New seasons are the perfect time to get some good, thorough cleaning in. But who wants to fill the house with harsh chemicals that take their toll on materials, fabrics and your well-being? Natural cleaners are a great way to get your home sparkly clean with ingredients that are derived from Mother Nature and won’t pose any risk to your fam. But not all all-natural cleaners are created equally, which is why you should shop around to find the best one—or leave the hard work to us and get your hands on one of these great, natural cleaning products. —Jennifer Cox
All Clean Natural’s Heavy Duty Degreaser ($6) works like magic on hard surfaces to quickly remove difficult stains, spots and messes that ordinary household cleaners can’t handle as well. It’s made from things like the ashes of plants, which penetrates deeper, lasts longer and doesn’t stain like bleach or harsh chemicals.
Mrs. Meyer‘s Glass Cleaner in the refreshing scent lemon verbena ($7, sold through Well.ca) is an ammonia-free glass cleaner that leaves surfaces clean and streak-free. Try their other lemon verbena cleaners like tub and tile cleaner, dish soap, laundry detergent, and multi-surface everyday cleaner.
Forgo the paper towels and get yourself the uber-chic LeBicar Kliin Reusable Cleaning Cloth from The Unscented Company ($6). Kliin is a collaboration with Montreal-based artist David Bicarie (aka LeBicar), who found an original way to illustrate the natural elements of mountains and sea. This reusable towel is dishwasher- and machine-washable, holding 15 times its weight in water and replaces over 17 rolls of conventional paper towels.
Method’s Antibac Toilet cleaner ($2, sold through Home Depot Canada) is a disinfecting toilet bowl cleaner that uses citric acid to eliminate dirt and bacteria, plus their Powergreen Technology harnesses the strength of naturally derived, non-toxic ingredients to deliver a mighty cleaning punch. It eliminates 99.9% of household germs including influenza A flu virus, staphylococcus aureus, rhinovirus and salmonella enterica.
ATTITUDE Nature+ All Purpose Cleaner Disinfectant Spray ($5) comes in a lovely thyme and citrus scent, leaving surfaces thoroughly cleaned and smelling super fresh. Its formula is developed with plant- and mineral-based ingredients to clean up to 99.9% of bacteria in your home.