Some combination of baking soda, lemon, and vinegar will almost always do the trick when it comes to cleaning the kitchen and all the stuff in it. But for those of us who just don't have the time (or the desire!) to make our own cleaning supplies, there are plenty of good-for-the-planet options to buy.
Here are some of our favorites. Get shopping — and then get cleaning!
- Smarty Dish Dishwasher Tabs, $6 for 20 at Method: Strong without resorting to phosphates and bleach, these tabs use 87 percent less plastic than the original kinds. Plus, that fusion of pink grapefruit, blood orange, and cassis just smells clean and good.
- Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner, $4 for 16 ounces at Mrs. Meyers: The Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day label is a familiar sight for anyone who's wandered the cleaning supplies aisle. With plant-derived ingredients and essential oils, it's an obvious (and wallet-friendly) choice to use on all non-porous countertops.
- Lemon Scrub, $10 for 16 ounces at Home Into Haven: This all-purpose, non-toxic baking soda-based scrub can be used on everything from butcher blocks to countertops to produce. Plus, it's got a satisfying bubbling effect.
- Dish Soap, $4 for 24 ounces at The Honest Company: This plant-based dish soap — available in three fun scents — can also be used for other household chores like cleaning the floors, washing the car, or scrubbing the deck.
- Seventh Generation Unscented Natural Dish Liquid, $18 for six, 25-ounce bottles: If you want to buy enough green dish soap to last a lifetime — or at least the rest of the year — this bulk pack is for you. All that soap in just one not-so-bad shipment.
- Daily Stohn, $7.50 for 22 ounces at B + B Cleaners: A totally safe way to restore and protect granite, marble, and other hard surfaces, this formula — and all the others on the site — was created by a husband and wife combo (she has a background as a chemist and he has a background in the stone business). Plus money from every sale goes to the ASPCA.
- Better Life Stainless Steel Polish, $7 for 16 ounces: Cut through fingerprints, grease, grime, and dust with this non-abrasive formula. It can be used on stainless steel cooktops, range hoods, faucets, and more.
- Planet Dishwasher Pacs, $11 for 20: Another set of dishwasher pods that you don't have to feel bad about using. Because let's face it — it really is easier to throw a pod into the compartment than it is to measure out liquid soap.
- Simple Green All-Purpose Wipes, $4 for 40 at Home Depot: Use these to wipe down sticky highchairs, patio furniture, or even sticky hands during picnics.
- Aloe & Green Tea Dish Soap, $5 for 24 ounces at J.R. Watkins: This grease-cutting formula is tough on grime but not on your hands. Plus, that old-timey bottle couldn't look cuter on your counter.