Switching to Natural Cleaning Products

Hello, welcome and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and has had a great morning so far filled with coffee and love and happiness. On my quest to health and wellness I’ve been slowly starting to transition to products that are more sustainable and natural. I’ve been incorporating this into my food shopping for a while now (more on that later) but I wanted to take the next step and examine the cleaning products I was using in my home. Not only do I love the act of cleaning (it’s one of the best ways for me to calm down) but having my house in order often empowers me to want to get the rest of my life in order.

Also termed “Eco-Friendly” and “Green,” natural cleaning products are produced using sustainable practices and are not only naturally-derived, but are made with nontoxic, and biodegradable ingredients that don’t negatively impact your health or the environment.  There are a lot of reasons why we should be switching to natural cleaning products (The Spruce has a great article that sums up the main points, but there is a TON of research on the benefits of making the switch) but the main reasons I sought to incorporate more natural products was because I had no idea what I was spraying and downloadwiping all over the surfaces in my home and that freaked me out. For example, these are the ingredients listed on a bottle of Formula 409 Multi-Surface Cleaner: Water, Lauramine Oxide, Alkyl C12-16 Dimethylbenzyl Ammonium Chloride, Dimethicone/Silica/PEG Distearate Antifoam, Ethanolamine, Fragrance, Liquitint® Bright Yellow Dye, Liquitint® Blue HP Dye, Tetrapotassium EDTA. While I appreciate the Clorox Company for not only listing the ingredients on their website and offering an explanation of each product and why it’s used, I hate that I can’t pronounce most of the ingredients on this list.

Now, I am not saying that all chemicals are bad (and especially during cold and flu season it’s important that we are using effective disinfectants) but I just feel like there’s so much that we don’t know about the long-term effects of these products on our health IMG_0034and the environment. It was after this research that I decided to look into more natural alternatives and how I could start incorporating them into my lifestyle. The most widely known (and available) brands of natural cleaning products are Mrs. Meyers, Method and Seventh Generation so those are the brands that I gravitated towards. While I love that these brands (plus several smaller brands) are available at large retailers like Target, Wal-Mart and Publix, they are not cheap (unless you find some great coupons or Cartwheel deals) so I started perusing the internet for places to purchase these products on sale. I stumbled upon Grove Collaborative and the rest is history.

The main reason I was drawn to Grove is because they have a pretty sweet deal when you sign up for the first time: FREE STUFF. Their current special is a 4 piece set with a purchase of $20.00 or more. On the right is a photo of all of the products I purchased, and my total was $50.87. I saved $47.47 and got free shipping (always a plus). And as you IMG_0031spend more, they throw in free items like the fun metal tote and dish towel. While I still spent a nice chuck of money, I feel like the amount of products that I received was well worth the price tag and I was able to get all of the main products I needed so that as I run out of my traditional cleaning products, I have my natural products on hand ready to replace them. All of the products were packaged well, and they utilized paper instead of plastic for their packing inserts which I appreciated (and so did the environment!). The only negatives that I have experienced was slow shipping (I IMG_0026waited two weeks and the tracking didn’t work so I had no idea when my package was coming) and when you sign up you are automatically enrolled in their VIP program with a free 60 Day trial, so if you don’t remember to unsubscribe before the trial is over you will be billed accordingly. Overall, I think Grove Collaborative has a great selection of products for the entire family (pets included!) and is worth checking out if you are looking to make the switch to natural cleaning products, but want to stay within your budget.

What are your favorite natural cleaning products? Do you make your products at home, or rely on purchasing products from brands like the ones mentioned above? Let me know in the comments!

– Melissa




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