Review: Sick of Chemical Cleaners? Try Tidy Thyme!

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Local company offers safe plant-based cleaning products

Do you ever wonder what you might be inhaling every time you clean the house? Sure, chemical cleaners get rid of the dirt, but what they leave behind in your home and in your body is less than pretty.

The irritation that these chemicals cause is only the tip of the iceberg. Contaminants from cleaning products may contribute to a condition known as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), which involves hypersensitivity to scents, fumes and various environmental triggers (Bauman, 2013). Not only that, some chemicals mimic hormones if they get inside the body, potentially raising the risk for cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer (Bauman, 2013b). It’s enough to make you want to run screaming in the other direction every time you see a bottle of Scrubbing Bubbles.

That’s where Tidy Thyme comes in. Based on years of experience with professional cleaning, the folks at Tidy Thyme developed a line of 100 percent plant-based cleaners that use–gasp–real ingredients that you can actually pronounce! There are no long, complicated chemical names; no hyphenated words; no strange concoctions with a bunch of numbers and commas between them–just pure plant ingredients that get your home as clean as any commercial product can.

Or, perhaps, even cleaner!

At a recent trip to the farmer’s market, I got to chatting at the Tidy Thyme stand after their scrubbing powder caught my eye. I’ll admit to using Ajax cleanser on my tub and sinks to get them white, but I’ve never liked the way it makes me feel. Most of the time I wind up with a headache or even a little dizziness after I’m done cleaning, which is clearly not healthy.

No wonder, considering that Ajax has ingredients with names like sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate and trichlorocyanuric acid, not to mention unnamed fragrances (Sipe, n.d.). Tidy Thyme’s powder, on the other hand, is mainly baking soda along with a bit of salt and some natural oils. I liked the sound of that much better and, before I knew it, I was being sent off with a jar of it along with a bottle of their multipurpose cleaner to try out. Made from water, lemon juice, vinegar and essential oils, that’s also several steps above what I normally use, which is a combination of some random soap scum remover and Seventh Generation’s various bathroom and surface cleaners.

tidy thyme powder and spray cleaner
I have to say, I’ve never been so excited at the thought of cleaning my bathroom. In fact, I was so excited to try these products that I didn’t even wait for when I had to the time to tackle the whole bathroom–I started out in the kitchen. But since I have pictures from bathroom cleaning, that’s where my review will center.

I decided to start with the sink, as I usually do.

dirty sink tidy thyme
It’s a bit hard to see, but not only was the sink dirty but it was also full of bits of hair. There’s a lot of long hair in the QV household, and it’s almost impossible to get rid of the stuff once it migrates from the comb to the sink or tub. Plus, the whole sink was just plain dingy. It was more than time for a good scrubbing!

I was instructed that the best way to use the two cleaners was to spray the surface to be cleaned with the multipurpose cleaner first, then put down the scrubbing powder. Since one has vinegar and the other baking soda, it created a nice fizzy effect. The essential oils make the cleaners smell good instead of having the slightly unsettling “perfume-over-chemicals” scent of most commercial products. Bonus, if you accidentally get a little bit of the powder up your nose, the only side effect is a slightly salty taste in the back of your throat. No carcinogens, no weird hormonal imbalances!

It does take a little more elbow grease to get the dirt off with Tidy Thyme’s products than with cleanser, but that’s to be expected since there’s no bleach involved. That said, I found that I could actually see the dirt lifting off the surface of the sink as I cleaned. There’s a great sense of satisfaction in watching it swirl away down the drain after scrubbing!

clean sink tidy thyme
When I was done, the only thing left behind was a CRAZY SHINY sink. I’d already seen that shine when I cleaned the kitchen sinks and counters, but it was just as amazing the second time around. Even with cleanser, I never get results this good. I went on to use the multipurpose cleaner on the rest of the bathroom fixtures and mixed it with the scouring powder to clean out the tub. (Tidy Thyme even offers this awesome visual guide on how to use their products to “clean your tub like a pro,” which I didn’t see until long after I had scrubbed the tub, but I can tell you it really is as easy as they make it look. For stubborn stains, a scrub brush or the scrubbing side of a sponge helps get the job done.) It was nice to just have the two cleaners instead of switching back and forth between a whole bucket full of stuff like I usually do.

The only thing I couldn’t use the multipurpose cleaner on was the counters, since they’re made of a more porous material and the cleaner isn’t recommended for that. Fortunately, Tidy Thyme also makes cleaners suitable for glass, stone and even yoga mats. Their full line includes sprays to freshen rooms and linens as well as soy candles made from non-GMO soy. Each room spray has a different essential oil combination that serves a specific purpose such as promoting restful sleep or lifting your mood. Now that I’ve seen what the cleaners can do, I can’t wait to try other Tidy Thyme products around the house!

Needless to say, I’m in love with this company and their products. Tidy Thyme tackles the problem of getting your home clean while reducing chemical exposure by using simple, plant-based ingredients in formulas that are never tested on animals. Their cleaners leave behind a lovely scent that lingers and you don’t have to worry about winding up with bleached-out speckles all over your clothes if you get a bit on you.

The only thing I still can’t bring myself to clean with something other than a product with bleach in it is the toilet, but that’s my hangup. Somehow it just doesn’t seem clean in there to me until I’ve blasted it with Lysol. But for everything else, I have to say I’m a Tidy Thyme convert. It smells great, it doesn’t make me sick and I can pronounce every single ingredient. It’s nice to actually know what I’m cleaning with and that it’s not going to cause me to develop strange and troubling health problems as I get older. Plus, every kitchen and bathroom fixture in my house is shinier than it’s ever been (Cap’n Tightpants would be proud)!

You can check out the latest happenings with Tidy Thyme on Facebook or head over to their website to get some of their products for yourself. Order online or see if they’re on the shelves in a store near you!

What’s your favorite way to clean your home without chemicals?



Bauman, E. NC203.2 Toxicity issues: environmental illness & addressing toxic metal burden [PowerPoint Slides]. Retrieved from Bauman College:

Bauman, E., Friedlander, J. (2013). Foundations of Nutrition. Penngrove, CA: Bauman College

Sipe, M. (n.d.). Ingredients in Ajax Cleaner. eHow. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. Marie Byrd  October 16, 2015

    Really nice review! I definitely am sick of toxic cleaners and I am really interested in all green cleaning solutions! Thanks for sharing!


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