Green Spring Cleaning With Plant-Based Cleansers

Don’t you think it’s ironic that many cleaning products actually contain ingredients that, while maybe not dirty, can still make you sick? No wonder millions of people have decided to make their spring cleaning ‘green’ by choosing plant-based cleansers free of synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals. This post, sponsored by Source Supply Company, highlights the value of using plant-based cleansers for counters, walls, tile, mirrors and more.

What’s Wrong With Synthetic Chemicals?

A better question is, what’s right? And the answer?  Not much!!

Some of the synthetic chemicals you’re likely to find in conventional cleaning products include:

  • green spring cleaningPhthalates – linked to birth defects in children exposed in utero; can cause headaches, nausea and other discomfort when inhaled via the artificial fragrances they’re usually found in
  • Phosphorous – overloads fresh water systems; when washed down a drain, it ends up in streams, rivers, and lakes, where it can rob the waters of precious oxygen and make it difficult for fish and other aquatic wildlife to survive
  • Bleach – releases powerful fumes that can cause headaches, nausea and general feelings of illness; when mixed with ammonia, can create a poisonous gas that can burn your lungs if you inhale it.

What’s a Healthier Alternative?

Yellow-Flowers-1Responsible cleaning companies are manufacturing products that rely on plant-derived cleaning agents that use natural sources and contain essential oils, corn-based alcohol, earth-based minerals and filtered water. Though lemon oil is probably the most common essential oil used, many other citrus oils, plus essence of peppermint, spearmint and lavender, among others, may be included as well. Though there’s always a chance you might be allergic to one of these ingredients, they’re far less likely to pose serious threats that the more conventional cleansers you might currently be buying.

If you’ve never tried a green cleaner before, in honor of Earth Day our sponsor is offering at a 10% discount green cleaners that can be used on bathroom and kitchen surfaces, including chrome, stainless steel, and glass; dishwashing detergents, laundry detergents, and more.

You can find the full list of products available for purchase here.   Use promo code Earth10 for your discount!

NOTE: Sponsors allow us to provide expert content at no cost to you. Our editorial opinion remains our own. Thanks!

About Source Supply Company 

SourceSupply Company is a janitorial supply company with over 20 years of experience in the industry, specializing in janitorial, facility, and maintenance products. With more than 14,000 products and access to more than 300 manufacturers, Source Supply Company makes it easy for you to find the products that best meet your need while benefitting from our competitive pricing and superior service.  For more information, visit


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6 Responses to Green Spring Cleaning With Plant-Based Cleansers

  1. Best natural antifungal soap May 29, 2014 at 3:58 am #

    Love the idea of green cleaning.. Using plant based cleansers, you’ll be less likely to suffer an allergy attack or fall ill in your newly-sterilized environment.

    • Diane June 10, 2014 at 11:28 am #

      You are so right! Thanks.

  2. Kristie February 9, 2015 at 6:16 am #

    any tips for mold removal – without chemicals?

    thanks K xxx

    • Diane February 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

      Did you try distilled white vinegar? Mix a quarter/cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle with two cups of water. Add filtered lemon juice (i.e., minus the pulp) to sweeten the smell. Spray on the mold, leave a couple of minutes, then wipe away. Spray a small section of the moldy surface first to make sure the vinegar doesn’t adversely affect your surface. Also, can you crack a window in the moldy room? Turn on a fan? Good luck!

  3. Alice Gray September 11, 2015 at 4:30 am #

    I am so thankful I came across this article! Thank you for explaining what some of the products include. The first time when I started thinking about the harmful ingredients in cleaning products was when I was pregnant. It was inevitable to change my life completely! Keep up the great work!

    • Diane September 22, 2015 at 10:15 am #

      I’m glad you found it so helpful. Thanks, and let us know what eco options you use that we haven’t listed here yet.

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