Best Non Toxic All Purpose Cleaner for a Safe & Sparkling Home

Discover the best non toxic all purpose cleaner sprays made with safe, plant-based ingredients. This roundup includes store-bought cleaning sprays from trusted brands and a homemade cleaning spray you can make yourself.

Non-Toxic All Purpose Cleaning Sprays

Take a look under my kitchen sink and you’ll find a jumble of bottles and jars with colorful graphics, along with a bunch of random sponges and reusable cleaning cloths – just like most people.

But unlike most people, instead of the conventional cleaning products, I’ve filled mine with eco-friendly cleaning brands made with safe, non-toxic ingredients.

Switching out my cleaning products was one of first steps I took to detox my home by switching to natural, non-toxic products many years ago, but believe me, it did not happen overnight. It’s been a process, and sometimes a challenge to find safe cleaning products that work well and are not simply greenwashing disguised as natural. 

Today we’re talking about the most basic of cleaning products – but probably the one you use most often: the all-purpose cleaning spray. Over the years, I’ve had many different all-purpose cleaning sprays under my sink, but only a handful that make it back time after time. Find out which ones made the cut (+ a few that didn’t ) and why below!

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Why Switch to a Non Toxic All Purpose Cleaner

Aside from your garage or basement storage room, the worst chemicals in your home are probably underneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks. The chemicals in those toxic cleaning products may be good for scrubbing but they are not healthy housemates.

Most traditional cleaning products contain active ingredients and fragrances that are linked to asthma, allergies, hormone disruption and even cancer. In fact, many popular cleaning sprays – like Lysol and Formula 409 rate an F (the worst rating) on EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning. Trust me, you do not want to be spraying those things around for your family to breathe!

Learn more about the health risks of cleaning ingredients.

Conventional cleaning products aren’t good for the environment either – the ingredients cause harm to marine life and drinking water, and continue our reliance on petroleum.

Think reading the label will help you identify safer products? Sadly that’s not the case for most cleaning products. Unlike food or beauty products, manufacturers of household cleaning products are not required to list ingredients on the label. And from what we’ve learned here, those “patented” cleaning formulas are secret for a reason.

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What to Look for in a Non Toxic Cleaning Spray

So now that we know why we should avoid traditional cleaning sprays, let’s figure out how to find safer ones! These are the things I look for in an all-purpose cleaning spray:

  • Transparency – all ingredients are listed on the packaging
  • Plant and mineral derived – ingredients come from plants and natural minerals instead of petroleum products
  • Free from – parabens, phthalates, triclosan, 1,4 dioxane, formaldehyde, chlorine bleach, SLS (sodium lauryl sulfates), or SLES, phosphates, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, harsh solvents, VOCs
  • Biodegradable – all ingredients will biodegrade completely
  • Cruelty free – no animal testing allowed
  • Light natural scent or unscented – some “natural” brands like Mrs. Meyers and Method have scents that are too overpowering for my liking
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Best Non Toxic All Purpose Cleaner Brands

Like I said, finding non-toxic cleaning sprays that actually work well has been a process. So to keep you from having to go through those same trials, I’m only sharing the all purpose cleaning sprays that I have liked enough to repurchase over and over again. I love these brands! And if you’re a DIY’er you’ll be happy to see my homemade cleaning spray on the list!

Buying tip: I’ve found that some of the best prices for non toxic cleaning sprays are online at places like Vitacost, Amazon and Thrive Market.

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ECOS All Purpose Cleaner Orange Plus and other non-toxic cleaning sprays1. Earth Friendly Products / ECOS

Product: ECOS All Purpose Cleaner Orange Plus

Ingredients: Water,  caprylyl/myristyl glucoside (plant-derived surfactant), alcohol denat. (corn-derived solvent),  potassium sorbate (plant-derived, food grade preservative), citric acid (plant-derived pH adjuster), limonene (orange) oil 


  • Uses power of orange oil to clean
  • Concentrate available for spray bottle refills
  • Parsley Plus scent also available – which sounds strange but smells fantastically fresh!

Price: $3.75 for 22-oz bottle

Better Life All Purpose Cleaning Spray and other non-toxic cleaning sprays2. Better Life

Product: Better Life All Purpose Cleaner Clary Sage & Citrus

Ingredients: Purified water, decyl glucoside (plant derived), lauryl glucoside (plant derived), disodium cocoyl glutamate (plant derived), quillaja saponaria bark (soap bark) extract, citrus limon (lemon) peel extract, salvia sclarea (clary sage) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel extract, methylisothiazolinone (preservative, less than 0.01%)


  • Available at some Target and Whole Foods locations and many food co-ops and local grocery stores
  • New Pomegranate scent available on company website only (so far)

Price: $4.99 for 32-oz bottle

Thrive Market All Purpose Spray and other non-toxic cleaning sprays3. Thrive Market

Product: Thrive Market Lemon All-Purpose Cleanser

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), laureth-7, caprylyl/myristyl glucoside (plant-derived cleaning agent), dimethyl 9-decenamide (plant-derived cleaning agent), citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, sodium citrate (plant-derived water softener), tetrasodium glutamate diacetate (plant-derived chelating agent), citric acid (plant-derived pH adjuster)


  • Comes in the mail with all your other goodies from Thrive Market
  • Can sign up for auto-ship if that interests you

Price: $3.29 for 22-oz bottle

Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaning Spray and other non-toxic cleaning sprays4. Seventh Generation

Product: Seventh Generation All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

Ingredients: Water, caprylyl/myristyl glucoside (plant-derived cleaning agent), lauramine oxide (plant-based cleaning agent), sodium gluconate (plant-derived water softener), sodium carbonate (mineral-based alkalinity builder), benzisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (synthetic preservatives)


  • Easy to find at many local stores
  • Lowest price
  • Unscented (if that’s what you prefer)
  • Company is a certified B Corp

Price: $2.69 for 32-oz

Homemade Everyday Spray and other non-toxic cleaning sprays5. Homemade

Product: Everyday Spray, from my book, Practically Green: Your Guide to EcoFriendly Decision-Making.


2 cups warm water

1 teaspoon liquid castile soap

1 teaspoon washing soda or borax

20 drops essential oil (tea tree, grapefruit seed and lemon are natural disinfectants)

Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle (I prefer glass spray bottles). Shake well to mix before using.

Pros: Super inexpensive!

Price: Minimal

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  1. Hi, thank you for this post! I am wondering why the Seventh Generation spray is crossed off. Is this still a product that you would recommend?

    1. Sorry about that – there was a problem with the link. Yes, I do recommend Seventh Generation! Thanks for the head’s up about the problem.

  2. I think this is a great way to dip your toe into ridding your house/life of bad chemicals. I’m going to have to check my all purpose cleaner at home and see if it passes the test!

    1. Yes I agree – it’s a pretty easy and inexpensive change to make but with a big impact on your health!

  3. Micaela, Awesome article! I appreciate the thorough review of all natural cleaning products and what to watch out for when shopping for greener cleaners. I’ve done some research in this area of toxic cleaners, lack of regulation, and steps towards healthier cleaning. I’d be happy to share more information with you if you’re interested!


  4. Thank you for this list! I have been interested in trying some of the Better Life products. I haven’t used many natural spray cleaners, but I do like the Seventh Generation wipes for cleaning the bathroom.

  5. What are your thoughts on the Force of Nature cleaner?

    1. I haven’t tried that one yet! Has anyone else? I’d love to hear more about it!

  6. Hi where do you buy non toxic furniture? I’m looking to buy nightstands and office chairs but everything non toxic is extremely expensive.
    Also plz link which mattress you use. Thank you!

    1. Hey Shaz – Unfortunately, I don’t know of any super inexpensive sources of non toxic furniture, other than possibly some things at Ikea. Some of the companies known for eco-friendly/non-toxic furniture are Room & Board, Crate & Barrel and Ashley Furniture. You’ll need to ask a lot of questions about the materials and adhesives they use. For my recommended mattress brands, check out this post: Hope that helps!

  7. Maureen Hankerson says:

    Do you have recommendation for hand soap that does not dry out your hands

  8. What would you suggest to clean quartz with?

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