Green Shopping: Round One
I have a confession to make, until I watched Oprah the other day I had no idea that Method products were eco-friendly. I thought they were the Target brand cleaning products. I have always loved their packaging (I am a sucker for great packaging) but that alone wasn't enough to make me switch from my trusted cleaning supplies. In the spirit of going green, I decided to give them a try. I actually tried this once before, right after Zoe was born, but my housekeeper Linda was less than thrilled with the products I had purchased (they weren't Method) so I switched back.
I think that the cleaning supplies are going to be my biggest challenge going green. This is where my germophobia kicks in. I bleach the crap out of everything in our house. I have Clorox wipes under every sink in our house (and car) for spontaneous cleaning and sanitizing. (Feel free to leave the blog now if my neurotic tendencies are freaking you out). I also carry Purell with me everywhere, but that is for another post. Eco-friendly products don't have any bleach in them b/c that is not good for the environment. Sigh.
You know what though? These products are actually really good! So far I have cleaned the bathroom with the wipes (I did the toilet area with my Clorox wipes. I am not quite ready to give them up yet…and I am not just going to throw them away!). The Method wipes do work really well and smell very nice. The best part? They are flushable and biodegradable. Love that. I had mistakenly assumed that the wipes I had been using were biodegradable. Nope. I also used the Tub & Tile Spray on the shower. While it doesn't work as well as KaBoom! it does work well. It just takes a bit more elbow grease.
Now for my product rave. The O-Mop is awesome. I used it last night to clean the kitchen floors and was blown away. This was another area of contention for me. I love my Mr. Clean scrubber mop thingy and didn't want to part with it. It works like a swiffer but the cloths stay on better AND you can remove the head and use that to scrub the bathtub or whatever. The O-Mop blows it away. Seriously. The microfiber cloth sticks easily to the mop head and stays securly in place. It cleans better than anything I have ever used. It is fantastic. The cleaner that comes with the starter kit smells divine and drizzles easily out of the bottle. You simply rinse the microfiber cloth when you are done and air dry or you can stick it in the washing machine. The starter pack also comes with three dry floor clothes that are 100% biodegradable and stay securely on the O-Mop. I give this product two thumbs way up! As soon as I use up the last of my Mr. Clean floor clothes, the mop thingy it is getting donated without shedding a single tear.
Next up, the Vanilla Apple air freshener. Mmmmmm. Yummy. This is another point of contingency for me. I adore the Kitchen Spice Wallflowers from Bath & Body Works. I searched for years to find a fragrance that I liked that didn't give me a headache and finally found it. Again though, it is essentially just a bunch of chemicals. The Method air fresheners are made of all natural essential oils…no chemicals. When I think about it that way it makes switching a little bit easier. Who wants to breathe in a bunch of chemicals? That can't be good for you.
I will post more reviews as I purchase more products. I am working into this slowly and am going to use up the products that I have before I buy more. Really, it would be more harmful for the environment to just throw them all away at once anyway. Plus, I am trying to be fiscally responsible as well as environmentally responsible.