Simplifying health-based cleaning
LAST UPDATED 2021-01-31
For my health-based cleaning service, I strive to use the least-toxic products that work— effectively, efficiently and conveniently. And that are widely available in local retail stores.
Disclaimer: The following list is subject to change, as I learn more. Learning more means I’m continually researching and field-testing new products. Sometimes adopting new products faster than I can list them here. So check back here every few months for any potential changes.
Products I clean with on the job
My basic go-to’s
- Multi-surface cleaner. 3/7/19 update: I’m increasingly using dish liquid in place of the castile soap I’d used for years. In my current clients’ greasy homes, dish liquid seems the least-toxic product that works— or at least the brands I’m trying. I dilute it way down, in refillable spray bottles.
- Dish liquid. For greasy dishes of course. 3/7/19 update: I’m researching and field-testing different brands— currently Ecover Zero, and Seventh Generation Free and Clear.
- Vinegar. Spectrum Organic Distilled White Vinegar is my fav. Handy for non-greasy surfaces, and rinsing baking soda. Made from beets.
- Baking soda. My go-to scouring powder— any brand that’s handy. I often use baking soda with castile soap. Discover my simple tricks that make baking soda actually work!
- Scouring powder. When I need something stronger than baking soda, Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is my back-up.
After researching and field-testing laundry and pets solutions, I’m using the following on the job, as well.
- For laundry products, Green Shield Organic Laundry Detergent.
- For fabric stain remover, Meliora Stain Remover Stick Unscented, which usually works. When it doesn’t I turn to 365 Stain Remover, or liquid non-chlorine bleach.
- For pet accidents, BioKleen BacOut Stain and Odor Remover.
- I’ll add more here as needed!
Products I use sometimes
Please note: The following products are subject to change. I’m always researching to find less toxic products. And field-testing.
- 3% Hydrogen peroxide is my go-to disinfectant.
- Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner disinfects when peroxide can’t be used.
- Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, for extra-serious grease.
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