February 28th, 2008
So, I tried out Green Works natural all-purpose cleaner, made by Clorox.
Here’s what I like:
Mostly Natural ingredients (99 percent). Directly from the label:
coconut-based cleaning agent, corn-based ethanol, essential lemon oil, filtered water and biodegradable preservative. Contains no phosphorus. Contains no bleach.
It’s safe on multiple surfaces.
The container is highly recyclable, a number 1.
It smells good and cleans well. Actually, it does smell natural.
It is mainstream. In some parts of the country, those specialty natural cleaners sold in natural food markets are not available. Lots of people just shop at Wal-Mart, partly because there aren’t many other choices where they live. Clorox is bringing a green product to everyone, and it’s affordable.
It’s approved by the Sierra Club. This is the first time they’ve approved a household cleaner. Yeah, they are getting some sales-based cash for this from Clorox, but they still think this is a good product.
Here’s what I don’t like:
It’s not antibacterial. Maybe it doesn’t have to be, but if I’m using it to clean the bathroom or raw meat areas (trying to cook less of that these days), then I want to make sure it’s clean. A solution is to use vinegar for those areas. You can even save an empty bottle to use as a vinegar spray bottle. Vinegar is antibacterial, but some people just don’t like the smell. If this is the case with you, try adding some lemon juice to it.
It still uses resources. That’s packaging and manufacturing. They don’t seem to sell larger refills, but they do offer a natural dilutable cleaner that you add water to. That’s nice. When you contrast this cleaner with vinegar (made from a natural fermentation process with an indefinite shelf life), it’s clear who the green winner is.
Will I buy it again? Maybe. It does smell good, but I also plan on keeping a bottle of vinegar around and limiting my use of manufactured cleaners as much as I can. To read more, check out this SFGate.com article.
Have you tried Green Works? What did you like?
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