Your mom had a floor so clean you could eat off of it.
At least, you thought you could.
More and more people are concerned about the host of toxic chemicals in cleaning products, which are bad for both the environment and our health. The same ingredients that provide that “clean” (read: chemical) smell can be carcinogenic, corrosive, and cause asthma. So, we try to buy “green” cleaners whenever we can, but labels like “phosphate free,” “no-bleach,” and “bio-degradable,” complicate our basic question: What’s the safest and eco-friendliest choice for our money?
To settle the question once and for all, we looked up the health and environmental impact ratings for popular green products, peered at their ingredients, scoured review boards to judge their efficacy, and -- for those of you who are put off by strong scents -- even gave them a whiff.
Check out our findings below; we’ve marked one product in each category that we think is has the best bang for the buck.
|Brand||Price||Green Rating (out of 10)*||Scent||Effectiveness (out of 5)*|
|CVS Earth Essentials||$.19/oz||Doesn’t disclose all ingredients.||Mild||3|
|Mrs. Myers||$.31/oz||4.9||Very Strong||5|
|CVS Earth Essentials||$.04/oz||7**||Strong||5|
|Mrs. Myers||$.31/oz||6.9||Very Strong||5|
|Toilet Bowl Cleaner|
|Mrs. Myers||$.31/oz||4.9||Very Strong||4|
*We determined a green rating by averaging the health and environment ratings from Good Guide. Effectiveness was judged by looking up aggregate ratings and reading reviews on retailer sites and blogs.
**In the absence of a Good Guide rating, we researched the toxicity of individual ingredients.