I love a clean house – who doesn’t? – and my desire for sparkling countertops and fresh laundry seems magnified since we moved into our new home. Ha, or it might be that our days are so chaotic (life with two spirited little boys!) that keeping the house pristine is a way for me to find some inner peace! Until a few years ago, I didn’t bat an eyelash when purchasing big brand detergent, soap and cleaning sprays, and was blissfully unaware of the toxic ingredients in these popular products. They kept their promises – while filling the air with delicate scents of linen and lavender – and that seemed to be all that mattered. Fast forward to 2014 when I became pregnant with C, and suddenly, I had a thirst for knowledge about how to live as cleanly as possible. I took inventory of my makeup, body lotion, face wash, and of course all of the products that we used to clean our home.
Thanks to the EWG (if you haven’t yet discovered this website, you need to visit it ASAP!) and a better understanding of safe ingredients, we’ve traded many of the old products for new and safer ones. In reality, we didn’t toss every single spray, gel, and dishwasher pod – however we made major changes with as many as we could. I’ve rounded up five of my favorite cleaning products, including a hand soap, dishwashing soap, detergent, dryer sheets and cleaning spray. I hope you’ll give these a try, and enjoy them as much as we have!