Seventh Generation products, which are found in health food stores, Whole Foods, Target and online, are also nontoxic. "What I love about them is they're all made without dyes, without perfumes," Simran says. "All the cleaning agents are plant-based instead of petroleum-based."
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day is another company that specializes in cleaners made with ingredients like corn, sugar cane, coconut and palm. This company, which was named after the founder's mother, also sells nontoxic products for pets.
To make your chores even more environmentally friendly, Simran suggests using microfiber cloths from a company like Method to apply the products to your furniture, counters and sinks. These cleaning cloths are machine washable and recyclable!
Even if these products are more expensive that traditional cleaners, Simran says the health benefits may be worth the cost. In some areas of the country, the air quality inside the home is twice as dangerous as the air outside the home, according to the EPA.
"The reason is because of, in part, cleaning products, the paints that we have on our walls, varnishes on our furniture, the formaldehydes and glues in our carpet," Simran says. "You're creating this little chemical cocktail you're breathing in all the time."