Review of Greenshield Organic products made by Greenology Product, Inc based in Raleigh, NC. As always expectations, water types, severity of dirtiness, etc. differ—these are my experiences with these products. GreenShield offers a line of USDA certified detergents & cleaners containing all of the basics you could need for your home. They do not test their products on animals, unless you consider this tidbit that I learned about their origins: “Our chemistry can trace its origins to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Birds & other Wild Life were cleaned with our safe, oil removing chemistries. Motivated by those brief moments of ecological success, today, we are an even more determined company, focused on raising the bar of standards in our industry.”
The EWG cleaning database rates 16 of their products at an A (10/14) or B (4/14): (http://www.ewg.org/guides/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=GreenShield&page=1&per_page=15&x=0&y=0) which is what originally brought this company to my attention (searching the products that scored an A with EWG). I’ve had them on my ‘Approved’ list for quite some time, but have never seen their products on the shelves of the stores I shop in, or heard from many of you on this page who’ve tried them so I was very happy when they agreed to send me a few products to sample to get a feel for the line.
I have to tell you that it was a very pleasant experience opening the box, lifting out the products and seeing that USDA certified stamp. I’m a huge fan or certified products, why? This statement found on their website sums it up perfectly: “Natural is a term which is NOT regulated and has begun to lose some of its resonance with consumers. “Natural” is not equated with any government standards like ORGANIC is on food, crops & food processing products with the USDA. “Natural” is important, but not as impactful as ORGANIC. There is no mistaking what ORGANIC means. To be certified organic by the USDA, it means our ingredient contents meet the NOP (National Organic Program) standards for 95% or higher Organic ingredient content (the same as Organic Milk or Organic Produce). Along with being USDA Certified Organic, we disclose every ingredient on every label. We promise to use Zero GMOs, Zero Synthetic Preservatives and Zero Harsh Chemicals when producing GreenShield Organic cleaning products.” For more on the topic of natural & organic terminology here is a link to an excellent article written recently by Jolene (my co-admin): https://www.facebook.com/notes/eco-friendly-babyfamily-products-made-in-the-usa/discovering-the-truth-behind-that-natural-label/704019859613657
They sent me a baby version of their laundry detergent, a toilet bowl cleaner (one of their top-sellers), and an all-purpose cleaner. Here are the ingredients, prices, and my experiences with the products sent:
Baby laundry detergent (free & clear)- $9.99 50 oz. (32 loads in regular washer) or $14.99 100 oz. Ingredients: Water, Cocos Nucifera (Saponified Organic Coconut Oil), Sapindus Mukorossi (Organic Soap Nuts), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (Organic Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Organic), Sea Salt, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba Gum (Organic Guar Gum), Acacia Senegal Gum (Organic Acacia Gum), Xanthan Gum, Quillaja Saponaria (Organic Soap Bark). I’m a huge lover of soap nuts, which are my normal laundry detergent, and as it turns out soap nuts are the 2nd ingredient in this detergent. I feel they cleaned my clothes on a very comparable level to what I’m used to with soap nuts. I’ve mainly used this detergent on my cloth diapers, and they came out clean and soft. I have also done several loads of regular laundry to put it to the test. Overall I’m totally satisfied with the job it has done on all loads. I have had a couple of newborn onesies which have been soiled from poo going up the front or back of the diaper. I did not pretreat and they sat for around 24 hours or so before being washed, and neither came out clean. I sprayed them down with my Dr. Bronners & peroxide stain remover & they both came out cleaner the 2nd time around, although you can still see a bit of the stain (stain remover recipe: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=702811769734466&set=pb.397517646930548.-2207520000.1376250015.&type=3&theater)
All-purpose cleaner- 32 oz $4.99. Ingredients: Organic Citric Acid, L-Malic Acid, Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Lemon Extract, Organic Acetic Acid, Organic Soap Bark, Organic Glycerin, Water. My experience with this product is exactly as described in their FAQ: their products are meant for everyday use. If you have lots & lots of caked on grease & grime you are not going to get the results you would with a harsh, traditional cleaner. I first used it on my stovetop which I’m not good about cleaning on a regular basis, so it was very dirty & greasy. I let it soak for 20 minutes or so, and can say it did an OK job. Mainly I needed a lot of “elbow grease” and several rounds of spraying to get it decently clean. But, I don’t blame the cleaner for not doing a good job, I blame my lack of staying on top of it, and now that I’ve got it relatively clean I’ve been spraying it down more regularly & feel it does a decent job. It says on the label (most of the labels) that it fights odor causing bacteria, but not food borne bacteria so you should “clean contact area after each use”. So I follow-up with my normal go-to all-purpose cleaner which is vinegar soaked in orange peels for a final wipe down (here’s my “recipe”: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=494009793947999&set=a.494009763948002.128085.397517646930548&type=3&theater).
Toilet bowl cleaner- 24 oz. $4.99 Ingredients: Distilled water, organic citric acid, organic acetic acid, lactic acid, organic guar gum, organic acacia gum, xanthan gum, organic glycerin, organic fragrance.
As with the All-Purpose cleaner, you can’t expect it to work as well as something harsh like The Works, but it does work. It is septic system safe. It didn’t remove my hard water stains from the toilet, but they’ve been there a long time since I haven’t used a store-bought toilet bowl cleaner in years as I normally use my orange peel infused vinegar to do all my cleaning. I feel both the All-purpose and Toilet Bowl Cleaner by Green Shield worked as effectively as the vinegar. So why not just use vinegar then? Many have expressed their dislike of vinegar, even after soaking it in orange peels, so this would be a great alternative for that crowd. I feel these products are very reasonably priced, shipping it reasonable as long as you’re not ordering 1 item (which I never recommend), and I absolutely LOVE that this company has taken the steps to be USDA certified organic.
The one & only thing I take issue with is their statement that they “disclose every ingredient on every label” (from their ‘Why Us’ tab on their website). When browsing through their scent options I noticed scents such as ‘Magnolia & Poppy’ which caught my attention as they didn’t seem like scents I’ve seen before as essential oil fragrances, so I asked the company for more information which led to a series of questions & answers which you can read all about in the following thread. The labels list ‘organic fragrance’ and I was told they don’t list all components of those fragrance blends because it would be too long to list on the label. I feel this contradicts their statement of full disclosure on every label… https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=697309680284675&id=397517646930548https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=697309680284675&id=397517646930548
Other products include: automatic dish detergent, bathroom cleaner, glass cleaner, kitchen cleaner, carpet spot cleaner, surface wipes. They also have a ‘Commercial Products’ category, where they offer all of their products in a 5 gallon cardboard box for a reasonable price.
They told me they’re working on a regular dish soap for hand washing as well!
$9.99 shipping on all orders. They have a coupon category (currently offering a $1.00 off coupon). As always, I love hearing from those of you who’ve used these products. My opinion is just one…
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