Healthy Home Detox: 7 Cleaning Products Swaps

Over the past few years, I've devoted my time, effort and Google searches toward thinking, writing and counseling on healthy food -- particularly organic, sustainable and affordable. 

And while I avoid using the word detox, I am going to use it here: when we remove artificial sweeteners, unhealthy oils and inflammatory foods, we detoxify our body from potentially harmful food and additives. 

But what about detoxifying our body from chemicals in and on our air, skin and home? 


Lurking in the house

Recently, I've been thinking a lot about household products. 

Common household and body care products are increasingly linked to negative health effects on our endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.


Ready to Switch

Like I said, I've been thinking a lot about household products. It's a problem -- I tend to think about things a. lot. 

Granted, I've made small efforts. When I shop at Target, I try to buy more "natural" cleaners like Seventh Generation and Dr. Bronner's. But, I had not yet made a focused effort to switch our entire home to non-toxic cleaners. 

I've had a plethora of hormone issues as of late, and decided it couldn't hurt to remove possible hormone-disruptors from our home. 


Environmental Working Group

I began by scanning our current household cleaning products in to the Environmental Working Group's Healthy Cleaning database. This database scores the safety of all ingredients listed on the labels, websites and worker safety documents for over 2,500 cleaning products and gives each product an A thru F rating. 

The EWG rates cleaning products based on the likelihood of causing asthma, skin allergies, cancer, developmental toxicity and it's environmental impact.


Cleaning up the Cleaning PRoducts

I was surprised to find some of my “green” cleaning products have a C, D or even F rating! Sad face emoji. 

With $40 in hand, I made 7 squeaky clean products swaps! All products have an A rating by the EWG.

General Cleaner & Hand-washing Soap

The ultimate multi-purpose soap solution! Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Soap is a multi-use rock star. Here's a cheat sheet of dilution ratios and uses. 

Dr Bronners Pure Castile Soap Peppermint has an A rating by the EWG. I use as a hand-washing soap with a foaming pump. 



Surface Wipes

Babyganics All-Purpose Surface Wipes Fragrance-Free has an A rating by the EWG.

Right now, I'm using Whole Foods Market Green Surface Cleaning Wipes, Minty Fresh, which also has an A rating by the EWG. I will  try the Babyganics wipes next. 

Synthetic fragrances can be full of chemicals and hormone disruptors. My skin is highly sensitive to fragrance-containing soaps, detergents and body care products.


Surface Cleaner

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner, Lemongrass Citrus has an A rating by the EWG

The smell of this cleaner is not as citrus-y and bright as I would like, but I'm adjusting to it. 

I'm a wipe-aholic. Every night I like to wipe down my entire kitchen and use this cleaner. I rest easy knowing I'm not eating chemicals. 

This product is available at Target. 


Dishwashing Soap

Earth Friendly Products Wave Auto Dishwasher Gel, Free & Clear has an A rating by the EWG.

Our dishwasher requires a liquid soap. Finding a high-rated liquid soap on the EWG soap requires a bit of digging, but this one is great. 

This product is available at Whole Foods.



Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Seventh Generation Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir has an A rating by the EWG

My least favorite chore! Luckily my husband doesn't mind cleaning the toilets. Currently, there are only 4 A-rated toilet cleaning products.

This product is available at Target.


Laundry Detergent

Planet 2x Ultra Laundry Detergent, Free & Clear has an A rating by the EWG

I was disappointed to find my old "natural" laundry detergent had a D rating. Hmmph.. I wish I would have checked EWG earlier. 

This product is available at Whole Foods. 



Shower Cleaner

Seventh Generation Natural Tub & Tile Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir has an A rating by the EWG

Another Seventh Generation product that can be found at Target. Yippee! 




Clean Cleaning Tips

  • Keep the windows and doors open for fresh air.

  • Have green plants around -- plants naturally detoxify the air. Use fresh flowers or diffuse essential oils in lieu of fragrant sprays.

  • Remove your shoes at the front door -- car oil, pesticides, who knows what’s on the bottom of our shoes! I'm guilty of tracking through the house with my shoes on -- it's about baby steps, right?!

  • Dust! Keeping surfaces free of dust will prevent dust from circulating in the air, which can aggravate sensitivities to allergens and particles. 


I have a few more blog posts planned around creating a healthy and fresh home: 1) cleaning up our kitchens and 2) cleaning up our skincare. 

Do you use EWG's database? What's your favorite "green" cleaning product?

Leave a comment below!