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Bon Ami All-Purpose Cleaner

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Excellent cleaner for wiping down the kitchen sink, counters, table, etc.
Greenness Rating: 
5
Non-scary ingredient list, recycled/recyclable packaging, phosphate-free
Value: 
5
Only about three bucks for 25 oz!
Overall Rating: 
5

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 Baby Laundry Detergent

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
2
Not effective for very soiled laundry
Greenness Rating: 
4
Non-toxic, biodegradable, fragrance-free
Value: 
3
Priced similarly to the non-green baby detergent brand, Dreft
Overall Rating: 
2

It pains me to write this review, as I usually adore Seventh Generation products.  However, this detergent just didn't work for us.  With dirty bibs, cloth diapers, poop that leaks on to onesies, and mushy carrots smeared on my 11 month's old clothes, this simply didn't cut it.  

A lot of the clothes from the loads of laundry we did with this detergent didn't really come out clean enough.  Some stuff was left on them and then got caked on in the dryer.  We usually don't have this problem with other store-bought OR homemade detergents.

It's also fragrance-free which I think lots of people like, but honestly, I like a clean laundry smell and these clothes didn't come out smelling like that.

On the flip side, there's no doubt that this product is green.  Non-toxic, biodegradable, phosphate-free, and you can read the full ingredient list on their website.  ... read more

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Great for a quick cleanup of the kitchen or bathroom
Greenness Rating: 
4
All ingredients disclosed, EPA registered
Value: 
4
Reasonably priced
Overall Rating: 
5

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

Vapur Reusable Water Bottle

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
A foldable. reusable water bottle
Greenness Rating: 
5
BPA-free, no need for one-use water bottles
Value: 
5
Retails for about $9.99, so cheaper than many reusable water bottles
Overall Rating: 
5

The Vapur water bottle is seriously the COOLEST thing I've ever reviewed.  Here's the nitty gritty....

It's basically a bag that works as a water bottle.  When you're done, no lugging around an empty water bottle.  Just fold it up and put it in your pocket or purse.  Genius!  

You can put it on the top rack of your dishwasher and it is BPA-free.

One of my favorite things about the Vapur?  You can freeze it.  This is perfect for picnics and the like,  because it works like an ice pack and then you can drink the contents.   ... read more

365 Chlorine-Free Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Passed the three tests: pee, poop, and overnight!
Greenness Rating: 
4
Chlorine-free, and more eco-friendly than most disposable diapers, but still not biodegradable
Value: 
5
At $9.99 for 35 diapers, it's a great deal
Overall Rating: 
4

That's my baby, Isaac, sportin' 365 diapers.

Like the Seventh Generation diapers, I put these diapers through the tests:... read more

  • The Pee Test.   To pass this test, the diaper simply needs to hold a small amount of pee without leaking.  If a diaper can't pass the basic pee test, it's diaper to me.  How did 365 fare?  Passed, except for one time.  We did have one leaky diaper incident, but the rest of the time, there was no problem.  I think I'll chalk the leak up to human error.  (With a squirmy 11 month old who'd rather streak, it's hard to get a diaper on!)  
  • The Poop Test.  Can this diaper contain a mass quantity of baby poop?  Passed with flying colors.  No problems here.  
  • The Overnight Test.  We prefer to cloth diaper most of the time, but we do use disposables at daycare and overnight because all of our cloth diapers result in a pee-soaked baby and crib in the middle of the night, sadly.  How did 365 do?  Passed.  Woohoo!
  • Aerogarden

    Review Summary
    Keeness Rating: 
    5
    Fresh produce grown right in your kitchen
    Greenness Rating: 
    4
    Growing local food with a low-energy appliance. Not organic, though.
    Value: 
    4
    Can be expensive to get started. Prices vary depending on size, with larger ones running at about $100. Seed kits are about $16.
    Overall Rating: 
    5

    aerogardenWhen I got married in 2007, my cousin gave us an Aerogarden and an herb-growing kit.  At the time, we weren't particularly skilled at gardening (we didn't start getting into outdoor gardening until the following year), but we set it up and took our chances.  Turns out, you don't need much of a green thumb to use the Aerogarden.  We had fresh and delicious herbs grown right in our kitchen...with little work done by us.  We ate a lot of pesto!... read more

    Simple Green Naturals Bathroom Cleaner - Rosemary Mint Scent

    Review Summary
    Keeness Rating: 
    5
    Excellent for cleaning the bathroom with a pleasant smell
    Greenness Rating: 
    5
    Eco-friendly packaging and natural ingredients, with full ingredient disclosure.
    Value: 
    5
    Reasonably priced
    Overall Rating: 
    5

    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
    Keeness Rating: 
    3
    Not super absorbent
    Greenness Rating: 
    5
    Unbleached, recycled
    Value: 
    3
    At $2.99 a roll, it's somewhat expensive
    Overall Rating: 
    3

    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
    Keeness Rating: 
    4
    Perfect for wiping up simple spills in the kitchen or wiping down the bathroom sink
    Greenness Rating: 
    5
    Eco-friendly packaging and ingredients (with full ingredient disclosure)
    Value: 
    5
    Good price
    Overall Rating: 
    4

    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

    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