They’re earth-friendly, but tough on dirt. House Cleaning and Organizing
I recently turned into a cleaning fiend, and I credit Caldrea Counter-Top Cleanser in Lavender Pine. Whoever came up with the idea of combining cleaning with aromatherapy deserves a straight shot to Nirvana. Not only did it remove fire-seared stove crud that I usually can’t get off without bleach and steel wool, but the whole time I felt…relaxed. It was a curious combination: housework and Zen.
Most so-called green cleaners–those that contain only environmentally friendly ingredients–won’t give you a meditative experience, but they will ease your mind. They contain no phosphates, chlorine, petroleum distillates, or carcinogens–in fact, no tongue-twisting chemicals at all. Read the labels of most traditional cleaning products, and housework sounds like the domestic equivalent of chemical warfare.
A study released in 2003 found that women who clean houses for a living have a 46% greater chance of having asthma and a 61% greater risk of chronic bronchitis than women in other professions do.
But green cleaners tend to be more expensive than conventional products. The Caldrea cleanser costs four times as much as the product I usually use. Are they really worth the money? Stripped of all that bad stuff (that does such a good job), do they really clean?
Well, we found the ones–kitchen, bathroom, glass, laundry, dish, and all-purpose cleaners, and one stain-and-odor remover–that do. We can’t vouch for their disinfectant power or safety because we didn’t test for either. But, to our great relief, the warnings on the containers weren’t accompanied by skulls and crossbones, and the nine in our Green Cleaners* PDF (out of 40 we tested) did the job they promised to do. Now, if only they could do it without human help…