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Project 8: Green Cleaning Supplies

The Fellowship was found to be using a variety of products with no particular theme or rules. Many had been brought in and donated by various members as the need arose. A group of members gathered to determine that the products we use should be safe for all including the youngest members of our Fellowship. They should also be as local as possible, and also effective in their purpose. Several brands were tried as to their effectiveness. The following brands are recommended for the immediate future and are available locally:

Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Dish Liquid

  • Ecover Dish Liquid–PFC
  • Seventh Generation Dish Liquid(not Clementine Zest or Citrus Ginger)— PFC and Walgreens
  • CitraSolve Dish Liquid—PFC
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Liquid(not Lemon Verbena)

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • Ecover, pine
  • CLR Bath and Kitchen Cleaner
  • Ecover Cream Scrub
  • Vinegar
  • Seventh Generation Natural Glass and Surface Cleaner—PFC and Walgreens
  • Simple Green Naturals Surface Care
  • Simple Green Concentrated Cleaner
  • Ecover All Purpose and Glass and Surface Cleaners
  • Method All Purpose Cleaner—Target and other places
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Surface Scrub
  • Vinegar, baking soda, and washing soda
  • Bon Ami—widely available
  • Ecover Cream Scrub
  • Vinegar, baking soda

Sink Cleanser

Paper Products

  • Seventh Generation, Emerald Cypress Fir—PFC and Walgreens
  • Recycled folded towels from Tundra online
  • Recycled toilet paper from Tundra online, or Earth Friendly available at Woodman’s
  • Hot cups and lids from Tundra online—recyclable and compostable

When and if the above products are not available, efforts to find suitable eco-friendly products will be made utilizing the Environmental Working Group’s website: www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners to help determine safety. Products are given a letter grade. It is suggested that grades of A, B, and C are acceptable, with an effort to stay in the A and B grades, when possible, with consideration of local production, too. J. R. Watkins and Mrs. Meyer’s products are locally produced.