To avoid toxic ingredients all over the surface areas and air within our home we use the following Seventh Generation cleaning products which have all scored a rating of ‘A’ on the EWG Guide to Healthy Cleaning:
Seventh Generation Tub and Tile Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir
Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir
Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Packs, Free & Clear
We typically use Seventh Generation products, however, the Green Shields and Whole Foods brands scored higher than Seventh Generation in some areas and therefore are recommended over the Seventh Generation product line:
Green Shield Organic Glass Cleaner, Fresh
Whole Foods Market Glass Cleaner, Unscented
Both scored a rating of ‘A’ on the EWG Guide to Healthy Cleaning
All Purpose Cleaner
Whole Food Market Green Mission Organic All Purpose Spray Cleaner & Degreaser, Lemon Zest
Green Shield Organic All Purpose Cleaner Degreaser, Fresh
Both scored a rating of ‘A’ on the EWG Guide to Healthy Cleaning. Check out Greenshield Organic products on Amazon.com!
Whole Food Market Liquid Dish Soap, Mandarin Ginger
Scored a rating of ‘B’ on the EWG Guide to Healthy Cleaning
Organic Fruit and Vegetable Wash
Even though we buy organic fruits and vegetables, we use the Environné Fruit and Vegetable Wash which contains surface-acting cleansing agents (surfactants) that are non-toxic, bio-degradable and free of harmful effects. Washing organic produce is just as necessary as washing non-organic fruits & vegetables. Per the Environne website – “Drift” from spraying at nearby non-organic farms, possible mislabeling and various organic fertilizers are potential hazards that need to be washed off. There are also other unwanted contaminants from handling such as human perspiration, oils, dirt and exhaust fumes from shipping. These undesirable contaminants need to be washed away. Check out Environne Fruit & Vegetable Wash on Amazon.com!
Eco-Friendly/Natural Scrubbing Brushes
Most dish brushes, sponges and scouring pads contain plastics and other materials that are neither natural nor eco-friendly. For scrubbing hard to remove food from pots, try the Down to Earth Natural Coir Fiber Dish Brush made from cocunut husk. For cleaning dishes, the Lola Eco-Clean Tampico Dish Brush (made of natural Tampico bristles from the Mexican Agave plant) is a great choice.
Non-Triclosan Hand Soap
Per the FDA, triclosan is a chemical found in antibacterial soaps which has been found to alter hormone regulation in animals. There have been no definitive studies on hazardous effects on humans, however, the FDA is currently undergoing review of this chemical. In light of these studies, we have opted to not use products which contain triclosan in our home. There are a number of hand soaps that are not anti-bacterial/do not contain triclosan and we love the Seventh Generation Free & Clear hand soap. Check out Seventh Generation Soap on Amazon.com!