We have bad news: While most disinfecting wipes may be getting rid of germs, they aren’t making your home any healthier. In fact, they might be doing just the opposite. According to the Environmental Working Group, the antimicrobial pesticides in many cleaning wipes can trigger asthma, allergies and may cause other health concerns, since some of them haven’t been sufficiently tested. Yikes. If that doesn’t inspire a switch to all-natural cleaning wipes, we don’t know what will. Here are five of our favorites, all available on Amazon.
The 5 Best All-Natural Cleaning Wipes on Amazon
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Editors’ Pick: Method All-purpose Cleaning Wipes (6 Pack)
- Safe to use around pets and kids
- Cut through grease and grime
Think natural cleaning wipes won’t get the job done as well as your heavy-duty disinfecting wipes do? Think again. These wet wipes are infused with a non-toxic, plant-based formula designed to cut through grease, grime and spills on any hard surface. “When I first got Lou (my French bulldog), I needed to switch from a toxic brand (ahem, Clorox) to a natural one in case he inevitably licked the floor shortly after cleaning it. I love the way these smell and I feel so much better about using them for everything. My entire beauty routine is non-toxic, so my household items should be, too!” our commerce editor, Bri, says.
Best Value: Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes (3 Pack)
- Safe on all surfaces
- No residue
- 100% wood-based fibers
These wipes prove that going the all-natural route doesn’t have to be pricey. At only $7 (for a pack of three, we might add) they’re a comparable price to a lot of disinfecting wipes on the market—but way better for you. Plus, their naturally-derived cleaning ingredients work to eliminate dirt and grime from just about any surface without causing streaks or stains.
Splurge-worthy: Dreft Multi-surface All-purpose Gentle Cleaning Wipes (4 Pack)
- Gentle formula
- No strong fumes
- Clean all surfaces
These guys were specifically designed to wipe down baby toys and gear, so you know they’re ultra-gentle. One mom attests that she even (accidentally) wiped down her toddler’s arm with one, and she had no irritation. The chemical-free formula will leave any surface—high chairs, toys, tables, countertops—clean and residue-free. Even if you don’t have little ones around the house, but just hate harsh fumes and strong scents, give these wipes a shot.
Customer Favorite: Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-surface Wipes (pack Of 3)
- Kills 99.9% of germs botanically
- Streak-free formula
- Lemongrass citrus scent
If you’re worried that natural cleaning wipes will leave behind germs and bacteria, rest assured, because these ones have you covered. Seventh Generation’s multi-surface wipes utilize a patented thyme-based disinfectant, which kills 99.9% of household germs just like a chemical-based one would. Fans like our VP of content operations, Lauren, love the fact that they’re just as effective as other disinfecting wipes but without the harsh smell or fumes.
Runner Up: Love Home And Planet Multi-purpose Cleaning Wipes (pack Of 4)
- Certified vegan and cruelty-free
- Safe on a wide variety of household surfaces
- Dermatologist tested
It’s no secret that the majority of cleaning wipes have a strong, headache-inducing scent. Often times, we have to prop open our windows post bathroom wipe-down so it doesn’t get too overwhelming. That’s not the case here. Love Home and Planet’s wipes come in two pleasant, soothing scents: citrus yuzu & vanilla, and lavender & argan oil.