She's trying to reduce using chemical and toxic products. She wants to improve her way of life by using as many natural remedies at home.
Cleaning Is Essential
Apart from exercising, cleaning is an essential routine for me. My husband used to say that I am very compulsive towards cleaning, but, I am okay with it. Keeping your house clean is important because you'll get sick less frequently. Dirt, dust, and allergens build up especially, in carpets, beds, and upholstery over time. Not to mention if you have pets inside. Therefore, if you want to keep yourself and your family healthy, cleaning regularly is a must!
This year, I determined to start using plant-based and natural products, particularly for cleaning products around my house. Ultimately, I want to have a better lifestyle without having used too many chemical products that could harm my body and also bad for the environment.
Before turning to plant-based products, I was an avid user of many popular cleaning brands. However, I found that at times they have given me unpleasantness and bothers my skin. Presumably caused by the chemical contained in the products. So, there are seven products that I am currently using and I'm loving the result. They are powered and naturally made by plants, non-toxic, and gentle for housecare. I prefer knowing that these cleaning products clean your home naturally, without the unpleasant chemical residue that can harm your family and your pets.
1. Laundry Detergent
By far, Seventh Generation is my favorite plant-based brand. At times, I have developed a skin sensitivity towards cleaning products at my house. So, the first thing I change is the laundry detergent. I love Seventh Generation laundry detergent a lot so, I usually bought one with the scent and one that is clear and free that is made for sensitive skin. It is 0% from synthetic fragrances, dyes, artificial brighteners. The detergent is safe to use for all water temperatures, cold or hot. By the way, it's a certified Biobased Product by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
2. All-Purpose Cleaner
All-purpose cleaner is an essential product to have in my house. I lost count of how many bottles I have used over the years to clean the kitchen counter, dining table, coffee table, and et cetra. One of the reasons why I wanted to change after I noticed the usual all-purpose cleaner has a powerful chemical smell. However, I'm proud to say that Method all-purpose cleaner is one of the first plant-based products I have purchased since last year. My favorite is the honey crisp apple smell. I use it after I finished cooking in the kitchen and every morning to wipe the counter and the coffee table. The best thing is it still leaves a fresh scent smell!
3. Dish Soap
Sometimes, I admit I prefer a smell remains on the plates, cups, pans, and other kitchen utensils after I did dishes. However, I noticed some of the products that I have used leaving my hand very dry afterward. Other than the laundry detergent, Seventh Generation also has liquid hand dish soap as one of their plant-based products. Having used it recently, I really like it! The one that I purchased is free and clear from any fragrances, dyes, phosphates, or triclosan. It's also a dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic formula made for sensitive skin.
4. Fabric Softener
I am a big fan of fabric softener. I usually will load the fabric softener (liquid or booster beads) in the washing machine every time I do laundry. Since I have changed the laundry detergent to a plant-based, I decided to ditch the old fabric softener. Mrs. Meyer's fabric softener is one of the best you can find at the store. I love how the liquid fabric softener adds freshness while reducing static from clothes. It is made from plant-derived softening ingredients essential oils and it's a certified Biobased Product by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
5. Fabric Refresher
As much as I love the fabric softener, I love fabric refresher. I use it to spray the jackets that I have worn for a few hours, for example, after I came back from the grocery store. Biokleen is my favorite plant-based fabric refresher. The best thing about fabric refresher, you can use it on water-safe fabrics such as sofas, couches, curtains, sports bags, and pet areas. However, I love the product as it doesn't irritate my skin. One of my favorite smells from Biokleen fabric softener is thyme and lemon. It's natural eliminates odors that trapped in the fabrics and leaves an amazing smell.
6. Fresh Produce Liquid Soap
Since we were hit with the Covid-19, I make sure to wash every fresh produce that I bought from the store before putting them in the fridge. One of my favorite plant-based products that I can find at the store is Ecos. It is specifically made for washing fruits and vegetables. It cleans the fresh produce thoroughly by spraying directly onto produce and wash and wipe. For leafy greens, it is best to soak (for 2-3 minutes) in a bowl filled with water. Nothing beats feeling good with food that you bought from the store knowing they are clean from the unwanted dirt or soils.
7. Disinfecting Wipes
One of my essential cleaning items are disinfecting wipes. It's very convenient to have plant-based disinfecting wipes knowing they are gentle and kind to my hands. These wipes are suitable for use on all hard, nonporous surfaces where bacteria or unpleasant odors are a concern such as countertops, food preparation surfaces, floors, appliances, garbage cans, changing tables, high chairs, cribs, children’s toys, toilet seats, doorknobs, desks, and pet habitats.
© 2021 Liza
Liza (author) from USA on February 18, 2021:
Thanks for sharing your story. I have never used Mrs. Meyer's other than their hand sanitizer spray, (which I really love). I will pay more attention to the product as I'm looking forward to restocking supplies. I love the plant-based product and will stick to it.
Thanks for commenting!
Laynie H from Bend, Oregon on February 17, 2021:
I especially love Meyer's! The scents take me outside into nature; I use it for dish soap and the concentrate for dilute surface cleaner. I love your photos as well.
Liza (author) from USA on February 16, 2021:
Before using plant-based products, I am just like a regular user of popular cleaning products on the market. However, after seeing a pleasing result of using plant-based, I decided to be an avid user. It's started when I switched my skincare to plant-based and I just love the outcome.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2021:
Thanks for listing your favorite plant-based cleaning products. I like the idea of reducing chemicals in our products.
Liza (author) from USA on February 14, 2021:
Now, I am an avid plant-based user. I'm so happy because my husband is supporting me 100% on this. Nowadays, it's so easy to find plant-based products at the store, which makes me feel good about it.
Liz Westwood from UK on February 14, 2021:
This is an interesting and very relevant article. You have picked up on a key move away from chemical to more natural cleaning products.