Stuff We Love: Cleaning: Fran’s Picks


Back when I used to work as a purchaser in the natural products industry, one of the categories I bought was cleaning products.  I learned a lot about natural cleaning products, and got to try out many different brands because vendors would send me samples.  I got on the natural cleaning bandwagon a long time ago, so I have some years of housecleaning experience with natural products.  And, because I hate having a bunch of extraneous stuff lying around, I’ve tried to streamline my cleaning products to the minimum. Here are some of my favorites:

Bon Ami Powder Cleanser.

A formula of plant-based cleaning agents and soft abrasive minerals, this is what I use for scrubbing sinks, toilets, tubs, and tile.  The ingredients are all natural and contain no perfumes, dyes, or anything toxic.  The Bon Ami company started in 1886, and has been making exceptional cleaning products ever since. 

Method Antibac Wipes

These do whatever the Bon Ami powder won’t, and utilize plant-based essential oils to do it.  I’m no germophobe; as far as I’m concerned, if it looks, feels, and smells clean then it’s clean enough for me (plus I’m a bit wary excessive disinfecting.  I think we live in a world filled with micro-organisms, both helpful and harmful.  But that’s a whole other topic.) But in certain places, I want to keep the bad germs to a minimum — like the bathroom and around the kitchen sink. And wherever else I occasionally need a quick swipe. For me, the con about the Method products is that they are owned


This is a natural dish soap that works.  There are other natural brands that work, but I’m particularly fond of this one.  Most especially in the lavender bergamot scent.  Lavender is my favorite-favorite-favorite fragrance, and to have natural lavender-scented dish soap makes doing dishes that much more pleasant for me. Plus, I used to work with the vendor, and they are very nice folks.

Ecover Automatic Dishwashing Powder

This is what I used to use in my dishwasher, and I liked it alot.  I don’t use it anymore because the Trader Joe’s brand works just as well, with, from what I can tell, the same ingredients.  I have a hunch that Ecover does their private labeling for them, but I can’t prove it.

Ecos Laundry Detergent

My criteria for laundry soap are: must be all-natural, plant-based, toxin-free; must be liquid; bonus if it’s concentrated so there’s less weight to lug up the stairs. I’m not loyal to any one brand of laundry detergent because I’ve found that, for the most part, all the natural brands work about the same.  But Ecos Magnolia and Lily has essential oils that smell so lovely that I’m partial to it, and always hope it goes on sale.

Other than these, I use rubbing alcohol to clean glass, vinegar on the floors, and microfiber towels for the rare occasion when I’m actually dusting.

What are your favorite cleaning products?


June 15, 2011 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: For the Home | Tags:

fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.