Best Green Cleaners (2011)


A trip down the cleaning aisle in the grocery store can be a little overwhelming. Any product can call itself “green” or “natural,” but how do you really know which ones are safe for the environment and your family? We made sure that every one of the dozens of products on our reader survey is as green as its manufacturer claims. For help, we turned to our friends at Whole Foods Market, who have created an Eco-Scale rating system of cleaning products. They place ingredients in different eco-friendly categories: red (products containing those ingredients are not carried at Whole Foods Market), orange, yellow, and green (the highest, most eco-friendly level). For a product to be considered for a KIWI award, it had to clear the orange level, which means that it can currently be sold at Whole Foods Market and it contains ingredients KIWI staff feel comfortable recommending to families. (You can find the Whole Foods Market Eco-Scale at wholefoodsmarket.com/eco-scale.)

In the kitchen

Dish soap

#1: Seventh Generation
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Dishwasher liquid

#1: Seventh Generation
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Dishwasher powder

#1: Seventh Generation
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Dishwasher pellets

#1: Seventh Generation
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Rinsing agent

#1: Seventh Generation
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Oven cleaner

#1: Nature Clean
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Countertop cleaner

#1: Method
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Stainless steel cleaner

#1: Earth Friendly Products
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In the bathroom

Tub and tile cleaner

#1: Seventh Generation
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Glass cleaner

#1: Seventh Generation
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Toilet bowl cleaner

#1: Clorox Green Works
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For floor and furniture

Carpet and upholstery cleaner

#1: Clorox Green Works
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Hardwood and linoleum cleaner

#1: Method
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Wood and furniture polish

#1: Method
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For laundry

Liquid or powder detergent

#1: Seventh Generation
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Whitening detergent

#1: Clorox Green Works
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Fabric softener

#1: Seventh Generation
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Dryer sheets

#1: Seventh Generation
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Baby laundry detergent

#1: Seventh Generation
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Stain remover

#1: Clorox Green Works
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For anywhere

All-purpose spray

#1: Seventh Generation
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All-purpose gel, cream, or powder

#1: 20 Mule Team Borax
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Air freshener

#1: Citrus Magic
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All-purpose wipes

#1: Seventh Generation
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