Conventional vs. Green Cleaning Products
Guilaine Jean-Pierre | Mar 4, 2014
Topic category: Green living

So what is wrong with using conventional cleaning products anyway (other than my headache)? Conventional cleaning products contain bleach, ammonia and other chemical agents that leave your home looking clean, but pollute both our water supply and our bodies. Many ingredients found in household cleaners can cause eye irritation, skin irritation, lung irritation and have been implicated as possible contributors to asthma and cancer. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals simply due to the fact that they are smaller and still growing. One article I read pointed out that although the use of one cleaner may not be extremely harmful alone, we tend to have a cleaner for every different area or purpose, all interacting, all seeping into our environment and causing damage.

Commercial green cleaners are readily available now and offer a safer way to get your house clean. There are many benefits of using 'green', 'natural' or 'organic' cleaning products. Here is a general list of what to look for in a green cleaner. You will need to read labels and product information based on the specific brand you are considering.

Look for products that are:

  • Non-toxic

  • Made with natural ingredients

  • Biodegradable

  • Hypoallergenic

  • No harmful fumes

  • Septic tank safe

  • Free of petrochemicals, chlorine bleach, phosphates, nitrates, borates, kerosene, phenol, lye, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, ammonia, formaldehyde, etc.

  • No animal testing

  • Recyclable packaging

  • Watch out for words like irritant, flammable, toxic and corrosive

We have all heard the negatives associated with green cleaners: they don't work as well and are more expensive. It's true that you may need to use a little more elbow grease with the green products, but the surfaces will be just as clean. And as far as the cost is concerned, I bought some Clorox Green Works the other day and thought the price was comparable to the conventional all-purpose cleaners on the shelf. This does not mean that in general pricing isn't higher for green products, it is, but as with anything else if you shop around, you may find a good deal. (Check manufacturer sites below for coupons and Mambo Sprout has a coupon for Method products.) Also take into consideration that some of the companies, like Shaklee, offer a concentrate that you mix yourself, cutting down on tons of packaging and waste.

I can't necessarily provide you with my own personal experience or evaluation of all the green cleaning products available today so I asked some of my green Twitter friends to name a few of their favorites. Here is a list of companies/brands that you may want to check out in no particular order.


Shaklee Get Clean Products

Clorox Green Works


Seventh Generation

Simple Green

Shannan |Mar 9, 2009
Tags: Green Works, Clorox, Biodegradable, Natural
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