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Non-Toxic and Clean Products for your Home & Body

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non-toxic household cleaners in brown glass spray bottles

We use these non-toxic and low-toxic products everyday in our home

We’ve tried a lot of non-toxic brands and lot of different products they offer so we put together a list of our favorite non-toxic home and body brands and products to share with you.

If you are new to non-toxic living welcome! It can be a little intimidating and confusing at first but switching to non-toxic products isn’t as hard as you might think. Also, you might think that it’s going to be expensive and you are not wrong but you are also not right in that assumption.

Sometimes, it seems, that when you look at the price of a non-toxic product they’re almost double what you pay when compared to it’s evil toxic big brand name cousin. Often times non-toxic products are also environmentally conscious and they opt for alternative packaging that seemingly costs more.

I’m not going to lie and tell you that non-toxic is cheaper because my mission is not to buy the cheapest product but to buy the safest products to use around my home and my family. I’ve found that I use less and get more out of my non-toxic products and the seemingly higher price is often a result of me purchasing my cleaning supplies in bulk only a few times a year.

We’ve done a lot of the trial and error already for you, so you don’t have to spend a ton of money finding which products work, which ones are even truly non-toxic or just greenwashing (more on that later).

Toxic vs Non-Toxic? How can you tell?

So, what is toxic?

I am not a toxicologist, I am just an everyday person that has consumed lots of information and research on the subject of toxic, processed, and synthetic ingredients in our food, beauty care and household cleaner products.

I want to note specifically that some people are allergic to certain ingredients that others are not allergic to. Just that alone can make it difficult to outright label an ingredient as toxic.

There are specific studies on certain ingredients that are known to cause cancer, birth defects, and other immune or hormonal disruptions in the body – those are toxic outright. The studies conclude it.

There are instances where certain ingredients are safe to use UNLESS you are pregnant or nursing like Retinol creams (which are not safe to use during pregnancy).

Then there are person specific toxins and allergies. I can eat peanut butter but someone with a peanut allergy would label peanuts as toxic to their health. Some people have allergies so bad that being in a room with an allergen or toxic substance causes them adverse physiological and allergic reactions.

I’m like this with certain essential oils and certain real flowers (like lilacs). My eyes burn and water, my head hurts and if it gets bad enough I will get a migraine, and my nose gets stuffy. Lilacs are so pretty, so I try to appreciate them from a distance or just avoid them when I see them.

What is toxic to you might not be toxic to me so you are always encouraged to do your own research and make your own informed decisions. Keep reading to find out what resources are available to consumers for this exact purpose.

Look Beyond the Packaging: Reading the Ingredients Label

Look out for greenwashing

It took some time before I familiarized myself well with all of the ingredients to look out for but it’s become a lot easier now to spot a product that is using toxic ingredients.

Just because a brand uses words like “clean”, “eco”, or “green” in their name, their marketing materials, or packaging does not mean much. Brands that do this are “greenwashing” and trying to create an association with brands that are actually non-toxic and safe to use.

Windex cleans and Colorx cleans but they both contain harmful ingredients that can cause damage to your eyes and lungs when inhaled and often times, when you use their products, you have to be within a foot of the product to use it. They do have warning labels on them, but have you ever read them? Do you even care? Most people dismiss the toxic and danger warnings on the bottles and think, “that won’t happen to me, I’m not going to be drinking this stuff”. You don’t need to ingest these toxic products to be affected by their toxic ingredients.

Many big brand cleaners use ingredients that let off gases. Read that again. Gases. That means their liquid product, with their toxic ingredients, becomes airborne. You breathe it in when you smell it and it gets in your lungs.

I think you get it. I don’t want to get to grim here, but these are the products you use on your counters, your kitchen table, your child’s high chair, their toys, and every part of your home you come in contact with.

EWG Verified & EPA Safer Choice

EWG Verified

There is no organization that can label a product as non-toxic or low-toxic with any real authority, but one is trying.

EWG, Environmental Working Group, is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives in a healthier environment. EWG is educating consumers and empowering them to learn more about the ingredients used in everyday products through conducting research, generating reports, and creating a database for consumers to search through with their EWG mobile app. [download it here for free]

Products labeled EWG Verified are deemed extremely safe and non-toxic and you can search their site to find over 2,200 products they have given their verification to: https://www.ewg.org/ewgverified/

Even if a product doesn’t carry the EWG Verified label, there are still low-toxic options out there and I will include those on this list. I don’t exclusively use non-toxic products in our home, but I try where I can. Sometimes, a low-toxic option gets the job done to my standards better than a non-toxic option.

Thanks to EWG’s work, many brands are changing their ways and adopting policies of transparency when it comes to how they source and manufacture their products. This has lead to more information for consumers regarding the ingredients used in these everyday products.

 

EPA Safer Choice

The EPA Safer Choice label is voluntary and paid for so brands carrying it are trying to make and offer low-toxic products to consumers.

Some synthetic ingredients can be let in under this label but they cannot be toxic. Products carrying the EPA Safer Choice label are deemed “safer” for use and you can read this directly from their website regarding ingredients:

“Every ingredient is reviewed: Before a product can carry the Safer Choice label, EPA reviews all chemical ingredients, regardless of their percentage in the product. Every ingredient must meet strict safety criteria for both human health and the environment, including carcinogenicity, reproductive/developmental toxicity, toxicity to aquatic life, and persistence in the environment. This means that Safer Choice-labeled products are safer for:

You, your family, and pets;
Workers’ health; and
Fish and the environment.”

EPA: https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/learn-about-safer-choice-label
as of January 12, 2024

As I’ve mentioned already, read labels, do your research, and most importantly, if you do not know what an ingredient listed is just look it up. It might seem like a chore but once you know, you know. You’ll be able to spot harmful and synthetic ingredients on labels more easily in the future.

The List

Here it is! Our non-toxic and clean swap list. Hopefully you read the educational parts and disclaimers before this and are ready to become informed and start making healthier choices with the products you and your family uses.

1. All-Purpose Cleaners

attitude cleaner spray bottle

EWG Verified

Attitude All-Purpose Cleaner, Unscented

Attitude makes a plant and mineral-based all-purpose cleaner that is EWG Verified and you can even use this to clean glass streak-free. The bottle is recyclable but you also have the option to buy refills if you’d rather use your own glass bottle (my personal preference). If you want to just try it out, I’d go with the bottle over the refills.

Affordable Alternative

Grove Collaborative

We buy the refill bottles and use them in our glass reusable bottles. The little refill bottles are glass and are recyclable. I personally like the Orange and Rosemary scent with the Lemon scent coming in second. Although not EWG Verified, Grove Collaborative leads with organic and plant-based ingredients and never uses synthetic fragrances.

2. Dishwasher Tablets & Pods

branch basics dish tablets

EWG Verified

Branch Basics Dishwasher Tablets, Fragrance-Free

These dish tablets are EWG Verified.

dropps dish pods

Alternative, B Corp, EPA Safer Choice

Dropps

These dish pods work and you can buy them on Amazon.

3. Hand Soaps

everyone hand soap

EWG Verified

Everyone Hand Soap, Apricot + Vanilla

I love the smell of this hand soap. You can pick some up at Whole Foods or order it directly to your house on Amazon. The biggest con for me is the plastic packaging here and I prefer to get soap refills instead but this is a great EWG Verified option.

blueland soap refills

Alternative, B Corp, EPA Safer Choice

Blueland hand soap refills

Blueland soap refills come in sustainable packaging and requires you to have your own foam hand soap pump to use them. If you don’t have one, you can order a starter kit from Blueland that includes a glass soap dispenser. Fragrance-free options available but I like the Vanilla Frost scent.

4. Laundry Detergent

attitude laundry detergent

EWG Verified

Attitude Laundry Detergent, Unscented

First, this comes in a box – not a big plastic jug. I am sensitive to a lot of scents and I don’t like the lingering smell of fragrance on my clean clothes. Attitude laundry detergent is perfect and we get a lot of use out of just one box.

Alternative, EPA Safer Choice

Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent Packs

When your clothes need a little extra boost to get those stains and smells out, we use this. These come a nice citrus scent that we like.

5. Dryer Balls (no sheets)

molly suds black wool dryer balls

Organic, Cruelty-Free, & Reusable

Molly Sud's 100% Wool Dryer Balls

We don’t use dryer sheets – they’re basically all toxic. We do use wool dryer balls to speed up our drying and to help prevent static. These are reusable and of course, I got them in black but they do come in natural white.

MORE COMING SOON

I am actively adding to this list – this is just the start! Save this page to your favorites bar and sign up for our newsletter to find out when we add new things to this list.

I hope to soon add more health and beauty care items to this list like soaps, shampoo and conditioner, lotions, tooth powder, etc.

 

Stay tuned…

<3 Andrea

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Andrea

Andrea is the voice behind Living Like Lacasse. She is a mom, designer, and all-around creative who loves good food, good company, and good design.

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