6 Best Natural Cleaning Products for Your Home (100% Toxic Free & Environmentally Safe, Too!)

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Learn why these are the best truly natural cleaning products on the market!

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We don’t want living a non-toxic and eco-friendly lifestyle to feel like a chore or overwhelming. Having personally used this simplified list of non-toxic & natural cleaning products in my own home, I can assure you that these six natural cleaning products are ALL you need! 🙌🏼

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Why skip traditional cleaning products?

The most popular and eye-catching name brands you see on store shelves contain chemicals that may contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions, headaches, skin diseases such as dermatitis, and more.

Here are some chemicals commonly found in traditional cleaning products I choose to skip:


  • 🛑 Ammonia causes immediate burning of the eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory tract; long-term or high exposure can result in irritability, headache, vomiting, ataxia, seizures, encephalopathy, coma, and even death.
  • 🛑 Bleach – at low levels, it can irritate skin and mucus membranes.
  • 🛑 Butoxyethanollong-term inhalation exposure can lead to damage to red blood cells. 
  • 🛑 Chlorine can lead to Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS), a chemical irritant–induced type of asthma.
  • 🛑 Perchloroethylene – may cause irritation of eyes, nose, throat, and skin; may also cause liver damage and is a potential carcinogen
  • 🛑 Phosphateslinked to cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis
  • 🛑 Phthalates – can impact your natural hormones and lead to lower fertility, development issues, and a higher risk of cancer.
  • 🛑 Propylene Glycol – reported adverse effects from PG toxicity include central nervous system (CNS) toxicity, hyperosmolarity, hemolysis, cardiac arrhythmia, seizures, agitation, and lactic acidosis.
  • 🛑 Sodium Hydroxidecan cause severe burning to skin and eyes and will cause sore throats if inhaled. 
  • 🛑 Triclosan can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria and resistance to beneficial bacteria in humans.; highly toxic to algae in our streams and rivers.

Below are the BEST non toxic cleaning products that are safer for you, your home, and the environment:

three different kinds of the best cleaning products on white background

graphic with best toilet floor and dishwasher cleaner

  1. All-Purpose CleanerForce of Nature
  2. Wiping Surfaces Swedish dishcloths
  3. All-Purpose Soap Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap
  4. Toilet Cleaner MamaSuds Toilet Bombs
  5. Floor Cleaner Shark Steam Mop
  6. Dishwasher TabletsBlueland Dishwasher Tablets

1. Best All-Purpose Cleaner: Force of Nature

force of nature cleaner on table

Force of Nature Starter Kit $79.50
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Final cost $71.55 shipped on Amazon!


How to save: Subscribe & Save to the Force of Nature Activator Capsules and pay just 10¢ per fluid ounce of cleaner. Note that the Starter Kit is required for use.

Force of Nature is a federal EPA-registered disinfectant and sanitizer that NATURALLY kills 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and viruses, including COVID, Staph, MRSA, Influenza, and more! 😱 It uses perfectly portioned capsules of water, salt, and vinegar combined with an electrolyzing machine that converts water into an organic multi-purpose cleaner and deodorizer, making it 100% biodegradable. 👏🏻 It’s gentle yet incredibly effective on grime, grease, and so much more!

It’s literally the ONLY cleaner you need and will replace bleach, disinfectants, sanitizers, deodorizers, kitchen, bathroom, window, and carpet, to name a few 🤯 and it will cut your costs by 80%! It’s a splurge upfront, but once you own this unique system, the refill capsules come out to just 10¢ cents per ounce, and the Recyclable Activator Capsules reduce plastic waste by 97%.

hand holding capsules with force of nature cleaner in background

To recap, here are the top 5 reasons why you should switch to Force of Nature:


  1. ✅ Naturally kills 99.9% of bacteria
  2. ✅ Uses just 3 simple, 100% biodegradable ingredients
  3. ✅ Reduces plastic waste by 97%
  4. ✅ Replaces every cleaner in your home
  5. ✅ Competitive pricing – just 10¢ per fluid ounce

2. Best for Wiping Surfaces: Swedish dishcloths

hand holding white swedish dishcloths in front of monstera plant

Swedish Dishcloths 10-Pack $14.60 (regularly $18.25)
Opt to Subscribe & Save (5-10% off + free shipping w/ Prime)
Final cost $13.87 shipped (5%) or $13.14 shipped (10%)


How to save: Check for possible lower prices during big sale events like Black Friday.

Swedish dishcloths are useful on many different surfaces, endlessly reusable, and easy to clean by throwing them in the dishwasher or washing machine! They NEVER stain either, so don’t shy away from grabbing them because they’re white! 😱 They’re the #1 solution to stop buying paper towels.

My top pick for Swedish dishcloths is made up of 70% wood pulp cellulose and 30% natural cotton fibers so they’re 100% biodegradable, and they do NOT contain any petroleum-based binders like some companies.

hand wiping wood table with swedish dishcloth

To recap, here are the top 5 reasons why you should switch to Swedish Dishcloths:


  1. ✅ Made of 2 simple 100% biodegradable ingredients
  2. ✅ Endlessly reusable
  3. ✅ Can be used on every surface
  4. ✅ Easy to clean in dishwasher or washing machine
  5. ✅ Money-saving

3. Best All-Purpose Soap: Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

hand holding a bottle of dr bronners castile soap

Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap $8.59


How to save: Pay as low as 50¢ per fluid ounce when you opt for the 32-ounce pack or check with your local co-op grocery store/market for a possible refill station.

Dr. Bronner’s has an endless list of uses, and it’s 2 – 3x more concentrated than most conventional cleaners, so you can dilute it to stretch your dollar even more. This product is 100% biodegradable and thoughtfully packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic (or you can grab their new refill cartons with 82% less plastic).

Dr. Bronner’s scented soaps are made with certified organic, fair-trade oils and ingredients and developed using sustainable harvesting. Each product has numerous certifications, including Non-GMO Project Verified, USDA Certified Organic, and Certified Vegan. It even naturally keeps pests from gardens.

hand holding a bottle of dr bronners castile soap

To recap, here are the top 5 reasons why you should switch to Dr. Bronner’s:


  1. ✅ 100% Biodegradable
  2. ✅ Extremely gentle and versatile for many purposes (18-in-1 uses)
  3. ✅ Thoughtful production & packaging
  4. ✅ Can replace essentially all other household soaps
  5. ✅ Countless certifications

4. Best Toilet Cleaner: MamaSuds Toilet Bombs

hand holding mama suds toilet bombs pack

MamaSuds Toilet Bombs – $16.50 ($1.65 per tablet) 


How to save: Save on shipping by finding it at a local store near you or score 15% off by opting for Subscribe & Save on MamaSuds.com. MamaSuds is not sold by other online 3rd party retailers.

Plop, fizz, scrub, flush! These non-GMO toilet bombs are just as fun to use as they are safe. The only ingredients are sodium bicarbonate (mined in western Colorado by Natural Soda in its purest form nahcolite), non-GMO citric acid, water, essential oils of tea tree, organic peppermint, and lemon! They’re biodegradable, and the product itself is 100% plastic-free! 🤩

They can also be used to clean your garbage disposal, keep a diaper pail fresh, and much more!

Hand holding a white toilet bomb

To recap, here are the top 5 reasons why you should switch to MamaSuds Toilet Bombs:


  1. ✅ 6 Simple & 100% biodegradable & ethically sourced ingredients
  2. ✅ Effective at naturally cleaning
  3. ✅ Naturally deodorizes
  4. ✅ Zero plastic waste
  5. ✅ Versatile & fun to use

5. Best Floor Cleaner: Shark Steam Mop

shark steam mop vacuum leaning on chair with extra pad and bottle of essential oils

Shark Steam Mop $89.99 shipped (regularly $109.99) on Target.com


How to Save: Check for possible deeper discounts during major sales like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Steam kills bacteria and viruses quickly and effectively, so this safer cleaning method is also time-saving compared to traditional mopping. Adding water lets you have disinfected floors that you’ll feel good about. I chose the Shark Steam mop simply because I’ve owned it for 5+ years, and it performs so well and is easy to use.

The pads are endlessly reusable and washable. Put a few drops of essential oils on the pads, and your whole house will smell amazing! (Psst…never put oils in your water tank!) I recommend Plant Therapy’s Organic Peppermint Essential Oil for an incredibly fresh aroma.

close up of shark steam mop on wood floor

To recap, here are the top 5 reasons why you should switch to a Shark Steam Mop:


  1. ✅ Only uses water
  2. ✅ Endlessly reusable pads
  3. ✅ Effectively kills viruses & bacteria
  4. ✅ Ability to create your own aroma using essential oils
  5. ✅ Time-saving

6. Best Dishwasher Tablets: Blueland Dishwasher Tablets

hand holding a bag of blueland dishwasher tablets in front of white dishwasher

Blueland Dishwasher Tablets $23.99 on Amazon (40¢ per tablet)


How to save: Subscribe & Save to the largest 120-pack and pay just 35¢ per tablet.

*Note that the product’s brown bag packaging may vary. The product I have linked is the same product in my photos above. 

Many conventional pods have wrappers that add microplastics to our water streams (NOT good for marine life), but Blueland sets itself apart because the tablets are 100% plastic-free and biodegradable. As a bonus, the ingredients are EWG-verified. Even Blueland paper bags are compostable, so this product leaves zero footprint.

I have kids who are very sensitive to smells, and ever since I switched to these unscented tablets, they no longer complain about food or water packed in their reusable containers smelling like soap. Zero spots, no soapy smell – it’s a win-win.

hand holding blueland dishwasher tablets

To recap, here are the top 5 reasons why you should switch to Blueland Dishwasher Tablets:


  1. ✅ EWG-Verified ingredients
  2. ✅ Completely plastic-free
  3. ✅ Scientifically-proven clean
  4. ✅ Compostable, Earth-friendly packaging
  5. ✅ Countless certifications (Climate Neutral Certified, USDA Certified Bio-Based Product, etc.)

Now that you have your product list, check out our house cleaning tips!


About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.


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Comments 24

  1. everest716

    For those that cannot afford Force of Nature starter kit at $79.50 on Amazon, (like myself) – I highly recommend Great Value Cleaning Vinegar at Walmart $1.64 for 2quarts/64oz. It cleans til sparkling and I dilute it with water too.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your recommendation, everest716! I know the Force of Nature is a splurge, but it has definitely paid for itself in the last year or so since I started using it and I love spending such a minimal amount for just one cleaner now. I hope you’re able to give it a try sometime!

    • Casey

      Yes vinegar works great as an all purpose cleaner.

      • everest716

        Sure does! I wish I had started using it sooner! No residue. Cleans amazing!

        • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

          Hi there!

          Thank you all so much for sharing your tried and true products and DIY’s. I know Force of Nature is a pricier product compared to using regular vinegar, but I just wanted to chime in with some additional information from the Force of Nature website that you may find valuable.

          Vinegar has some drawbacks that Force of Nature overcomes due to the chemistry change that the appliance creates. Cleaning with regular vinegar damages stone surfaces including granite, marble, travertine, limestone & onyx, while Force of Nature can be used on sealed stone. Regular vinegar corrodes grout & rubber over time; Force of Nature does not. Vinegar is also not an EPA-registered disinfectant or sanitizer and doesn’t have the same cleaning efficacy. Force of Nature is just as effective as conventional cleaners including bleach, Formula 409 (on grease), Windex (on glass), Febreze (on odors), and Scrubbing Bubbles (on soap scum). Additionally, vinegar does not kill viruses effectively enough to qualify as an EPA-registered disinfectant & sanitizer. Once you dilute vinegar as part of a DIY cleaning solution, you’re reducing the virus-killing power even further. Force of Nature is a great option for creating an EPA-registered disinfectant that kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria when used as directed. I hope this information is valuable to you.

          • everest716

            Force of Nature capsules are literally salt and vinegar per their website. $80 vinegar must be EPA registered I guess. I’ll stick to my Great Value Cleaning Vinegar at $1.64 for 2quarts/64oz. I hope your’re able to give it a try sometime!

    • Dee

      Yes, this is the way to go. Vinegar to clean surfaces. Baking soda for baked on messes as a mild abrasive cleaner. Don’t mix them unless you are cleaning the drains.
      Old t-shirts and flannel shirts cut up as cleaning cloths. Free and recycling resources, which is really environmentally friendly.
      Simmer some citrus rinds and/or spices as an air freshener.
      I do like my steam mop for cleaning the bathroom floors. I don’t use essential oils, though, as they give me headaches.

      • everest716

        Thanks for the baking soda tip! Gotta save where we can!

  2. Bharathi Setty

    Hi, I appreciate your efforts to post the natural cleaning products but how can we be so sure of what chemicals to be avoided and where to find that information?

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Bharathi! I find EWG’s search tool to be very helpful and a great starting point for learning more about each product. Google is also really helpful if there’s an ingredient on your current product label that you’re unsure about. I hope this helps!

  3. Casey

    I make most of my cleaning products. Also use Blueland for what I don’t.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s wonderful, Casey, and I’m sure very budget-friendly. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Lori

    Are Swedish dish cloths any different than microfiber cloths?

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Lori! Yes, they’re much different. To start, microfiber cloths are made of synthetic materials (almost always plastics). The biggest differences to note are that they don’t have nearly as much absorbency as a Swedish Dishcloth, microfiber towels also can’t be sterilized in the dishwasher safely, and they don’t have grippy ridges that help with stuck-on messes. I hope this helps explain some of the main reasons they’re different.

  5. acgold

    We use vinegar, alcohol and water to clean almost everything. We buy plain baby wipes and use a mix of vinegar and alcohol ( 50/50) added to them. Baking soda is great for stains!

  6. LadyDay

    I love Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap!!!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s wonderful to hear, LadyDay! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. siena95

    Save yourself $80. Tea tree oil, vinegar, water in a spray bottle= disinfectant , cleaner

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing what works for you, siena95! I, too, used to love making my own vinegar solution until I learned about Force of Nature. Depending on your intentions with cleaning I wanted to chime in with some additional information from the Force of Nature website that you may find valuable.

      Vinegar has some drawbacks that Force of Nature overcomes due to the chemistry change that the appliance creates. Cleaning with regular vinegar damages stone surfaces including granite, marble, travertine, limestone & onyx, while Force of Nature can be used on sealed stone. Regular vinegar corrodes grout & rubber over time; Force of Nature does not. Vinegar is also not an EPA-registered disinfectant or sanitizer and doesn’t have the same cleaning efficacy. Force of Nature is just as effective as conventional cleaners including bleach, Formula 409 (on grease), Windex (on glass), Febreze (on odors), and Scrubbing Bubbles (on soap scum). Additionally, vinegar does not kill viruses effectively enough to qualify as an EPA-registered disinfectant & sanitizer. Once you dilute vinegar as part of a DIY cleaning solution, you’re reducing the virus-killing power even further. Force of Nature is a great option for creating an EPA-registered disinfectant that kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria when used as directed.

      I hope this information is valuable to you.

  8. siena95

    And I use Dropps brand dish tabs. Come in box, no plastic

  9. everest716

    @sara @collin..Why are my posts being deleted?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! Sorry for any confusion. 💖 I’m wondering if your comments were not showing up on your end, as we did see many duplicates of the same comments and those duplicates were removed, but the original has been left. Hoping that helps! 🤗 Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and findings with us! We sure appreciate your feedback and hope those comments are loading up better for you now. ❤️

      • everest716

        Thanks. I’m sorry to say I’m very disillusioned. I can’t understand a savings site pushing this $80 cleaner (that’s vinegar and salt) while stating cleaning vinegar isn’t as effective. By the way, there’s a much better deal on the company’s own website vs the Amazon price. Oh never mind..I guess I understand the push now.

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          You’re welcome! I do see savings offered on the main site, however it doesn’t apply to this same set. Bummer! There is a coupon listed for the Amazon option as well if also helpful. Thanks again!

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