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Green Cleaners

Think Earth-friendly cleaning products just don’t cut the mustard (or grease)? Think again. A new wave of eco-options proves we can have clean homes and a cleaner planet, too.

Green Cleaners
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Here, our staff dishes the dirt on what really works.

Best Bathroom Cleaner
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Bathroom Cleaner in Lemon Verbena. Made with essential oils, this cleaner is bleach- and phosphate-free and zaps soap scum just as well as the stuff that stings your eyes. ($4; mrsmeyers.com) “Makes everything shine with no sticky residue.” — Maria S. Vega, copy editor

Best Odor Eliminator
Aussan Natural Dog Odor Eliminator. This hypoallergenic spray is made from natural floral extracts and plant compound blends so it’s safe for pets and people. ($8; aussannatural.com) “It neutralizes smells as well as discourages my dogs from peeing in the same places again (bad boys!).” — Peg Moline, editor in chief

Best Detergent
Seventh Generation Natural 2x Concentrated Laundry Detergent White Flower & Bergamot Citrus. Even your dirtiest load will come out clean and fresh-smelling. ($5; drugstore.com) “Smells strong out of the bottle but subtle on your laundry.” — Jennifer Carofano, senior editor

Best Stain Remover
Ecover Ecological Stain Remover. This plant-based spray is tough on spots and easy on the planet— even the factory where it’s made is ecologically sound, with a sedum roof, sustainable wood beams and bricks made from recycled coal waste. ($4; herbtrader.com) “I’m pretty messy, and this spot remover works great even on stubborn stains.” — Kate Wertheimer, research editor

Best Wood Floor Cleaner
Method Squirt + Mop Wood Floor Cleaner Almond. Packaged in recycled plastic and made in a factory that offsets all its carbon emissions, this product is people-, pet- and planet-friendly. ($6; methodhome.com) “The lovely almond smell lingers for days.” — Meghan Rabbitt, deputy editor

Best All-Purpose Cleaner
Earth Friendly Products Parsley Plus. We’re addicted to this ridiculously effective spray made from a coconut-based cleaning agent. Its parsley essence will make your home smell—as well as look—clean and fresh. ($5; ecos.com) “You’ll want to use it to clean everything!” — Maura Weber, managing editor

Best Dish Soap
Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid. This detergent is 100 percent biodegradable, which makes it a perfect choice for camping or boating. ($49 for a case of 12 bottles; amazon.com) “Totally scent-free, rinses clean and is nondrying.” — Virginia I. Pelley, associate editor