Published on August 18, 2018

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So, you eat organic, take your vitamins, are on top of your non-toxic beauty, and you’re even concerned about the quality of air in your home. But are you aware of the toxic ingredients lurking in your everyday cleaning products?

Sara Panton, co-founder of natural diffuser brand Vitruvi, explains:

“What was once a more simple pursuit of ‘killing’ as many germs as possible has now evolved into cleaning and tidying in a way that is both beneficial to removing dirt, but also not such an aggressive pursuit of getting rid of all bacteria and germs at all costs. The products that have been used for decades to kill bacteria have done that effectively, but have also covered homes and our living spaces with toxic chemicals—many of which have more harm to our skin and health than the germs they themselves are designed to get rid of! The types of cleaners you use makes a huge difference, especially when considering that they touch the surfaces you use to eat, sleep, and take care of yourself.”

Ahead, check out five natural surface cleaners wellness experts swear by, which work just as well (if not better) than the toxic versions.

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Glass and Surface Cleaner, The Good Home Company, $18

Jillian Wright, founder of Indie Beauty Expo, knows all too well the effects of these dangerous ingredients, which is why she created her own line of beauty products—they avoid common ingredients found in traditional beauty products and cleaning agents, including phthalates (known endocrine disruptors), chlorine (a respiratory irritant), and parabens (linked to increase breast cancer in women).

Wright loves this cleaner by The Good Home Company, telling Domino, “The Good Home Company has been around for about 20 years, and they have lovely scents. They offer everything for the home, including laundry detergent to vacuum beads.”

This cleaner, in particular, is available in natural scents like pure grassbeach days, or lavender, and is over 90 percent plant and mineral-derived. It is paraben-free, phosphate-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, cruelty-free, and 100 percent vegan, so you can be sure you’ll have a safe experience.

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Naturally Filth-Fighting All-Purpose Cleaner, Better Life, $5.99

A super affordable option, this cleaner by Better Life is available in three scents—clary sage and citrus, pomegranate, and unscented—and specially formulated without any toxic ingredients. Instead, it uses cleaning agents derived from natural oils, thus making your home safe and smelling absolutely amazing.

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Natural Kitchen Cleaner, Aspen Clean, $7.99

Another Wright recommendation, Aspen Clean’s Kitchen Cleaner uses organic essential oils such as bergamot and grapefruit to fight grease and buildup—something Panton believes very strongly in when it comes to creating your own products as well.

“Using essential oils to make homemade cleaning products means that not only are these homemade products natural, but they are also cost-effective and eco-friendly,” she says.

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Barkly Basics Aqua-Base Surface Spray, Anthropologie, $11

While I’m certainly no expert, the Barkly Basics multipurpose spray is a favorite of mine. The secret ingredient? Alkaline-reduced water, which kills up to 99.9 percent of bacteria, with potassium carbonate. This combination creates a miracle-working mix that kills acidic surface germs effortlessly.

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DIY Option

On a tight budget, and don’t want to spend tons of money on a natural cleaner? Don’t worry: There’s a DIY option you can try that works just as well as a store bought option, and it won’t break the bank.

Courtesy of Panton, here’s an easy recipe to whip up whenever you need to clean your countertops: Mix 30 drops tea tree oil, 20 drops grapefruit oil, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of water in a spray bottle. Spritz and wipe clean—you’ll have sparkling countertops in no time.

See more cleaning tips:
How to Make Your Home Smell Great Without Even Trying
15 Things Your Cleaning Person Wants to Tell You—But Won’t
The Best Spring Cleaning Tips For You, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

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