Yeah, this has been a weird blog post topic week haha. Most weeks follow a similar pattern of: beauty product review, Weekly Favorite, Confessional Thursday and Five on Friday. My Fridays usually involve favorite beauty products, beauty empties or beauty product fails. Basically, this is a very beauty product centered blog. This week however, I broke the mold with a Weekend Recap, 10 Things You May Not Know About Me, and now a breakdown of my favorite household cleaning products.
You may be wondering why the heck I’m writing about my favorite household cleaning products in the first place. Well, first and foremost because it’s my party and I cry if I want to. Which loosely translates to: I mostly write about whatever I want. It just so happens that most of the time that is beauty. Second of all, because I discovered many of these products from other blogs. I mean, how many times have you stood at the store needing detergent and just picking out a random bottle? No one really talks about the best cleaning products. We talk about the best foundation, the best brushes, but not the best dishwasher detergent? I use that stuff three times a week. It’s important.
So, to remedy that, I want to share my five favorite cleaning products. You’ll notice that all of these are eco-friendly products. I know a lot of people have different opinions about this – or just don’t care what’s in their products. But, you should care! Cleaning products are packed with all kinds of chemicals that can be harmful to you, your pets and the environment. Did you know you are supposed to rinse surfaces with water after using most kitchen cleaning sprays? The chemicals in them are so harsh that you aren’t supposed to let your food touch a surface that’s been cleaned with it. That’s insane to me. So yes, my five products are on the earth friendly, recyclable side. But, they work just as great as anything I used before.
As usual, I’m linking up with with the ladies at Carolina Charm, Meet At The Barre, A Cup of Tea ,The Slaughters sand September Farm for today’s Five on Friday. Make sure to check out their Five’s on the links above.
Five Favorite Household Cleaning Products
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Concentrate
This multipurpose cleaner was the first eco-friendly cleaning product I bought. I initially bought the bottle with the nozzle, but when we ran out I bought the concentrate to do refills. The spray bottle we use to this day is still the original bottle we bought.
We use this cleaner for our kitchen counter-tops, the stove, microwave, stainless steel appliances, our wooden table, etc. It really is a multi-surface cleaner. We’ve never had an issues using it on more delicate wood surfaces. It’s effective, smells nice (but not overwhelming) and is free of parabens, phalates, solvents, chlorine and formaldehyde. One of the concentrate bottles is enough to refill our spray bottle at least 6 times. You mix about 1/4 of the concentrate with water. By using the concentrate we are effectively reducing our plastic bottle waste.
Dishwasher packs were the very last product we transitioned in terms of moving towards more natural cleaning products. Primarily because all the alternatives we tried weren’t as effective was our Cascade Platinum Packs.
We tried 3-4 other more natural brands until we settled for the Method Smarty Dishwasher Detergent Packs. The are perfume, dye, phosphate & bleach free. Plus, they are made with 87% less plastic than comparable pods.
These are by far the best alternative we’ve found to Cascade. Sure, every once in a while we come accross a bowl or plate that isn’t 100% clean and we need to run again, but it’s not the norm. I’d rather have 1 plate that needs extra cleaning than have all our dishes washed with harsh ingredients that are horrible for the environment,
Method as a brand is pretty great. Not only do they focus on ingredients that are safe for us and better for the environment, but they also design packaging that is as green as possible. This includes creating the first bottles from recovered ocean plastic. Most, if not all of their product can be refilled from plastic bags (one bag refills up to 3 times) to reduce waste from plastic bottles.
We’ve tried quite a bit of laundry detergent alternatives. As you’ll read below, it’s not uncommon for us to use vinegar and baking soda. But, since I prefer more… pleasant smells for our laundry I use detergent for the bulk of it.
The ECOS detergent has enzymes to help with stain-lifting and deep cleaning. The best part is that I can use this detergent for all of our laundry – whites, colors & darks. I like that it has a scent, but it’s not overwhelming like other products. They also have a scent-free version. It’s hypoallergenic, free of dyes, formaldehyde, & bleach. Plus its readily biodegradable and septic safe.
ECOS plants use 100% renewable energy, are carbon footprint neutral and follow zero waste guidelines.
Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar in Citrus Mint Scent
I LOVE vinegar for cleaning. Ever since my friend Hannah told me she uses it as laundry softener I’ve been obsessed. We use it as laundry detergent (this is the best way to get soap build up off towels), laundry softener, bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner, etc. You can check out all the ways you can use vinegar to clean here.
This particular cleaning vinegar is made from food grade vinegar so it’s completely safe and non-toxic. Plus it’s environmentally friendly. I primarily use it as a laundry detergent booster. Just pour it in the pre-treatement spot of the washing machine or directly in the drum. I also use it on it’s own when I wash our towels.
You can buy regular old white vinegar with the same result, the only difference is that the Four Monks vinegar has a milder aroma.
Method Dryer Sheets
I made a concerted effort to make sure my list wasn’t all Method products. But, I assure you, this could easily have been all Method. I love all their products. And one of my favorites is the Method Dryer Sheets.
Have you ever noticed that your dryer sheets leave a weird film on your clothes? Sure, they may smell amazing, but what’s really left behind from those sheets?
You won’t have that problem with the Method Dryer Sheets. They soften, reduce static, smell great and are compostable paper. What else would you need?
Method Wood For Good Polish – Smells so good and makes our wood furniture look super shiny
Wire Drying Rack – I’m not even linking anything here. And I know technically this isn’t a “cleaning” item. However, since this is an environmentally friendly post I’ll throw it in here. We have a fairly large expandable wire drying rack. So many clothes don’t even need to go in the dryer. They’ll dry fairly quickly if you just leave them out. Not only is this better for your fabrics, but it will also save you on electric. We just air dry most of our workout clothes, anything that is polyester, my hubby’s iron free worksheets, etc.
Shark Steam Mop – We love this thing. All you need is water and the mop heads are washable. No cleaning products needed. We use it on our stained concrete, tile and wood floors.