The 12 Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products Under $15
You don’t have to spend a fortune to keep your home safe and clean with these top eco-friendly cleaning products.
Eco-friendly cleaning products are becoming a staple in many households as buyers become more aware of toxic chemicals in conventional products. Although eco-friendly products tend to cost a bit more than traditional cleaners, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a cleaner, safer household.
Some are priced affordably, and there are many natural cleaning products, such as reusable brushes or cleaning towels, that help save money and reduce environmental waste by eliminating the need for single-use items. Other companies use more sustainable packaging to reduce landfill waste.
Keep reading to learn about a dozen of the best eco-friendly home cleaning products that are priced under $15.
1. Reusable Paper Towels
These dishcloths are a zero-waste paper towel alternative. Since they’re made with wood pulp and cotton, they are compostable at the end of their life. Absorbing 20 times their weight in water, use these dishcloths for practically anything you’d use a paper towel for, from cleaning your kitchen to wiping up spills. They are also non-scratch and odor resistant, and can be washed in the dishwasher or washing machine.
2. Best Laundry Detergent
This zero-waste laundry detergent from Dropps comes in recyclable or compostable packaging and the pods dissolve in the washer–nothing ends up in landfills. The pods can be used with all types of washers and don’t use any synthetic fragrances, just natural enzymes and essential oils to clean and freshen laundry. Simply use one pod per load (or two pods for extra large or heavily stained loads) to keep clothes clean and fresh without harsh dyes, fragrances, or chemicals.
3. Zero-Waste Dish Soap
This dish soap powder from Blueland can be put in a reusable container or you can purchase one from Blueland in a kit with the dish soap for just $20. The powder comes in compostable paper packaging, making it zero-waste. The product is also shipped in compostable packaging. Hypoallergenic and free of dyes and fragrances, this dish soap contains exclusively naturally derived ingredients to get your dishes clean without toxic residue.
4. Compostable Wipes
Although reusable paper towels or rags are more eco-friendly, there are times when a disposable cleaning wipe is preferred. These cleaning wipes from Aunt Fannie’s are scented with essential oils and are safe for food-contact surfaces. The material of the wipes is responsibly sourced and the wipes are compostable when you’re done with them (although you will need to recycle the plastic container).
5. Biodegradable Dishwasher Tablets
These fragrance-free dishwasher tablets are biodegradable and come in a cardboard box that can be recycled. With more than 5,000 ratings and a 4.5-star average review on Amazon, these dishwashing tablets are a consumer favorite for nontoxic dishwashing detergent. For sparkly dishes without a residue or scent, this affordable box of tablets will last for 25 dishwasher runs.
6. Vegan All-Purpose Spray
This all-purpose spray from ECOS can be used to clean steel, sealed stone, painted surfaces, hardwood floors, linoleum, vinyl, porcelain, and virtually anything else around the house. This 100 percent vegan formula uses no harsh chemicals, yet it can remove grease, grime, ink marks, adhesive, and more. Its orange scent is naturally derived and the cleaner contains no synthetic fragrances. Simply spray on a cloth or surface and wipe away.
7. Natural Bathroom Cleaner
This bathroom cleaner from ECOS removes soap scum and uses tea tree oil in its formula as a natural disinfectant. This bathroom cleaner is designed to be sprayed on showers and tubs–including fixtures and shower doors–to reduce the buildup of soap scum and make cleaning a breeze. All ECOS products are made in a carbon-neutral, water-neutral, zero-waste facility with 100 percent renewable energy.
8. Chemical-Free Floor Cleaner
Whether you have tile, hardwood, laminate, or luxury vinyl tile, this multisurface floor cleaner from Aunt Fannie’s gets floors clean with plant-based ingredients and natural essential oils. It has a fresh clean scent without a strong chemical smell and doesn’t leave a residue behind. Combine 1/2 cup with 2 gallons of water and use with a traditional mop, microfiber cloth, or whatever else you use to clean your floors.
9. Recycled Plastic Scrubber
This dish brush from Full Circle is made with bamboo and recycled plastic, and the firm bristles scrub stuck-on food from pots and pans. It even comes with a built-in scraper on the head for tough or burnt-on food. The brush is safe for all types of cookware, including nonstick pots and pans. Full Circle is a plastic-neutral company and ships items in minimal packaging.
10. Enzymatic Stain Remover
Biokleen’s Bac-Out Stain Remover works on carpet, furniture, clothes, towels, and diapers to remove tough stains with natural stain-fighting enzymes. It’s naturally scented to remove odors without an overwhelming scent. Made with biodegradable ingredients, this stain fighter breaks down stains to remove them. You don’t even need to rinse the product out. Simply blot it with a rag after letting it soak for 5 minutes.
11. All-Purpose Soap
It’s hard to beat the cleaning power of Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. All of Dr. Bronner’s products are naturally scented and concentrated, so a little soap goes a long way. The ingredients are biodegradable and Dr. Bronner’s plastic packaging is made from 100 percent recycled plastic. In addition, 70 percent of the product’s ingredients are certified fair trade and 90 percent of the ingredients are organic. Use for virtually anything, from washing the dog to scrubbing the sink and getting stains out of laundry.
12. Carbon-Neutral Kitchen Cleaner
For cleaning sinks, countertops, and even wiping down cabinets, this all-purpose kitchen cleaner from ATTITUDE is biodegradable, vegan, and carbon-neutral. Simply spray and wipe with a cloth to remove grease, grime, crumbs, and other spills from glass, granite, quartz, and acrylic for a residue-free clean. The bottles are made from recycled plastic and are recyclable at the end of their life.
The prices listed here are accurate as of February 14, 2023.