Milk spills, my daughter licks it up. A piece of watermelon slips from her hands and falls on the floor before she scoops it into her mouth. She sucks on her bib as she crawls across the floor naked. My daughter is 9 months old and each day she manages to touch just about every surface in our house. I’ve always been conscious about what cleaning products we use, picking up Seventh Generation from Whole Foods and the like, but now I’ve become hyper concerned because of my little human. So, I called up Jenna Coviello from Take Good Care and told her I need to make some changes, fast. At Take Good Care, Jenna helps her clients get rid of and replace all of their toxic products, from cleaning supplies to makeup. Since I was in panic mode, she sent over her top cleaning products so I could order everything ASAP. It took about 10 minutes to find her picks on Amazon (but we’ve linked them all below so it’ll only take you 30 seconds) and recycle my old products. Good news is Jenna’s picks perform just as good, if not better, than what I was using perviously. And, I feel so much better not worrying when Isabella kisses the windows or has her dinner off the kitchen floor (she doesn’t really do that but I have a feeling it’ll happen one day).
For cleaning products, I always start people off with my favorite brand and one-stop shop, Common Good. They make all your cleaning essentials except for dishwasher detergent. They’re a small-production, Brooklyn-based company that not only uses completely safe ingredients, but is on a mission to reduce plastic consumption. They have refill stations all over the country where you can bring your empty bottles and refill them and they just launched (for pre-order currently) at-home refill boxes. This is not at all sponsored, I just genuinely love their products more than any others! The formulations are simple and effective, the scents are clean (my favorite is Bergamot), and the branding and packaging is so pretty. If you’re making the switch to a non-toxic home, start with these:
All Purpose Cleaner: Common Good
This cleans really well, smells great, and I use it everywhere. This is the first thing I would tell someone to buy.
Paper Towels: Twist Sponge Cloths
I’m always trying to find ways to reduce waste and paper towels in the kitchen are something I’ve had trouble quitting. A friend turned me on to these Twist reusable sponge cloths – they’re essentially oversized, thin cellulose sponges that replace single-use paper towels and can be washed in the dishwasher. I’m obsessed!
Dish Soap: Common Good
Gets my dishes so clean and the glass bottle looks beautiful on my kitchen counter. It’s also gentle enough to use as a hand soap and I love any product that multi-tasks.
Floor Cleaner: Ecos
I use this floor cleaner with a dish towel on my old Swiffer mop (in place of toxic Swiffer wet pads) and it’s super gentle and effective on my oak wood floors.
Hand Soap: Common Good
Simple hand soap that suds up well without harsh surfactants.
Dishwasher Powder: Ecover Zero
If you have a dishwasher, dishwasher detergent is an essential product to switch out. Anything your food (and then your hands and mouth) comes into contact with should be cleaned without toxic chemicals. Lately, I’ve been really liking this Ecover powder. It’s fragrance-free, comes in a recycled cardboard box (less plastic waste!) and is safe for both humans and the ocean.
Laundry Detergent: Common Good
The best non-toxic laundry detergent I’ve found. I use the lavender scent, which I find is nicer for clothing and linens than a citrusy scent.
Dryer Balls: Parachute
I love my wool dryer balls. I spray them with lavender essential oil diluted in water and use them in the dryer in place of dryer sheets.
Special thanks to Jenna!
Header photo via Parachute