With the holiday season upon us, the inevitable pile-up of dirty dishes is just around the corner. Prepare yourself by stocking up on some useful supplies.
Caldrea Cleaning Supplies
Their cleaning products use natural fragrances (like lavender, clover, mint) that complement cooking rather than cut against it, and they sell products online or through cooking stores like Sur La Table.
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day
Mrs. Meyers cleaning products are made without solvents, petroleum distillates, bleach, or phosphates. Scents are strong and based on plants: basil, lavender, geranium, and lemon verbena. They sell products online or through chain stores like Whole Foods and Target.
Taking their name from the great Iriquois belief that "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations," Seventh Generation makes green cleaners, paper products, bulbs and trash bags. Their products are widely available through grocers and big box stores.
This is one of the most popular and widely available green brands, with products sold through Target, Lowe's, Whole Foods, and other national chains. Right now they have a Spring Cleaning Kit available for $25 that includes surface wipes, spray, dish soap, glass cleaner, shower spray, laundry detergent, and microfiber cloths.
Founded in Belgium in the 80s, this company now has a presence on several continents. They focus on green cleaning supplies with minimal packaging. You can buy their stuff online through Herb Trader or in natural grocery stores.
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