Family Tested Eco-Cleaners


Attitude: Sustainable Wellbeing All Purpose Cleaner
Tested by Sharon Snyder, mom of Chris, 15, and Janelle, 13, Winnipeg

Size: 800 mL
Price: $5.99
Ingredients: Water, caprylyl glucoside, myristyl glucoside, alcohol, fragrance (derived from natural ingredients).
Features: EcoLogo certified; CO2 neutral; biodegradable; hypoallergenic; fragrances do not contain carcinogens, mutagens or toxic-for-reproduction compounds; vegan; not tested on animals; manufactured with 100 percent renewable energy; free of carcinogens
Feedback: “I was amazed at the cleaning power of this product. It works much better than most other cleansers I use. I didn’t need to use much elbow grease to clean dried-on food, and it is very gentle on my hands. I love the scent, too.”

Nature Clean Multi-surface Cleaner
Tested by Julianne Ball, Mom of Logan, 6, and Sophie, 3, Ajax, ont.

Size: 946 mL
Price: $4.49
Ingredients: Water, decyl glucoside, sodium citrate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium silicate, tetrasodium iminodisuccinate, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil,
citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil.
Features: Contains tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic; 99.2 percent natural ingredients derived from plants, minerals and essential oils; no preservatives; no harsh fumes; not tested on animals; free of ethoxylated alcohols, petroleum solvents, sulphates, dyes and synthetic perfumes.
Feedback: “It did a great job on the toilet and soap scum on the tub tiles:
I was able to wipe clean with a cloth instead of scrubbing. I wasn’t worried about the ingredients—really important with two small kids who like to help.”

Sapadilla Countertop Cleanser
Tested by Iveta Jarcicova, mom of Carmen, 13, Rodrigo, 11, Trudy, 9, Diego, 7, and Erika, 2, Langley, B.C.

Size: 475 mL
Price: $7.95
Ingredients: Purified water, coco glucoside, ethyl alcohol, lactic acid, sodium citrate, essential oils of peppermint, rosemary, clove and sweet orange, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate.
Features: Plant-based ingredients; biodegradable; contains lactic acid, a natural antimicrobial and effective on bacteria, mould and mildew; not tested on animals; free of synthetic fragrances and colours.
Feedback: “It’s a great product! I used it on my kitchen countertops and in the bathroom, and it cleaned great, removed all the dirt and has an added benefit of a fresh scent—I love that it contains essential oils. And it didn’t irritate my skin.”

Eco-Max Hypo-allergenic All Purpose Cleaner
Tested by Sharon Hogan, mom of Samantha, 21, David, 18, and Michael, 12, Newmarket, Ont.

Size: 710 mL
Price: $4.99
Ingredients: Water, plant-based alkyl poly­glycosides, food-grade sodium citrate, food-grade citric acid.
Plant-based formula; biodegradable and recyclable packaging; safe for fish and marine life; EcoLogo certified; ingredients derived from biodegradable, renewable and sustainable resources; free of petroleum-based solvents, dyes and fragrances.
Feedback: “I took this to all the stuck-on dirt I could find and, to my amazement, it kept working. I have two boys and my doors get pretty grimy—I usually have to use something strong on them, and it worked!”

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