Blog Action Day – Household Cleaners

Today is Blog Action Day, and as my part, I will be writing about our choice to rid our home of toxic cleaners. As you probably know, many of the most popular cleaners are toxic. Some of the ways you can gauge the toxicity of a product are by reading its ingredients or the warning label. It’s true! Literacy is wonderful!

Tip: If the label mentions causing dizziness and nausea or to “allow venting with fresh air” after usage, it’s probably toxic.

This summer, the Household Hazard Report described five hazardous ingredients typically found in common cleaning products and their potential negative effects on people and the environment. It did an excellent job of explaining why to avoid conventional cleaning products.

The report identified MEA, alkylphenol ethoxylates, phthalates, the glycol ethers EGBE and DEGME, and quaternary amine disinfectants as hazardous chemicals linked to the development of asthma and reproductive defects in the people that use them and their families. Not to mention what the toxic by-products of these cleaners do to our environment. (You can read more here.)

Here is a small sample of the conventional cleaners that include one or more of these chemicals (that can cause asthma and reproductive defects, YO.)

Formula 409
Simple Green products (interesting choice of a name)
Glass Plus
Mr. Clean
Spic and Span
Several laundry detergents (Tide Ultra, Tide 2X, Cheer, Dreft , Era, Ivory Snow, Gain…the list goes on and on. This was the most shocking to me.)

As you can see, most of the conventional cleaners are on this list. Frightening, no?

We made our decision to ban all of these products before the birth of Wito and we have never looked back. I’ll admit, finding products that clean as well as the conventional ones proved to be daunting at times, but one year later, we are 100% happy with our choices. (Which I will share with you. Right now. Because I love you and want you to spend your free time doing something else besides testing household cleaners.)

Whoorl’s non-toxic household cleaners (which is basically Method’s entire portfolio. Asterisks by the ones I can’t live without.):

*Method Naked Surface Wipes – I love these wipes! First off, let me say that a lot of my products are scent-free, however, Method does make several naturally-scented versions if you prefer. Just let me state for the record, CLEAN DOES NOT HAVE A SCENT. I know we have all been programmed to correlate lemon and pine with clean (it’s Pine Fresh!), but clean doesn’t smell like lemon or pine. Clean smells like nothing.

I use these wipes for the counters, Wito’s high chair, splats on the floor, etc. They are truly all-purpose.

Method All-Purpose Surface Cleaner – Same all-purpose cleaning ability, just in a spray.

Method Tub and Tile Spray – This is great for the bathroom shower and sink.

*Oxo-Brite – I would buy stock in this non-chlorine bleach. Use it in the laundry as a brightener, scrub the sinks and tub with it, anything that requires a little elbow grease will benefit from Oxo-Brite. I* also use it in places where I* would have previously used Comet. For instance, in the summer, our shower floor can get pretty grimy for our beach trips. If I* used the Method Tub and Tile spray only, I* could get it clean with a lot of work. Instead, I* just sprinkle some Oxo-Brite and it would be sparkling in 1/3 of the time. Seriously, I want to make out with this stuff.

Method Window Wash – Like Windex, but with healthy lungs!

*Method Stainless Steel Wipes – Holy mother. We have stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Before, I used all of those products where you rub it in and buff and rub and buff. BAH. I was so skeptical that these wimpy little wipes could make my stainless sparkle. Holy shit, you guys! It works better than any of those rubbing/buffing liquids or potions. Just wipe down and toss in the trash. No streaking, no smears, nothing. I don’t understand how it works so quickly and perfectly, but I shall perish if they stop making it.

Method Wood For Good Spray and wipes – Shiny wood is good!

Method Dish Soap – We use the Pink Grapefruit scented version of this one. (I like it, JANET.)

EcoSense Diamond Brite Automatic Dishwasher Detergent – Do you remember my dishwasher woes? LVgurl sent me an email about Diamond Brite, and it is by far the best I’ve ever used (toxic or non-toxic). You have to be a member of Melaleuca to buy it, but you can bypass the membership by purchasing on eBay. (At least that’s what I did.)

*Method Foaming Hand Wash – We blow through this stuff in our kitchen and bathroom. (Hi! We get off on washing our hands at the Whoorl household!) You can buy the eco-friendly refills at Costco or Target, too.

Method Unscented Laundry Detergent – Perfect laundry detergent. No scent and ultra-concentrated so you only use a little. Side note: I also bought the Method Baby detergent, but the baby powder scent was a little overwhelming to me.

Folex Carpet Cleaner – This is a water-based non-ionic surfactant with no hazardous chemicals. Works like a charm and you don’t have to rinse after using.

The best part about Method products is the availability at places like Target. You don’t have to go searching for an eco-friendly marketplace to find these. So, you really don’t have an excuse? Right?

I would love to hear your suggestions for non-toxic cleaners. Bring it on!

* In the interest of full disclosure, “I” meaning “the housekeepers”. Just keepin’ it real.

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  • Kristabella

    October 15, 2007 at 7:05 am

    Thanks for the advice!

    I never think about all the toxic stuff that must go into all those cleansers. The ones that are ALL currently in my house.

    I’m going to go work on going free of toxic cleansers in my house too.

  • Catherine

    October 15, 2007 at 7:05 am

    I just wanted to say thanks for the info!! I never really thought too much about eco-friendly cleaners, but since all this stuff is available at Target (my FAVORITE store) I’ll start getting it!! I do recycle but that’s about it, so this makes me feel like I’ll be making more of a difference. Thanks again for the tips!! You rock, Whoorl.

  • erin rae

    October 15, 2007 at 7:06 am

    Nice roundup Whoorl!

    Does this mean you don’t have a dishwasher? Quelle horreur! If you do in fact have one, I’d love to know what dishwasher detergent you use or what others use and love?

    I’ve tried the TJ dishwasher soap and it left our dishes dirtier than they went in :-(

    ACK! I forgot! Adding it right now. And yes, TJ’s detergent is pretty damn bad.

  • Emily

    October 15, 2007 at 7:13 am

    Great list! A product I use is Natural Spa hand soap (in pomegranate!). The ingredients are all-natural, biodegradable and non-toxic. We buy it at a local sustainable store, but I know you can find it elsewhere– especially those of you in bigger cities!

  • Fiora

    October 15, 2007 at 7:17 am

    We use Seventh Generation for almost all our household and personal care uses http://www.seventhgen.com/index.php
    Also, for personal care I use Pangea Organics…luh huv this stuff!

    As always love your blog!

  • erin rae

    October 15, 2007 at 7:22 am

    And just thought of another…

    I’m having a hard time parting with my Bar Keeper’s Friend. It’s oxalic acid, which obviously isn’t nice… but the lure of shiny perfect All-clad keeps my addiction high.

    Whoorl or readers have any great tips for keeping your stainless cookware gorgeous?

  • Kami

    October 15, 2007 at 7:40 am

    I love Method products but I actually use very few cleaners now. I have been introduced to Norwex products and with most of them, you need no cleaners at all. Just water.

    Here’s a link:


    I have their micro fiber cloths, window cloth and veggie cloth (for scrubbing the crap off your fruits and veggies before consumption). All clean fabulously with just a little water. I was very sceptical about the window cloth but honest, it works fantasically.

  • metalia

    October 15, 2007 at 7:43 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. This list is amazing. We use a lot of the Method products as well, and my mom gets the Melaleuca stuff (which we promptly steal every time we visit).

    Have you ever tried the Mrs. Meyers cleaning products? We LOVE them, particularly the All-Purpose Cleaner and the Counter Top Spray. They work beautifully, and smell great. Drugstore.com usually has the best price, and they always have free shipping on orders of $25 or more.

  • Clara

    October 15, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Delurking to ask: do you know if All Free & Clear is one of the laundry detergents to include the harmful chemicals? Couldn’t find a list of the detergents. Thanks for this post. I’ve been thinking of getting rid of my cleaners and buying more eco- & kid-friendly products and just may do so tonight with your info.

    The detergents are on page 30 of the PDF I included. All Free & Clear is not listed. :)

  • Nilsa S.

    October 15, 2007 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for the info. As I slowly become more environmentally friendly, I will surely use your list as a resource. Thanks for doing the research and testing for the rest of us!

  • Dawn

    October 15, 2007 at 7:58 am


    Dude, you are so right.

    I like the 7th generation laundry soap too.

    Dr. Bronner’s makes free trade castile soap in some *yummy* scents.

  • schmutzie

    October 15, 2007 at 8:00 am

    I am a huge fan of Method cleaners, because the scents are not overpowering and my house doesn’t smell like chemicals when I’m done.

  • Natalie 42

    October 15, 2007 at 8:04 am

    I am shocked at all those detergents! WTH?! Thanks for the list. I hardly ever use wipes…I feel like I’m wasting way too much. Like when I use paper towels, but the rest of the list I will definitely look in to! I worry about mah puppies who lay all over the floor after I clean them. It just can’t be good for them.

  • hello insomnia

    October 15, 2007 at 8:05 am

    We had a Seattle Mom Blogs Party where there were tons of awesome Method cleaning products passed out. One of the Method reps talked about Comet as one of those toxic products. Maybe you could add it to your list?

    I added Comet. However, I want everyone to know that this is a very small sample of toxic household cleaners. Just because it’s not on the list doesn’t mean it’s non-toxic.

  • chan

    October 15, 2007 at 8:06 am

    Hi, whoorl! Just a respectful note to be wary of method’s eco-friendly marketing tactics. They use potassium hydrate in many of their products (harmful if inhaled; toxic if swallowed); chemical preservates (very little); unnatural color; and soda ash (irritating if touched or injested). It’s misleading for them to suggest that none of that stuff is harmful, when it’s the same stuff that’s in their competitors’ products. The answer they give on their website to the FAQ, “Are your products toxic?” is ambiguous and more than a little disturbing: “Non-toxic can describe an ingredient or an entire formula. It is used for a formula when all of the ingredients meet a certain level of non-toxicity, or when the modeled sum of all of the ingredient toxicities is less toxic than a widely accepted threshold for safety.”

    On the bright side, however, there are a ton of effective cleaning products you can make with water, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice (among other things). Here’s a good website with various concoctions: http://www.pioneerthinking.com/homecleaning1.html

    All best!

    Thanks for your comment, Chan! I am currently dealing with this same sort of marketing issue regarding organic milk. It drives me crazy and I end up spending WAY too much researching and NOT enough time enjoying my baby. I realize there will always be limitations and criticism regarding all products, but at this point, I am willing to throw my hands up and focus on doing the best I can with the resources available.

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  • margalit

    October 15, 2007 at 8:10 am

    I’m big on Method products myself, but I have to say, the lavender scent is fabulous in laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid and hand soap. My daughter particularly likes the cucumber scent for dishwashing liquid, too.

    I was trained that clean smells like bleach, and it’s really hard for me NOT to want to use bleach products… I love the smell. But Method has made me happy with the lavender scent and now that smells like clean to me.

  • Heather B.

    October 15, 2007 at 8:10 am

    I love love love Method products. I can’t remember whether or not you have hardwood floors but they have this great wood floor cleaner that works wonders and smells divine.

    Are you seriously wondering whether or not we have hardwood floors? SERIOUSLY?

  • Jessica

    October 15, 2007 at 8:22 am

    I haven’t bought a lot of Method products because I couldn’t tell if they were non-toxic. However, i have bought the Method wood floor cleaner, and oh my, it is awesome. Beyond cleaning the floors, it smells delicious, like almonds.

    Also, we don’t have a dishwasher, so we use seventh generation dishsoap, which is also now carried at Target.

    Lastly, we bought cast iron cookware so that you can’t use soap to clean it and it doesn’t have teflon. You just rinse it off and dry it (or scrape it) after each cleaning. Love it!

  • janet

    October 15, 2007 at 8:25 am

    I love the method products too and am slowly becoming addicted to them!

    However, I just bought a bottle of the pink grapefruit all purpose spray to replace my cucumber one that was running low, and OMG, it smells like stinky feet! I almost cried!

    I think I will switch to lavender next. Or naked. Anything but stinky grapefruit feet.

    Also, it’s going to take some time before I disassociate pine sol with clean. But I’m working on it.

  • 180/360

    October 15, 2007 at 8:34 am

    I, too have spent the better part of the past 5 years switching over to natural and healthier alternatives, which you can read more about on my Blog Action Day post! :)

    I use several Method products and I also like Ecover and Earth Friendly Products. It has definitely been hit or miss though, especially with household cleaners- whereas I’ve had great luck with finding healthier food alternatives. I will have to check out Oxo-Brite- that I have not tried yet!

  • janet

    October 15, 2007 at 8:48 am

    metalia’s comment has me wondering — are the Mrs. Meyer’s products on the good list or the evil list?

  • Miguelina (Reluctant Housewife)

    October 15, 2007 at 10:01 am

    Awesome list. My cleaning woman is pretty environmentally friendly (she cleans our hardwood floors with vinegar, for example). But since she only comes over every two weeks, I didn’t know what I could use for the floors in between her visits- will try that Method cleanser recommended by one of your readers – almond sounds yummy – I just can’t deal with spraying vinegar on the floor.

  • Jamie

    October 15, 2007 at 9:22 am

    My favorite eco-friendly product is Bio-Kleen laundry detergent – especially the grapefruit scent. You only need 1 oz. for a 30-lb. load and it definitely brightens my colors and whites! It’s also vegan.

    Click here for details, courtesy of http://www.drugstore.com.

  • jenB

    October 15, 2007 at 9:22 am

    I have gone the all Shaklee way. They send me too many emails, but I like their stuff.

  • Annika

    October 15, 2007 at 9:48 am

    I clean everything with baking soda or vinegar. Laundry gets a tiny bit of All Free & Clear, but when that runs out I may just use baking soda. The other week I ran out of everything so I cleaned one counter with two spritzes of 409. I had a headache for two days and the entire apartment stank. It was AWFUL.

  • adriana

    October 15, 2007 at 9:53 am

    You should check out this store in Santa Ana that a friend of mine owns if you haven’t already. She sells all natural and recyclable stuff, nothing that could harm the earth or your loved ones:


    I haven’t made the full switch w/ my house, but I slowly plan on doing it. Good for you!

  • Keely

    October 15, 2007 at 10:19 am

    We love Method in this house. Sometimes we stray, but this reminded me how good of a product line they have. Going to check out that dishwashing detergent now that we finally have a dishwasher. :)

  • Nothing But Bonfires

    October 15, 2007 at 10:44 am

    I am ordering all of these. JUST yesterday I cursed Clorox for bleaching my favorite sweatpants as I sprayed a countertop. (Is it sad that I have favorite sweatpants? Maybe yes.) And Sean said “you don’t HAVE to use Clorox, you know.” But I have ALWAYS used Clorox and didn’t know what to replace it with — and then, like manna from heaven, your list arrived. So now I am going to be using the Method range (an excuse to go to Target! Like I need one!), because bleached sweatpants suck. Also, birth defects. I mean, no thanks.

    Don’t forget to check out the Oxo-Brite stuff. It is the Stain Removal Master. (I think Target carries it, as well.)

  • Anna

    October 15, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Hi! first time over here, via finslippy, will be coming back, if I may!

    Re.the actual question…
    1. Ecover
    2. for everything else, vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice.

    Please do! Checking out Ecover right now…

  • Manda

    October 15, 2007 at 10:50 am

    I just started using Method products and I have to agree…it’s nice that you don’t get your nose hair burned off by the fumes!! I had a miscarriage a while back and in the back of my mind I have wondered if toxins from cleaning products had anything to do with it (I know it probably didn’t but it has bugged me). We are going to totally switch over here. Gotta love Tar-zet!!

  • Lisa

    October 15, 2007 at 10:54 am

    We use Seventh Generation chlorine free diapers and wipes! They work great!!

    Me too! We love their diapers and wipes.

  • Sara

    October 15, 2007 at 11:10 am

    We love the Method, especially the Naked spray (you can make your own wipes with a baby wipes container and unbleached paper towels). Have you tried Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products? I love her sink scrub. The only place we are stuck on is the carpet cleaner. We found a company who is eco-friendly, however, our cat vomits and, until we can get rid of the carpet..we are stuck. I’ve used natural stuff, but it doesn’t work as well. Oxy Clean makes this carpet cleaner and it isn’t as bad, but still bad. My husband and daughter have asthma and sensitivities, and it doesn’t seem to bother them after I’ve used it. Any other ideas?

    Oh, you just reminded me! Have you tried Folex carpet cleaner? That’s what we use and it’s fantastic. I’ll add it to the list.

  • dk

    October 15, 2007 at 11:18 am

    awesome post – great to see there are so many household cleaners that are in fact good to use for the environment and for ourselves! i’ll be taking a closer look at method when i go to target (plus have you just noticed that method products are just cuter? i know it’s marketing packaging but i consider it to be an extra bonus.

    also i love your blog and started one recently and added you to my blog roll. hope that’s okay. :)

  • Clara

    October 15, 2007 at 11:18 am

    So…this is off-topic but still in the realm of eliminating toxins and all that good stuff. I keep seeing things about the dangers of many of the plastics used in sippy cups and baby bottles. Have you found any good alternatives to the plastic sippy cup?

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  • All Adither

    October 15, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Sippies: Sigg bottles are nice, but you can’t dishwasher them and they dent easily. I really like Klean Kanteen sippy cups (which can also be converted to bigger kid water bottles). Just google them and they’ll come up.

    Klean Kanteens do leak a little with the sippy cup top, but I haven’t found a sippy cup yet that doesn’t leak.

  • bethany actually

    October 15, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    I love Method products, but don’t use them consistently because of the prices. You may be swaying me towards using them more. And I’ll have to try the Oxo-Brite. Thanks for the tip!

    I have found that plain old baking soda and water will get things amazingly clean. And vinegar is a great deodorizer and natural antiseptic, too. (Smelly, though.)

  • Holly

    October 15, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Not that I have ever dropped a fresh pizza out of the oven on my brand new beige carpet on the first night that I moved into my apartment BUT…if I had the Folex might have saved my deposit.

    (*ok*ok* so I’m clumsy! But the stuff really did work!)

    Love it!

  • Isabel

    October 15, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    We’re in the process of switching over to Method at our house also. Hooray!

  • am'ti b

    October 15, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    as you know i think i am an enviromentalist. i occasionally use method, but only the tub and tile b/c it does smell good. i think whole foods and/or wild oats has a great selection of everything one might need. i am also a germaphobic clean freak as well as being preggers and mrs. meyers does it for me, their scrub is the best tub/sink cleaner ever (i use oxo-bright in my laundry.) we also use mrs. meyers lavender or geranium detergent. one last tid-bit, it is a little more expensive, but everyone should buy non-bleached recycled toilet paper and paper towels, talk about helping you and the enviroment (tjs had good prices.) remember, just changing one thing will make a difference for us all!

  • Miranda

    October 15, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Hiya! First time replier here. Great site, just recently discovered it.

    Great recommendations that I will be sure to check out in the near future? Any plans/interest in a post of this nature about hygiene products? I just a few months ago decided I wanted to be much more careful about the products I use on my body and have been very happy with the results. I am by no means an expert on all the products available, but I have found a few lines, like Suki (http://www.sukisnaturals.com/), that I just LOVE! Just a thought.

  • Spandrel Studios (formerly Joining WW Again)

    October 15, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Haven’t tried all the Method products you’ve mentioned, so tomorrow I’m off to target to stock up. As always, your sparkling commentary is appreciated!

  • lisa

    October 15, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    I used to be a big fan of Method as well, but as some other readers have mentioned- I dont think they are as natrual and friendly as they lead on. I have started using Ecover products and LOVE them. I buy the dish soap religiously and have found it works as well if not better than Dawn. I also have tried the automatic dishwasher tablets and powder. I now just buy the powder because I get more for my money but both do a fantastic! job at getting dishes clean.

    Also using things like baking soda and vinegar or lemon juice can be useful in cleaning (inexpensive too!)

  • Deanna (domestic chicky)

    October 15, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    I love the Method Products! I don’t buy any others now, except for a lone bottle of bleach that only sees the light of day to clean the toilet REALLY well once a week (it’s my one breaking point-I am the only female in a house of boys-ugh!)

  • Teej

    October 15, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    I changed to non toxic products a year ago and I will never go back to the name brands. I use a lot of Method products but also I use Nature Clean and Ecover.
    For your Canadian readers Method is available exclusively at Shopper’s Drug Mart here.
    I also got rid of dryer sheets altogether because they are basically filled with chemicals that are linked to cancers and if you are looking to soften fabric you can just a 1/4 cup of vinegar to your wash.
    Another product I would recommend is microfiber cloths for household clenaing.(www.tergowholesale.com) They come in different textures and colours so that you can designate a colour per task, ie one for windows, one for stainless steel and they work really well. We have them at our office and they are really good in the kitchen.
    Besides eliminating toxic chemicals we should also consider decreasing our consumption of disposable items.

  • coolmom

    October 15, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    I am so with you, Whoorl, Oxo-Brite ROCKS my world. And no joke, clean doesn’t have a smell, and for that matter, lemon-scented Pine-Sol doesn’t smell like lemons.

  • Karen

    October 15, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    I was going to tell you about Norwex too — but someone beat me to it! Their window cloth is really amazing — you can clean windows and mirrors with just water! Their floor mop works on the same principle — water only cleaning with microfibre cloths. Also they have dryer balls (heehee) that you use instead of dryer sheets (can you say chemicals?!?!) that work fantastically and your clothes dry even faster in the dryer. They come out a teensy bit staticy but it’s a small price to pay.

    I love the Melaleuca Diamond Brite — I find it works better than the other stuff, and their laundry soap is great too.

    Thanks for the suggestions of other good things!

  • Nicole

    October 15, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    These are great. I found a really good indoor insect spray that is organic and safe around kids and animals:


  • Moose

    October 15, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Oh god. I knew my ovaries were burning for a reason.

  • Marcy

    October 16, 2007 at 6:37 am

    I think one of the biggest things I miss about living in the US is Method products. I had my parents bring over a crapload of wipes, and the wood floor cleaner, when they came to visit over the summer. At least now we also have composting so I can actually let the wipes biodegrade!

  • Shareen

    October 16, 2007 at 9:51 am

    when I was in elementary school I told my art teacher I was allergic to comet so I wouldn’t have to clean the paint brushes…hey, I wasn’t lazy, I was just ahead of my time!

    now I use watkins cleaners, they’re organic and non-toxic, as well as Nellie’s laundry products (www.nellieslaundry.com) and there’s a company here called dusting divas that also makes organic and non-toxic cleaning products (their all-purpose cleaner smells like cinnamon, I swear I clean more often just because it smells so good) – http://www.dustingdivas.com

  • Tara

    October 16, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Cool blog action post! Mine is on going green and being frugal and how the 2 are not mutually exclusive- check it out if you have the inclination.

    I am a Method fan too but my favorites are Mrs. Meyer’s and
    Caldera. The Caldera surface cleaner in sweet pea is so amazing, I want to bathe in it (but I won’t).

  • michelle

    October 16, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Great post! It is nice to know that these products actually work as well or better than their conventional counterparts. A few more questions: What do you use to clean toilets? What, if anything do you use to wipe/sanitize shopping cart handles, restaurant high chairs, etc? I am assuming the answer is not Clorox wipes…

  • Andrea

    October 16, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the great list. We’ve been switching over to greener prodcuts since Charlie was born and it is so great to see all the reviews, as I have found some of the products to not work so well.

    On the topic of harmful chemicals any thoughts on baby products? I’ve been reading all about parabens lately and just found out that my beloved Mustela products are full of them. I am thinking of going with California Baby, but thought maybe all knowing Whoorl had found something even better.

  • Jora

    October 16, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you, thank you for this! I would add the Ecover line as well — we love many of their products. What do you use for your toilet? I can’t bring myself to quit the comet/bleach habit for that one item. Maybe you already covered this??

    We currently use Seventh Generation toilet bowl cleaner. If you want to go the bleach route, just use the Oxo-brite. Same results, but with a non-chlorine bleach.

  • Karen

    October 17, 2007 at 5:49 am

    I stumble around blindly in my toxin-filled world wondering “what’s the big deal?”

    But reading your list was eye-opening, as many of those products are in my house. Most of them.

    I think I shall try a few of the products that you listed, and take a step in the non-toxic direction.

    Interesting post.

  • BeachMama

    October 17, 2007 at 6:05 am

    Great list! We use Method soap for washing up, but I had no idea they had a full cleaning line. And your list of laundry detergent shocked me, the only one we use is Gain, but thankfully the jug is almost done so I can try something a little less harmful. Thanks for taking the time to share these great products and tips.

  • Jenn

    October 17, 2007 at 7:47 am

    I use Pink Solution. It’s organic, non-toxic and biodegradeable.
    Works like a charm on anything, and it lasts a long time. A big bucket costs about $50 and it will take you a year or so to use it all up.

  • Beth

    October 17, 2007 at 7:53 am

    Love your blog. First time responder.

    I will take that extensive list of dangerous cleaners to conclude this:

    a clean house=a dangerous house,
    and we will continue to live in filth instead.

    Ok, not really. We love Method products here too. And they really aren’t very much more expensive than other cleaners. Just start replacing your old ones one at a time. As you run out of one product, buy a Method (or any non-toxic product) and eventually you will replace your whole stash of cleaning supplies.

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  • Neil

    October 17, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    That was very interesting. And as the housekeeper in my home, important to me. I never heard of these Method products, but I know I always feel crappy after using traditonal cleaners.

  • Chiada

    October 17, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    I’m a couple days late on this, but just wanted to give a shout out to Seventh Generation products. We use the Kitchen Cleaner, Shower Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, and laundry detergent, which are all awesome and non toxic. Hooray! I also like the Ecover toilet cleaner, which is like a vinegary gel; kinda weird, but works. Lastly, I looooooove the Meyers dish soap. I’m currently using the Lavendar scent. Hub-E and I had to switch over to non-toxic products because he was getting sick from chemical sensitivity disorder. He’s much better now that we don’t use Chlorox and Windex. :D

  • Mandi

    October 17, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Delurking to say 1) I love your blog (Yes, I know I should have delurked when you asked me to. Sorry!), and 2) we’re a Shaklee family all the way! They’re cheaper than Seventh Generation or Method, they plant trees to COMPLETELY offset their carbon emissions (they were the first company the EPA EVER labeled “carbon neutral”), and they make concentrated cleaners, thus less waste than the others. We love them!

  • Gina in SC

    October 17, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    ACK! i use clorox clean up for everything~am i still allowed to come around??

    i shall check out “method” when i go to target…

  • Sam

    October 18, 2007 at 9:32 am

    Love this, Whoorlio – I switched to Method’s unscented soap for washing all the baby bottles/breast pump parts, and I do love it. I know the other day I went crazy with the Clorox clean up and got an awful headache – and then I read your post, which illuminates SO MUCH. I plan on replacing our cleaners one by one – the most used ones, first! – thanks for giving all of us such good information.

  • Sam

    October 18, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Just to clarify – I didn’t use Clorox on my baby’s bottles. God no. Just in the bathroom. :)

  • Photo Lori

    October 18, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Just came home from Target and have some lovely pink grapefruit Method products. :)

  • Kristie

    October 18, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    I’m a little slow and just read this. We started switching to eco/baby/animal/people in general friendly recently. I love Method stuff and Ms. Meyers too. What a great post, thank you for making the world cleaner and safer!

  • Lisa

    October 22, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Just in response to one of the comments left, Method isn’t available in Canada “exclusively” at Shoppers; you can also buy it at London Drugs, Safeway…

    Great list and very inspiring!

  • LVGurl

    October 22, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Hey! Thanks for the shout! ;)

    (I was in Maui all last week, and thus, disconnected from all things online.)

    I love the recommendations… conversion really is SO hit and miss. It’s nice to get trusted tips.

  • Melissa

    November 3, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Hi – just dropping a note to let you know you inspired me to ‘go method’. I love it. The scents are fantastic and I am excited to make our house a little safer for our 15 month old twins. And to respond to your question, we use the Seventh Generation dishwasher detergent but we may have to try your suggestion….

    ps – I’m a new reader of your blog and I’m enjoying!