Where can I get recommendations for the 'greenest' house cleaners and personal care products?
February 14, 2011 8:21 AM   Subscribe

Where can I get recommendations for the 'greenest' house cleaners and personal care products?

I want to reduce the ethical and chemical impact of our household. Is there a site that combines a no-animal-testing database (PETA's Cruelty-Free list) with chemical safety (like Skin Deep) with company ethics with product reviews/ratings (like, I don't know, Makeup Alley or Amazon)? It seems like GoodGuide is getting close on half of it, is there anything else?
posted by lemonade to Shopping (7 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
You might enjoy browsing archived The Green Lantern articles on Slate... they have covered house cleaning and personal care products from time to time.
posted by Perplexity at 8:32 AM on February 14, 2011

Not sure if the Ecover brand is available where you are, but I can attest that their Limescale Remover works a treat.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:43 AM on February 14, 2011

Look into the many astounding uses of baking soda.
posted by hermitosis at 8:48 AM on February 14, 2011 [2 favorites]

There's a cool little book/zine called Make Your Place by Raleigh Briggs which gives recipes for many types of house cleaners and personal care products using only vinegar, baking soda, borax, castile soap and the like. It's very charmingly done (handlettered and chatty) and everything I've made from there has worked well and is of course, green as all get out.
posted by apparently at 8:57 AM on February 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

YOu could try your local organic type store. They have a lot of selections.
posted by majortom1981 at 9:26 AM on February 14, 2011

seconding baking soda, adding vinegar.

together, these two substances can do damn near anything around the house.

another way to reduce your impact is to NEVER use a chemical drain cleaner. You can buy an auger (snake) at home depot for <$30, which you can use over and over to clean your drainpipes faster, more effectively, and with less environmental impact than drano and similar products.
posted by narcotizingdysfunction at 9:40 AM on February 14, 2011

The Environmental Working Group has a Cosmetics Database. They also have a Health Tips page that talks about looking for a Green Seal logo when shopping for household products .
posted by nathaole at 10:35 AM on February 14, 2011

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