Giada loves these powerful cleaning products that are better for you – and the environment!
I’m always looking for ways to clean up my home, so I’ve been taking a closer look at the ingredients lists of the products I use everywhere, from my beauty drawer to my kitchen cabinets. Recently, I’ve discovered some great kitchen cleansers that make it easy to choose the green, nontoxic option over the traditional heavy chemical products. I love these for their cleaning power, and for their high ratings from environmental advocates.
Unlike traditional cleansers, many green products are unscented (a plus when you’re working around food!) or have refreshing citrus scents that come from essential oils, not artificial perfumes. But those oils have a dual purpose; lemon and orange oils actually act a natural disinfectant, boosting the product’s overall cleaning power. There are so many great options out there that are easy to find at Whole Foods, grocery stores, or on Amazon – these are the ones I’m loving now:
Better Life Dish Soap. A super clean, unscented dish soap made from plant-based cleansers that cuts through grease just as well as a traditional dish soap. It’s boosted with aloe and vitamin E, making it gentler on your hands, too!
365 All-Purpose Cleanser. The Whole Foods house brand makes a great line of nontoxic cleansers, but I especially like their orange-scented all-purpose cleanser, which is a powerhouse on my countertops.
Seventh Generation Free & Clear Dishwasher Detergent. This biodegradable detergent has absolutely no nasty dyes or chemicals in it, and it does a great job with everyday dishes. It doesn’t get my glasses super sparkling clear, though, so I swap it in for my regular detergent on every other wash. Green choices don’t have to be all or nothing; every little bit helps!
Dr. Bronner’s 4-in-1 Baby Unscented Sugar Soap. When I’m cooking and tasting food, my hands can’t smell like perfume or artificial scents, so I absolutely need an unscented hand soap. I love this all-natural, sugar-based formula, which you can even thin with a little water and use for surface cleaning in your home.
Article by Giada De Laurentiis