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.