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A Truly Magical (Organical) Soap

by Cristina Foung

My favorite green product of the week: Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-In-One Classic Castile Liquid Soap

What is it?
If you’re looking for a low-barrier-to-entry green product, you can’t beat a bottle of soap. Dr. Bronner’s classic castile soap is all-purpose: it can be used for body-washing, household cleaning, toothbrushing, and even clothes washing.

Why is it better?
Dr. Bronner’s is 100% organic (certified by Oregon Tilth and the USDA National Organic Program). It’s also fair trade (certified by the IMO). On the business side, they take good care of their employees, cap executive pay at five times the lowest-paid position, and all their profit not needed for business development goes to support various charities and causes.

Beyond those two seals of approval, the soap is fully biodegradable and vegetable-based. It’s also bottled in 100% post-consumer recycled containers and paper labels.

And they say it has 18 uses! I can’t speak to all of those uses, but it works fantastically as hand soap and an all-purpose house cleaner.

Where can you find it?
You can get a 16 oz. bottle from the Dr. Bronner’s website for $8.99 (or you can pick it up at your local Whole Foods).

Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at Huddler.com, which focuses on electric cars, energy efficient appliances, and other green products.

Biokleen: Makes the 3-Second Rule Obsolete

by Cristina Foung

My favorite green product of the week: Biokleen All Purpose Spray and Wipe Cleaner

What is it?
Biokleen Spray and Wipe is a concentrated cleaner made with surfactants, wetting agents, and degreasers from coconut and/or corn, grapefruit seed, and pulp extracts, cold-pressed Valencia orange oil, linear sulfonate, and filtered water. It works on any water safe surface, including stainless steel, desks, kid toys, and more.

Why is it better?
First of all, it’s a solid cleaner – I’ve tried it on a variety of surfaces, including my desk, the inside and outside of a microwave, the top of the toilet tank, my car trunk and window (and my car’s pretty dirty). In comparison to conventional cleaners, it doesn’t have any noxious smell (in fact, it doesn’t smell like much at all except for a hint of citrus).

But beyond those cleaning basics, it’s biodegradable and non-toxic. There’s no animal testing involved (and no animal ingredients). And as it says on the bottle, “concentrated = fewer fillers = less waste = less packaging = less energy used in shipping = more value for everyone.” And that equation rocks my socks.

Also, in terms of human/plant/animal/environmental health, it contains no phosphate, cholorine, ammonia, petroleum solvents, alcohol, butyl, glycol ether, SLS or SLES, EDTA, DEA, SARA Title III/CA 65/EPA priority pollutants, or materials listed by the ACGIH as hazardous. I don’t quite know what all of those acronyms stand for…but I sure like not having them around!

Where can you find it?
Check out the Biokleen website for a store locator. One 32 oz. bottle costs $5.50.

But you can get it for free! (Once again, here’s a little shameless self-promotion to start your day.) If you head on over to the Green Home Huddle, you can enter a contest to win Biokleen Spray and Wipe plus a bunch of other cool stuff, by sharing your green product knowledge with the world!

Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at Huddler.com, which focuses on electric cars, energy efficient appliances, and other green products.