synthetic fragrance-free solutions (part 2 of why i think mrs. meyer’s stinks)

You guys smell better to me than artificial fragrances.

In the last post I touched upon why I don’t like certain “eco-friendly” cleaners (like Mrs. Meyer’s, Method, and Simple Green) because they contain synthetic fragrances. (Find out why.) I promised this time that I’d focus on solutions to this problem.

Here are some products I do like:

Method Free + Clear
But wait, didn’t you just say you didn’t like Method? Nope. I just don’t like the scented Method because they use “fragrance oils,” a synthetic fragrance ingredient.

Citra Dish Dish Soap (Valencia Orange)
The CitraSolv line of products uses only essential oils in their formulations. No pervasive, stinky perfumes. This is the dish soap we use at home.

Bon Ami Cleaning Powder
Great for countertops, stovetops, and sinks. If you don’t have Bon Ami on hand, baking soda will do.

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
A subtle scent of pine is all you’ll find in this all purpose household soap.

Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (Baby Mild)
Even more gentle than Sal Suds with no scent at all. You can customize it with your own essential oil blend if you wish.

My own. Of course I’m biased here, but I know what’s going into the products I make. You can make them, too. Here are some recipes.

What do you think? Are you bothered by fragrances? Do you love them? Could you be suffering from olfactory fatigue? Please do comment!


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7 Responses to “synthetic fragrance-free solutions (part 2 of why i think mrs. meyer’s stinks)”

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  2. Jennifer Hankey Says:

    Do you happen to know specifically what synthetic fragrances Method uses? I am trying to find out with no luck!

    Jennifer Hankey
    Organic Baby University

    • Liz Says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Do you want to know which fragrances (lavender, basil, etc) Method uses, or the chemical make-up? There’s no way of knowing the chemical make-up of the fragrances unless they are tested in the lab, as fragrances are protected by trade secret laws. On their site, this is how they list fragrance:

      fragrance oil blend- fragrance free of phthalates and other dirty ingredients; made partly with natural essential oil content, partly with synthetic materials

  3. Jennifer Hankey Says:


    Yes that is the response I was getting as well….it is primarily the “synthetic materials” but oh yeah it is safe, that bothers me. I have heard that before. I don’t believe companies who claim “safe” and will not disclose the ingredients fully. I was hoping you had some insight on that piece that I did not. Thanks!!

  4. funbakingforfamily Says:

    Mts. meyers everyday multi surface cleaning spray contains strong skin sensitizing preservatives both methylisothuazolinone (MIT)and benzisothiazolinone – my skin on hands showed chemical burns while using this product. Please update and include

  5. funbakingforfamily Says:

    Mrs Meyers clean day multipurpose countertop spray contains the preservatives Methylisothiazolinine and benzisothiazolinone- both known string skin sensitizers and both may elicit strong skun allergic reactions. Please consider including this info. My hands had chemical burns after using these products

  6. Sandy Says:

    Thanks so much for this info. I’m glad I stumbled across your blog and thanks for the recipes. Very helpful.

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