Congratulations Lara who said”
“Lara said… the wipes sound great. I love cleaning wipes but feel guilty about using them too much! “
You’re getting the wipes!
So, I’ll be honest here. ecochick is very eco-friendly when it comes to cleaning. VERY eco-friendly. Because basically, I don’t do any. They are considering naming the underside of my sofa a preserved habitat for dust bunnies. Ha. So when I received some Clorox Green Works cleaners in the mail – specifically the Natural Biodegradable Cleaning Wipes and the All Purpose Cleaner, I kind of went, great! I’ll try those out! Sometime. Sure. Then time passed. A lot of time, frankly. But the moment eventually came when I had to make the place look presentable. Something about “children” and “crawling” and “floors” and “gah”. So I broke these cleaners out to give them a spin.
I’ll be honest: I’m naturally skeptical about a lot of “natural” cleaning products. There’s so much greenwashing out there, and many product claims are vague. What does “natural” even mean? So the first thing I did was check out the label. These products did have some questionable contents – they said they contained things like “preservative” (which preservative?) and “silicon antifoaming agent” (oh dear.) But, a couple of significant things jumped out at me.
First, the Natural Biodegradable Cleaning Wipes are just that: biodegradable. They are made from 100% wood based fibers, and can be chucked in the composter instead of the landfill. Right there, these wipes have a huge advantage over many others that are made from polyester or other petroleum based products and cannot be composted. So while a throwaway wipe is not the best choice, for those times when it’s necessary, a compostable one is the best option.
Another bonus is the container for the wipes is made from at least 25% post-consumer recycled plastic, which is a really excellent start.
Meanwhile, the All-Purpose Cleaner carries a really significant badge: The United States Environmental Protection Agency Design For The Environment badge, recognized for Safer Chemistry. From the website:
When you see the DfE logo on a product it means that the DfE scientific review team has screened each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and that—based on currently available information, EPA predictive models, and expert judgment—the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.
There’s another upside to these products: the smell. Many “regular” cleaning products basically leave me with a headache, with their hectically overscented smells. These don’t. They smell real, natural and light.
And in my experience, they work. They work well. Surprisingly well, especially around this place which generally needs a fair amount of effort to get it cleaned up.
Interested in trying them out? Well, you’re in luck. First, if you go to the Green Works website, you can get a coupon for $1 off the compostable cleaning wipes by signing up for their newsletter (not sure how long that promotion’s going to be on). Or, if you care to try your luck, ecochick’s giving away a containter of natural biodegradable cleaning wipes and a bottle of all-purpose cleaner, whoop! Just leave me a comment stating which of the cleaners you’d like to try out by Tuesday, April 27. Don’t forget to leave me a way to contact you! Giveaway will be done at random and recipients of the giveaway will be contacted by email. Canadian addresses only please. Good luck!