The Best Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

the best non-toxic cleaners

Opting for cleaner, safer cleaning products is essential to living a cleaner lifestyle. The products we use in our homes have a significant impact on the toxicity of our homes.

Luckily, safer cleaning products have come a long way and there are some great options out there.

Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Branch Basics The best non toxic cleaning products
Branch Basics

Branch Basics

Branch Basics is an all-purpose cleaner that pretty much does it all. It can be used for laundry, carpets, counters, sinks, bathtubs, toilets, windows, and so much more. Branch Basics has two products- The concentrate and the oxygen boost. Together, they can do pretty much anything. My girls wear a lot of white and light pink and there isn’t a lot that this combo can’t get out.

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force of nature the best non toxic cleaning products
Force of Nature

Force of Nature

Force of Nature is a powerful disinfectant that is as powerful as bleach but is non-toxic. It uses a little device that converts salt, water & vinegar into a disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs. It is even EPA approved for use against Covid-19. I use this on everything… it even works great on windows! It may seem more expensive than conventional cleaning products but it is actually more cost-effective! Force of Nature is 9 cents per ounce while Windex is 15 cents per ounce!

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Vinegar is a great non-toxic cleaning product that I always have on hand. I add it to my dishwasher when it starts to smell a little off. When I am doing a load of laundry that I feel needs a little extra boost, I will add a cup of vinegar to the load.

Vinegar is great for killing mold. Despite what you may have heard, it works better than bleach. I keep a spray bottle of vinegar handy to spray down the grout in my shower. Another tip- coffee makers are notorious for mold, so it’s important to run vinegar through your machine occasionally to keep it free of mold.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is antifungal, antibacterial, and non-toxic. Plus, it is multipurpose, so you can get a lot out of a single bottle.

Keep in mind, hydrogen peroxide loses its effectiveness when exposed to air or sunlight. It’s important to keep hydrogen peroxide in its original bottle or in a dark spray bottle.

Hydrogen peroxide can be added to white loads of laundry (not dark as it will discolor) to help boost brightness. Hydrogen and vinegar make a powerful disinfectant when used back to back… more on this below.

Essential Oils

Lemon essential oil helps deodorize, degrease, helps remove anything sticky, and overall just helps lift and clean everything and anything.

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Onguard essential oil kills mold. So anytime I see any signs of mold, I rub this on the area. I also add a few drops of this blend to certain loads of laundry such as the towels. It also cleans the air! So I diffuse it regularly to help with the indoor air pollution in the home.

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Homemade Disinfectant

If you are looking for a homemade disinfectant but don’t want to make the jump and purchase the Force of Nature system, here is a cheaper option for you.

You will need an all-purpose cleaner, a spray bottle filled with vinegar, and a dark spray bottle filled with hydrogen peroxide. Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are both disinfectants for different types of germs so you will need both.

Step one

Clean surface with an all-purpose cleaner such as Branch Basics. This is an important step that is commonly missed. To effectively disinfect an area, you must first remove the dirt and debris. Disinfectants can’t penetrate dirt and debris to disinfect effectively.

Step two

Spray vinegar on the surface and let sit for 5 minutes.

Step three

Wash off the surface. You never want to mix vinegar & hydrogen peroxide!

Step four

Spray on hydrogen peroxide and let sit for 5 minutes. Then you are sanitized and good to go!


  • Clarissa
    August 10, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for these reviews! I’m considering Branch Basics or Force of Nature. I read that for the home cleaner, you mentioned using a multipurpose cleaner such as Branch before. Since it’s similar ingredients, do you need to use a multipurpose cleaner before Force of Nature as well? Thanks!

    • Shannan
      August 10, 2022 at 5:35 pm

      Yes you do. This is actually the case with all disenfectants. In order for all disinfectants to work properly, the area must be cleaned first. I either use branch basics or force of nature first to clean the surface. I then respray force of nature to disinfect. I hope that helps!

  • Brttany
    August 13, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    HI! I am wondering, if I went with Force of Nature, would like be enough to clean most of the house? I like the idea of simplicity but am not sure if that is enough. I see you use BB & FoN so do you rec both?

    • Shannan
      August 13, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      I think you need both. I use Branch Basics for laundry and for tougher stains and build-up… so scrubbing sinks, the bathtub, and carpet stains etc. While force of nature is great for disinfecting surfaces, windows, and basic counter cleaning.


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