Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on March 31, 2008
We all had our favorites from the old, toxic world of household cleaning products: Palmolive for the dishes, Tide for the laundry, Tilex for the shower, Fabuloso for the floors, etc. That was until we learned that these conventional products were about as far from Fabuloso as you can get. Containing “petroleum, phosphates, phthalates, antibacterial agents and chlorine bleach”, these are the exact same ingredients that the Union of Concerned Scientists advise us to avoid.
So, how do we navigate the brave, new world of green non-toxic household cleaning products? Is there a Method to the eco product madness? And who would win an elbow grease wrestle between Ed Begley, Jr. and Mrs. Meyers? In a recent Emerald City column, LA Green Girl ranks eco cleaning brands in order preference: Seventh Generation, Eco Friendly Products, Begley’s Best, Palnet, Mrs. Meyers, Method, Clorox Green Works, and Arm & Hammer.
Which is all well and good. But if you’re like me, you want to know which product is best for each (joyous) domestic task. For that, I turned to my sources on the inside Here’s what professional green cleaners use to ensure that their clients’ homes sparkle:
all-purpose cleaner: Ecover All Purpose Cleaner, Soapworks All Purpose Cleaner
counter cleaner: Seventh Generation Dishwashing Liquid (interesting!)
disinfectant: Dr. Bronner’s Pure Peppermint Castille Soap (another eye opener)
glass cleaner: Earth Friendly Glass Cleaner, Seventh Generation Natural Glasss
hard surface floor cleaner: Ecover Floor Cleaner
laminate floor cleaner: Bona X Laminate Floor Cleaner
laundry: Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent
ovens: Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda
stainless steel: Method Stainless Steel, Simple Green Stainless Steel Cleaner
toilet: Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Bon Ami Cleanser
tub & tile: Heather’s Oxygen Bleach Cleanser
wood floor cleaner: Murphy Pure Oil Soap
I know it can be overwhelming (and expensive) to replace your entire under-the-sink cleaning collection. But for the sake of our health and that of the environment, it’s important to rid ourselves of the old toxic friends and welcome the clean, green ones.
You might be surprised how little you’ll miss them.