Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Nature’s Source Natural Cleaner Review

Cleaning products and methods are an easy and inexpensive way to go green or to start greening your home. I get email from readers who want to clean green but don’t want to make their own cleaning products. I get email from other readers who are interested in some of the cleaners I’ve reviewed but can’t find them locally or want to buy them on line because shipping and handling charges sometimes double the price of the product itself.

That’s why when SC Johnson presented me with the opportunity to try and review their Nature’s Source Natural Cleaners I said yes. I hoped that if a greener cleaner found in a typical grocery store worked well and if it is as natural as the company claims then it might be an option for my fabulous readers who don’t have access to specialty stores that sell green cleaners.

I tried all four cleaners in the Nature’s Source line the Natural All-Purpose Cleaner, Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner, Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner, and Natural Bathroom Cleaner. All smelled good but weren’t overly scented, which now that I switched over to more natural cleaning products bugs me even more that it used to (and it did quite a bit.) The Natural All-Purpose Cleaner and Natural Glass and Surface Cleaner both worked well. They do not contain ammonia, bleach, or phosphorus. I think that either or both of these cleaners would be a good option for those of you who don’t like cleaning with vinegar because of the smell. In fact, all of the cleaners in the Nature’s Source line had a nice herbaly (is that a real word?) scent.

My only complaint is that the design of the Natural All-Purpose Cleaner and the Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner bottles and the labels look too much alike. I’d frequently grab the Glass & Surface Cleaner out from under the sink when I thought I had the All-purpose Cleaner and vice versa.

But what I really liked were the both bathroom cleaners. We eat lots of veggies and grains in The Condo and um, well, there is frequent need for the cleaning of toilets. I generally use vinegar and baking soda as a foaming toilet cleaner. It works OK but requires extra scrubbing with the toilet brush (I can’t bring myself to clean the inside of a toilet bowl with a rag or sponge – EWWWW!) Cleaning the toilet was like night and day when I used the Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner. No extra scrubbing with the toilet brush, only a minimal swooshing and the bowl was clean. So much easier than the borax soaking in the toilet method too. I like.

I also liked the Natural Bathroom Cleaner which cleaned the shower and tub – always high on my dreaded cleaning task list – nicely. And even though the Natural Bathroom Cleaner and the Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner both sport the Scrubbing Bubbles logo on their labels, they do not contain its harmful chemicals. All of the Nature’s Source cleaners are made with plant based ingredients. In fact, SC Johnson discloses what the ingredients are in all of their cleaners on What’s Inside SC Johnson. I really appreciate this and wish more companies would do the same.

It’s also good to know that the bottles are recyclable and that the triggers, while not recyclable, are made in a factory that uses renewable energy. Nice touch.

There may be some of you out that won’t try the Nature’s Source products just on principle. SC Johnson makes other products with not so environmentally friendly chemicals. It’s true. But the Nature’s Source products are what the company says they are – all are plant based cleaners. And in this world of supply and demand, if you want a large company to change their ways, then encourage them to make the environmentally friendly products by buying them and making it a profitable product line.

All and all, I like the Nature’s Source products. Not any more expensive than a conventional chemical laden cleaner and definitely a greener cleaning choice for those of you who live in areas that don’t have a wide variety of green shopping options.

Disclosure: I recieved free Nature's Source products so I could conduct this review - how else will I know what they clean like? I didn't get paid to conduct this review. This post contains affiliate links but I didn't give the products a positive review just so you would buy them via my affliate link. As much as I hate to admit, the products are as green as they say they are and clean very well.  If you make a purchase using the link in this post, I earn a small commission (really small) which will help me with my goal of making Condo Blues a self hosted blog at no additional cost to you.