{cleaning green: eco clean review}

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Let's talk cleaning. I know, I know. We all like to see mineral makeup and eye cream reviews. Household cleaners may not be as glamorous, but it's something I assume we're all using. Several months ago, I first tried a line called Eco Clean. It comes from a company in Denmark and manufactures hand cleansers, all purpose cleaners, dish soap, and more. 

I was recently sent one of the new scents in hand wash, as well as a bathroom cleaner from Eco Clean. I really don't love the fact that the hand cleanser contains sulfates, but it was gentle. It is the bathroom cleaner that I was so impressed with that prompted me to purchase more products to test out for review. I'd like to share my thoughts.


Glass Cleaner (White Tea & Sage)-- This is splendid. I typically use Simple Green, Martha Stewart or a homemade blend of white vinegar and essential oils to clean my windows. This product is really impressive. A very small amount of spray is needed and it wipes clean and is streak free. There is no chemical smell and I feel good about using this in a home with small children and a dog. Grade -- A


Lavender Hand Wash-- I like this hand soap when I think of the horrible chemicals found in so many hand soaps, particularly the popular ones from Bath & Body Works. The cleanser feels gentle, the lavender essential oils make me feel calm and soothed, and there are no parabens. The one complaint I have is the fact that there is Sodium Laureth Sulfate in this. While this is generally safer than its sibling Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, I am pretty opposed to using sulfates. For example, my children do not use this one. Otherwise, it is better than most hand soaps on the market. The scent is lovely. I just wish it came free of sulfates. Grade B-



Dish Wash (Apple & Thyme)-- Why hello there, my fresh smelling friend! I really, really love this dish soap. I had been using another natural dish soap from Bon Ami, but that used palm oil as one of the cleansers and once I noticed that, I could no longer use it. This product is just lovely. It smells so fresh that I actually enjoy doing the dishes.

The cleanser lathers quite well considering it is sulfate free and it is really gentle on my hands. It uses a sugar beet base for the surfactant and is free of bleached, phosphates and other nasties. I am a big tea and coffee drinker and when I use any white china, I sometimes get stains. Not with this. This dish soap cleans any stains right off and rinses clean. I also like the fact that my nemesis--the lasagna pan--doesn't put up a fight with the baked in sauce and cheese residue.

This really is my most favorite dish soap. I know it sounds silly to get excited over a dish soap, but I really like this product. Not only is it biodegradable, but it's free of parabens and sulfates and just works the way you'd want it to. Grade A+


Bathroom Cleaner (Lavender & Mint)-- I'll be the first to admit it. I hate cleaning the bathroom. First of all, I have two little boys with poor aim. I have a dog who likes to curl up on the bath rug near the heat vent sometimes, too, and he sheds his fur in there. Then we have water that borders on the hard side, so it can make a buildup on the tile. It's just my least favorite room to clean.

Eco Clean's Bathroom Cleaner is great. I usually use a homemade combo of distilled white vinegar, baking soda, and lemons. Sometimes I don't have the time or energy for that, so I like to spray everything down quickly and be done with it. I have tried a couple of other natural bathroom cleaners and was unimpressed. This one really does the job of a chemical-laden, strong smelling harsh bath cleaner without the nasty ingredients.

It makes the tub and sink just shine, and it cleans the tile floors with ease as well. The soap scum from the hard water cleans away with very little scrubbing, too. I highly recommend this product, also made of sugar beet to cleanse. Grade A+



Toilet Cleanser-- Does it get any less chic than toilets? Seriously. Once again, this product performs well. Unlike your traditional toilet bowl cleaners, the smell is just minty and fresh--as opposed to eye burning and nauseating. You'd never know this didn't have harsh chemicals because it performs as well as anything with a skull and crossbones on the back of the package. Another winner. Grade A+

The Chic & Green Bottom Line

If you are at all familiar with my reviews, you know I am super picky. I don't easily give a glowing review. Every now and then, however, a brand comes along that really leaves a lasting and positive impression. For the most part, Eco Clean is one of those lines. If they'd remove the sulfates from the hand soap, I'd call it the perfect cleaning line. I have no trouble recommending this line to you. Products retails for $4.99 and can be found at select stores online. I like to buy these at drugstore.com.


Disclosure: I was sent two products for review at no charge. I liked them so much, I paid for more of my own. This in no way has influenced my review and all opinions are my own.
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