My Non-Toxic Household Transition + What I Ate Today

I am so happy that so many of you found my post last week on my non-toxic skincare helpful! Isn’t it amazing how much there is to learn? The nerd in me gets excited when I find new “projects” like detoxifying my home.

Today, in a sort of second installation, I’m sharing what household cleaning products I’m now using in my home, along with, of course, another What I Ate today series (Valentine’s Day edition!).

What I Ate Today, February 14, 2017

Breakfast

I was running a bit behind, so I grabbed an 18 Rabbits organic bar and enjoyed it with two hard-boiled eggs I had made the day before.

Snack

We bought organic grapes the other day at the grocery store, so I had a bag – and almost forgot to take a picture, so here’s a shot of the two lonely last grapes! I had about a cup.

Lunch

I met Lu in the city to get lunch and I had a salad, but I forgot to take a picture of it! It’s a kale and spinach salad with hard boiled egg, beets, carrots, quinoa, avocado, and a spicy ginger dressing. I’ve literally had this salad before and it looks like this:

Snack

Since I did a 45 minute spin class this morning, I was extra hungry later in the afternoon, so I made a half of my standard veggie sandwich (using one piece of bread.) Carrots, cucumbers, greens, onions, tomato, hummus, and avocado!

Dinner

Me, Lu, my sister Felicia, and her fiance Ben went out to dinner in the West Village to this quaint little pizza spot in New York City called Brunetti Pizza for Valentine’s Day! At dinner, she asked me to be her MOH (yay!) and Ben asked Lu to be a groomsmen (so cute!) It was a great night, full of wine and pizza. I also ordered a kale salad, but it wasn’t very good (very cheesy and salty), so I only had a forkful, and didn’t think it warranted a photo! Felicia and I split a Margherita pizza and each had a slice of the Quattro Formaggi pizza. The boys split a Sausage & Peppers pizza. It came out to three slices per person!

Dessert

I have been craving vegan desserts lately, so I decided in the morning that we were going to go to Sweets by Chloe afterwards (in SoHo). We took a cab down there (because it was FREEZING) and I got a vegan gluten-free chocolate chip cookie which was AMAZING. Top 3 best chocolate chip cookies of my life! Really recommend this spot – and the main restaurant, by Chloe., if you’re ever in the city (or live in the city, of course.)

My Transition Over to Non-Toxic Household Cleaning Products

Download the Think Dirty App and start checking all of your products for their toxicity levels. You’ll be shocked! This isn’t sponsored, it’s just helped me a lot in this transition! 

You can read more about my decision to detoxify the products I use in last week’s post, here. Now, as for household products – those are just as important! Just beacuse you’re not necessarily rubbing dishwasher detergent into your skin, doesn’t mean you’re not ingesting it in other ways. After you clean a plate, there’s definitely residue leftover, no matter how well you rinse – and when you go to take a forkful of that spiralized pasta, you’re ingesting a bit of it!

And as for your linens and clothes, whatever dried soap residue on your clothes is rubbing into your skin all day, as you wear your favorite jeans or tee.

So, here’s what I’m using now in my household – and what products I need suggestions on:

General Cleaning

Was using: Swiffer Wet Jet + Swiffer Pads
Now using: Honest Wet Mop Pads

Kitchen

Was using: Meyer’s Hand Soap
Now also using: Kosmatology Foaming Hand Wash

Was using: Meyer’s Dish Soap
Now using: Honest Dish Soap

Was using: Meyer’s All-Purpose Cleaner
Now using: Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner
Now also using: Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner

Was using: Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Pods
Now using: Seventh Generation Dishwasher Pods

Bathroom

Was using: Draino
Now using: Nothing! Need a replacement – does anyone have any DIY remedies or products?

Was using: Meyer’s Hand Soap
Now also using: Kosmatology Foaming Hand Wash

Was using: Shower Cleaner
Now using: Honest Bathroom Cleaner

Was using: Lysol Clean & Fresh Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Now using: Honest Toilet Cleaner

Was using: 409 All-Purpose Cleaner
Now using: Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner
Now also using: Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner

Laundry

Was using: Method Laundry Detergent
Now using: Seventh Generation Liquid Laundry Detergent

 

So, tell me – what are some of your favorite non-toxic household cleaning products?

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Comments

  1. I honestly love soapnuts to do my laundry! And there is a lovely brand called Method http://methodhome.com/products/ Hope this helps :)

  2. Hey Ali! Love your post and might try out some of the cleaners you mentioned (especially dish soap and laundry detergent)! Instead of Draino, pour a cup of backing soda down the drain followed by a half cup of white vinegar. Follow up 30 minutes later with a pot of hot water. Voila!

  3. You must try a drain clog remover like this: https://www.amazon.com/Vastar-Drain-Snake-Remover-Cleaning/dp/B01DP87IF8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487172992&sr=8-1&keywords=zipper+drain+cleaner.

    I’ve never used anything better. Draino can’t even compare.

    Kuddos on making the switch!

  4. I also use many of the Seventh Generation priducts but haven’t made the switch to their laundry detergent yet…please review how you like it? I do use the fabric softener and dryer sheets tho ;) Loving your last few posts! So informative !!

  5. Loved reading this…would love your readers’ suggestions for a non-toxic hard water stain remover for the shower/tub. Every combination of lemon juice, white vinegar and baking soda (with lots of sit time as well as elbow grease) has been useless. I’ve had success with some pretty powerful cleaners but having to wear gloves and open a window in the winter to clean is a bit scary. (my apologies if you prefer not have this type of question on your food blog)

    • No it’s a great question – and I hope you receive some answers!!

    • Pure white vinegar also doesn’t work? Are you sure that it’s limescale in that case, or are these rust stains that you are dealing with?

      • Thanks for responding Olga….the stains are definitely orange which leads me to believe it’s a hard water issue. I saw you mention Norwex in your comment to Ali….interestingly enough, the Norwex descaler works beautifully with no scrubbing at all but at $30 for 11oz its too pricey for me to buy regularly. Btw straight white vinegar, my mom’s answer to every stain, didn’t work:(

      • Okay, in that case you need some kind of stronger acid. When I think “hard water stain” I typically think limescale, but the orange stuff is actually iron. I don’t have much firsthand experience, but I do know that stuff like Barkeeper’s Friend and CLR should take that out, albeit not in a super eco-friendly manner. Maybe give something like the 7th Gen toilet bowl cleaner a try? It’s a concentrated lactic acid-based cleaner, which might be strong enough to do the trick… Worst case scenario it won’t break the bank and you’ll have some good toilet bowl cleaner?

    • I use a pumice stone on my toilet and sinks (I have two that stay in separate locations :-) ) to take off the hard water stains it works really well and does not damage the porcelain.

      • Thank you Melissa. I used a pumice stone once on all of my toilets….worked wonderfully. I was told that although not apparent to the naked eye, I was actually removing the top layer of protective coating and any new stains would be that much harder to remove. I actually don’t mind this remedy for toilet rings, but not sure I’d want to use it on a shower wall. Thanks again for responding.

  6. Alethea Anderson :

    I use Molly Suds for clothes and use Thieves and Vinegar for household cleaning. I use a lot of Seventh Generation in the house too. I’m also a big fan of Everyone Hand Soap. Love all of the ideas!

  7. Draino is terrible for your pipes! The chemicals that dissolve the blockage are also eating away at your pipes over time. The baking soda, vinegar, boiling water post above is a great tip but honestly, and it’s pretty gross, about once a month (more often if we bathe our dogs in the tub) I clear the drain with a head lamp, forceps, and a trash can nearby and just pull out the hair and gunk that has accumulated. It takes only a few minutes and makes all the difference in the world.

  8. The 7th Gen toilet cleaner is fantastic! I’m not a huge fan of Honest Co, they got in trouble for improper ingredient disclosure recently, and something about them feels so scammy…

    Also, I have splurged on quite a bit of Norwex cloths and don’t really have a need for surface cleaners. As much as I dislike Norwex prices, their stuff really is good.

    For detergents, Charlie’s Soap or Nellie’s Laundry Soda spiked with some oxygen bleach (I like the Dropps 4-in-1 pods and OXO-Brite powder) is great for light and white loads. Also, the Ecover liquids while on the sudsy side (so not great for front loader owners with soft water) do a great job. And my exercise gear gets Biokleen Sport or HEX Free&Clear.

  9. What do you think of the Method line of products (sold at Target)? I switched to that for most of my cleaning, but I don’t know if it’s truly a good line or if it’s “greenwashing.”

    I use just plain vinegar for a LOT of stuff though. You can get big bulk jugs of it and it’s incredibly cheap.

    • For the Method line, some of their products are better than others. You should download the Think Dirty App and you’ll be able to see right away how they stack up! Hope that helps.

  10. I’m just starting to transition to non-toxic cleaners as well… I’m getting started with Norwex, which I know everyone raves about! I have a few of the cloths and am so so happy with the results. They even have makeup remover cloths which I can’t wait to try!

  11. Get a Drain snake!! They are the best (especially if you or anyone in your household has long hair). I clean our drains out maybe 2x per year with the snake – literally eliminates the need for any chemical treatments. (The cheap Vastar brand ones from Amazon will work just fine.)

  12. I love Shaklee! Or Better Life cleaning products!

  13. Ali, I really like your transition articles. Have you thought about making some of your own household cleaners? I have been considering it, but haven’t taken the plunge yet.

  14. I use soapnuts for our laundry, and love them!

    As for your drains I second the baking soda+vinegar combo, it works wonders as a toilet and bathtub cleaner as well.

    Welcome to the greener side! ;-)

  15. For cleaning counter tops and windows/mirrors, I have found eCloth works beautifully and only uses water. They really pick up grease stains on the stove and counter top and are streak free with windows/mirrors.

  16. I have recently made the transition too beauty counter had been a lifesaver for health and beauty products although I like uounand still on a quest for good deodorant that will not break out my armpits!!

    As far as household cleaning I’m using young livings thieves household cleaner for a lot of things but recently discovered the E cloth and norwex. They are similar brands to each other and I just ordered the e cloth starter kit on Amazon. You can clean everything with just water due to the way the microfiber is made. I’ve been genuinely so so so impressed! (I’m not selling it, I’ve jut been so pleased!) I also use the dr bronners castile soap for handsoap. If you have an old foaming handsoap dispenser you can add 2/3 water and 1/3 castillen soap with a few drops of whatever essential oil scent you want and it makes awesome soap for nearly free! I’m using young living’s thieves laundry detergent as well and some wool dryer balls that I love!!!!

    So awesome to see this transition and I love that you referenced the think dirty app. Another one is called “healthy living” by the environmental working group and they have a lot of things that think dirty may not have. I use them both!

  17. In place of using Drano, you can pour half a box of baking soda into the drain, then top it with about a cup of cider vinegar. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and then pour boiling water down there. Let that set for a second, then flush out the drain very well with hot water.

  18. Ooops, I thought Mrs. Meyers was clean. Have their soaps everywhere. Bummer! I love Molly’s Suds for laundry.

  19. Castille soap does wonder and it is even good for your skin.

  20. I just purchased a steam mop this weekend. No more soaps or chemicals to clean any of my floors! Works great on laminate, sealed hardwood, ceramic, vinyl and marble. Mine is the Bissell Powerfresh 1940 model. I have Nature Clean products for my dishes and laundry. I am loving my switch to Eminence skin care! I can literally see my lines diminishing after a week of use. Beautycounter charcoal mask is so refreshing.

  21. I was not pleased with the results of Honest products when I used them a few years ago. Anyone else have this problem? I wonder if the formulations have changed?

  22. I have used Melaleuca products for many years, love them all, and much more than cleaning products

  23. Sabrina Sandberg :

    You should check out Norwex!! It is literally as clean as you can get and it works so incredibly well and kills more bacteria than other products. I use norwex for everything now and totally eliminated the cleaning chemicals in my house :)

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