My Favorite Allergy-Free Cleaning Products
I do my best to maintain a clean home all year long, but when spring cleaning comes around, I often reassess my cleaning tools and methods. One thing I often review is my cleaning products. With young children and pets in the house – and a desire to keep my indoor air as pollution-free as possible – I rarely, if ever, use harsh chemicals like bleach in my cleaning routine. Instead, I opt for safe and natural products that combine effectiveness, simplicity, gentleness, and cost-efficiency.
Here are my current favorites what I like best about them:
• Baking soda. Talk about inexpensive! I get large bags of baking soda at Costco and put one upstairs and one down. I use baking soda as my scrub cleaner. It's non-abrasive, works excellently, and is obviously completely safe! Baking soda is perfect for scrubbing sinks, toilet bowls, bathtubs, and anywhere that needs a good scouring.
• White vinegar. Another cleaning product that's so safe, you could eat it, white vinegar is a versatile and natural disinfectant. Use it anywhere you'd use bleach. I use it in conjunction with the baking soda to make toilet bowls sparkle. I spray down cutting boards, sinks, and countertops with it when I handle raw meat or eggs. And I add some to my laundry to deal with odors or to help naturally whiten whites.
• Anti-Allergen Solution is my go-to product for cleaning upholstery. Although no one in my family is allergic to cats, we do often have guests that are. Before they come, I give upholstered furniture, carpets, and cushions in the living areas a good spray. Anti-Allergen Solution denatures allergen proteins, including those found in pet dander, on contact, so my cat-allergic guests can enjoy their time in my home without having allergy attacks.
• Anti-Allergen Laundry Detergent lets me wash bedding and other items that may be full of dust mite allergen in cold water, allowing me to save on energy costs and keep more delicate fabrics from wearing too quickly. Anti-Allergen Laundry Detergent is especially great for washing our animals' beds because I can't wash those in hot water, but I still want to know all the pet dander is neutralized!
• Aller Air Tub O' Carbon . This powerful odor absorber doesn't cover up odors with allergy-inducing synthetic fragrances, it actually gets rid of them. I stick one in the bathroom that houses the kitty litter box – so I know the Aller Air Tub O' Carbon Odor Buster works, even with heavy duty odors!
• Trader Joe's All-Purpose Cleaner. Formulated with essential oils, specifically cedarwood and clary, alcohol and natural surfactants round out the cleaning power of this versatile cleaner that smells of cedar. What I love most about Trader Joe's All-Purpose Cleaner is that it's so versatile! I have bottles and rags in bathrooms, the kitchen, and the laundry room so I can just grab a rag and clean without having to switch products when I go from, say, the mirror, to the sink, to the toilet.
• Mrs. Meyers Clean Day All-Purpose Cleaner. A concentrated formula that can be used on floors, countertops, cabinets and more. Although I've read that it's not ideal for glass surfaces, I've used it on mirrors, and it hasn't left any streaks. Formulated with essential oils, this cleaner is biodegradable, earth friendly, and safe. Because it's concentrated, it is extremely cost-effective, and saves me on storage space. As if these things aren't enough to love, Mrs. Meyers scents are fantastic! I love geranium best. So much, in fact, that I look for excuses to clean, just like with my Dyson. Really!