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Home is where the heart is, but if you’re not careful with what you fill your space with, it could morph from a personal sanctuary into a haven for germs, toxins, and other nasty stuff. The Environmental Working Group reports that indoor pollution is a health hazard, and cleaning products can be a major contributor. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to avoid potentially harmful ingredients: go natural. Reading ingredient labels for food and opting for plant-based skin care products, the same goes for choosing the best home products like laundry detergent, cleaning sprays, and even fitness accessories.
4 Tips for a Natural Home
There are lots of ways to make your home more natural. Here are some of our favorite tips and DIY ideas!
- Add plant friends: Help improve air quality by arranging some new plants throughout your space.
- Diffuse the air: Add ambiance to your home by diffusing essential oils like lavender, cedarwood, and peppermint. (You can even make “DIY essential oil candles” using coconut oil.)
- Clean with pantry ingredients: Put your box of baking soda to work and clean your oven with ease. It takes just “three ingredients” to bring back the sparkle.
- Make a “shoes off” policy: Removing shoes as soon as you come in the door helps eliminate bacteria you pick up from walking around outside.
Top Home Brands
Our commitment to healthy ingredients extends beyond the pantry and straight into your laundry room, bathroom, and kitchen. Get to know these top home brands that’ll help make your home even healthier.
Seventh Generation has been making green and non-toxic household and self-care products since 1998, and earned its Certified B Corporation status in 2007. In everything from the brand’s bathroom cleaner to diapers, you can count on zero synthetic dyes, recycled packaging, and hypoallergenic ingredients.
It all started with Mrs. Meyer’s herself, an Iowa homemaker and mother of nine who was looking for cleaning products that didn’t have harsh chemicals inside. Today, the line makes popular laundry and dish soaps you’ll look forward to using thanks to the enjoyable scents from plant-based essential oils.
This brand is—you guessed it—all about the earth. Designed to be effective yet gentle on the environment, Planet offers a range of laundry products, dish soaps, and cleaning sprays that’ll get the job done without adding toxic chemicals to the air while you work.
Best Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning might not be your favorite activity, but it’s more enjoyable when you know the products you’re using are better for both you and the planet.
Made with natural cleaning agents that help kill more than 99 percent of germs and bacteria, these wipes can handle any job. We’re looking at you, sticky hands and countertop spills.
Scrub away grease without the help from chemical cleansers, all while enjoying a mild citrus scent to perk you up in the kitchen.
Tackle grime with tea tree oil, the key ingredient in this cleanser you can use after every shower. There’s no need to wipe or wash it off—just spray and go to help prevent soap scum buildup and keep those glass doors looking spotless.
Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent
Clean up your laundry routine with natural detergents that get the job done without harsh chemicals.
Vegan and cruelty-free, this powder is made of only five earth-derived ingredients and is ideal for sensitive skin. You only need one tablespoon of the concentrated detergent per load.
Get the power of bleach without the “bleachy” smell you’re used to. This chlorine-free version is gentle on fabrics and lifts stains using a biodegradable formula with hydrogen peroxide—one of nature’s natural stain fighters.
With 80 sheets per box, you can toss in a sheet with every dryer load to help keep clothes, towels, and sheets fluffy and static-free.
Natural Yoga & Home Fitness Equipment
Carving out a corner for some daily fitness? Here’s what you need to bring the studio home.
Reach for this environmentally-friendly spray—made with natural ingredients like aloe vera leaf juice, eucalyptus, and water—to keep your yoga mat squeaky clean.
This moss-colored yoga mat is made from polymer environmental resin (or PER), a safer and more environmentally-friendly choice over standard PVC foam. Whether you’re a seasoned yoga or new to the practice, the non-slip traction will help you hold poses with ease.
Lightweight, extra-absorbent, and non-slip, this is everything you need in an exercise towel. The eco-friendly design features plush microfiber, and you can throw it into the washer and dryer after class.
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