Quaternary ammonium compounds, glutaraldehyde, ethanolamines, and volatile organic compounds are just a few of the chemicals commonly found in traditional cleaning products. Studies report that “custodians, housekeepers, and other workers employed in cleaning jobs are at increased risk for several health symptoms including respiratory and dermatological symptoms as a result of their cleaning product use.” Although the risks of health challenges are higher for cleaning professionals, a 2007 study found that cleaning sprays used on a weekly basis were associated with higher incidences of asthma, especially when sprays were used at least four days per week. For solutions that banish chemicals from your home (while still making your surfaces spotless), just make Thrive Market is your clean home HQ.
The History of Truce
In the early 1990s, home baker Kandie Konomos founded a household cleaning company. The only problem was, she noticed her skin often reacted to the products she used, which ultimately led to being diagnosed with contact dermatitis. Even certain cleaners that were marketed as green or eco-friendly continued to bother her skin, so she channeled her love of baking into developing a recipe for a safer cleaner that wouldn’t cause flare-ups. Konomos experimented for years—both in her own home and the homes of clients—and finalized her perfect recipe in 2003, which she felt stood up to any conventional cleaner on the market. Around the same time, her friend Diann Peart was completing a Ph.D. in ecology, where she was conducting research on the relationship between chronic illnesses and chemical exposure. The two eventually met in 2007, and Konomos shared some of her DIY cleansers with Peart as a birthday gift. They hit it off, realized they shared a similar vision, and decided to go into business creating toxin-free home products that were safe for the whole family.
Truce Company Mission
Truce not only makes safer cleaning products for your home, but truly cares about the health of your family and the planet. This brand has been in the business for decades, and is one of the pioneers in proving household cleaners don’t need to be made with harmful chemicals in order to get the job done.
Benefits of Truce
Truce likes to keep things simple, which is one of the reasons the brand has been so popular with Thrive Market members. Lisa says the All-Purpose Cleaner works just as well as a conventional brand she used to buy—plus it smells great and is chemical-free! Truce doesn’t believe you need chemicals to clean your countertops, floors, and other surfaces. Its entire product line uses only 14 effective ingredients (like castile soap, essential oils, and rubbing alcohol). Essential oils—not artificial fragrances—add aromatherapy to your cleaning routine, too. In addition to caring about the ingredients that come into your home, Truce also works to be an eco-friendly company. Its plastic bottles are made from recycled materials, and the spray bottles can be refilled and reused—a practice the brand advocates for by selling larger, refill sizes of its favorite cleansers and sprays. Truce gives back to the community and is proud to be a member of Local First Arizona, a nonprofit working to strengthen communities by supporting local businesses.
Top Truce Products
Clean your home from top to bottom with these eco-friendly options.
All-Purpose Cleaner, Peppermint
If you’re switching to nontoxic cleaners for the first time, this peppermint-infused spray is a great place to start. With one bottle, you’ll be able to tackle linoleum, natural stone, stainless steel, grass, and granite with ease.
Wood Cleaner, Orange and Lemon
For wood and laminate surfaces, try this lightweight and citrusy cleaner made with only five ingredients. It’s safe for painted surfaces and easily removes finger smudges from stainless steel.
Dog Room and Spot Deodorizer, Peppermint
We love our pets, but sometimes they can leave an unpleasant scent behind. Now it’s easy to eliminate unwanted odors with this 3-ingredient spray. Spritz it anywhere that needs freshening up, like your pet’s bed, a play area, or napping spot.
Nontoxic Cleaning Tips
Get your home in tip-top shape with these ideas from our blog.
DIY Cleaning Recipes
Make cleaning a fun, DIY experience with some of our favorite recipes like laundry tablets, bathtub spray, and more.
Our Guide to Cleaning Essential Oil Diffusers
Don’t neglect your essential oil diffuser. This post has tips on the easiest way to clean them so you can maximize aromatherapy benefits.
This Oven Cleaner Only Has 2 Ingredients
Let this DIY spray do the dirty work for you! With only two simple ingredients, just spray and wipe to remove grease and other residue from your oven.