The Ultimate Green Cleaning Product Roundup!

The Ultimate Green Cleaning Product Roundup!

If baking soda and lemon juice aren't your thing but you'd still like to avoid cleaners with a) mysterious chemicals you can't pronounce and b) warning labels that cover half the bottle, we've got the guide for you.  Included below is a roundup of ten green cleaning products and companies - and why they're good for you and the space you call home.  


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1. Method Home

Why it's good: Bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic, ingredients are taken from renewable plant-based materials, no animal testing, 100% people and pet friendly, and B Corp certified.

Products: Product line ranges from household cleaners (multi-surface, bathroom, floor, wipes, and dish) to laundry detergents to hand and body wash...  and even baby products.


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2. Biokleen

Why it's good: Products, batches, and formulas are third-party reviewed by Berg Environmental, Content Verified, and the EPA's Design for the Environment.  Ingredients are made from natural extracts, biodegradable, non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable, non-reactive, and non-carcinogenic.

Products: Biokleen offers products ranging from laundry detergent to multi-surface cleaners and degreasers that utilize active enzyme cultures.  They also have a line of soy-based products, a first in the green cleaning industry.


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3. Options

Why it's good: Their products are Green Seal certified and contain higher-than-average levels of non-toxic active ingredients, making them stronger than other green products on the market.  They use a biodegradable organic acid solution which is non-irritating, hypoallergenic, and safe for use around all humans.

Products: Options offers professional grade green cleaning products as well as household cleaners like disinfectants, surface cleaners, floor finishes and cleaners, and deodorizers.  They also offer lower-cost concentrate sets that you simply add water to.


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4. Attitude

Why it's good: Attitude products are Eco-Friendly certified, biodegradable, non-toxic to humans and animals (including aquatic animals), made from renewable plant-based resources, and carbon neutral (all of the greenhouse gas emissions related to the products and the company are analyzed, and then either reduced or compensated for).

Products: Air purifiers, dishwasher detergent, all-purpose surface cleaners, laundry detergent, hand soap, and even baby diapers.


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5. Shaklee

Why it's good: Shaklee's "Get Clean" line of products are made from sustainably-sourced, biodegradable, natural ingredients; contain no VOCs; are non-toxic; not tested on animals; and packaged in 100% recyclable materials.

Products: Their products are typically sold in concentrate form and include laundry and dish detergent, surface cleaners, disinfectant wipes, scouring paste, and water filters.  They also have "healthy home" cleaning kits and starter packs.


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6. Mrs. Meyer's

Why it's good: There are no solvents, no petroleum distillates, no bleach, no phosphates, and no harsh fumes.  All packaging is recyclable and made from 25% post-consumer recycled materials.  Products are not tested on animals and do not contain animal-derived ingredients.  Whenever possible, materials are obtained from renewable plant resources and all liquid products are biodegradable.  Safe for use around children, pets, and pregnant women.

Products: Surface scrubs, wipes, and sprays; toilet bowl cleaners; bath and shower; dish, dishwasher, and laundry detergents; glass cleaners; and air fresheners.


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7. Fruits and Passion

Why it's good:  Each product has a minimum of 90%  natural plant-based ingredients, is biodegradable, ammonia and phosphate free, contains no animal-derived products (and is not tested on animals), and is packaged in 100% recyclable materials.

Products: Countertop, glass, and multi-purpose cleaners as well as dish soap.


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8. Eco Concepts

Why it's good: Eco Concepts has seven third-third party certifications (including U.S. EPA Design for the Environment, Green Seal, U.S. Green Building Council, and PETA Cruelty-Free, amongst others); is made entirely of readily biodegradable components; contains no carcinogens, sensitizers, teratogens or mutagens; has low or no toxicity to human and aquatic life; is made from renewable ingredients; and contains no phosphates, NTA, chlorine bleach, or harsh solvents.

Products: EcoConcepts offers janitorial, automotive, and marine care products as well as household cleaners (such as bathroom, kitchen, and stain removers).


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9. Seventh Generation

Why it's good: Beyond their certified, non-toxic products, Seventh Generation is pushing for real social change through their complete transparency and involvement with coalitions and institutions dedicated to positive change.

Products: They offer a complete line of non-toxic household products, including: non-chlorine bleached, 100% recycled paper towels, bathroom and facial tissues, and napkins; non-toxic, phosphate-free cleaning, dish and laundry products; plastic trash bags made from recycled plastic; chlorine-free baby diapers, training pants, and baby wipes; and chlorine-free feminine care products, including organic cotton tampons.


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10. Vaska

Why it's good: Vaska uses advanced botanical solutions derived from herbs and is U.S. EPA Design for the Environment Certified.  All products are non-toxic (for humans, animals, and aquatic life) and environmentally safe.  Their containers are made from 50% post-consumer recycled materials.

Products: Laundry detergent, fabric softeners, and spot cleaners.

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CapreeK on Aug 05, 2011:

Guatam - Indeed!  Happy to help. :)

Gautam-T-Goudar on Aug 05, 2011:

I didn't know all of these existed. I had been using only 1 brand so far. Good to know that I have so many options.

CapreeK on Mar 25, 2011:

EJ - Vaska is now available at Target (not all of them yet though, so it might not be at your local store).  It's also available from DuaneReade, Sam's Club, and online from Amazon.  Options and Mrs. Meyers you can buy online through their sites, though Mrs. Meyers has a zip code search you can use to find a store near you that stocks their products.  EcoConcepts' link on where to purchase their products is broken, so I'm not sure where exactly you'd find their stuff.  I did a quick search and it looks like QVC carries some of their cleaners.  Hope that helps!

elseajane on Mar 24, 2011:

Hey Capree, I know where to get a lot of these but where do you find some of the more obscure? Eco Concepts and Vaska I've never seen and I can't recall where I saw Options or Mrs Meyers. I like that you listed what's good about them and the other info. Thanks for the info, EJ

CapreeK on Mar 24, 2011:

Thanks Christopher!  There are a lot of great options out there, so if you can think of any others feel free to share.

Christopher Kandrat on Mar 24, 2011:

Great round up. I prefer non-toxic and this game me a lot of options

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