8 Natural Products That Will Put Your Housecleaning on Autopilot
Making the switch to natural is more than just using naturally-derived products, it’s also about creating habits and making choices that reduce energy use and decrease waste.
One of our favorite new places to get all-natural household cleaning and personal care products is Grove Collaborative. Grove Collaborative exclusively carries natural, eco-friendly household and personal care products, delivers them right to your door—and even reminds you when you might be running low on a favorite you've ordered previously. You'll never run out of cleaning supplies again. Right now, Grove has an exclusive offer for Real Simple readers making their first purchase: a free 3-piece Real Simple Clean set of Hand Soap, Dish Soap, and Multi Surface & Glass cleaner.
We’ve partnered with Grove Collaborative to bring you these 8 easy swaps. Check them out—then claim this offer today and make the switch to a natural lifestyle.
Grove Wool Dryer Balls Instead of Dryer Sheets
Who needs dryer sheets when you can have Wool Dryer Balls? The balls are reusable for up to 1,000 loads of laundry, reduce drying time by upwards of 25% (saving the planet some energy and you some money), and reduce static. For an extra fresh scent, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the balls, to perfume your linens naturally.
To buy: $16, Grove Collaborative
Grove Microfiber Instead of Paper Towels
Prepare to be amazed by Grove Collaborative Microfiber Cloths' ability to remove dirt, oil, dust, and more from any hard surface—without any additional cleaning sprays or solutions. Made with durable, dense fibers, these cloths perform through hundreds of washes. This switch not only cuts household waste and impact on the planet, but it’ll also save you money because you won’t be going through a roll of paper towels every few days.
To buy: $10 for a 3-pack, Grove Collaborative
A More Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner
The industrial-style chemicals typically used to keep stainless steel clean and shiny can be hard on you and the planet. The carefully selected formula of Real Simple Clean Stainless Steel Cleaner tackles greasy smudges and persistent fingerprints better than any harsh chemical cleaners, so you can breathe easy (literally and figuratively).
Washing Machine Cleaner Instead of Chlorine Bleach
Yep—turns out you need to clean your washing machine. Studies have shown that bacteria like salmonella and E. coli from diapers and underwear is often present in washing machines, and can leach onto what you think are your freshly-washed clothes. Beyond that, mildew can cause odors in washing machines that transfers to your clothes. Rather than using a harsh chlorine bleach, try enzyme-based Real Simple Clean Washing Machine Cleaner and Deodorizer. Just spray the interior of your washing machine and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then enjoy your truly clean clothes.
To buy: $8, Grove Collaborative
Real Simple Clean Wrinkle Release Instead of Another Trip to the Dry Cleaner
Granite Cleaner Instead of Harsher Stuff
You prepare food on your countertops, so anything you use to clean them needs to be as safe and gentle as possible. Real Simple Clean Granite Countertop Rejuvenator is a planet-conscious cleaner that easily wipes away grease and messy spills, helping rejuvenate the natural surface for a streak-free shine.
Grove Concentrates Instead of Multiple Plastic Bottles
Many household cleaners are up to 95% water, which means that you're basically paying a premium for the cost of shipping water. Grove Collaborative has an innovative line of natural cleaner concentrates that ship in 1-oz recyclable packs. These ultra-effective concentrates—available in a set of All Purpose Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, and Tub + Tile Cleaner—are scented with essential oils and provide serious cleaning power without any harsh chemicals. Simply add water in a glass spray bottle with the concentrate and you’re ready to go.
Grove Castile For Your Body and Your Home
Grove Collaborative Castile Soap is 100% organic, made from vegetable fats and scented with natural essential oils, making it safe for your family and the environment. This ultra-concentrated soap goes a long way: You can use it as a body wash, dilute it to make a household cleaner, and even take it camping, since it's completely biodegradable.