Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent, White Flower & Bergamot Citrus
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Natural Laundry Detergent

Why it’s green: This detergent is nontoxic and biodegradable, free of phosphates and optical brighteners, hypoallergenic, safe for septic and grey-water systems, not tested on animals, and kosher-certified.

What we thought: “I pretty much thought it would be like ‘hippie’ Woolite and would be too delicate to really clean, but I was wrong. All of my clothes--even the gross gym and yard clothes--came out perfectly clean. And the scent, while subtle, is really nice.”
-Kim Turnbull, MyHomeIdeas.com

Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent, White Flower & Bergamot Citrus
$14.39
Available at Greenzer.com


Clorox Green Works Cleaner
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Clorox Green Works Cleaner

Why it’s green: This all-purpose cleaner is 99% natural and made from plant and mineral-based ingredients.

What we thought: "I really like this product. It did the same quality level of cleaning (as far as I can tell) without leaving any kind of a bleach/chemical/toxic smell. I’m not going to lie: I’ve been hardwired to equate ‘bleachy chemical smell’ with ‘clean,’ but I’m working to break away from that. This one just smells nice, and I could read all the ingredients on the back without trouble."
–Ashley Johnson, MyRecipes.com

Clorox Green Works Cleaner
$5.49 (34-ounce bottle)
Available at Drugstore.com


Method Wood for Good Microfiber Cloth
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Method Wood Cloth

Why it’s green: This wood-cleaning wipe is made from 100% bamboo fibers, as well as biodegradable ingredients.

What we thought: “The almond scent is scintillating. While the wipe cleans wooden surfaces well and leaves a nice shine, it also leaves a bit of an oily residue and doesn't do much to prevent future stains. But it smells great!”
–Amy Guyer, MyHomeIdeas.com

Method Wood for Microfiber Cloth
$5
Available at Target


Twist Naked Sponges
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Twist Naked Sponges

Why they're green: This sponge is 100% biodegradable and made without dyes.

What we thought: “It's a dense, soft sponge that's super thick and super absorbent, doesn't get ‘ratty,’ and does a great job with my dishes. It holds soap and lathers really well, and if it were priced competitively compared to its conventional counterparts, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.”
-Charlene Dy, MyRecipes.com

Twist Naked Sponges
$3 for 2
Available at E3 Living


365 Paper Plates
Courtesy of Whole Foods

365 Paper Plates

Why they're green: They are made from recycled products.

What we thought: “These paper plates are comparable to Chinet plates and were a good size and very durable. I would definitely buy them again.”
-Zoe Gowen, MyHomeIdeas.com

365 Paper Plates
$3
Available at Whole Foods


Clearly Natural Soap
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Clearly Natural Soap

Why it’s green: Made with natural vegetable ingredients, this soap doesn’t use animal byproducts and comes in 13 different natural scents.

What we thought: “I first tried this bar of soap as a hand soap because I have a personal rule against traditional bar soaps in the shower--they dry out my skin. Once I realized how soft and moist it left my skin feeling, I decided to make an exception and now use this in the shower.”
-Holley Johnson, MyRecipes.com

Clearly Natural Glycerine Bar Soap
$2
Available at Clearly Natural Soaps


Seventh Generation Paper Towels
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Paper Towels

Why it’s green: Made from 100% recycled paper, these towels are hypoallergenic and whitened without chemicals containing bleach.

What we thought: "Compared to conventional paper towels, these were noticeably less soft, with less ‘loft’ or springiness. I couldn't tell if they were more or less absorbent than my regular brand. They have a coarse texture and are dun-colored, reminding me of the rough paper towels in my old middle school bathrooms."
-Charlene Dy, MyRecipes.com

Seventh Generation Paper Towels
$2
Available at Wellness Grocer


oMop Sweeper Dusters
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oMop Sweeper Dusters

Why they're green: These sweeping cloths are compostable and made from corn.

What we thought: "We normally use the Swiffer cloths or another similar brand to dust at home on furniture, picture frames, and windowsills, but these cloths worked as well as other brands we have used. They seemed a little thicker than other ones."
-Jim Sheetz, MyRecipes.com

oMop Sweeper Dusters
$5 (for 16 cloths)
Available at Method


Tom’s of Maine Natural Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste, Spearmint
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Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste

Why it’s green: This toothpaste is flavored with all-natural oils and has no added artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or dyes.

What we thought: "I liked it. It made my teeth feel clean. The only difference is that the minty flavor did not hold out as long as other toothpastes. I’d consider buying it again."
-Zoe Gowen, MyHomeIdeas.com

Tom’s of Maine Natural Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste, Spearmint
$5
Available at Drugstore.com


Clean Well Ginger Bergamot Soap
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Clean Well Soap

Why it’s green: According to the package, this hand soap doesn't use any toxic chemicals. Instead, it's made with Ingenium, a plant-based formula that the company claims kills 99.9% of harmful germs.

What we thought: “I liked that it had no dyes and that it was a foaming hand wash. I found the bergamot and ginger smell pleasantly invigorating, though not particularly neutral. (I could smell it for a long time on my hands if I washed them before going to bed, and it's the kind of aroma that would keep you up.) It also didn't seem to dry out my skin, which was nice. My only beef with the soap is that it ran out very quickly. In the bottle it's a thin liquid rather than a gel, and it only lasted me about a month in my bathroom. My regular hand soap seems to last a lot longer.”
-Charlene Dy, MyRecipes.com

Clean Well Ginger Bergamot Soap
$5.66 (9.5-ounce bottle)
Available at MotherNature.com


GreenWise Paper Napkins
Courtesy of Publix

GreenWise Paper Napkins

Why they're green: They’re made from recycled paper.

What we thought: “These napkins actually seemed like lesser quality than others. They tore very easily and were not very absorbent. I most likely would not buy them again and would prefer to use cloth napkins.”
-Zoe Gowen, MyHomeIdeas.com

Greenwise Paper Napkins
$2
Available at Publix


Method Stainless Steel Wipes
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Method Stainless Steel Cleaner

Why it’s green: It’s nontoxic and made of naturally derived ingredients. The packaging is 100% recycled plastic and biodegradable formula.

What we thought: “I really liked this product. It’s has a fresh scent, and it doesn’t leave streaks on anything. I was very happy to find a product that is eco-friendly and specifically made for cleaning stainless steel.”
-Dawn Williams, MyHomeIdeas.com

Method Stainless Steel Cleaner
$6 (for 30 wipes)
Available at Drugstore.com


Green Works Dilutable cleaner
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Green Works Dilutable Cleaner

Why it’s green: It cleans without any residue or chemical fumes and is made with biodegradable plant- and mineral-based ingredients.

What we thought: “I was expecting this to be a little weaker than the Lysol I typically use, but this super concentrated cleaner is great and has a very fresh smell. But since it is concentrated, only use a capful in a bucket of water or else you’ll end up with a floor of suds like I first did.”
-Kim Turnbull, MyHomeIdeas.com

Green Works Dilutable cleaner
$4 (28-ounce bottle)
Available at CityLiving.com


Method Le Scrub
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Method Le Scrub

Why it’s green: This deep cleaner is made without any harsh chemicals. Some of the ingredients include: milled marble, coconut oil-derived surfactants, purified clay, eucalyptus oil, fragrance oil blend, and purified water.

What we thought: “They claim this cleaner is more reminiscent of a spa treatment than a bathroom cleaner, and in a way it is. It smells great--better than some of the lotions and shampoos I’ve tried. The best part is that the gentle abrasive cleaner really works. I used it in the bathroom and kitchen.”
-Kim Turnbull, MyHomeIdeas.com

Method Le Scrub
$6
Available at MethodHome.com


Seventh Generation Baby Wipes
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Baby Wipes

Why they're green: These wipes are moistened with aloe vera, vitamin E, and water. Unlike other baby wipes, these don’t use chlorine or contain alcohol, which can irritate sensitive skin.

What we thought: “They are really thin and have a weird chemical odor. I suspect they aren’t supposed to smell like anything. I’m sorry to say, but these are so ineffective, I traded back to my old Huggies wipes before the box was empty.”
-Lydia Somerville, MyHomeIdeas.com

Seventh Generation Baby Wipes
$7 (80-count)
Available at GrassRootsStore.com


Greenwise Bathroom Tissue
Courtesy of Publix

Greenwise Bathroom Tissue

Why it’s green: It’s made from 100% recycled paper.

What we thought: “Truth be told, I didn’t have high expectations, but this tissue was pretty much the same as other brands. Mission accomplished!”
-Kim Turnbull, MyHomeIdeas.com

Greenwise Bathroom Tissue
$2 Available at Publix


Greenwise Charlie’s Soap
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Charlie’s Soap

Why it’s green: It is made with a unique blend of biodegradable, coconut-based detergents and is high-grade, completely soluble, Green River washing soda.

What we thought: “This detergent promised to clean everything (grease, blood, and red clay), including the clear residue left by other cleaners. At first, I was skeptical that the small amount (1/8 of a cup or 3½ capfuls) could really clean a whole load of clothes, but I was proved wrong. The clothes came out feeling remarkably clean and smelling great. The bag is much smaller and a bit more expensive than other detergents, but since such a small amount is required to clean a load, it lasts a long time.”
-Abbi Masters, MyHomeIdeas.com

Charlie’s Soap
$13
Available at CharlieSoap.com


Simple Green
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Simple Green

Why it’s green: It is an environmentally sensitive nontoxic cleaner.

What we thought: “This is a good all-purpose cleaner that has a more gentle smell than some other chemical-laden products that I use in the house. I’m excited to start using this line of products for all of my cleaning needs.”
-Holley Johnson, MyRecipes.com

Simple Green
$5
Available at several locations. For more information on where to find the products: SimpleGreen.com


Seventh Generation Shower Cleaner
Courtesy of Seventh Generation Shower Cleaner

Natural Shower Cleaner

Why it’s green: It’s nontoxic, biodegradable, and contains no harsh fumes.

What we thought: “The smell isn't quite as abrasive as your average soap-scum remover. It works just as well as any non-green bathroom cleaners I've used.”
-Amy Guyer, MyHomeIdeas.com

Seventh Generation Shower Cleaner
$6 (32-ounce bottle)
Available at OrganicDirect.com


ECover Cream Scrub
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ECover Cream Scrub

Why it’s green: This is made with plant-based ingredients, has a minimum impact on aquatic life, is biodegradable, and is approved by the Vegan Society.

What we thought: “I always dread the task of cleaning my bathroom, but knowing that I wasn’t hurting the environment made it easier. The scrub was great on my white shower tile--I just put the scrub on a sponge, cleaned the tiles, and rinsed it all off. My shower was so clean and smelled great.”
-Abbi Masters, MyHomeIdeas.com

Ecover Cream Scrub
$3 (16-ounce bottle)
Available at GoodEarth.com


Seventh Generation Dishwashing Gel
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Dishwasher Gel

Why it’s green: This detergent is nontoxic and contains no chlorine, bleach, phosphates, or dyes.

What we thought: “The lavender aroma was mild, and I didn't notice any difference in the cleanliness of my dishes compared to when I used a conventional cleaner. It claims that it's nontoxic and biodegradable; it's ‘green’ because it's not a petroleum-based soap, and therefore it helps to cut our dependence on oil.”
-Charlene Dy, MyRecipes.com

Seventh Generation Dishwasher Gel
$3.84 (45-ounce bottle)
Available at Drugstore.com


Palmolive Eco
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Palmolive Eco

Why it’s green: It’s phosphate-free, which means it’s better for lakes and streams.

What we thought: “In an effort to save energy and money, I have started to only run my dishwasher when it is completely to-the-brim full of dishes. Palmolive Eco was able to handle the full load, and everything came out clean and streak-free.”
-Abbi Masters, MyHomeIdeas.com

Palmolive Eco
$5 (45-ounce bottle)
Available at HomeAndBeyond.com


Seventh Generation Tall Kitchen Bags
Courtesy of Seventh Generation

Tall Kitchen Bags

Why they're green: They are made of recycled plastic, plus they save natural resources and reduce pollution.

What we thought: “I was excited to try these but disappointed with the durability. Every time I pulled them out of the trashcan, the tops would pull apart around the drawstring. After two days, my husband threw them in the trash. They may be good for light loads, but they didn’t work in our kitchen.”
-Dawn Williams, MyHomeIdeas.com

Seventh Generation Tall Kitchen Bags
$5 (for 20 bags)
Available at GreenFeet.com


Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent
Courtesy of Seventh Generation

Natural Dishwashing Detergent

Why it’s green: The product is phosphate- and chlorine-free. The package says it reduces the risk of harm to lakes and ponds and keeps chlorine’s dangers out of the environment. It’s also not tested on animals and contains no animal ingredients.

What we thought: “It has a nice, fresh lemon scent. I was surprised at how well it cleaned the dishes. The only major difference I noticed is that it didn’t seem to have any sort of drying agent.”
-Dawn Williams, MyHomeIdeas.com

Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent
$5 (45-ounce bottle)
Available at Blue Heron Organics


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