Many of us were raised in homes where strong chemicals were used to make sure everything was squeaky clean. But newer trends toward more natural products prove that you don’t need these harsh cleaners to ensure your home is clean and fresh. How do you know which green products are effective? Here are some of the top green cleaning products on the market today.

Old-Fashioned Vinegar
Vinegar is the unsung hero in many household applications. Do you have hardwood floors? Especially for older homes with original hardwood floors, vinegar is the best way to clean them. If you’re concerned about the scent, which will dissipate once it’s dry, you can use a vinegar-based cleaner scented with lavender. 

Bon Ami
This powder cleaner has been used in kitchens for over a century, but it’s currently experiencing a resurgence due to its nontoxic ingredients. Bon Ami is safe to use around children, pets and even food. It’s biodegradable and uses natural abrasives to clean grime from kitchen surfaces, such as the inside of your sink. 

Dr. Bronner’s 
Notable for the peppermint tingle you feel when scrubbing your body with it, Dr. Bronner’s castile soap can be used to clean almost any surface, from human skin to floors. Nowadays, the company does bottle specific kinds of cleaning soap, but it’s all generally the same thing and is completely safe to use in your home. 

Mrs. Meyers
Its products can be a little pricey, but Mrs. Meyers has become one of the leading purveyors of household cleaning items that are also safe for the environment. The company produces hand soap, dish soap and all-purpose household cleaners that are nontoxic and biodegradable.