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Greenwashing Alert! Holy Cow Cleaning Products...I was DUPED!

Caveat emptor!

 holy cow cleaning

Not too long ago, I was at the supermarket and I saw a cleaning product with a cute cartoon cow on it.  It also lead me to believe that it was an organic product.  It was on sale, so I grabbed it.  I'm a sucker for personified cartoon animals. Upon further inspection when I got home, I saw that it was not organic at all.  In fact, it had a "knock off" of the USDA organic seal.   The Organic Consumers Association also wrote about this a few months ago and the product was also listed as "Greenwash of the Week" at The Good Human.  

Holy Cow's website claims:  "These amazing cleaners are biodegradable and non-hazardous and contain NO solvents, NO VOCs (volatile organic compounds), NO toxins, NO alcohol, NO ammonia, NO harmful oxygen-based bleach cleaners, NO citrus-based products which may dissolve rubber or plastics."  If that's true, that's great...but, I'd be wary of any company that tries to trick their consumers into thinking their product is certified organic when it's not.  

With all the greenwashing that's going on these days, it's become more important than ever to closely inspect all labels and claims on products.  And, of course, there's always the option of making your own (safe) cleaning solutions.  

Comments

So What!!!!

This is a great cleaning product.  I didn't buy it because it was a "Green" product but I tried it when it was a "new" product and it is amazing what it cleans.  I dropped a bottle of red nail polish on tan carpet and this stuff cleaned every bit of it up and nail polish is worse than Holy Cow and it would have just smeared it around.  I also used it on our RV on the water marks that happen and it took it off immediately with no problems and the products that swear they work...........don't! 

My point isn't that it's

My point isn't that it's ineffective.  My point is that they're deceptively marketing themselves as an eco-friendly product.  

Loved the product

Bought it at my local Bed, Bath, and Beyond and had great results with it.  Feel better about using this than Windex, etc. 

Holy Cow

I still don't care for it due to their shady marketing practices.  For store-bought eco-friendly cleaners with true ingredient transparency, I prefer Seventh Generation, Bon Ami, Mrs. Meyer's, Simple Green Naturals, and Trader Joe's "Zen" cleaner.

Holy Cow Greenwashing

Hey - I called these people about 2 years ago ... repeatedly ... to find out more about what was in their products.  They REFUSED to call me back until I threatened to bash them online.  All I know is that I was stupid enough to buy a bunch of their products, and then suffer the consequences as they caused respiratory distress to everyone in my home.  There is NO way that their all-purpose cleaner is non-toxic, OR safe.  It makes me cough and wheeze, unlike truly "green" products.  Thanks!

Holy Cow

I clean vacant and seasonal homes for a property management Co. all of use Holy Cow and would not use anything else.  We have been using it for 5 yrs, have never had a problem with the product.

Holy Cow cleaner

My problem with Holy Cow is not its effectiveness, but its unethical marketing.  

Holy Cow

That's really such a shame.   What happened when they called you back?

Greenwashing

No worries, you're not the only one being duped! Environmentally friendly for some products simply means I'll be anything that makes you buy me!

http://www.newsy.com/videos/the_problem_of_greenwashing

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