Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Have you heard of EcoMom? If you have been following my blog for any length of time, I know the answer to that is a resounding YES. Here at our house we love EcoMom.com. They offer great prices on everything from organic baby food to non-toxic toys and even green cleaners. EcoMom has a huge selection of anything you could need to make your home healthy, eco-friendly and toxin-free. I love that there are brands carried that I know and trust and also that I am able to learn about new brands and products each time I shop on their website.
Something I want to make sure you know about is the EcoPass that EcoMom offers. It is $100 a year; however, that means you receive 15% off of every order and also free shipping on EVERY ORDER! It really wouldn't take long to get your money back on the investment. This is especially true if you are planning on purchasing your baby food, starting your cloth diaper stash or buying another recurring item from their shop.
Another feature of EcoMom that I adore is everything that is in their shop is "EcoMom Approved". This means that all of the items the shop carries have been evaluated as the safest and healthiest products for you and your family. They use research from well known organizations such as Heathy Child Healthy World and the Environmental Working Group in order to come up with their list of approved items. You can find more information on their website.
Recently, I had the opportunity to try out a few of EcoMom's green cleaners. I was sent the full line of Bon Ami cleaners in Tangerine and Thyme scent. The pack included a liquid cleanser, powder cleanser, all purpose cleaner and also dish soap.
The first thing I noticed about the cleaners is the simple packaging. There is minimal coloring on the labels. I also received some bottles that looked funny. The color was off. Come to find out, there is actually a note about this on the package. Bon Ami only uses 100% post-consumer recycled (and recyclable) PET for the containers which is why the bottles may appear to be different colors. Awesome!
Bon Ami has been around since 1886, before harsh chemicals were ever added to household cleaners. All of their products use natural ingredients and oils. They have an ingredient list on their website and to my glee, I can pronounce every single ingredient listed. There are no synthetics, no bleaching agents, and no fabricated scents. Also, for those that need it, there is a free & clear line in case you or your family are sensitive to scents. And, to top it off, their products are biodegradable!
This all is absolutely incredible. I am always looking for products that I feel comfortable using around my children. We try not to use cleaners that have harsh chemicals or bleach for several reasons. One is that we have a curious toddler who is into EVERYTHING. It makes me sick to my stomach to think about what would happen if he ever thought one of those cleaners was something fun to drink. (Not that it is safe to drink Bon Ami or other green cleaners, but at least it isn't bleach...) Another reason is I am a believer that these chemicals are causing asthma, allergies and maybe even more severe illnesses and disorders in children. I don't feel like a child with developing body systems should be exposed to such severe cleaning and chemical agents.
Now, the final test: Do these cleaners actually work? I put all of the cleaners to the test in our apartment. I scrubbed sinks, tubs, counters, dishes, etc. I found that I really like these cleaners! We even found another purpose for the all-purpose cleaner. We used it on carpet stains. Let's just say that Xavier had a bit of a stomach bug and missed his diaper...and then a couple days later Xavier's buddy had an upset stomach that included some projectile action. (Such is life when you and your friends start having children!) The all-purpose cleaner took the stains right up off of the carpet! (Common sense note: Please test a small area of your carpet before using it this way. We didn't have any issues with color coming out, but obviously I can't promise you won't.) I also really liked the liquid cleanser. It works just as the powder cleanser does; however, it was perfect for use on vertical areas -- think wall tile -- and made everything look sparkly new. Squirt. Scrub. Beautiful!
Ok, so I said that the performance of the cleaners was the final test, but I lied. After I found how much I like these products I logged onto EcoMom to see how much they cost. There are several times I go to the grocery to scope out some eco and baby-friendly cleaners and gasp when I see the price. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the price of Bon Ami. They range from just $1.89 to $4.00. All of these bottles were full-size and will last a long time, so I feel that this is a great deal. I don't have to be rich to use it!
So now that I've talked about Bon Ami, would you like the chance to win some? Good! EcoMom is offering one lucky winner a $35 gift code to their store that will cover any Bon Ami products and also shipping! A set of the cleaners that I received is only $12.87 so this will cover more than one of each cleaner!
A BIG thank you to EcoMom for the giveaway and also for letting me review Bon Ami!
Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Good luck!
I received samples of each of the Bon Ami cleaners for reviewing purposes. This did not change my view of Bon Ami or EcoMom.com. These are my opinions and your experience may vary.
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