15+ Natural Household Cleansers for Spring Nesting

The spring cleaning urge is hard to resist under ordinary circumstances — but throw in a pregnant woman’s nesting instincts? Pssh.

Although you might suddenly be overtaken by the need to scrub and polish (especially as your due date nears), it’s more important than ever to clean safely. Of course this means not balancing your front-heavy frame on rickety chairs and not overexerting yourself, but it also means using safer cleaning products.

Instead of breathing in harsh chemicals, here are 15+ natural household cleansers that are as good for the environment as they are for your unborn baby:

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  • Bon Ami All-Purpose Cleanser, $3.49 1 of 17
    Bon Ami All-Purpose Cleanser, $3.49
    Bon Ami has "kept it simple" for 120 years — long before being "green" was cool. Their all-purpose cleanser's formula is made without phosphates, chlorine, or other harmful chemicals — yet it's extremely effective.
    Buy from Ecomom
  • Bon Ami 1886 Formula Cleaning Powder, $10.95 2 of 17
    Bon Ami 1886 Formula Cleaning Powder, $10.95
    Although Bon Ami does have a popular (and highly effective) Powder Cleanser in stores, they also sell their original 1886 formula — containing all-natural ingredients, with no detergent, bleach, perfume, or dyes.
    Buy from Bon Ami
  • J.R. Watkins Naturals Lemon All-Purpose Wipes, $6.99 3 of 17
    J.R. Watkins Naturals Lemon All-Purpose Wipes, $6.99
    These convenient cleansing wipes are good to have on-hand for quick, low-energy cleaning spurts — and they're biodegradable!
    Buy from J.R. Watkins Naturals
  • J.R. Watkins Naturals Citrus Tub & Tile Cleaner 4 of 17
    J.R. Watkins Naturals Citrus Tub & Tile Cleaner
    Get a sparkly clean finish without any dangerous chemicals.
    Buy from J.R. Watkins Naturals
  • Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Kit, $60 5 of 17
    Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Kit, $60
    Mrs. Jones' Soapbox is a line of handmade multi-purpose products that only uses the safest, most effective formulas with natural minerals and vegetable-based soaps. This kit comes with 5 products that will clean absolutely everything in your house — including granite, stainless steel and clothes.
    Buy from Mrs. Jones' Soapbox
  • Mrs. Jones’ Soapbox Soft Cleaning Scrub, $8.99 6 of 17
    Mrs. Jones' Soapbox Soft Cleaning Scrub, $8.99
    If you're going to try just one thing from Mrs. Jones' Soapbox, make it this soft scrub cleanser. Use it anywhere you need a little extra "oomph" — whether it's the oven, the shower stall, or crusted-on casserole dishes.
    Buy from Mrs. Jones' Soapbox
  • Eco-Me Premix Cleaning Pack, $33.84 7 of 17
    Eco-Me Premix Cleaning Pack, $33.84
    Eco-Me was created out of necessity, after the founder's sister was diagnosed with breast cancer without any family history — and after she investigated the harmful and dangerous effects that our home environment can cause (which the EPA said is 3 to 7 times more chemically polluted than outdoor air).
    This 100% natural, chemical-free cleaning set includes an all-purpose cleaner, wood polish, scrub cleanser, dish soap, laundry soap, carpet deodorizer, toilet bowl cleaner, and an all-floor cleaner.
    Buy from Eco-Me
  • Eco-Me Stainless Steel Cleaner, $5.79 8 of 17
    Eco-Me Stainless Steel Cleaner, $5.79
    If you're a fan of Eco-Me cleaning products, they also make a stainless steel cleanser that uses ingredients like coconut oil, grape seed oil, distilled white vinegar, and vegetable glycerin. Eco-Me is very conscious of using food-grade ingredients when available.
    Buy from Eco-Me
  • Roux Maison Laundry Detergents, $14.99 for 40 loads 9 of 17
    Roux Maison Laundry Detergents, $14.99 for 40 loads
    These laundry detergents are made with natural and naturally derived ingredients, designed to be gentle yet effective. Of course your laundry detergent probably won't negatively affect your unborn child, but why not go green all the way across the board — for the environment's sake.
    Buy from Roux Maison
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Countertop Spray, $3.99 10 of 17
    Mrs. Meyer's Clean Countertop Spray, $3.99
    Mrs. Meyer's Clean is one of my very favorite cleaners that I use all the time (along with Method) — and they're made with natural essential oils, and are biodegradable and phosphate-free. I especially love how long they last!
    Buy from Mrs. Meyer's
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Toilet Bowl Cleaner, $4.99 11 of 17
    Mrs. Meyer's Clean Toilet Bowl Cleaner, $4.99
    Toilet bowl cleaners have some of the strongest smells and harshest chemicals — but not Mrs. Meyer's version, made without chlorine or solvents.
    Buy from Mrs. Meyer's
  • HAVEN All-Purpose Lemon Mint, $14.50 12 of 17
    HAVEN All-Purpose Lemon Mint, $14.50
    This handmade formula is made with natural ingredients like twice-distilled witch hazel, organic castile soap, organic aloe vera, and vegetable glycerine.
    Buy from HAVEN Clean
  • HAVEN Spring Clean Sample Kit, $35.50 13 of 17
    HAVEN Spring Clean Sample Kit, $35.50
    If you want to try samples of what HAVEN has to offer, this mini kit includes all-purpose cleanser, dish/hand soap, cleansing polish, cleansing scrub, and an air & linen cleaner.
    Buy from HAVEN Clean
  • Method Squirt + Mop Floor Cleaner, $5.99 14 of 17
    Method Squirt + Mop Floor Cleaner, $5.99
    Method is a personal favorite of mine — not only because they really, really work, and not only because they're non-toxic and biodegradable, but because they look so darn pretty on my counter.
    Buy from Method
  • Method All-Purpose Cleaner with Powergreen Technology, $3.99 15 of 17
    Method All-Purpose Cleaner with Powergreen Technology, $3.99
    Method's Powergreen Technology uses naturally derived, non-toxic ingredients to add some extra oomph — especially corn-based cleaning salts (which bind to dirt) and coconut-oil-derived surfactants (which removes grease and grime).
    Buy from Method
  • Method Le Scrub Bathroom Cleaner, $5.49 16 of 17
    Method Le Scrub Bathroom Cleaner, $5.49
    A non-toxic bathroom cleanser that really cleans.
    Buy from Method
  • Method Daily Granite Polish, $5.49 17 of 17
    Method Daily Granite Polish, $5.49
    You can even find granite cleaner in a more eco-friendly, non-toxic formula. So there's really no excuse.
    Buy from Method

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