Here's how to (realistically) make the switch to green cleaning products

So, you’re looking to make the switch to so-called “green” cleaning products and don’t know where to start? You’re not alone.

When I first started looking into making the transition to green living in my home, I was startled by how overwhelming it felt at first. (Pro tip: Don’t ditch all of your cleaning products overnight without a game plan, otherwise you’ll be left wondering how the heck to clean your bathroom the next day. Not that I’m speaking from experience...). 

But, let’s take a step back. Why would you even want to switch from everyday cleaning products to so-called “green” ones? Well, many studies point to the harmful effects of the chemicals that make up those cleaners. If you can make the switch to household products you feel good about, why not do it?

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1) NOW Foods Essential Oils, Lemongrass, $4.95

Instead of using plug-ins or air fresheners that may contain chemically-made fragrances, turn to a more natural route with essential oils like Lemongrass. Use a diffuser to help the oil’s scent travel.

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2) Grab Green 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent, $7.48

Free of phosphates, optical brighteners, chlorine and dyes and made with naturally-derived ingredients, this laundry detergent from Grab Green scores an A on EWG’s toxicity scale.

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3) Ecover Toilet Bowl Cleaner, $5.99

Make toilet cleaning a more enjoyable experience with this biodegradable, plant-based formula from Ecover that’s never tested on animals.

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4) Fit Organic Automatic Dishwasher Gel, $5.76

If you’re looking for a simple dishwasher gel with minimal ingredients, check out Fit Organic. Its bleach free & phosphate free formula fights tough grease and leaves dishes sparkling.

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5) Fit Organic Laundry Detergent

USDA certified organic, this laundry detergent is free of perfumes, dyes, and harsh chemicals, so it’s gentle on skin as well as fabrics.

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6) Dr. Brite Flouride Free Whitening Botanical Toothpaste, $9.00

This cult-favorite toothpaste among green bloggers helps Prevent Cavities Naturally with no artificial chemicals, colors, sweeteners, parabens and sulfates.

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7) Puracy Natural Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, $25.99

If you’re on the hunt for one of the safest wash options for your baby, look no further than Puracy. It’s natural, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, vegan, and biodegradable. 

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8) Seventh Generation Dishwashing Detergent Powder, $6.71

Scoring an A on EWG’s toxicity scale, this powerful detergent powder uses plant-derived enzymes to remove food debris.

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9) Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Organic Pure Castile Tea Tree Soap, $6.99

Dr. Bronner’s was the first brand I turned to when transitioning to green products. It’s inexpensive, found everywhere, and made with such minimal, clean ingredients to ensure purity.

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10) Seventh Generation Facial Tissues, $3.08


Facial tissues may not be at the top of your list but if you’re blowing little one’s noses all day or just looking to have less of an environmental impact, these tissues are made from 100% recycled paper and have no added dyes and fragrances.

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RELATED: 18 kitchen gadgets to keep your produce fresh

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1. Silicone food savers

Ever found yourself using half of a fruit or veggie, only to have it go old in a day? These food savers are the solution to keeping half-used fruits and veggies fresh for longer. 

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2. Herb Savors

Triple the life of your fresh herbs with these BPA-free containers that are designed to fit easily into the door of your fridge. They’re designed to let the herbs breathe just enough to keep them crisp and fresh.

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3. Reusable food storage bags

Ditch those plastic baggies for these BPA-free, self-sealing and airtight reusable bags. They’re secure enough to store liquids, and durable enough to go through the dishwasher or even for sous vide cooking.

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4. Reusable Bee’s Wrap

This organic cotton wrap is made with beeswax, tree resin and organic jojoba oil. It’s is a safe alternative to plastic wrap for food storage. Use it to wrap cheese, half fruits and veggies, crusty bread, a sandwich or even cover a bowl or pie dish. 

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5. These produce storage savers

These airtight containers ventilate your produce and the bottom tray of the containers keeps moisture away from your produce to reduce rot. 

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6. Cloth storage bags for fresh veggies

Say goodbye to wilted veggies and rotted fruits. These 100 percent organic cotton bags protect your produce from the elements and keep them fresh for longer than you thought possible. Simply dampen the bags, fill them with your produce, and store in the fridge. If the bags get dry, simply spritz them again. 

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7. Silicone food storage bags

Nothing sounds more appetizing than silicone food storage bags, right? Despite their no-frills name, these reusable bags are a sustainable alternative to your Ziplocs. They’re secure enough to store liquids, and practical enough that you can toss them into the dishwasher between uses

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8. Beer savers

Say goodbye to flat beer. These beer savers will keep your opened beer fresh until the next time you’re ready for a (half) cold one.

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9. 4-in-1 jar kit for spiralizing, juicing, grating and storing

Perfect for meal prep, with this jar kit you can spiralize, juice, and grate your fresh veggies so that when you’re ready to cook, your ingredients are ready to use.

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10. Avocado hugger

If you eat your fair share of avocados, you’ve probably encountered the issue of storing half an avocado for later. This avocado hugger will keep it fresher for longer. 

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11. Veggie life extenders for your fridge crisper

These foam savers can be trimmed to fit any drawer size. They allow air to circulate throughout the draws to keep your produce oxygenated and riper for longer.

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18. Pie box

Protect your pies from the elements (and straying hands) by storing it in a cute and durable pie box. Not only will it keep the pie fresher for longer, but you can get it with a leather strap so you can make transporting your baked goodies even easier

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