There's one thing that I hate about "green" products.
The fact that products have to be labeled as such.
Here's where I'm coming from: If a product is truly healthier and safer and better for the environment, then shouldn't ALL products be that way? It is confusing to me, for example, that some brands sell BOTH "green" products and "regular" products. If the green products are better, then why does the company keep manufacturing the chemical-y stuff? That makes me slightly suspicious.
Clorox is one such brand that does that (and I'll tell you why in a minute). They have "regular" cleaning products and then they have "green" cleaning products. Green Works is their green line - "a full line of plant and mineral based cleaning products are at least 99% natural"...and they clean with the same effectiveness of Clorox.
I recently had the opportunity to test out the natural biodegradable cleaning wipes product from the Green Works line. And I'm impressed. Not only do the wipes have "no harsh chemical fumes or residue," they actually smell rather pleasant. And they're safe on multiple surfaces - floors, counters, sinks, stoves, etc. Based on my experience with the wipes, I would definitely consider purchasing the other products in the Green Works line.
After further investigation on the website, I noticed that the wipes clean, but they don't disinfect. The Clorox scientists are looking for natural disinfecting ingredients as we speak and they do hope to incorporate them in the future.
So perhaps that explains the need for the "regular" stuff (bleach, for example).
All of this makes me think:
Right now, we use plain 'ol soap and water for every day clean-ups and quick counter wipe-downs. For cleaning off counters and coffeetables and the stove/sink/etc., I prefer to use "green"products (like Green Works). We my husband uses bleach occasionally for toilets and sinks - nothing like it to turn a toilet bowl sparkling white!
What about you? What cleaning products do you use and why?
This review and discussion was made possible because of my affiliation with the Mom Central Mom Testing Panel (you should join it...you'll like it).