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Best Toxic-Free Cleaning Products 2018

Below is a list of winners from the 2018 Eco Excellence Awards in the Cleaning category. They have all showcased excellence in sustainability, safety, social responsibility, and health and wellness. For the full list of our 2018 Eco Excellence Winners please refer to this page.

All Purpose - Aunt Fannie's Cleaning Vinegar

Born out of a years-long journey to understand and resolve his family’s mysterious and life-threatening medical conditions, Mat Franken founded Aunt Fannie’s in 2013 with a mission to educate and enlighten us to what our ancestors understood. That a chemical-filled, hyper-sanitized home destroys the beneficial, human-friendly microorganisms our homes and families need for health and balance. Mat and his team have developed a family of microbiomic cleaning and pest solutions that received the highest rating by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The other household cleaners they have are floor, glass, and wipe alternatives. Check them out here

Why we love it: Science is always evolving alongside technology, and it seems that when it comes to health related subjects there is a new layer that is peeled back every year. They layer related to cleaning products is our understanding of microbes. Are they good or bad for us? Research is now showing that it is better to have a healthy balance of microbes in your home to help protect us from allergies and other symptoms resulting from a chemically-cleaned "sterile" home. Aunt Fannie Cleaning Vinegar visually gets the job done to your satisfaction while leaving an undetectable balance of healthy bacteria on our surfaces.

Cleaning Supply - Lemi Shine Everyday Cleaner

Lemi Shine is a better for you household cleaning products company and all of the products are powered by citric extracts and have no harsh chemicals. What started with dish washer detergent booster in 1994, has now expanded to over 29 household cleaning products. We are highlighting the excellence of the Lemi Shine Everyday Cleaner. Like the other Lemi Shine products, the Everyday Cleaner utilizes the core citrus extract ingredient to safely and effectively clean your surfaces. Additionally, the product resists messes with GUNKGUARD™, a natural polymer that creates an invisible, protective layer on surfaces. It is a great natural cleaner for your everyday messes. Check out the complete line here

Why we love it: Lemi Shine Everyday Cleaner can be used effectively in every room of your home: Kitchen countertops, stove, bathrooms, mirrors, etc. It leaves an amazing lemon sent, while other natural cleaners our odorless. It is a great product that bridges the gap between chemical-heavy brands and weak natural brands.

Floor Cleaner - Aunt Fannie's Floor Cleaner Vinegar Wash Concentrate

We already discussed at the top of this article why Aunt Fannies is revolutionary because of the fact that their products work to keep your home's microbiome balanced and healthy, while giving you that clean and sparkling feel on your surfaces. Their Floor Cleaner Vinegar Wash is no different. We love how it really gets through hard dirt and grease, but doesn't leave that sticky feeling like other floor cleaners do. Not to mention that it is made out of all natural ingredients so you do not have to worry about your pets or children exposing themselves to the floor surface. Check out Aunt Fannie's product line here

Kids Laundry Detergent - Biokleen Oxygen Plus

Biokleen has built their legacy on highly effective cleaning products that don't use and don't need harsh chemicals to get the job done. Jim Rimer surely didn't see the vision of 30 year old company at the time he was making cleaning formulas in his garage in 1989, but thankfully his will was enough to make a change in the lives of janitors and cleaning specialists that deal harsh chemicals day in and day out. Since his first sale in 1989, he now has a beloved brand, in fact the Biokleen Oxygen Plus is the #1 selling bleach alternative. It contains no Phosphate, chlorine, ammonia, petroleum solvents, butyl, glycol ether, SLS or SLES, EDTA or DEA priority pollutants, and no materials listed by the ACGIH as hazardous. It is color safe and leaves your clothes vibrant! Check it out here

Why we love it: Biokleen is an annual champion across different categories, so it is safe to say we love it and so do all of our voters out there. We want to use this space to bring up why we love biokleen the company. They are a family-owned company that produces plant and mineral based cleaners. More than 80% of their products received an A from the EWG. In 2018 the planted 120,000 trees to fight back against coastal erosion and restore the aquaculture and wildlife in Indonesia. Simply great people, great mission, great products.

Laundry Detergent - Ecos Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent, Magnolia & Lily

Ecos Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent, Magnolia & Lily is most certainly one of the star products amongst Ecos global product line. They have spent nearly 50 years creating and perfecting thoughtfully sourced cleaners that work great and are safer for people and the planet. The Magnolia & Lily detergent rely's on non-toxic, natural ingredients, and essential oils to get the dirt out of your clothes and leave that aromatic smell we all love from our detergents. With a built-in fabric-softner it is a non-toxic detergent that we can always count on to get the job done.

Why We Love It: We have been fans and friends with the Vlahakis for many years now, and what we have always gathered from our encounters is that they really care about the customer and their impact on the planet. They are always at the drawing board searching for new products or new formulas for current products to deliver even safer, more sustainable solutions, even with their manufacturing. Everything is manufactured using Zero-Waste guidelines and ECOS is made in facilities powered by renewable energy.

Sports Cleaner - Molly Suds Swim

Have you ever thought you found the perfect two-piece for the summer, and after one day's wear it looks like a swimsuit you've owned for a decade? Your swimsuit takes a beating between the swimming, the sunscreen and oils, the sweat, its no wonder it looks old quick. Molly Suds Swim detergent has the cure all for swimsuits. Their gentle, natural swimsuit cleaner reaches deep into the fibers of your favorite suit to cleanse and revive — keeping your suit (and you) looking fabulous all season long. Its color-safe and ideal for all swimwear fabrics, and you need not worry about any harsh chemicals hugging your skin. Check it out here

Why we love it: This is our summer secret for keeping our suits looking great, and we are thrilled to share it with you. But not only is it great for your suit, it is great for your towels too. It gets those distinct odors right out. Molly Suds uses earth-derived ingredients to offer healthier products for us all, and they work hard to minimize their carbon footprint.