at all. A more specialized cleaner may be needed for tough soap buildup though.
Better Life Tub & Tile Cleaner – Tea Tree and Eucalyptus US $ ★★★★ Effective, but not recommended due to overpowering natural fragrance.
Better Life Kitchen and Bath Scrubber US $$ ★★★★★ An effective cream cleanser to remove soap scum and mineral build up on shower doors etc (with a scrub sponge/cloth/brush). No scent or fumes.
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Bathroom Lemongrass and Citrus US $ ★★★ Reasonably effective, but has an unpleasant scent.
ALKIMI Bathroom Cleaner With Eucalyptus Extract and Clove Oil (UK) $ ★★★★★ Highly rated on Amazon UK. Specifically labelled as phthalate-free.
Abode Bathroom Cleaner – Rosemary Mint AU $$ ★★★★★ Natural ingredients. Excellent reviews on Nourished Life.
Attitude Natural Bathroom Cleaner Sensitive US & CA $ ★★★★★ EWG verified. Good reviews online.
Honest Bathroom Cleaner $$ ★★ Not the best cleaner and has an overpowering scent.
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes Lemongrass Citrus $ ★★ An effective alternative to Clorox wipes, but leaves an unpleasant lingering scent. A better alternative for disinfecting wipes is to use alcohol hand sanitizer gel or alcohol wipes.

Window & Glass Cleaner

Better Life I Can See Clearly Wow US ★★★★★ Works even better than Windex, without the chemicals.
Alkimi Glass Window Cleaner (UK) $ ★★★★★ Highly rated on Amazon UK. Specifically labelled as phthalate-free.


Brands to Avoid

These brands are marketed as being non-toxic, but can contain synthetic fragrance, other toxic ingredients, or have poor ratings by the EWG and ThinkDirty App:

  • Method
  • Meyers
  • Green Works

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