I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox Green Works and received a bottle of Green Works Natural Detergent and Stain Remover to facilitate my review and a $20 thank-you gift certificate.
Now, on to the review!
Honestly, I have been quite skeptical of using any cleaning products that say they are green and plant based. Consumers are inundated with products screaming from the shelves that claim to be green, but aren't really. The industry just doesn't have a good handle on how to regulate that kind of thing. Not that I want any more regulation in my life . . . And I just haven't been impressed with what I've been hearing about plant based cleaners.
Having said that, since the Green Works line is from Clorox, a brand I trust, I was happy to try out their natural detergent and stain remover. Boy am I impressed. I threw my nastiest laundry in the washer to really test out the detergent. By the time the washer cycle was finished my whole laundry room smelled amazing. And the clothes looked and smelled great too.
And then I treated my daughter's winter coat with the stain remover. You know how the cuffs and edges of the coat attract the most dirt? Well, I just sprayed on the stain remover, rubbed in a bit, let it sit for a couple of minutes while I treated my sons' underclothes (I'll leave the details of THAT to your imagination. You are welcome) and then threw them all in the washer. I even used cold water, even though it was recommended to use the warmest water possible for the fabric. 'Cuz I'm cheap like that.
I am happy with the results. It didn't get out all the stains because, let's face it, they'd been there for ages, but it got most of them out. And that surprised me.
So, the big question is "Will I buy this product on my own. Without any incentive?" The answer is a little complicated. When I was approached with this offer to try out Clorox Green Works laundry line, I was already convinced that I wanted to try and make my own laundry detergent. I have not done so because one of the ingredients that I need is not available in my (mostly rural) area. I thought making my own detergent would be the most inexpensive and the most green that I possibly could be. Of course if I end up having to ship in that one ingredient, then it may not be any less expensive or green.
If that proves to be the case, then I will be buying detergent at the store and Clorox Green Works is what I will buy. Assuming the price is comparable to other brands. 'Cuz I did mention that I am cheap like that, right?