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Bon Ami Liquid Cleanser

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
4
Got rid of the tomato saucy MESS all over our stove!
Greenness Rating: 
5
A short, simple ingredient list that Bon Ami is very transparent about
Value: 
5
Excellent prices
Overall Rating: 
5

Bon Ami is truly the original green cleaner.  It's been around for 120 years, which is awesome...this ain't no 21st century greenwashing here.  Back in those days, people weren't using harsh chemicals to clean things.  They were using simple ingredients, which is exactly what Bon Ami does.  Their ingredient list is simple and relatively short!   Their containers are also either recyclable or made from recycled materials.  

We've been canning our own marinara sauce like crazy these days, which is fun, but messy.  I let the splattered marinara sauce sit on the stove overnight so I could test the Bon Ami Liquid Cleanser on it the following morning.

OK, so that's the Bon Ami bottle and the marinara sauce with some of the liquid cleanser on top of it.... read more

Simple Green Naturals Carpet Care

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Works well, scent-free
Greenness Rating: 
5
eco-friendly packaging and ingredients
Value: 
5
Reasonably priced
Overall Rating: 
5

What's a more perfect way to test out a green carpet cleaner than on cat vomit?  After my cat threw up on the carpet, I immediately grabbed the Simple Green Naturals Carpet Care bottle.  I hadn't used it before, so I thought this would be a good way to put it to the test.

Well, it worked like a charm.  Cleaned it up, left no stain, and that was that!  AND, it has no scent, which made my husband very happy.   No complaints!

Simple Green Natural Carpet Care is water based and doesn't contain chlorine. It contains some plant-based ingredients, including one derived from palm seed kernels and another derived from chicory root.  They have a full ingredient list on the label, which I think is very important because even many green products don't have that, which always makes me question its greenness!  It also has not been tested on animals.  ... read more

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Surface Scrub - Geranium

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Effective, effective, effective!
Greenness Rating: 
5
Made with oxygen bleach, no chlorine, no phosphates!
Value: 
4
A few more bucks than its non-green counterparts
Overall Rating: 
5

At the risk of sounding totally gross and revealing the fact that I am horrible at keeping house, we had some olive oil build-up on the counter next to the stove.  We had a leaky olive oil container, and I'd clean it sort of half-heartedly, and before I knew it, we had a sticky, olive oily mess.  When I got the Mrs. Meyer's surface scrub, I figured that the olive oil gunk would put the scrub to the test.

The verdict?  My counter is olive oil free.  This is far more effective than using the baking soda/vinegar mixture that I fall back on, yet it isn't as toxic or stinky as Comet or Ajax.  ... read more

Method Cucumber All-Purpose Spray Cleaner

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
2
Moderately effective, but the scent is overpowering and artificial smelling
Greenness Rating: 
3
Not as green as they make themselves seem
Value: 
2
More expensive than similar products (i.e., Seventh Generation)
Overall Rating: 
2

Method products have sleek packaging and branding and they're available almost everywhere these days, touting themselves as an eco-friendly alternative to cleaning products.  They're extremely popular, too.  Unfortunately, don't count me among the people who love Method.  After trying their cucumber all-purpose spray, I was not impressed.

I couldn't stand the smell.  It was overpowering and awfully artificial smelling for a "natural" product.  It was effective enough, but I just couldn't get past the smell.  

While it is biodegradable and nontoxic, when putting the brand into the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetic Safety Database, the results were less than impressive.  See the results here.   (This website is an excellent resource, by the way)... read more

Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Effective all-purpose cleaner
Greenness Rating: 
4
Non-toxic, biodegradable, and no harsh scents, but not organic.
Value: 
5
More expensive than most common all-purpose cleaners (i.e., 409) but worth a few extra bucks.
Overall Rating: 
5

I use Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner all over the house.  I clean the kitchen counters with it, I clean the stove with it, I clean the bathroom with it...it really IS for all purposes!  It cuts through dirt, grease, dust...you name it.  

It doesn't have a scent at all, which some people may or may not like.  I like it, though, because I find that many cleaners (even ones that claim to be all natural such as Method) have an overly strong smell.  ... read more

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