Green Cleaning Supplies: My Top Nontoxic Cleaning Picks

November 3, 2016 (updated February 9, 2023) — Written by

Here it is! My ever-so-sexy list of go-tos for green cleaning supplies. I’m pulling back the curtain and sharing what I use for all-purpose cleaners, dish soap, laundry detergent, odor removal, wipes and more. I even have an option for tree-free paper towels. Now, that’s hot.

lisa holding force of nature bottle


I am a big advocate of small, intentional steps when it comes to greening up your home. “Do what you can with the information you have now” is one of my many mottos. (YOLO is another 😜.)

After testing product over the past 7 years, this list is literally a breakdown of what I use day in and day out. I wanted to list everything in one place so you can bookmark it and use it as a tool or reference the next time you head out shopping. This is by no means a bible of products you “should be using”…consider this more of a peek behind the curtain of my day-to-day cleaning looks like. 

How did I land on these products? Above all, I need a product that works. Like, you WILL NOT find me on my hands and knees trying to scrub grout with essential oils or “freshen up” a room by spraying vinegar, NO! Everything you see here is tried, tested and legit works. 

Second, I’m not down with bringing any of these ingredients into my home, so you won’t find those here either. Consider the following the crossroads of where “it works” and “green” meet. 

Happy cleaning! 

All purpose cleaner

RELATED: We tried it: 24 ways to use Force of Nature cleaner.

Hand soap


Odor removal

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Dish soap

Air filter

Paper towels

RELATED: Check out my living room furniture makeover and the compostable bags I use throughout my house.

These are my go-tos for green cleaning products—what are your faves?

xo, lisa in cursive

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By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!


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    Definitely could use help with stainless. That cloth really helps with the streaking?

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Oh my gosh, YES!!! Especially if you use a little all-purpose cleaner with it – its performance doubles!

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    Do you have a recommendation for cleaning a leather chair?

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    Dena Deprospero

    My yoga teacher recommended EcoStrips for laundry and they work well 100%! No big plastic trash, super effective, and I think environmentally friendly. Expensive, but 1/2 sheet does a whole load so….? I use the unscented Then just hit it with a Bronners Castile for added cleaning and scent.

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Oh cool, we will check them out. Thanks Dena!

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    I just want to thank you for all the useful information you provide! I’m trying to make my home cleaner and safer for my family and me, and trying to do my part for the planet and your articles are a true help! Trying to find all the information separately takes me forever. It is so nice to have it all together in one place.

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Christina! So happy you found this helpful! Thanks for being here! xo, L

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    Also, what are your thoughts on Blueland? I like the idea of them and they do list all of their ingredients I just don’t know if the ingredients are good or not…

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    Regina J.

    I really do like these non-toxic supplies – thank you for sharing!
    Most commercial cleaners contain potentially harmful chemicals. I would like to pay special attention to drain cleaners here. Not only do they pose a great danger to health. According to this source, drain cleaners come with yet another hazard: they have the ability to corrode metal pipes. Using a powerful drain cleaner several times in a row has the potential to corrode an entire pipe system.

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    Love you blog, as I’ve been following you for some time now. Thought you’d want to know that the website has some issues when searching for a specific topic previously posted on.
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