Your Kitchen Needs These Green Cleaning Products (and so Does the Earth)
Eco-friendly cleaning products like these can help you shine up your corner of the world with fewer chemicals and less plastic and pollution for the planet. Here are 7 cleaning products that work for you and for the planet.
Branch Basics Starter Kit
This female-founded company’s biodegradable plant- and mineral-based concentrate is so versatile that it can be used in varying strengths to replace hand soap, all-purpose cleaning spray, window cleaner, and laundry detergent.
Adding water at home and reusing bottles cuts the amount of fossil fuels needed to transport the cleaners and minimizes packaging waste.
E-Cloth General-Purpose Cloths
The soft fibers of these reusable cleaning cloths are designed to trap grease and dirt, absorb spills, and remove 99 percent of bacteria from surfaces using only water. Just rinse them in hot water, wring them out, and use them to shine up counters, appliances, and more—without chemicals.
Counter Culture Probiotic Cleaners
Lots of cleaning products eliminate bacteria with toxic chemicals. But Counter Culture takes a different approach, eschewing synthetic chemicals to clean instead with a blend of beneficial bacteria that’s safe for pets, kids, and the environment.
Seventh Generation Free & Clear Dishwasher Detergent
Each dissolving capsule cleans dishes without fragrances, dyes, or chlorine bleach. The package is recyclable, too.
Method Biodegradable Nontoxic Cleaning Wipes
These nontoxic wipes are pet-friendly, kid-friendly, and planet-friendly. Cleaners made from corn and coconut whisk away grease and grime and are safe for most surfaces. The canister, made from 70-percent recycled plastic, is itself recyclable, and the biodegradable wipes can go in the compost bin rather than the trash.
Full Circle Cellulose Sponge Cloths
These quick-drying cloths last longer than paper towels, can be washed several times before they break down, and are made of fully biodegradable cellulose.
Full Circle Dust Whisperer Duster
A fresh take on the feather duster, this fluffy upgrade has a microfiber head that works like a magnet to collect and trap dust and slips off easily for machine washing. Plus, it’s cute! $10 at amazon.com
State of Home Cooking
We're serving up and celebrating the biggest home-cooking trends from the most enthusiastic cooks we know: our community. We crunched the data from 1.2 billion annual Allrecipes.com visits and 2.5 billion annual page views. Then we dug even further, surveying Allrecipes cooks about what's in their carts and fridges, on their stovetops and tables, and on their minds. Eco-Friendly Cleaning is just one of the topics they're most curious about. See more of the "State of Home Cooking" special report.