Editor’s note: Cleaning can be a messy business, with all of the chemicals in traditional housecleaning products. Today, Joel at Life Goggles takes a look at a greener, non-toxic cleaning system (which is reasonably priced, also). And, if you like the product reviews we’ve been featuring from LG, make sure to check out their Great Green Giveaway competition… you might just win some of these cool items. Today’s post was originally published on Wednesday, March 26, 2008.
Eco-Me is a company that provides 100% natural eco kits. I call them “starter kits,” as they’re an easy way to get started using more environmentally-friendly products. In fact, you mix these yourself so you know exactly what has gone into them.
They currently have five kits: Home, Body, Baby, Dog and Cat kits. Not owning a dog or cat (or baby for that matter), it was the Home kit that I was sent for review.
Containing two empty reusable plastic bottles, a reusable tub, a microfiber cleaning cloth, natural fiber scrub brush and a small bottle of Home Blend essential oil, the large box bag it comes in was pleasantly light. The two bottles are for “All Purpose Spray Cleaner” and “Wood Polish Spray Cleaner” with the tub being for “Home Scrub Cleaner.” Each one has really simple instructions on the side and a measurement guide. For example, pour white vinegar up to this mark on the label, water up to this mark, and then 1 unit of essential oil.
The essential oil is there to cover the smell of the other household ingredients. It’s a mix of Tea Tree, Lavender, Rosemary, and Lemongrass, and only a few drops are usually needed. Creating the cleaning products was so easy it was almost untrue. Surely these can’t be as good as all those weird chemicals?! Creating the scrub cleaner was actually fun: the initial pour of baking soda into the vinegar and water mix, and resultant foaming expansion reminded me of several school chemistry experiments that went awry. This was fine though :). The wood cleaner includes the addition of olive oil, which makes for a nice addition to the experiments.
So, how well did they work?
Well the all-purpose cleaner works perfectly fine, though the vinegar smell isn’t the best in the world. I am the first to say that “clean” has no smell (certainly not pine), but vinegar is not my first choice of smell for the bathroom. This isn’t malt vinegar, else I would have been delighted my bathroom smelt like fish and chips (pass the ketchup); no, this is white vinegar. Another half unit of the essential oils did the trick, and it was now nice and naturally scented. Cleaning-wise, the vinegar cleans, deodorizes and kills bacteria, so no need for anything else except the water to dilute it and the oil to scent it. In the scrub, the baking soda did all I needed it to, i.e. clean, so again it seems a great alternative.
By using natural, chemical-free and non-toxic ingredients, I certainly felt better about the cleaning. As mentioned, Eco-Me provides plenty of kits, and ranging from $26 to $36 they’re not expensive. Refill kits are cheap (for the oil, cloths, etc) so one kit will last you a long time. Coupled with the fact they can be made up with what’s in your kitchen cupboard, it will be a long time before you feel the need to buy any cleaning products at the grocery store. Their website also has some great eco tips, so take a look.
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