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12 Cruelty-Free, Healthy, and Affordable Household Products That Get Us Excited To Clean

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If you’re a conscious housekeeper, you’re always trying to figure out ways to minimize waste, save cash, and forgo harsh chemicals.

Here are a few of the current cleaning items that we can’t live without. Click any of the images to buy, or click the name of the product to be routed to the company’s website and learn more/ read ingredients.


12 Cruelty-Free, Healthy, and Affordable Household Products That Get Us Excited To Clean


Bump It Off is a silicone sleeve, a gadget tackles any problem — from getting the grill grate shiny to cleaning makeup brushes. It’s vegan, earth-friendly, and you just need to throw it in the dishwasher to clean and sanitize it. Whether you need to brush up that pesky pet hair, or get a tough stain out of your favorite outfit, this gadget can do it, and just about anything else.

Bump It Off, $9.95 @goddessofgadgets.com

Bump It Off, $9.95 @goddessofgadgets.com

Far from an ordinary line of household cleaners, CleanPath aims to make refills a little sexier, more accessible and more affordable than ever – essentially turning the cleaning experience upside down. Clunky, disposable bottles we buy from cleaning brands everyday contain contain 90 percent water and a small amount of active ingredients – that means millions of consumers are paying huge amounts of money for two things:­ disposable bottles and water. CleanPath’s vision was to turn this waste upside down, both literally and figuratively, with a sleek, reusable bottle and refill pod system. With his patented new system, consumers simply flip the bottle upside down, squeeze cleaning concentrate from the refill pod into the measuring cup inside the bottle, and then add water. (See below video). By taking a few simple steps, we save money, time and waste. Try their foaming hand soaps, or sprays.

CleanPath, how it works!

CleanPath, how it works!

Talk about genius, NatureZways’s Perforated Towels are reusable paper towels, except they aren’t paper! They are rayon made from bamboo. They are super strong – more durable and absorbent than traditional paper towels, which reduces the total number of towels needed.  Fewer paper towels – happy you, happy earth! They are reusable – each sheet can be hand rinsed up to 100 times, safe on all surfaces, and made from renewable sustainable source. It’s a no-brainer to switch to these. We also love their well-made sponges, floor wipes (like if you use a swifter-type product, but reusable,) healthier toilet paper (made from bamboo pulp and BPA free!) and compostable waste bags. This brand is a winner for a sustainable household. You can find them most places, but amazon is easy!

NatureZway Bamboo Reusable Perforated Towels, $9.95 @amazon.com

NatureZway Bamboo Reusable Perforated Towels, $9.95 @amazon.com

Consider your laundry pile as an unsuspecting threat to the planet. Your dry cleaning could be a culprit! There are more than 35,000 dry cleaners in the United States, and it’s estimated that more than 90 percent of them use perchloroethylene (or PERC, for short) as a solvent in the dry cleaning process. According to the EPA, PERC is a synthetic, volatile organic compound (VOC) that poses a health risk to humans and a threat to the environment. Even minimal contact with PERC can cause adverse health effects on the nervous system that include dizziness, headaches, fatigue, nausea, unconsciousness. PERC is not only hazardous for people who work in dry cleaning shops or bring home dry cleaned clothes. PERC can also get into our air, water, and soil during the cleaning, purification, and waste disposal phases of dry cleaning, according to the EPA. Unlike conventional dry cleaners, Dryel does not use the harmful chemical PERC (perchloroethylene.) Dryel is an at-home dry cleaner that uses the power of steam to clean and deodorize clothing all in a home dryer.  Dryel refreshes and renews clothes in 15 minutes or deep cleans in 30 minutes. Dryel Starter kit has a reusable fabric protection bag that can be used up to 40 times and avoids stretching or damage to your cloths, cleaning garments for as little as 25 cents a piece. This is a game changer! We also love their on-the-go stain removing pen for tough stains without dangerous cleaning agents.

Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner Starter Kit 4 Loads (2 pack), $26 @amazon.com

Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner Starter Kit 4 Loads (2 pack), $26 @amazon.com

Speaking of laundry, Vaska has discovered “pure”fection with their laundry detergent. Vaska’s products are 100% biodegradable, hypoallergenic, they are never tested on animals and are greywater safe. It does not contain pollutants, irritants, toxins, dyes, or binding agents which allows it to wash clean out of the fabric.Their detergent is so pure, you could drink it, although they have not perfected making it tasty. The Vaska formulation has been certified “natural” by the EPA, who awarded Scent-free Laundry Detergent, and their Oxygen Brightener, the Design for the Environment (DfE) certification.

vaska Perfect Laundry Detergent, Scent Free, 42 Fluid Ounce, $13 @amazon.com

vaska Perfect Laundry Detergent, Scent Free, 42 Fluid Ounce, $13 @amazon.com

Rebel Green is a natural, eco-friendly household cleaning products company that’s American-made and woman-owned! We love their entire range of organic, cruelty-free, and biodegradable cleaning products. What really stands out for us in their repetoire is their delicates wash, offered in delectable scents that gently cleans and protects your unmentionables and fine fabrics.  Until now, the only other natural, non-toxic delicates wash we found and liked cost a fortune. This one is reasonably priced and smells divine. You can buy their entire line on amazon.

Rebel Green USDA Certified Organic Delicates Wash, Lavender and Grapefruit (Pack of 4), $29 @amazon.com

Rebel Green USDA Certified Organic Delicates Wash, Lavender and Grapefruit (Pack of 4), $29 @amazon.com

Speaking of things that smell delicious: Poo-Pourri has entirely changed our bathroom cleaning game. If it smells stale, or worse, like someone dropped a bomb, a quick spritz of Poo-Pourri always makes our day. It’s the strongest, most naturally effective bathroom odor remover we’ve ever found. Free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and cruelty-free – we will never again have a bathroom without a bottle of Poo-Pourri in it.

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, $7.99 @amazon.com

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, $7.99 @amazon.com

Swanson Health Products (SHP), one of the leading e-commerce organic grocers, teamed up with leading manufacturers of natural home care products and eco-friendly cleaners to develop a collection of safe, effective household cleaners with no dioxane, triclosan, phosphates, formaldehyde, caustic solvents or petrochemicals of any kind. The Swanson brand, called Swanson Healthy Home, features cleaning products that contain biodegradable, plant-based surfactants that break down quickly into non-polluting compounds, helping to protect and maintain the safety of our soil and water supplies and all life that depends on them. The best part about it? These products are crazy affordable and work extremely well! “Swanson Healthy Home products will clean, degrease and deodorize as well as the cleaning products found on grocery shelves today,” said Ken Harris, chief executive officer at SwansonHealth Products. “But, they are all eco-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about a harsh chemical fume or using them around surfaces that are reachable by pets or kids.”

Eco-Friendly Toilet Bowl Cleaner, $3.99 @www.swansonvitamins.com

Eco-Friendly Toilet Bowl Cleaner, $3.99 @www.swansonvitamins.com

It’s summer, and that means breeding animals! Just think of all the hiding places rodents will have in your barbecue, pool toys, gazebos, hot tubs, etc. Rodents, pests and insects are very opportunistic, and will find shelter in places you might not think about, including:

  • Barbecue grills. Frequently left untouched and under a cover for long periods of time, grills can offer a protected place for mice to nest, especially if any crumbs are left behind.
  • Decks and gazebos. If there is vacant space underneath any structure, it will provide pests with shelter from the elements.
  • Hot tubs, pool houses, and outdoor sound systems. In addition to needing shelter, rodents also love to chew on things because it feels good on their teeth. Electrical wiring is a favorite item for rodents, but very expensive for you to repair.

But here at GGA, we are not animal killers. Which is why we love earthkind®, a manufacturer of revolutionary all-natural pest prevention products and rodent repellents, delivers long-lasting slow release of proven oils, each variety of Stay Away® – Rodent, Spiders, Moths, Ants, Beetles – quickly and naturally repels pests from treated areas. Simply place the Stay Away® pouch in any indoor or enclosed area to ensure pests literally stay away from your home, while at the same time protecting yourself, your loved ones, pets and the environment, because like all earthkind® products, Stay Away® contains absolutely no poisons or toxic materials. “Customers wanting to get rid of pests in their homes are seeking safe and effective alternatives to poisons, which have long been the only viable options available on store shelves,” said earthkind® Founder and CEO Kari Warberg Block. “At earthkind®, we are pleased to be able to say that we have created a product that meets that need. As the daughter of an entomologist, and a mother myself, it was important to me to create a better way to keep pests away from the spaces where we live, work and play, without harming them or my family.” Earthkind® product manufacturing has a 2% carbon footprint certified by the USDA Bio-Preferred Program, which measures cradle-to-grave inputs and outputs, from farm to customer trash. It’s also independently reviewed and certified by Federal and State EPA to ensure it meets safety and efficacy standards. In fact, earthkind® is the first and only company to have its products meet EPA standards for safety and effectiveness in the home. Best of all, it’s cruelty-free. It doesn’t hurt the animals.

earthkind stay away, varies on size of pack - between $5-30 @amazon.com

earthkind stay away, varies on size of pack – between $5-30 @amazon.com

When we’ve got to scrub something off our kids face or stroller on the go, we’ve been choosing e-cloth Reusable Cloth Wipes which clean with just water, 100% eliminating chemicals sensitivities, allergic reactions, rashes and asthma associated with the use of chemical additives, fragrances and dyes. Cloth Wipes provide a faster and better clean using just a cloth and water. Convenient carry pouch stores used Cloth Wipes and keeps separate for laundering. Cloth Wipes are reusable and guaranteed for 100 machine washes making them environmentally-friendly and more economical.

e-cloth Baby Cleaning Kit - Chemical-free & Reusable Hand & Face Cleaning Kit 13pc, $29.99 @amazon.com

e-cloth Baby Cleaning Kit – Chemical-free & Reusable Hand & Face Cleaning Kit 13pc, $29.99 @amazon.com

Twist’s Dish Dumpling is a tough scrubbing little nugget of agave or hemp twine which is tough on grime, but soft on mother earth made from plants and dye free. Kind cleaning has never been more adorable.

Twist Ravioli Scrubby, $3.79 @amazon.com

Twist Ravioli Scrubby, $3.79 @amazon.com

CleanSmart’s Nursery Line makes every play-date easier! Just spray to kill germs that can make kids sick, perfect for everyday sanitizing, all CleanSmart products carry the EPA’s safest possible classification. They contain no harmful chemicals, harsh fumes, dyes or bleach. Because all CleanSmart products are pH balanced and worry-free for use anywhere, they never require first aid warnings or hazard warnings. Even though CleanSmart products are gentle, they kill 99.9 percent of germs, viruses and bacteria – from everyday germs like cold and influenza to serious germs like E. coli, RSV, Staph, and MRSA.

CleanSmart Toy Disinfectant Spray - No Rinse, No Wipe, Kills 99.9% of Germs, Bacteria, Viruses, Fungus, Mold, Leaves No Chemical Residue. 16oz, 2 Pk. , $12.49 @amazon.com

CleanSmart Toy Disinfectant Spray – No Rinse, No Wipe, Kills 99.9% of Germs, Bacteria, Viruses, Fungus, Mold, Leaves No Chemical Residue. 16oz, 2 Pk. , $12.49 @amazon.com

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