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March 11th, 2011
Posted in: Cleaning

Why Don’t Green Cleaning Products Work Better?

Beth: I’m trying to go green including switching to natural cleaning products, but I’ve been disappointed by how poorly they work.  If these companies want us to use their products, they should at least work. 

Crissy: Consider carefully the alternative, Beth: The harsh chemicals contained in many conventional cleaning products may make quick work of cleaning tough grime, but at a very high cost.  Dangerous chemicals present in conventional cleaning products can poison us or cause a range of problems including respiratory tract irritation, skin inflammation, eye irritation, nausea, headaches, dizziness and vomiting. Chemicals don’t disappear when washed down the drain either: they pose problems for wastewater treatment and significant amounts escape into and pollute the environment.

Products that are safer and gentler on the earth may have to be used with a little more elbow grease and patience, but that is just the trade off to protecting people and planet from an over reliance on toxic products. That said, I get that you expect the claims about products to be honest so you know what you are getting. Unfortunatley, marketing claims are almost always exaggerated to the extent allowed by law. I’ve had my share of disappointments with conventional cleaning products as well that claimed to be a bit better than they actually were.  The effectiveness of earth-friendly cleaning products will vary from brand to brand, so keep sampling different products until you find those that work and be prepared to use them a bit differently than you would a conventional brand. For example non-toxic cleaners may have to “sit” on the problem area a bit longer to work their magic and you may have to scrub a little harder.

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4 Comments »

  1. [...] and Energy Star products cost more that they sell poorly; it’s also because they work like crap. And they are dangerous [...]

    Pingback by It’s Not Just That ‘Green’ is Too Expensive — April 22, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

  2. An Energy Star-rated appliance will typically cost more due its advanced technology which permits the user to save more water and/or energy through its use than would be possible with a non Energy Star-rated appliance. Over the life of these products, consumers can save a substantial amount of money because the operating costs are lower.

    I’ve had no problems with my Energy Star-rated appliances, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some have. As with any appliance category, quality will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so reading product reviews is always a good idea before investing in a new appliance.

    Comment by admin — April 26, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

  3. I love my green cleaners and don’t find it expensive at all. The ones I use has G-Cide in it which is fungicidal, bateriacidal, virucidal and sprocidal. It is very higly concentrated so works out economical. No fumes, no irritations, don’t have to wear gloves and it works extremely well,and very soft and gentle on the skin. I also just started using cleaners enriched with probiotics and find it excellent.

    Comment by Letitia — May 22, 2011 @ 8:45 am

  4. [...] eco-friendly and Energy Star products cost more that they sell poorly; it's also because they work like crap. And they are dangerous [...]

    Pingback by The American Spectator : The Spectacle Blog : It's Not Just That 'Green' is Too Expensive — September 14, 2012 @ 1:00 am

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