Our whole family has food or environmental allergies and sensitive skin. We are mindful of toxins in our products, as this has helped our children have fewer allergic reactions and better health. Over years of trying different products for our skin and our home, these are the non-toxic cleaning products and personal care products I’ve had success with and use in our family.
Below you’ll find:
- Cloths for cleaning, dusting, and windows
- Multipurpose Cleaner, Deodorizer, & Disinfectant
- Dish Soap
- Dish Cloths
- Laundry Detergent
- Hand Soap
- Natural Sunscreen
1. Norwex Enviro Cloth
Another non-toxic cleaning product I love is the Norwex Enviro Cloth & Window Cloth. With just water, this cloth removes grease splatters, dusty appliances, and dirty counters better than anything I’ve used.
Even my husband noticed how clean the kitchen was after I used this set! I ordered from a Norwex consultant, but they’re available on Amazon too.
2. Force of Nature Cleaner
I’ve searched for a long time to find a natural cleaner that was non-toxic yet effective. Force of Nature is it!
Force of Nature Cleaner is as effective as bleach without any of the harmful checmicals. It’s even approved to kill the COVID-19 coronavirus by the EPA!
I’ve used it for over a year now (here’s my full Force of Nature Cleaner Review). I wish I had found it sooner because the kids enjoy helping and this is something I can feel good about them using.
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3. 7th Generation Free & Clear Dish Soap
We use Seventh Generation Free & Clear liquid dish soap, made without fragrances, dyes, phosphates, or triclosan. If the free & clear stock runs out, we’ve used the Clementine Zest & Lemongrass scent too.
Buying a bulk pack of 6 makes it super affordable, especially if you put it on Amazon Subscribe & Save. It lasts us a long time, so you probably won’t need it delivered very often.
4. Norwex Kitchen Cloths
I didn’t know you could love a dish cloth so much, but the Norwex Kitchen Cloths work amazingly well!
I can’t wait to eventually swap over all my old dishcloths for these. The teal is a pretty color and they clean so much better!
5. All Free & Clear Laundry Detergent
We use all Free & Clear Powder Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin. I used to make my own laundry detergent, but then I had kids. For adult clothes, it was fine, but for the constant baby stains and cloth diapers💩, it just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
I tried quite a few different laundry detergents the last five years, and this is the one I’ve settled on. It lasts a long time and it’s super cheap if you put it on Amazon Subscribe & Save.
6. Everyone Liquid Hand Soap
Another soap we have on Amazon Subscribe & Save is Everyone Hand Soap. It’s so handy to have a store-bought soap that doesn’t irritate our sensitive skin automatically delivered to our doorstep.
We use the Lemon & Mandarin scent the most, but honestly, we’ve enjoyed every scent we’ve tried. We keep a small stock underneath each sink, so it’s one less thing to worry about remembering at the store.
7. Shark Vacuum with HEPA Filter
When you’re dealing with allergies and eczema, having clean air helps prevent flair-ups. That’s why I upgraded to a Shark Rotator Professional Vacuum with the Anti-Allergy Seal + HEPA Filter.
I like a good iRobot Roomba vacuum for wide open spaces too (worked well for an open-concept ranch with wood floors), but it does not work well in our current floor plan and the filter isn’t as effective.
So if you’re looking for a vacuum that helps give your home the cleanest air, get one like this with a HEPA filter and an anti-allergy-seal.
Related: Curious how a Shark Vacuum compares to a Dyson? Check out my complete review at Shark vs Dyson Upright Vacuum Review.
On My Cleaning Wishlist
PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS
8. Earthley Sun Shield
I used to use ThinkSport sunscreen, which uses Zinc oxide. However, I got tired of the white tint that was difficult to rub in and not flattering.
This year I tested Earthley’s Sun Shield, which is oil-based, not mineral based. It’s still completely natural and non-toxic, but there’s no whiteness at all.
9. Badger Sunscreen Stick
For a Natural Sunscreen Stick, I recommend Badger Kids Sunscreen Stick. The Tangerine & Vanilla scent is awesome, and it’s definitely not just for kids!
Badger uses zinc oxide, but this one is not white and rubs in super easily. It’s so convenient for just putting a little on your nose or the kids’ cheeks.
Both of these sunscreens have excellent ratings on EWG’s Guide to Sunscreen Database with a rating of 1 (1 is good, 10 is bad).
When shopping for sunscreen, we avoid Oxybenzone. Oxybenzone is an 8 on EWG’s rating due to allergens and hormone disruption, and it may be especially harmful to children. Oxybenzone is common in non-mineral sunscreens, so choosing a quality non-toxic sunscreen is important.
Related: Learn more about Sun Shield and Badger Sunscreen Stick over in our article about Natural Sunscreens that are NOT White
10. Earthley After-Sun Lotion
If you don’t have an aloe plant to use, the next best thing for natural sunburn relief is Earthley’s Sun Soothe. It uses all Organic Grapeseed Oil, Cucumber Seed Oil, Mango Butter, Lavender, Calendula, Comfrey, and Plantain.
These ingredients are so much better than the stuff I found at Dollar General when I was crispy red in Florida. You could smell the chemicals, but I could not find anything else. Yuck! I’m so happy to have this now.
11. Earthley Prebiotic Mask
Earthley’s Prebioitc Mask is a pure and gentle mask that uses only four ingredients (no preservatives, parabens, fragrances, or allergens).
I love how this mask calms the redness on my face and gives me a more even skintone.
Your skin has natural bacteria and a microbiome just like your gut. This prebiotic mask is infused with burdock root to nourish your skin’s microbiome, and it has anti-aging properties too!
12. Soothing Skin Balm (Eczema Relief)
If you have eczema patches or dry, itchy skin, Earthley’s Soothing Skin Balm (Eczema Relief) is an awesome natural moisturizer option!
This works better for us than plain coconut oil and is much more natural than steroid cream. Ingredients are: Organic Mango Butter, Organic, Sustainably Sourced Palm-Derived Glycerin, Organic Calendula Flowers, Apricot Oil, and Candelilla Wax.
Related: Read more about my honest experience using Earthely in this Review of Earthley Products.
13. Earthley Tame the Beard Oil
Earthley’s Tame the Beard Oil is great for taming beards that can get unruly. It also softens and moisturizes the skin underneath while conditioning the beard hair (according to Mr. Food Allergy Parents).
The rustic scent smells great, and I can definitely tell when he uses it! This would make a great gift for men with beards.
14. Coconut Oil for Moisturizing & Oil Pulling
We use coconut oil for so many things in our home, including cooking, baking, homemade toothpaste, oil pulling, and moisturizer. We keep coconut oil in the bathrooms and the kitchen.
Look for organic, unrefined and cold-pressed when you order. Subscribe & Save on Amazon tends to give you the best bang for your buck.
Related: Which Oils are Made in Peanut Free Facilities?
15. Redmond Earthpaste Toothpaste
For brushing our kids’ teeth, we either make homemade coconut oil toothpaste with essential oils or use this Non-Fluoride Natural Toothpaste by Redmond.
We’ve tried and liked both the Peppermint and Wintergreen flavors.
16. Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
I use one of the toothpastes above or an activated charcoal toothpaste like Earthley’s Remineralizing Powder or My Magic Mud Activated Charcoal Toothpaste.
I think Earthley’s Remineralizing Powder is the healthiest and most effective for teeth/gums/mouth health. However, it is the messiest and has the least flavor. Both of these activated charcoal toothpastes help whiten teeth though!
On My Personal Care Wishlist
Vitamins & Supplements
17. MegaFood Vitamins & Probiotics
We’ve tried many children’s probiotics over the years, and MegaFood MegaFlora Kids is our favorite kids’ probiotic.
There’s also MegaFood Probiotics with Cranberry (which I typically order from Vitacost) that we’ve used with great success to support a healthy urinary tract.
We’ve used many MegaFood vitamins and supplements and they seem to work well while still being affordable. MegaFood uses a peanut free vitamin facility, so I’m extra happy to recommend this brand.
Lots more to come, but that’s all for now. If you have questions about products we use, send me an email at hello (at) food allergy parents (dot) com.
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