Good Green Cleaner takes the task of cleaning and strips it down to the basics with natural ingredients, responsible material sourcing and attention to waste reduction.
In the cleaning business for decades, owner Maureen Bergmann realized the devastating implications of cleaners laden with chemicals. The company said, “As Maureen worked to bring these good green cleaners to market, she uncovered overwhelming evidence that ingredients found in common household cleaners are linked to cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and respiratory issues. She didn’t want people exposed to these toxins in their home and she didn’t want them and the plastic bottles that housed them deposited in our environment.”
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As a result, Maureen worked with partners in Europe to bring their innovative concentrate cap to the United States. This puts the power of the cleaners in a condensed form that’s easily used and recycled. Consumers purchase the initial kit, which includes one reusable 32-ounce bottle (946 ml), one reusable spray cap and one recyclable refill pod. After filling the bottle with water, the refill pod twists onto the top in a process that releases the highly-condensed cleaner into the bottle.
The safety features on the pods reduce risk of accidental ingestion, while also eliminating spills. Each pod provides a pre-measured quantity so there’s no measuring or excess waste involved. When the cleaner runs out, the same bottle is refilled using a refill pod. With regular use, each spray bottle is expected to last 10 to 12 months, at which point it can be recycled.
Since 2017 all operations, from production to the office, have been 100% carbon neutral. To offset the company’s carbon footprint from manufacturing, Good Green Cleaner contributes to a program battling deforestation in Uganda, where wood and charcoal are essential for daily cooking. The program reduces carbon emissions and usage through the introduction and increased availability of high-efficiency stoves.
At the end of the Good Green Cleaner production line, all wastewater undergoes treatment to ensure it doesn’t contribute to pollution, and waste is sorted to maximize reuse and recycling.
The product design of Good Green Cleaners results in significantly less shipping emissions and packaging waste. With replacement pods taking up about 1/18th the space of premixed cleaners, that means less trucks on the road and reduced transport emissions and storage requirements.
The company makes four primary cleaning solutions. The Odor Eliminator and All-Purpose Cleaner is safe for a wide variety of surfaces including stone, tile, wood, fabric, stainless steel and clothing. It’s formulated to address strong odors from food, pet stains, vomit, grease and more. It’s also safe in dishwashers and washing machines as well as drains and septic systems.
Secondly, the Glass and Multi Surface cleaner is a bio-based, cruelty-free formula for glass and mirrors, tile, stone, wood and stainless steel inside or outside the home. Next is the Kitchen Cleaner & Degreaser, which is eco-friendly and biodegradable, formulated for use on grease and grime in and around cooking and other surfaces. Finally, the Bathroom Tub and Tile cleaner is specially made to cut through soap scum, grime and residue on all bathroom surfaces.
Good Green Cleaner product review
The company provided a sample kit that included a reusable bottle and three pods of each type of cleaner. I’ve spent the past few days cleaning a variety of surfaces in my home, so I guess I’m grateful for the motivation.
Glass and Multi Surface cleaner
I love the glass cleaner. I’ve been attacking one window at a time with outstanding results. With seven animals and three kids, I have plenty of surfaces to test. It works much better than the typical store-bought blue stuff. Not only does it remove the standard build up, but it quickly cuts through grime.
Bathroom Tub and Tile cleaner
This is a basic bathroom cleaner that handles the job across the board. From my dated cabinets and countertops to the toilet and shower surround, it did what it’s supposed to do.
Kitchen Cleaner and Degreaser
This ties with the glass cleaner as my favorite product. It cuts through everything I’ve thrown at it, from tomato sauce to who knows what on the refrigerator handle. I’d be happy to provide the “after” pictures of my fridge, but the before picture would be too embarrassing. Take my word on it, this product does the job and does it well.
Odor Eliminator and All-purpose cleaner
It’s another great product. My favorite use so far is on the carpet. I used it to clean up dog vomit multiple times, and it performed well without bleaching out the color. It also exceeded my expectations on my rough-textured walls.
In conclusion, I feel good about grabbing any bottle of Good Green Cleaner.
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Editor’s Note: This product review is not sponsored by Good Green Cleaner. All opinions on the products and company are the author’s own.