Oh friends, I promised you that I would share my triumphs in this journey as well as my epic failures. So to make good on my claim, I bring you this post.
A few months ago I was in Walmart looking for a new alternative cleaner. I didn’t really think I would find anything, being that it’s Walmart and they tend to carry whatever’s cheapest, and typically eco-friendly things are not the cheapest. So there I was, staring at shelves and shelves of dish soap and bathroom cleaner, when I spotted Green Works. The packaging is pretty, there’s that little flower on the bottle, and there is some spiel on the back about no harsh chemicals and whatnot. Well, I grabbed that bottle of dish soap and I grabbed a bunch more of their products: bathroom cleaner, all purpose cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, window cleaner, etc. I thought I would trust the packaging for now (bad idea, *NEVER TRUST THE PACKAGING*) and look up the details later.
I forgot to look up the details later, but we continued buying Green Works. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know. We’re human and we’re dumb I guess?
Then, just a couple weeks ago, The Man finally got the bright idea to do a search for the best eco-friendly cleaning products, because we were putting together a gift basket for our cousins who are getting married this summer. Being the smart husband that he is, he went to the EWG website and punched in Green Works.
Green Works basically has more Fs than I’ve ever seen on any “green” product we’ve checked up on thus far.
Of 18 products reviewed and graded on the EWG A-F scale,
– 1 product scored a B,
– 4 products scored Cs,
– 13 products scored Fs.
That’s pretty dismal, compared to a lot of other eco cleaners (a post about this is on its way). The fact that there are so many alternative cleaners out there that score pretty well on the EWG scale tells me that Clorox, who makes Green Works, didn’t try very hard to actually be eco-friendly, but instead just wanted a piece of the green market pie.
Green Works, you won this round. But after our current supplies are finished, we will be switching and trying some new brands. So there!