With more information coming out daily about the dangers of cleaning chemicals, it’s becoming more important to look for natural options. Since there is so much information available, it may lead you to wonder which are the best options and how they compare.
In this blog we break down our top 3 best options:
● What is Economical, Sustainable, and Ecological
● Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Basil Scent Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner
● Bon Ami Powder Cleanser
● Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner
What Is Economical, Sustainable, and Ecological?
As you compare options for natural household cleaners, you'll hear phrases like "economical," "sustainable," and "ecological." But what do those phrases actually mean in terms of the environment?
Economical means that it's a budget-friendly option, while sustainable means it doesn't deplete natural resources.
Ecological products are plant-based ingredients that don't consist of any type of toxic ingredient. As a result, they're not harmful to the environment. You may also see this written as "eco-friendly."
Best Natural Cleaners
These cleaners rank as some of the best natural products on the market.
Meyer’s Clean Day Basil Scent Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner
This product is a multi-surface cleaner for nonporous surfaces. You can find this cleaner for less than $5.00 for a 16-ounce bottle.
Rather than artificial fragrances, it uses essential oils, like geranial, for the fragrance. You may use it to clean floors, tile, walls, countertops, and other similar surfaces.
It contains active ingredients, such as decyl glucoside, which is a natural ingredient used to reduce the tension of water, which facilitates cleaning. Overall, this ingredient has been said to have low toxicity and isn't carcinogenic, as noted by several studies. Examples of other active, yet natural, ingredients in this product include sodium citrate and citric acid.
Bon Ami Powder Cleanser
Bon Ami came out long before the world was trying to go eco-friendly. This product is safe to use around your kids and pets and contains no harsh chemicals and is biodegradable. On average, you can expect to pay slightly less than $8 for a 14-ounce container.
Some of the active ingredients in this product include:
● Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
● Calcium carbonate (limestone)
● Feldspar powder
Sodium bicarbonate is known for its ability to lighten stains, but it also can polish and cut through grease. In comparison to bleach, both products will lighten or or in some cases, remove stains completely. The baking soda will remove any odors by neutralizing the acid that causes them. The sodium bicarbonate ions have the potential to sanitize and reduce harmful microbes, although it isn't effective on all of them.
Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner
Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner is a plant-derived product that's made to clean stains and reduce odor. It usually costs under $7 for a 32-ounce bottle. It helps to neutralize odors and is also biodegradable. It cleans using disodium coco-glucoside citrate, a natural cleaner that foams.
As with many other all-purpose cleaners, like Mr. Clean, Better Life doesn't kill bacteria or viruses. All-purpose cleaners are meant to remove dirt and stains. Some do have active ingredients that target germs but usually not to the same degree as a disinfectant, unless specified otherwise. Both of these products, will, however, cleanse a surface and remove dirt particles and other similar debris.
When choosing home products, just like selecting products to help you sleep or give you energy, we advise you to carefully choose based on their ingredient. It also helps to know the efficiency of said ingredients and compare the products based on price.