Cleaning is important, you should definitely do it. While it can be a not very fun chore, unless you relate to Monica on a spiritual level, it really is something that should be done regularly. Besides germs, cleaning removes all the yucky (and potentially chemically laden) dust and dirt that can collect in your home over time. While it might seem like you should also disinfect your surfaces when you clean to kill any crazy germs that might be hanging out, it's not as necessary as you might think. And, using a strong, commercial disinfectant is definitely not needed or advised. Do you really want to use something all over your home that comes with a huge caution or warning sign on it?

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Why You Should Raid Your Kitchen to Get Brighter Laundry

Non-toxic ways to get whiter whites without bleach

You know that white shirt that makes for the perfect effortless outfit. It's gorgeous, but also takes a little bit of confidence to rock it. That's because it doesn't matter if it's a summer BBQ, a girls night happy hour, or just running around the corner for a cup of coffee - they are all opportunities for a stain. But, you are a confident adult who is pretty sure they can drink a coffee and walk down the hallway without a problem. You also happen to have a secret weapon - a bottle of bleach in the laundry room.

While bleach can be a lifesaver if you want to rock that white shirt, it's also a pretty harsh chemical - just think about that smell. Research has shown that using bleach can cause asthma like symptoms or make asthma worse (1). Because we don't love harsh chemicals that can make us sick, we did some searching and found a bunch of ways to care for white laundry without bleach. And an even bigger perk, most of these solutions can be found in your kitchen - score! Here are some of our favorite, non-toxic, whitening tips and tricks.

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Label Education: Cleaning

Natural, organic, safer choice, we break it all down for you

When it comes to household cleaning, we are big fans of creative ways to use baking soda, vinegar, and liquid soap. But, we get it, sometimes you might need to buy a cleaning product (because it's just more convenient, or serves a more specific purpose). With so many confusing all natural and green claims, how can you be sure that what you're buying is really better for your health or the environment? Quick answer: check out our healthy cleaning products roundups like for all purpose cleaners or bathroom cleaners, or look for products with the certifications below! More products than ever, including from common brands like Seventh Generation, Method, and even Green Works from Clorox, are certified and are easy to find.

If you want to learn more about common claims and terms you'll see on cleaning products (like biodegradable or plant-based) and what they mean, we've decoded them for you too. A quick tip is to always look to see if the bolded signal words Caution, Warning, Danger, or Poison are on the label. Opt for Caution, or even better, no scary words at all, for products that are least likely to cause irritation or harm during use.

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13 Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaners

vetted to be safe for your health and great at cleaning

No need to look any further! We checked all the databases, read reviews, and rounded up 13 safe and healthy all purpose cleaners that you can buy today.

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Affordable, Effective, and Easy DIY Cleaners for Your Whole Home

you'll look at your kitchen basics in a whole new way

We're familiar with the fact that many green and non-toxic cleaners might be out of your budget or that you'd rather spend that extra money on something fun or delicious. Well, the good news is that you can make cleaners that are healthy and good at doing what they are supposed to do for a fraction of what even traditional cleaners cost.

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Am I the only one whose kitchen can quickly go from a calm, peaceful, nourishing, and dare I say, the most instagrammable part of my house, to a real life nightmare in about 20 minutes flat? And on the weekends, this transformation literally happens multiple times during the day. In order to help you through the roller coaster ride of kitchen cleanliness, we put together this simple guide so that you don't have to resort to using cleaners with toxic chemicals that can harm your health. After all, you're spending so much time cooking and eating in your kitchen that you want to make sure everything you're using is healthy.

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DIY Cleaning Supplies

Everything you might need to get you started with DIY green cleaning

Have you had a chance to take a peek at some of our DIY green cleaning recipes? If so, you'll notice we recommend some of the same items over and over again. Here's a roundup of everything you might need to do some DIY non-toxic cleaning.

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