Multipurpose Cleaners That Are Doing It Right

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I know, I know. I’ve been on something of a rampage when it comes to cleaning products lately. So this time, instead of telling you about all the bad things in your multipurpose cleaner, I’m going to throw some kudos out there to the companies that aren’t just capitalizing on the green revolution. These companies really are concerned with the environment, if we can use their products as evidence of this fact. I would be happy to use any and all of these products in my home. And because I’m me, I’ll also give you a couple of DIY tips to make your own all-natural cleaner at home.


Seventh Generation is usually a good bet when it comes to cleaning products. Their All Purpose Cleaner is a USDA Certified, Biobased Product that is VOC-free (VOCs are volatile organic compounds) and non-toxic. The cleaner is safe on most surfaces and doesn’t cause toxic, or even harsh, fumes. Grab a bottle of Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner if you need a product that kills 99.99 percent of germs. Influenza A, the H1N1 strain and the common cold don’t stand a chance against this product, which uses the antimicrobial properties of thyme to fight germs.


As the only USDA Certified Organic cleaning line currently available, GreenShield Organic offers another earth-friendly alternative to “green” products that aren’t actually all that good for the environment. The All-Purpose Cleaner removes grease and stuck-on debris from any washable surface around your home. Try the Surface Wipes for quick cleaning jobs. Made with organic citric acid and organic soybean oil, the wipes are also biodegradable.


Looking for a bottle of concentrated multipurpose cleaner? Look no further than the biodegradable Basic H2 cleaner by Shaklee. The 16 ounce bottle makes up to 48 gallons of the eco-friendly cleaner that can be used for anything from windows and countertops to grease-laden ovens and surfaces covered in spaghetti sauce. The corn and coconut-based product is non-toxic, pH balanced, and contains no chlorine.


You know I couldn’t write this piece without giving you a DIY option. In the case of multipurpose cleaners, I have to recommend vinegar. It’s just the best. Mix it with some water in a spray bottle and get to work. Add a little fresh lemon juice for a natural antimicrobial—and a nicer scent than just straight vinegar—or add a little baking soda for really tough jobs. Resist the urge to make a homemade volcano when doing so, if you can.

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Megan Winkler

Eco-nerd, solar power enthusiast, DIY diva and professional coffee drinker, Megan has written everything from courses in healthcare and psychology to interior design and cooking advice. She has a master’s degree in military history, owns two chainsaws, is a collector of strange trivia and a world renowned Pinterest pro. She is constantly looking for better ways to do things.

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  1. The bathroom doesn’t seem to stay clean as long, when using vinegar, over some of the more toxic products. Do you have any suggestions to keep it stay cleaner, longer?

    1. Ah, that’s the rub (so to speak). Unfortunately, the only solution is to just clean more often, which isn’t ideal but not a bad trade off in the end. An easy fix for things like showers is to keep a bottle of vinegar and baking soda in the bathroom and spray it down after each use. That only takes an extra minute or so and would do wonders.

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