Jessica Alba’s Top 3 Natural Cleaning Tips

“I’m not a vegan. I don’t live off the grid, and I don’t wear hemp every day.” That’s Jessica Alba speaking, perhaps not the first person that pops to mind as the next guru of green living.  But in her new book, The Honest Life, Jessica Alba chronicles her personal journey to living a healthier and greener life and shares nontoxic cleaning tips.

The Honest Life features useful and affordable tips for leading a natural lifestyle. “I decided to write this book because I was sick of being told that ‘healthy,’ ‘safe,’ and ‘eco’ means ‘boring’ and ‘blah’—not to mention crazy expensive and hard to find,” she writes. Remodelista contributing editor Stacey recently had the opportunity to chat with Alba in Los Angeles about her strategies for nontoxic house cleaning. Here are her top three practices; each one is easy and affordable.

1. Replace Synthetic Cleaners with Nontoxic Alternatives

“It’s easy to make your own natural cleaners at home with basic ingredients like baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar, essential oils, and a very simple soap,” says Alba. But occasionally, when you need a higher performing product for heavier cleaning, be sure to read labels and avoid toxic ingredients. “That’s why we have our products. We try to use the science and technology around performance while staying plant based.” Above photo via the BBC.

5 Basics for Non-Toxic Cleaning

2. Open Your Windows

Alba suggests letting a fresh breeze run through your space as much as possible. “The air inside the home is often more polluted than the air outside the home,” she says, adding that this is often from possible off-gassing from paint and furniture. “Usually stuffing is made from petrochemicals; and synthetic fibers are so flammable, [that] companies put flame retardants on it.” To keep toxins at bay, “open up those windows.” Above photo via Hans Blomquist.

3. Leave Your Shoes at the Door

According to the EPA, wiping shoes on a mat and removing them at the door can cut lead dust tracked into the home by 60 percent. This simple act can also reduce other contaminants from entering the home. “Who knows what’s out there on the ground? Don’t trek in what you’re walking on all day long, such as gasoline, sewage and lead dust,” Alba says. Above photo via Lawson-Fenning in Los Angeles.

If you’re considering making your own natural cleaning solution, Remodelista editor Sarah has a vinegar-based solution to try.


Ann Brown
Ann Brown3 years ago

Thanks for the tips Remodelista!!! That seems like some interesting professional house cleaning tips ! Also love the idea of natural cleaners .We can save a lot of money and can have better impact by using such natural cleaners. Great blog!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

love this. Love Jessica Alba. We are avid loyal user of all Honest Company products,,, I recommend it to all

Sheri P.
Sheri P4 years ago

good tips. i need to open the windows more and start a practice of leaving my shoes at the door. i've never gotten in the habit of that before.

Holly Travis
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for the tips, I have already been leaving my windows open as much as possible for the past 2 months. Now I can add 2 more things on my list.

Pete R.
Pete R.4 years ago

My girlfriend is obsessed by such green techniques. I am working for a professional cleaning company and no one of the cleaners used such "green cleaning recipes". I simply don't understand why women think that if it is green, it must be green.

Kind Regards,
Pete Roberts,

Hollie Ferguson
Hollie Ferguson4 years ago

I find home made cleaning products are more effective anyway. And vinegar based products are great as a cat deterrent.

Janet S.
Janet S4 years ago

Thank for the tips... much appreciated

Vita Pagh
Vita P4 years ago

Good to mix your own bio-cleaning products. Thank you.

Rose Becke4 years ago


Jeni P.
Jeni P4 years ago

well in our house my son always make sure they leave their shoes at door...but maybe thats down to fact he dont want doggy dodos being dragged into his room eh....and we always have windows open as much as we always smells a lot fresher, unlike winter time when windows have no choice but to stay closed ....and thats mainly cos im not a cold lover...thanks for sharing