Green Tip – Biodegradable Laundry Detergent (plus Giveaway!)
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.
So…. 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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