A little while ago, I had the opportunity from Mom Central to review the new Clorox brand Green Works’ dish soap – and I really liked it. I also have taken the Clorox 30 days to natural challenge as well. So when the chance came up to review additional Green Works Green Works™ cleaning products, I was very glad to give them a try!
Green Works™ is the first line of natural cleaners developed by a major consumer products company. According to Clorox,
These products are made with natural, plant-based ingredients and clean as well as conventional cleaners on most soils. Green Works products are a practical way for consumers to live a greener lifestyle without compromising performance.
Knowing that people today don’t want harsh fumes and chemicals in their cleaning products, the company has made a commitment to provide products that not only work as well as traditional ones, but which are sustainable, 99% free of petrochemicals, made from renewable and biodegradable ingredients, and which aren’t tested on animals. What Clorox did, instead of modifying existing formulas, was to completely start over again from the beginning and develop new ones from scratch.
The Green Works products are 99% natural and the company states that they work just as well as the traditional cleaning products that people have been using for years. To commemorate the launch of the product line, Clorox has partnered with The Sierra Club. All Green Works™ labels will feature the Sierra Club’s logo, marking the brand’s commitment to supporting the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the U.S.
The specific products that I received to try are the:
- Green Works™ Natural Dishwashing Liquid cuts through tough messes like greasy cooked-on and baked-on food. It is safe on a variety of cooking and eating surfaces, including plastic, stainless steel, copper, aluminum, glass and porcelain. Green Works™ Natural Dishwashing Liquid is available in five scents: Original, Water Lily, Tangerine, Free & Clear and Simply Lemon.
- Green Works™ Natural All-Purpose Cleaner works on grease, grime, dirt, soils and messes, and is safe on multiple surfaces throughout the kitchen and bathroom including counters, appliances, stainless steel, sealed granite, chrome, cooktop hoods, sinks and toilets.
- Green Works™ Natural Dilutable Cleaner works on grease, grime, and dirt, and is safe on multiple surfaces throughout the kitchen and bathroom including non-wood floors, counters, sinks, stoves, garbage cans and toilets.
- Green Works™ Natural Bathroom Cleaner works on tough stains like soap scum, hard water, and rust, and is safe on multiple bathroom surfaces, including counters, sinks, tubs, tiles and shower doors.
Here’s my take on them:
Since I’d previously reviewed the dishwashing liquid, all I can pretty much say at this point is that we’re still using it and still very happy with it. It cleans very well and I love the scent!
If you’ve been reading my other site, you’ll know that we’ve been working on a project in our basement, which recently involved our priming and painting the floor of a storage room down there. What I didn’t go into in that post, was that we first thoroughly mopped the cement floor of the room – with the Green Works Natural Dilutable cleaner. I also used the All-Purpose cleaner on many of the items that we then put back into the room, such as the shelves, many of the toy bins, and some of the toys themselves. Not only were these things covered in a coating of dust, but they’d been sitting in a room where litterbox accidents had been occurring – thus the main impetus for the whole room redo to begin with. I was very happy with how the All-Purpose cleaner did on those – and also since these are items my kids come into contact with daily, I am very thrilled that I don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals or fumes.
The above photos can give you an idea of what we had to deal with where the floor was concerned. We added a capful of the dilutable cleaner to a bucket full of hot water and my husband mopped a good portion of the floor (before stopping to tackle a separate project) very successfully. When he refilled the bucket, he decided to try a capful-and-a-half, just to be on the ‘safe side’. What he then discovered, is that a little of this cleaner goes a long way – his mop water got extremely sudsy and although it still cleaned very well, he did have to rinse the floor down with fresh water afterward so that the paint would then stick to it. 🙂
I’ve been using the Bathroom cleaner for about the past week now – mainly just to wash and wipe down the usual areas such as sink, countertop, the back of the toilet, etc. I really like the scent of the cleaner and again, the fact that it’s natural, so I don’t have to be worried about my kids being around when I’m cleaning, or using the bathroom afterward. I don’t think it’s meant as a ‘heavy-duty’ cleaner, but found it to work very well for just the regular wipe-down of bathroom areas – certainly as well as the ‘traditional’ cleaners I’d been using.
The bottom line:
First of all, if you haven’t visited the new ‘30 days to natural’ site and planted a daisy to show your own commitment to becoming ‘greener’, please go and check it out. I am thrilled and amazed at the extent to which Clorox is making this effort a priority for them, and feel that the least I can do is to make it a priority for myself and our family as well. I will probably keep using and reviewing ‘traditional’ products to a certain extent (especially in areas where natural ones aren’t yet available, or practical), but will be trying to switch our family over to natural products like Green Works™ as much as possible. After all – they work, they are better for the environment, they smell nice, and there’s certainly nothing to lose!
Where can you find them?:
Clorox’s Green Works™ products can be found in the cleaning aisle at all major stores where cleaning products are sold. You can also purchase them online from Amazon as well. Prices will vary, but they seem to run around $3.50 to $4.50 per bottle online.
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