7 Best Green Cleaners for Your Home

We tested tons of new eco alternatives to bring you the best family-friendly options for messes moms encounter most.

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Natural Household Cleaners

Sure, baking soda and vinegar will do the trick. But if you're not up to playing chemist in your kitchen, these store-bought green cleaning products can help around the house.

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Dave by Eco-Me All Floor Cleaner

Safe to use on tile, sealed wood, vinyl, and more, the Dave by Eco-Me All Floor Cleaner eliminates bacteria without harsh chemicals. $6; eco-me.com

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Method Antibacterial Toilet Cleaner

Squirt Method's antibacterial toilet cleaner under the rim and the citric acid-based formula kills 99.9 percent of germs. $4; methodhome.com

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J.R. Watkins Home Care All-Purpose Cleaner

Behind the pretty packaging is a grapefruity all-purpose spray for any room in your house. $6; jrwatkins.com

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Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Surface Scrub

Skip the elbow grease. A few shakes of Mrs. Meyer's Surface Scrub are all you need to tackle hard-to-clean spots in the kitchen or bathroom, and it's safe to use on stainless steel. $5; mrsmeyers.com

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Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes

Biodegradable, plantbased cleaning agents make these compostable wipes ideal for quick cleanups. $3 to $7; greenworkscleaners.com

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iQ The Smarter Cleaner

Fill the iQ Glass Cleaner bottle with water, then screw in the replaceable cartridge to release a concentrated cleaning fluid. $4; drugstore.com

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Vaska Spotoff Spot Remover

The color-safe, botanical surfactants in Spotoff make it the perfect pre-treatment for spills on rugs, curtains, and clothes. $10; vaskahome.com

Originally published in the April 2012 issue of Parents magazine.

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