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Check out these non-toxic cleaning products available now at walmart.

It’s hard to find the perfect cleaning product for your home. There are specific surfaces, compact corners and delicate fabrics that name-brand products (which typically include harsh chemicals) can be tough on.

Instead of risking yet another rug on a product you’ve had stored under your sink for nearly a decade, consider buying an updated, non-toxic and environmentally friendly cleaning solution that you won’t have to worry about. These products are even safe to clean baby and pet toys with — a rare accomplishment for many cleaning supplies.

Luckily, these cleaning products don’t come with the hefty price that so many all-natural goods do, especially since they’re sold at Walmart. Below are some of our favorite non-toxic products tough enough to work, but safe enough to use in your home.

Green Works Multi-Surface Cleaner

Green Works Multi-Surface Cleaner (Photo: Walmart)

This multi-surface cleaner is naturally derived from plant and mineral-based ingredients, and it’s still tough on stains.

Use the spray cleaner on kitchen appliances, bathroom sinks, granite countertops, toilets and more to remove grease and grime. The fresh scent leaves a light and refreshing aroma that lasts.

Promising Review: “After having a slew of various cleaning products under my sink, I'm now happy to say I only use Green Works for all my cleaning needs. Great for mirrors, Corian counter-tops, walls, stove-top; you name it! I'm sold and have recommended to all my family and friends.”

Shop it: Green Works Multi-Surface Cleaner, $6,

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Multi-Surface Concentrate

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Multi-Surface Concentrate (Photo: Walmart)

Mrs. Meyer’s is a brand cherished for its clean, cruelty-free ingredients that have a hefty impact. This multi-surface concentrate leaves no room for disappointment. It can be used on any non-porous surface to remove dirt.

The biodegradable cleaner has a light lemon citrus scent, and can even be used on walls.

Promising Review: “This fragrance is one of my favorites. ( I have quite a few others!!!) I use this particular one to clean everything in my kitchen; countertops, appliances, floors Mrs Meyer's is an amazing product. I highly recommend this product!!!”

Shop it: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Multi-Surface Concentrate, $9,

Weiman Granite Cleaner & Polish

Weiman Granite Cleaner & Polish. (Photo: Walmart)

Some stains left on granite countertops seem impossible to remove, but the Weiman polish has a specialized formula that will get any grime off easily without damaging stone.

Tons of granite products can remove messes, but the harsh chemicals are damaging to the stone. This natural product is different. There’s a special pH-balanced formula that protects a stone’s seal from discoloring or deteriorating.

Promising Review: Granite shines like never before and no harsh chemical smell! No sticky residue - beautiful shine - Wonderful product!”

Shop it: Weiman Granite Cleaner & Polish, $4,

Sun & Earth Natural Floor Cleaner

Sun & Earth Natural Floor Cleaner (Photo: Walmart)

Accidentally bleaching a spot on the carpet is one of the trademark mistakes any homeowner makes. After all, bleach sometimes seems like the only thing that can work on pet stains.

Luckily this Sun & Earth floor cleaner doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or synthetic materials, so there’s no risk in ruining your floor.

Promising Review: “Most of all, I like that it is pet-safe. My furbabies are my first priority regarding choosing cleaners that they may be exposed to - I want a clean floor, but I want my pets to be unharmed. And this floor cleaner smells amazing and really cleans amazingly as well.”

Shop it: Sun & Earth Natural Floor Cleaner, $13 (Originally $20),

Love Home and Planet Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Love Home and Planet Concentrated Laundry Detergent (Photo: Walmart)

Not only is this a product 94 percent plant-based, it’s also vegan, cruelty free and dermatologist tested. Blended with argan oil and infused with lavender, this laundry detergent works at all temperatures and is septic safe.

Plus, the bottle is recyclable.

Promising Review: “I completely love this detergent! The scent stays through the drying cycle, so no need of fabric softener or drying sheets(which I stopped using anyways). This bottle lasted our family about a month and we are a family of 6(4kids)! I couldn't believe it! I highly recommend.”

Shop it: Love Home and Planet Concentrated Laundry Detergent, $13,

Spot Shot Trigger Spray Green Non-Toxic PET Instant Carpet Stain and Odor Remover

Spot Shot Trigger Spray Green Non-Toxic PET Instant Carpet Stain and Odor Remover (Photo: Walmart)

Pet owners should especially be wary of the chemicals in products they use in their homes, since toxic chemicals can harm cats and dogs.

The Spot Shot non-toxic spray is perfect for an animal-friendly home because it keeps the pets safe, while working fast in removing any stain left from a furry friend.

Promising Review: “We bought this in a 22 oz. spray bottle and used it on a pet stain on a light blue carpet. The stain had been there for a while under a chair. We sprayed, rubbed it in and vaccumed. Room smelled great and stain was gone. No damage to carpet or color. IT'S GREAT.”

Shop it: Spot Shot Trigger Spray Green Non-Toxic PET Instant Carpet Stain and Odor Remover, $13, (Originally $24)

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes. (Photo: Walmart)

Shop it: Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes, $7,

This disinfecting formula is a one-stop-shop for all things messy. The wipes are designed to be used on any hard surface in any room of the house. They’re even safe enough to use on surfaces that constantly touch food — no rinse necessary.

Once more, the Seventh Generation wipes are EPA registered, further affirming the quality.

Promising Review: “I'm leery of natural cleaning products, because I always wonder if they can do the job. I was pleased with how well Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes worked The scent was very mild, and unobtrusiveI liked it. I also liked that I didn't need to rinse my counters afterwards. These wipes are a great time-saver, and a wonderful example of a safe cleaner. I received a free product for the purpose of my review. Opinions are % my own.”

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Walmart's eco-friendly cleaners

Walmart has introduced a four-product line of all-natural household cleaning products under its private-label Great Value brand. The line, Great Value Naturals, was introduced in late in 2, Walmart stores across the U.S., and includes a liquid laundry detergent, a multi-surface cleaner, a glass and window cleaner, and an automatic dishwasher gel, packaged in recyclable materials.

“The launch of Great Value Naturals is an important step in making green cleaning habits an affordable option for millions of consumers,” says Alberto Dominguez, Walmart Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager. “Many consumers have the perception that all-natural cleaners are more expensive and don’t work as well as traditional cleaning products. Great Value Naturals addresses those concerns by combining affordability, performance, and care for the environment.”

The products are made from plant-based, all-natural Evolve cleaning technology from Agaia, Inc. and are percent chemical- and toxin-free, biodegradable, and non-allergenic. The technology is said to effectively capture and break down soils, grease, grime, and odor-causing bacteria without leaving harmful residues or irritants behind on the skin, surfaces, or the environment.

“As the first green technology to match the potency of chemical cleaners, products with Evolve-based technology deliver a level of clean that consumers often notice after a single use,” says Benjamin Shell, CEO of Agaia. “It's no longer necessary to sacrifice the familiar strength of traditional cleaners to have a toxic-free environment at home. With products made from Evolve-based technology, consumers get the best of both worlds—superior cleaning and all-natural safety—for the first time.”

When it came to packaging for the new line, Chris Schraeder, Senior Manger of Sustainability Communications for Walmart, says there was no other conversation beyond the use of eco-friendly packaging. “From the first discussions, it was clear that formula and packaging decisions would be guided by Walmart’s sustainability initiatives.”

Among the package components used by the new line are:
• Custom-made, high-density polyethylene bottles made from 25% recycled material, in , , and oz sizes, from a proprietary supplier.
• Stock trigger sprayers, from a proprietary supplier, made from % polyolefin that contain no metal parts. According to Schraeder, “This makes them completely recyclable and reduces the breakdown effort by the recycling plant.”
• PET labels, which Schraeder says in the future will be replaced by heat-transfer labels that will bond with the bottles and be recycled along with them.

Making the packaging even more recycling-friendly, Shraeder adds, both the bottles and sprayers have a natural, translucent color with no tints, eliminating the need for separation during recycling.

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Walmart Introduces Great Value Naturals Cleaning Products


Great Value Naturals Cleaning Products

As a Walmart Mom, I spend a lot of time perusing our local stores for natural, sustainable alternatives to conventional products.  A couple of weeks ago, we had run out of laundry detergent, so I headed over to the household products aisle ready to pick up one of the two brands I regularly purchase (Seventh Generation and Ecos).  I was pleasantly surprised to see Walmart’s new Great Value Naturals Cleaning Products, so I picked up a bottle of Liquid Laundry Detergent instead of the brands I used to purchase to test it out.   A few years ago, it would have been more challenging to find sustainable laundry care and cleaning products at a large retailer like Walmart, but the company is committed to “using less energy, greener chemicals, fewer fertilizers, and more recycled materials,” according to former president and CEO Mike Duke.

When I chat with other moms in my network about “going green,” they typically tell me that the 2 most challenging aspects of making the switch include price and availability.  Walmart has worked to help families overcome these obstacles by offering products in their Great Value Naturals line that are percent free from chemicals, toxins, and allergens.  All four products in the line are also biodegradable and packaged in recyclable materials.

Apart from price and availability, most people want to know if “green” products actually work.  According to the brand, all four products in the line are made with Natural PowerClean, which is the first all-natural cleaning technology lab-tested to deliver the kind of results traditionally only seen in conventional cleaning products.

The very first product I tested out was the Great Value Naturals Liquid Laundry Detergent.  Priced at just $ for a ounce bottle this should in theory wash 64 loads.  I can’t personally tell you how many loads we were able to wash since our Whirlpool Duet Washer uses precision dispense which means I only have to fill it up every few loads (this depends on the size of my load, the settings I input on the washer, and how dirty my clothes are).  One of the first things you’ll notice is that the detergent is free from any scents.  If you have small children or anyone in your family with allergies, you’ll appreciate this fact.  I personally have a great aversion to the scent of most laundry detergents on the market, however, it would be nice for the brand to offer an alternative (perhaps something soft and mild like lavender).  We have two small children who stain their clothing constantly with dirt, food, paint, and a myriad of other substances so I was surprised that their clothes came out quite clean.  We don’t often use fabric softener because it is very difficult to find a natural, chemical-free product, so I would love to see Walmart develop one in the future.

Over the long weekend we spent quite a bit of time cooking, which made for a constant and impressive sink full of dirty dishes.  We use a dishwasher that works optimally when the dishes are loaded dirty (this also helps save water) so I was quite intrigued to see how effective the Great Value Naturals Automatic Dishwasher Gel would be against all of that food grime.  The back of the bottle does say to rinse off the food grime so you may not have optimal results if you choose to just load the dishwasher like I did.  Having tried nearly every dishwasher gel on the market (both convention and eco-friendly), I have always found the gel pacs to be the most effective (and the least messy).  After using the Great Value Naturals brand, I was impressed with how clean my dishes came out.  There were no dried on food particles and because we use a conventional rinse agent, there were no streaks.  I don’t particularly like the size of the bottle (dishwasher gel packs store so much more compactly under the sink) and I don’t like the mess, but this is a great option for people looking for an all-natural dishwasher gel.

Before the Thanksgiving holiday, my house was thoroughly cleaned but as you can imagine, with 4 days of cooking, baking, crafting, and playing, it was like my house had never been cleaned.  The weekend was the perfect opportunity to test out the Great Value Naturals Glass & Window Cleaner and the Multi-Surface Cleaner.  Both products recommend allowing the product to sit for approximately 30 seconds for maximum effectiveness.  The Glass & Window Cleaner worked for my inside windows and the glass doors on my appliances.  There were no streaks and all of the dirt and grime came off without much effort.  When it came time to testing out the Multi-Surface Cleaner, I decided to use it on the dirtiest parts of my house: the bathtub, the kitchen sink, and our stove.  As recommended, I allowed the product to sit and then got to work cleaning. I was surprised at how little effort I had to put forth when cleaning the bathtub and the sink.  All of the dirt and soap residue came off easily.  When it came to the stove, I had to put in a bit of elbow grease.  And to be honest, it took probably applications of the cleaner in order to remove the dried-on grease.  However, oven cleaners are toxic and I refuse to use them in my home so I can put in a bit of extra time and effort to get my oven clean without harsh, potentially dangerous chemicals.  I’d love for Walmart to introduce an oven-specific cleaner that is more effective at removing grease.

Overall, I found Walmart’s new Great Value Naturals line of cleaning products to be effective and extremely affordable (all of the products, minus the laundry detergent, are under $5). You can find the line at more than 2, stores nationwide and soon, online at

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15 best eco-friendly cleaning products, according to experts

"Eco-friendly" and "green" are words some brands toss around to describe cleaning products like all-purpose sprays and disinfectants. But what do these terms mean? In some cases, experts told us, these labels can mean nothing at all — the use of these words by brands is not regulated.

There is no specific criteria detailing what eco-friendly or green means when companies add it to a product's packaging, explained Nancy Simcox, an assistant teaching professor at the University of Washington’s department of environmental and occupational health sciences. This poses a problem for shoppers — it’s hard to know whether we’re buying products actually designed with the environment in mind, no matter how often the word appears on its product website, label and packaging. A similar problem arises with buying face masks like KN95s, products claiming they're carbon neutral or “clean” beauty products, unless they’re certified by a specific company or organization or otherwise beholden to an actual review process.

We talked to experts about what steps shoppers can take to find actually eco-friendly cleaning products and how to choose the best ones to buy for their homes. Experts also recommended additional Earth-friendly cleaning practices to consider adopting, from using microfiber towels to DIY cleaning solutions.


How to buy eco-friendly cleaning products

Eco-friendly. Green. All-natural. Sustainable. When brands use words like these on their packaging without contextualizing what they really mean, they’re “greenwashing” products, noted Simcox. In her experience, consumers don’t often question the significance of these words — if they did, Simcox argued, they would learn that definitions vary by brand and even by product.

Cleaning has gone through a revolution — cleaning products and chemicals can be vetted now and there’s a scientific basis to that vetting.

Nancy Simcox, Chair, APHA’s Occupational Health and Safety Section

In order to avoid “greenwashed” cleaning products, experts recommended looking for cleaning products certified by organizations like the EPA and Green Seal through verified ecolabels, which the EPA defines as “marks placed on product packaging that help consumers identify products that meet specific environmental performance criteria and are therefore deemed ‘environmentally preferable.’’' Experts said that these ecolabels — which can be owned or managed by government agencies, nonprofit environmental advocacy organizations or private sector entities — are the best way to ensure that what you’re using really is designed to be safe for the environment in some degree.

“Cleaning has gone through a revolution,” said Simcox, who is also chair of the American Public Health Association’s Occupational Health and Safety Section. “Cleaning products and chemicals can be vetted now and there’s a scientific basis to that vetting. These certifications help guide the consumer in the right direction.”

Anna Reade, a staff scientist for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, finds third party certifications to be helpful because consumers don’t have to be experts in chemicals to make educated shopping decisions. She said while shoppers can learn the specific names of dangerous chemicals and read cleaning product ingredient lists, it’s time-consuming. Instead, third party certifications do the work for you and simplify the process.

“It shouldn't be hard to figure out how to protect ourselves and the environment from harmful cleaning supplies,” said Reade, who is a part of NRDC’s Healthy People & Thriving Communities program. “These labels and certifications really help people wade through their options.”


EPA cleaning product certification programs

Specifically for cleaning products, the EPA runs two ecolabel programs.

Safer Choice applies to cleaning products like all purpose cleaners, dish soap and laundry detergent.

Design for the Environment applies to antimicrobial pesticide products, which include all purpose, toilet bowl, tub and tile disinfectants and sanitizers.

According to the EPA, both certifications…

  1. Evaluate product performance and assess their ingredients to make sure they meet environmental and human health and safety criteria.
  2. Provide online databases where you can browse through certified products or search for products by name.

The EPA also claims to regularly audit brands to verify that the standards are being upheld.

Reade said a key component of Safer Choice is transparency of ingredients. Products that meet the standard are required to list all of the ingredients they contain on either their packaging or online, which she said is not required by law nationwide. Products also have to be packaged sustainably, such as in recycled plastic, for example.

Additionally, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Reade noted that you can now filter Design for the Environment’s database to show certified products the EPA has determined to be able to kill Covid She said the overuse of cleaning products has been a concern during the pandemic, both in regard to excess chemicals making their way into ecosystems and human exposure to strong chemicals in large quantities.


15 Best household cleaning products that meet EPA standards

There are thousands of products listed between the Safer Choice and Design for the Environment databases. To help you sift through the lists, we rounded up cleaners and disinfectants that meet the standards and are currently available at Shopping reader favorite retailers like Amazon and Walmart.

Cleaning products certified by Safer Choice

All purpose cleaning spray: Blueland

Blueland Multi-Surface Cleaner

Blueland’s Multi-Surface Cleaner, which made an appearance on Shark Tank, is designed to be used on surfaces like countertops and stovetops. It comes with a reusable bottle and three cleaning tablets. To use, fill the bottle with water and drop in a tablet, which makes 24 ounces of cleaning spray. When the bottle is empty, you can refill it. Additional cleaning tablets are sold separately.

Other Blueland products also meet the Safer Choice Standard, like its hand soap, dishwasher tablets and bathroom cleaner.

All purpose cleaning wipes: Clorox

Clorox Compostable Cleaning Wipes

Clorox Compostable Cleaning Wipes are made from plant fibers that are compostable in municipal facilities. They can clean hard surfaces like sealed wood, sealed granite and stainless steel. The wipes come in three scents that meet the Safer Choice Standard: Free & Clear, Simply Lemon and Original Fresh.

Clorox’s glass cleaning system, bathroom cleaning system and other products are also Safer Choice certified.

Laundry detergent: Tide

Tide Free and Gentle Liquid Laundry Detergent

Tide’s Free and Gentle laundry detergent is hypoallergenic, dye-free and fragrance-free. It’s designed to remove residue like dirt, food and stains from clothes while maintaining their color. The laundry detergent also boasts the Target Clean seal.

Other Tide products are also Safer Choice certified, like the brand’s PurClean Laundry Detergent in Honey Lavender and Unscented.


Carpet cleaner: Woolite

Woolite Carpet and Upholstery

This carpet cleaner comes with a built-in fabric safe brush to help you clean and eliminate odors from fabric. It also helps remove stains from fabric, carpet and upholstery.

Woolite’s Oxy Deep PowerShot stain remover is also Safer Choice certified, as are other products by the brand.

Bathroom cleaner: 9 Elements

9 Elements Bathroom Cleaner

9 Elements Lemon and Eucalyptus bathroom cleaner meet the Safer Choice Standard. The product contains vinegar to help clean soap scum, hard water buildup and grime. It’s safe for use on bathroom surfaces like ceramic, tile and porcelain, too. The bathroom cleaner also contains either lemon or eucalyptus essential oil, giving the products their respective scents.

9 Elements laundry detergent, multi-purpose cleaner and more are also Safer Choice certified.

Dish soap: Home Made Simple

Home Made Simple Dish Soap

Home Made Simple’s Rosemary, Lemon and Lavender dish soap meet the Safer Choice Standard. The product is made from plant-based ingredients according to the brand, and comes in a recyclable liquid soap bottle. This soap cleans grease, left over food and other grime off of dishes.

Additional products, like the brand’s multi-purpose cleaners, are also Safer Choice certified.


Granite cleaner: JAWS

JAWS Granite Cleaner & Polish

JAWS Granite Cleaner & Polish is streak free and made from a non-toxic formula that’s safe for natural stone surfaces. The product’s starter kit comes with a reusable bottle with two refill pods to make two bottles of cleaner. To use, fill the reusable bottle with water and drop in a pod. The cleaner has a cucumber-basil fragrance and extra pods can be purchased separately.

Additional JAWS products also meet the Safer Choice Standard, like glass and bathroom cleaners.

Floor cleaner: Bona

Bona Hard-Surface Floor Cleaner with Lemon Mint

This floor cleaner from Bona is designed for hard-surface floors like stone, no-wax sealed tile, laminate and luxury vinyl (LVT). After spraying it on the floor, you can wipe the cleaner away with a mop and it leaves behind a citrus scent, which it gets from lemon, peppermint and spearmint essential oils.

Other Bona products are also Safer Choice certified, like the brand’s PowerPlus Wood Surface Deep Cleaner.

Hand soap: ECOS

ECOS Hypoallergenic Hand Soap

A variety of ECOS hand soap meets the Safer Choice Standard, including its Lemongrass, Lavender, Orange Blossom and Free & Clear options. It’s made with a non-drying formula that cleans and softens hands. The soap is also hypoallergenic.

Other ECOS products also meet the Safer Choice Standard, including its ice melt and all purpose cleaning spray.


Toilet cleaner: Boulder Clean

Boulder Clean Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Boulder Clean’s Toilet Bowl Cleaner works to remove stains, hard water build up, dried soils and mineral deposits. After adding it to the toilet bowl, either scrub clean or let the cleaner sit for about 10 minutes for more stubborn stains. Then, flush the cleaner down the toilet. The toilet cleaner comes in two scents: Bergamot Rosemary Eucalyptus and Fresh Eucalyptus.

Additional Safer Choice certified products from Boulder Clean include the brand’s all-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent.

Degreaser: WD

WD Industrial-Strength Cleaner and Degreaser

Rid automotive parts, tools, floors, industrial machinery, appliances and other equipment of grease with this product from WD It’s made from a water-based formula and comes in a non-aerosol spray bottle. You can safely use the product on surfaces like aluminum, chrome, glass, plastic, rubber, stainless steel, granite, leather and paint.

Dishwasher detergent: Seventh Generation

Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Gel

Seventh Generation’s Free & Clear and Lemon dishwasher detergent gel both meet the Safer Choice Standard. The detergent is designed to clean dishes in the dishwasher, getting rid of dirt and grease to leave them streak free. The product’s formula is made with plant-based ingredients, and it’s free from fragrances, chlorine and dye. Additional Safer Choice certified products from Seventh Generation include its all-purpose spray and fabric softener sheets.


Cleaning products certified by the Design for the Environment program

All purpose disinfecting wipes: Lemi

Lemi Shine Disinfecting Wipes

Lemi Shine Disinfecting Wipes say they kill over percent of bacteria and viruses, including Staph, Salmonella and E. Coli. The wipes are also on the EPA’s list of cleaning products determined to kill Covid They contain natural citric acid to clean surfaces like kids toys, countertops and doorknobs. Each container comes with 75 antibacterial wipes.

All purpose disinfecting spray: Lysol

Lysol with Hydrogen Peroxide Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Determined to kill Covid by the EPA, this multi-purpose cleaner from Lysol is made with hydrogen peroxide. When sprayed on surfaces, the hydrogen peroxide formula releases micro bubbles that work to dissolve grease and soap scum. The brand says it eliminates percent of viruses and bacteria.

Lysol’s Lemon & Lime Blossom and Fragrance Free Multi-Surface Disinfectants also meet the Design for the Environment’s standards (while we can’t find them for sale online, you may come across them in stores).

Disinfecting toilet bowl cleaner: Lysol

Lysol Bleach Free Hydrogen Peroxide Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Like the multi-purpose cleaner, this toilet bowl cleaner from Lysol also contains hydrogen peroxide. It works to kill bacteria and viruses that may be found in the toilet bowl, as well as gets rid of dirt and stains. The product’s formula does not contain bleach and leaves a fresh scent behind.


How do cleaning products impact the environment?

The most concerning ingredients in cleaning products are some of the chemicals in them, said Chris Cappa, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, cleaning products are released into the environment in two main ways: through the evaporation of volatile components and when people wash them down drains. And when cleaning products grow especially popular, as they did during the pandemic, more chemicals are needed to make those products in the first place.

Evaporation of volatile components

Cappa said the majority of chemical compounds in cleaning products are organic, but volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a subset that more readily evaporate and can negatively impact air quality, both indoors and outside, according to the EPA. Indoors, VOCs might appear in cleaners, disinfectants, aerosol sprays, air fresheners and similar products. Outdoors, VOCs that enter the atmosphere can contribute to urban smog, both through the formation of ozone and of particulate matter, which is sometimes referred to as aerosols. In high concentrations, Cappa said ozone and particulate matter are bad for our respiratory and heart health — ozone has similarly negative effects on plants and crops.

Chemicals down the drain

If you use a cloth or sponge to wipe down surfaces with cleaning products and then rinse them out in the sink, the residual cleaning products go down the drain. The same happens if you spray cleaning products in the sink, shower or bath and wash them away. The EPA states that chemicals can enter our waterways through drains, which may contribute to poor water clarity, as well as disrupt the normal biological functions of wildlife.

“When we think about the cleaning products we’re buying, it’s important to consider that some contain chemicals that are toxic to you and to organisms downstream,” Cappa noted.


Cleaning products during the pandemic

In , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Association of Poison Control Centers conducted a study that Simcox said signaled that people were buying and using more cleaning products, and thus releasing more chemicals inside and outside their homes. Researchers looked for an association between “Covid cleaning recommendations from public health agencies and the media and the number of chemical exposures reported to the National Poison Data System,” based on data from the nation's 55 poison control centers.

From January to March , poison centers received 45, exposure calls related to cleaners and disinfectants — an increase of more than 20 percent from the same January-to-March timeframe in and a percent jump from While the study emphasizes no definite link between exposures and Covid cleaning efforts, “there appears to be a clear temporal association with increased use of these products.”

Other cleaning product certifications

In addition to the EPA, nongovernmental entities also evaluate and sometimes certify cleaning products based on their own environmental safety standards. For example, Simcox said some cleaning products are certified through programs like Green Seal, Ecologo and Cradle to Cradle. Each has its own set of standards and lists products that meet requirements on online databases. Reade also mentioned that the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit activist organization, has a Guide to Healthy Cleaning, which evaluates products and assigns hazard ratings for a variety of cleaners and ingredients. The Environmental Working group verifies cleaning products according to its own standards, too.


Can you make your own cleaning products at home?

Reade said you can make eco-friendly cleaning solutions at home, but they won't work for everything.

“Homemade cleaning solutions do a really great job of cleaning your home, especially for low touch or low traffic areas. But when you should use them depends on what the job is,” Reade said. “If you’re concerned about disinfecting or sanitizing a surface, I would stick to products on the EPA’s Design for the Environment list.”

To make an all-purpose spray at home, start by filling a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar to use on coffee tables, windows and blinds, recommended Bailey Carson, a home care expert at Angi.

Simcox said you can also add baking soda to the mixture, and put it down drains to reduce odors and soap scum.

Additionally, beyond cleaning products, single-use items like paper towels, sponges and mop heads also impact the environment since they’re thrown away and can accumulate in landfills. Carson said to swap these items out for reusable options like biodegradable sponges or microfiber cloths, and mops and dusters with washable heads.


Zoe Malin

Zoe Malin is a digital editorial intern for Select on NBC News.


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13 best natural cleaning products of

Cleaning house is good for the spirit, but it’s not always good for the environment. That’s because many of today’s cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which, when inhaled or touched, can harm you and your family.

So you want to buy more sustainable cleaning products. But where do you start? With so many brands advertising their eco-friendliness and natural ingredients, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the options.

That's why we asked green cleaning coach Leslie Reichert, a longtime advocate for environmentally safe cleaning, to help us choose some great eco-friendly products. Try them for a clean house — and a cleaner environment.

Green cleaning tools

1. NatureZWay Bamboo Reusable Towels

These towels can be hand-rinsed up to times, drastically reducing paper towel consumption and waste. So tough they function like cloth, bamboo towels can handle scrubbing and cleaning tasks all over the house, from greasy cooktops to grungy tubs. Made from sustainable and renewable sources, they leave minimal or no imprint on the earth at the end of the product life cycle. “I’ve tried these — great product!” Reichert said.

2. E-Cloth Window Cleaning Pack

Microfiber on steroids — that’s how we describe E-Cloth. Its super absorbent fibers tackle dirty windows with just water, no chemicals! Get lint-free, streak-free, sparkling windows and save trees at the same time. Each cloth is good for up to washings — that means a lot of clean windows! “You get what you pay for without overpaying,” said Reichert.

3. Scrub Daddy Original Scratch-Free Scrubber

Scrubs clean without scratching wood, plastic, stainless steel, cast iron, non-stick coatings or glass. It rinses clean and debris-free, too, so it doesn’t develop odors. It has a hard texture in cold water for tough scrubbing and a soft texture in warm water for gentle cleaning. “I’ve used this one and it’s cool,” said Reichert.

4. Skoy Eco-Friendly Cleaning Cloth

Another way to eliminate paper waste in the home, a single Skoy cloth replaces up to 15 rolls of paper towels and is percent biodegradable. Skoy Cloth can be used like cloth for cleaning, yet it is more absorbent (it absorbs 15 times its weight). Plus, it dries quickly to prevent the growth of bacteria. Reusable, it is safe for the dishwasher, washer and dryer. “I love the cloth AND their scrub!!” added Reichert.

5. Pumie Toilet Bowl Ring Remover

Tackle tough toilet bowl rings with a pumice stone. Safe for porcelain, it removes rings with just a bit of elbow grease. “Toilet bowl rings are tough. This product wipes them out!” said Reichert.


Natural cleaning products

1. Urine Off Odor And Stain Remover

Urine Offis formulated with specialized enzymes and bacteria that break down urine (and other bodily discharges) that cause odors and stains in bathrooms. Ideal for tubs, tile, grout, toilet, sink, floor and walls. No harsh chemicals. Especially useful in homes where incontinence, pets or “poor aim” are a problem. If they can hit it, Urine Off can get rid of it. “This stuff really works,” said Reichert.

2. Lemi Shine Appliance Cleaner

An eco-friendly way to clean the interiors of appliance like washers, dishwashers and garbage disposals. Made with powerful citric extracts, it is non-toxic, biodegradable and phosphate-free. “All of Lemi shine’s products are awesome,” Reichert added.

3. Ecoegg Laundry Egg

Wash clothes without detergent or soap! The Laundry Egg contains two types of pellets: tourmaline ceramic pellets that weaken the bond between dirt and fabric and mineral pellets that lift dirt away. One egg lasts washes and requires adding some new mineral pellets every 72 washes. Dermatologically tested, it contains no harsh chemicals and is perfect for babies or people with sensitive skin. The fragrance-free version of the Laundry Egg is supported by the National Eczema society.

4. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner

This cleaner combines plant-derived ingredients and essential oils for a natural way to get rid of kitchen messes and bathroom odors. It’s great on all non-porous surfaces such as finished wood and tile floors, countertops, walls, porcelain, bathroom fixtures, sealed natural and synthetic stone. Plus, it’s made in the USA. “Mrs. Meyer's products are a great first step in trying to remove toxins from cleaning products. I love the scents!” said Reichert.

5. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Surface Scrub

Tackle grimy surfaces throughout your home with this non-scratching powder. Contains no chlorine or phosphates. Made with a naturally safe ash and oxygen bleach, it’s great on tile, stainless steel, professional cookware, porcelain fixtures and more. “I like Mrs. Meyer's powder oxygen bleach scrub,” said Reichert. “Plus, it’s rated a B by EWG.”

6. Method Daily Shower Spray

This product uses solvents from timber mill byproducts to dissolve soap scum, and plant-based surface modifiers to reduce grimy buildup. It is biodegradable and safe for most surfaces: tubs, tiles, sinks, countertops and fixtures. Reichert recommends this product as a good option for surfaces.

7. Better Life Simply Floored! Plant-Based Floor Cleaner

Reichert recommends the Simply Floored! Plant-Based Floor Cleaner. This product safely cleans and restores shine to hardwood, ceramic tile, stone, bamboo, vinyl, laminate and other sealed floors. No rinsing, no residues.

8. Better Life Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Naturally powered by plant extracts, this toilet bowl cleaner removes stubborn stains and deodorizes as it cleans. It’s thick, so it clings to the surface for effective cleaning. Safe for septic tanks and waterways. “I love all Better Life products,” said Reichert. “While this one isn’t rated by EWG, all their other products are As and Bs. I would also recommend a pumice stone for removing toilet bowl ring. Nothing does a better job on it."

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I know that many of you are like me, and prefer to use natural cleaning products whenever possible. For my family is not just about wanting to be environmentally responsible (although that&#;s a good reason), but we have some health issues that make it necessary too. I have one kiddo with asthma and allergies, and some of the more toxic cleaners can set off an asthma attack for him. Our one big challenge has been cost. Many of the natural versions of household cleaners can be more then twice the cost.

I was excited to learn that Walmart has launched a new Great Value Naturals product line, that keeps costs down for everyone. The new line includes four products, at these price points:

If you are in the habit of buying natural cleaning products, you probably noticed very quickly that those are pretty good prices.

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Great Value Naturals cleaning products are made from plant-based, all-natural Evolve® cleaning technology.The technology effectively captures and breaks down soils, grease and grime without leaving harmful residues or irritants behind on skin, surfaces or the environment.

If you have very young children, you will likely love the Natural Laundry detergent product. I use to have to buy special detergents for my kids when they were infants and toddlers, since we were dealing with Exzema, and regular detergents caused bad breakouts on their skin. Those detergents were very expensive, I sure wish I had an option like this back then.

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My favorite product so far is the Multi-Surface cleaner (thats why its half gone after only a week!).

The photo above is of my beloved bathroom sinks. My husband and I both carried one of these back on our laps on the flight home from our honeymoon. I adore them, but they get very dirty very quickly. The photo on top is one sink before I wiped it down with the multi-surface cleaner (don&#;t judge, its just toothpaste&#;and only goes to prove we brush our teeth!). The bottom picture is our second sink, which looked just like the dirty one before I gave it a quick spray and rub down with the Multi-Surface cleaner. There was no extra scrubbing required to shine it right up!

Great Value Naturals cleaning products are sold exclusively at Walmart, and currently in more than 2, Walmart stores across the U.S. and online.

What is my favorite thing about the cleaners? No strong smells! I have a few other natural cleaners on hand (well know National brands) that still have such a strong smell when I spray them that I hate to use them. The strong scents give me headaches. Not only do these ones not have the strong scents. but I was told that they would actually absorb smells (so if you sprayed some of the multi-surface spray on your carpet and scrubbed it out, it would absorb the bad odors there). I did not have an opportunity to test this out, so be sure to comment below and let us know if you have tried this.

Plus I know that you will love this little extra perk in the Northwest &#; these products packages are recyclable!

For more information about Walmart’s new Great Value Naturals cleaning line, check out The Green Room website, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest offerings and happenings!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walmart and The Motherhood. All opinions are % my own, you can read our disclosure policy here.


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