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Green Works Biodegradable Cleaning Wipes

Review Summary
Works really well, convenient
99% natural plant fiber-based, natural wipes, no animal testing
Inexpensive

I had been on the lookout for biodegradable cleaning wipes for quite some time.  I try not to use cleaning wipes too often, but sometimes they are just so convenient.

Green Works Wipes are really great.   I've been using them for over a month now and they are the perfect choice for a quick wipe down.   No awful smells, my hands don't get irritated by the chemicals, and it does a really thorough job.  It works on most hard surfaces, so it's a good choice for both bathrooms and kitchens.  ... read more

Clean + Green Furniture Refresher

Review Summary
Works great, no weird smell
Recyclable can, ozone safe, non-toxic
Reasonably priced

clean + green seayuClean + Green's Furniture Refresher works very well.   It helps remove those pet smells as well as pet stains.  I love that it gets rid of pet odors without any gross overpowering artificial smells.  (I'm looking at you, Febreeze!!! You're gross!)  

You can use it on pet beds, pillows, plastic, leather, etc.  I used it on my leather sofa and it didn't leave a residue or didn't discolor the couch.  You don't need to scrub or rinse anything afterwards, so it's incredibly easy to use.

The can is recyclable and ozone safe.  The ingredients are non-toxic, biodegradable, and non-carcinogenic, unlike many of the alternatives.  ... read more

NewLeaf Clean Dish and Hand Cleaner

Review Summary
Words great on dishes! Smells good, too.
Full ingredient disclosure, safe ingredients, and recyclable containers.
A little expensive, but still a good value for a high quality product.

newleaf clean

Last week I had the opportunity to try NewLeaf Clean's fantastic all-purpose cleaner.  This week my family used NewLeaf Clean's dish and hand soap exclusively in our kitchen.  

The first thing I noticed was the pleasant smell.  It smells clean and fresh without being overpowering or artificial.  It's actually one of the best smelling soaps I've used in recent memory.  ... read more

NewLeaf Clean All Purpose Cleaner

Review Summary
Extremely effective...even for big kitchen messes!
Full ingredient disclosure, easily recyclable containers.
Good price for a big bottle

newleaf clean

Last week I interviewed Sarapage Bauguss, Co-founder, President, and Creator of NewLeaf Clean.  Over the last few days, I had the opportunity to try out NewLeaf Clean's All Purpose Cleaner.

I was actually blown away by how powerful this cleaner is.  My stovetop was kind of a mess and this cleaner removed all of the gunk with barely any elbow grease necessary.  It worked great on my counters, too.  ... read more

Seventh Generation Multi-Surface Cleaner

Review Summary
Excellent all-purpose cleaner, lemongrass thyme smell is very strong, though
All ingredients disclosed, EPA registered
Reasonably priced

Great multi-purpose cleaner.  Not for the heavy duty stuff, but perfect for wiping down the counters, my son's high chair, the kitchen table, etc.  I use it so frequently that I don't even bother putting it away...it sits right next to the kitchen faucet so I can grab it whenever necessary!... read more

Bon Ami All-Purpose Cleaner

Review Summary
Excellent cleaner for wiping down the kitchen sink, counters, table, etc.
Non-scary ingredient list, recycled/recyclable packaging, phosphate-free
Only about three bucks for 25 oz!

bon ami cleaner review

This is currently the go-to cleaner in my kitchen.  It truly is an all-purpose cleaner.  It's great for high chairs, kitchen counters, the sink, the stove.  It even worked on the sticky icky spilled beer on the stove top from when my husband was homebrewing!  Very few spray cleaners do that.

While not as heavy duty as Bon Ami's Liquid Cleanser, it still packs a punch.  I used the Free and Clear, so it has no fragrances.  It also comes in tangerine thyme.  However, I've used Bon Ami's tangerine thyme scented products before, and they smell great. ... read more

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes

Review Summary
Great for a quick cleanup of the kitchen or bathroom
All ingredients disclosed, EPA registered
Reasonably priced

Love this!  It's funny, because I initially hated the smell.  It's a strong lemongrass thyme scent, and I couldn't stand it.  But after using these a few more times, I actually grew to love it.  It's perfect for those small household wipe-downs.  I use it on the baby's high chair, the counters, you name it.

These kinds of wipes are typically not the greenest option, but they sure are convenient.  The thing I like about Seventh Generation is that they make greener alternatives to products that are not ordinarily green.  So, if you're going to buy wipes, buy these!... read more

Simple Green Naturals Bathroom Cleaner - Rosemary Mint Scent

Review Summary
Excellent for cleaning the bathroom with a pleasant smell
Eco-friendly packaging and natural ingredients, with full ingredient disclosure.
Reasonably priced

I previously reviewed Simple Green Naturals Carpet Care and Simple Green Naturals Multi-Surface Care.  Next, it was

 time to review Simple Green Naturals Bathroom Cleaner.  As I mentioned in the Multi-Surface cleaner review, I was not a fan of the Lemon Verbana scent, but the Rosemary Mint scent is awesome!  It has a clean and fresh scent, without smelling like a toxic cleaner.... read more

Seventh Generation Natural Unbleached Paper Towels

Review Summary
Not super absorbent
Unbleached, recycled
At $2.99 a roll, it's somewhat expensive

Seventh Generation Natural Paper Towels

I've used these paper towels here and there over the years.  I think they're a little expensive, so they're not something I buy regularly.  I do love the fact that they are unbleached, so depending on what I'm wiping up with, I can toss them in the compost.  Seventh Generation also discloses all ingredients, so you really know what you're getting.... read more

Simple Green Naturals Multi-Surface Care: Lemon Verbana Scent

Review Summary
Perfect for wiping up simple spills in the kitchen or wiping down the bathroom sink
Eco-friendly packaging and ingredients (with full ingredient disclosure)
Good price

I previously reviewed the Simple Green Naturals Carpet Care.   Next, I tried the Simple Green Multi-Surface Care.  It has the same eco-friendliness as the carpet cleaner, such as being water based and not containing chlorine.

One thing I also like about the Simple Green Naturals line is that they have a full ingredient list on the label.  This can make or break a "green" product to me, because when a product labeled as green or natural, if it doesn't have a full ingredient disclosure, it makes me think that the company has something to hide.  Simple Green Naturals is open and honest.... read more

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