5 baby-safe + nontoxic products to get your home sparkling clean

Let’s be honest. Motherhood is 2/3 love and 1/3 cleaning stuff off the floor.

5 baby-safe + nontoxic products to get your home sparkling clean

Keeping the house clean while raising little ones is an uphill battle, but it’s a worthy fight.

We want our homes to look and smell clean, but we don’t want to introduce dangerous chemicals into ours family’s lives, either. What’s a mama to do?

We talked to the experts, aka Motherly’s moms, for 5 of our favorite nontoxic products for safely cleaning the house:

Method All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner

Can we just be honest for a second here?

We’re OBSESSED with Method’s All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner. Its scent? Heavenly. Its cleaning power? Impressive. Sometimes we just stand around spraying five-day-old-orange juice stains (no judgment) and soaking in the sweet Method-scented air.

Oh, and the all-natural, nontoxic product works extremely well, too.

The Shark

The Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop uses steam, and not synthetic chemicals, to clean and sanitize your floors. (We love the sizzle of the steam coming out of the mop, it’s kind of addicting.)


The washable microfiber covers just pop in the washing machine for quick cleaning. Use on hardwood or tile—or anywhere your kid dumps his breakfast.

Babyganics Stain & Odor Remover Spray

Babyganics uses plant-based cleaning power and helps take baby’s (and let’s be honest, mama’s) messes out of clothing, linens and even some furniture.

Motherly’s mamas love using it to get mysterious stains and odors out of clothes, bibs, diapers, carpets and bedding. (And anywhere else little paws wipe themselves. So pretty much everywhere.)

It can even be used on cloth diapers, for all you diaper-washing Supermamas out there.

The Honest Company Bathroom Tub & Tile Cleaner in Eucalyptus Mint

By now you’ve probably been able to tell that all roads as a mother lead to the bathroom.

Well, the bathtub specifically.

If you end your day like we do (hunched over your sweet baby getting clean in a tub), you’ll feel better knowing that she’s only being touched by nontoxic ingredients.

The Honest Company Bathroom Tub & Tile Cleaner uses Eucalyptus Mint is that tub scrub that mamas love. (Sorry, had to.)

AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Let’s be real: Motherhood is two-thirds love and one-third cleaning stuff off the floor.

We’ve stocked our homes with towels of all kinds, but always go back to microfiber towels that actually get more absorbent each time you wash them. Add a little elbow grease (and maybe that sweet-smelling Method spray) and dirt doesn’t stand a chance.

Stock up.

These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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