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Green Tip – Biodegradable Laundry Detergent (plus Giveaway!)

Submitted by on Sunday, 22 November 200915 Comments

Frequent readers and Jammers here at The Dad Jam will know that my household is a big fan of being green and doing what we can to walk more lightly on this planet we call Earth.

greenworksSo…. being the green beans that we are …. I was happy to say “Yes” when I was contacted to try out the new Green Works(TM) line of cleaning products from Clorox(R).  We have already been using several brands of biodegradable and natural cleaning products, so trying out a new one was a delight.

We tried out the Green Works laundry detergent, and the All-Purpose Cleaner.  I’ll let you know how well they cleaned and how we liked them in a sec.

First, I’ll tell you a little bit about why anyone would want to clean with this stuff in the first place.

Think of it this way – when you use a cleaning product that is full of unnatural and poisonous chemicals, you are basically dumping those chemicals into the water while you rinse.  Imagine standing by the water system and dumping chemicals and bleach into it.  It’s not the type of thing you would typically do on a Saturday afternoon – but you are doing it every time you clean with harsh chemicals.  Using cleaning products that are natural and biodegradable helps you sleep easy, knowing that what you are rinsing into the water supply is natural and will biodegrade.

That brings me to Green Works… what I think is the first mainstream natural and biodegradable cleaning product on the market.  It is really about time that a big company brought something like this out.  Before, you had to go to specialty stores to get these types of products, and usually they were produced only in a small scale.  So I’m happy to see Green Works on the market, and hope that its presence will encourage more people to go green and use green cleaning products.

Green Works natural cleaners are made with at least 95% natural plant and mineral-based biodegradable cleaning ingredients derived from coconuts and essential oils.  They are packaged in recyclable bottles, and are not tested on animals.  The only thing I would like to see in the Green Works future, in terms of packaging, is a low-plastic “refill” package – so that customers can re-use the big bottles and just refill them to reduce waste.

Now comes the big question… will it clean the crayon marks from the wall?  Will it clean the pureed carrots from the floor?  What about the vomit on the shoulder of my best shirt?  And how does it smell (the cleaner, not the vomit)?

According to Green Works(TM): “in lab tests, Green Works hard surface cleaners clean as well as many traditional cleaners on many soils.”

So what does that mean in practice?

Well, we used it to successfully clean a lot of marks on our walls, without any degradation of the paint.  We used it to clean our stainless steel appliances, and other appliances and fixtures, and it worked well there too.  We have been using the laundry detergent regularly, and it gets the clothes nice and clean and smelling good too.  Compared to other natural and biodegradable laundry detergents we have used, Green Works leaves the clothes smelling best overall.  We will definitely continue to use the laundry detergent from now on, and the all purpose cleaner too.

But don’t take my word for it… try it out yourself.  I have some coupons for a free bottle of the laundry detergent.  (Not buy one get one free… just simply, give the coupon at the cash register and get one free).  If you’d like a coupon, and you live in Canada, just leave a comment here and I’ll contact you by email to get your address, and I’ll send you one of the coupons in the mail.  I’ll send coupons to the first five people that leave comments here.  Just use the coupon to get your free bottle.  I hope trying it out will convert you to, or at least get you thinking about, using green cleaning products.  If you like Green Works after you’ve tried it, come back again and leave another comment to let us know!

P.S. If you’d like to fill out an online survey giving feedback on Green Works, you can do so here.  For every survey that is completed, a $2 donation will be made to the Redwood Family Support Shelter.

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  • Todd Clary says:

    I like.

    When I saw this line of products in the store I thought, “…a’ight, boys. Way to go,” and, like you, wondered if they were worth a try. Which I had. Am most curious about the laundry detergent, particularly because I know that switching detergents can be a disaster to sensitive skins grown accustomed to another.

    Anyway, enjoy your blog and look forward to reading your past posts and hanging around.

    Oh, also :) ….

    Our rinse water doesn’t go to the oceans unless, like maybe where you live, the water treatment plants hybrid their processes with the ocean. Lol isn’t that uppity of me? I know because my wife is an environmental scientist and I have to listen to this ALL. THE. TIME.

    Have a good one :)

  • Head Jammer says:

    Thanks for your comment Todd and for the info… it still can’t be too good for the water supply system to have all those chemicals going into it though can it? Maybe it doesn’t end up in the ocean, but it ends up somewhere we don’t want it to be…that’s really the point I was trying to make. Anyways, I’m interested in info on that if you can give us some more.
    Glad you like the blog here and will hang around :) , I’ll send you a coupon for the laundry detergent so you can try it out. So far our skin hasn’t had any bad reactions (neither us nor the kids, one of whom is 16 months old).
    Talk to you later, and great having your comments here!

  • Todd Clary says:

    Oh, you’re right on the protecting the water supply systems no matter where they are. In fact, I’m going to ask High Powered Scientist Wife to weigh in on it as there are so many more moving parts than I realized.

    Thanks for coupon!
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  • Head Jammer says:

    Cool, and thanks, that would be awesome! :)

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  • judy says:

    Hi I would love to try!!!

  • Phil says:


    I’d love to try out GreenWorks.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Head Jammer says:

    That’s great Phil and Judy, I’ll send you each a coupon!

  • judy says:


  • Head Jammer says:

    Still two coupons to give away…

  • Robin H. says:

    I have always been wanting to go green but was never the purchaser so had no impact on the final decision. I now have the oppertunity to change my family to different “behaviours” so I am trying to go as green as possible, but I get only one chance to prove that it works or my husband will go back to the old ways. You have a good review here that makes me feel a little more comfortable about trying Green Works.

    thank you

  • Head Jammer says:

    Hi Robin, thanks for the comment! I hope you try it out and that your new green ways stick with your family. We still use this, and try to find new ways to be greener every day. Good luck!! Nowadays, going green is almost not a choice, but is becoming a necessity!

  • Vivien says:

    Thanks for the info, was researching which detergent to buy and came across your site – would love to try Greenworks and see how it works for my laundry, I thought I was already using one that was good, but apparently it is not – so ready for a change

  • Head Jammer says:

    No problem, Vivien, definitely give it a try!

  • Renato says:

    Always on the look out to try new products and greenworks sounds like the go. Thanks!

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