Due to my background in science, I find so much annoying about the greening of products. Advertising tags such as “All Natural” and “No Chemicals” are ugh-inducing to me. My ughs arise from the knowledge that all things natural are chemicals and everything natural is not good for us or better than that which we can manufacture. You, my dear friend, are composed of chemicals: deoxyribonucleic acid, acetylcholine, dopamine, and water (yep, chemical). There is a reason that certain scientists take a course entitled “Organic Chemistry”; even those organic vegetables and fruits have chemicals (although not those that could be sprayed upon them).
Yet, I am sensitive to the constant exposure to manufactured chemicals we endure. When possible, I use baking soda as a cleanser (a chemical, sodium bicarbonate) or rely on just plain water. I know that bleach and ammonia are effective as banishing those bad “bugs” from countertops and bathrooms; I dislike using them due to the noxious smells. In all honesty, some of the orange-powered cleansers have scents that I cannot stand in large doses.
My newly found worry regarding cleansers arose while watching my three children soak in the bathtub. All three of them pretend to be fish, mermaids (or men), or scuba divers, which means that they routinely dive under the water. Having recently been cleaned, I wondered if I had really removed the soft scrub from the enamel. Were lingering particles and bleaching agents slowly infiltrating my children? I chastised myself for my level of worry.
When we created Green Works™ natural cleaners, we defined natural using three core principles. The ingredients must come from renewable resources, be biodegradable and free of petrochemicals. Our stringent standard sets the bar for natural cleaning very high, but we think it's worth it.
I received an all-purpose cleaner along with a glass & surface cleaner.
I wish that I could say I had some horrendous mess on the counters or in the bathroom to clean, but I didn’t. The everyday mess expected in a kitchen was all I had. Oh, and the toothpaste splatter all over the kids’ bathroom mirror. I tried the Green Works glass cleaner for that last one. What I got was a streak-free clean without too much cleaner sprayed upon the surface. On the kitchen counter, I used the all-purpose cleanser. Yep, got that clean, too.
What I like best about these two products is the scent that emanates as you clean. My best description is that of a freshly squeezed lemon mixed with sparkling water or much like the fresh lemonade I used to buy with my dad at Florida State football games. Its lemon scent uplifted me. I wanted to find more surfaces to clean just so I could smell it. So, I cleaned the mirror and counter in the powder room, in the master bath, the glass in the front door, the slanted slope of the range hood. Let’s say I got carried away.
Do I need to say that I would recommend this product? There are no overly processed chemicals. There are no harsh smells. I am not worried that there are lingering lemon molecules on my bathtub walls. I am going to investigate the other types of cleaning agents in the Clorox Green Works line. I think you should, too.