If you have been reading my blog in the past few weeks, then you know that I have been ringing in the New Year with a healthy home!
While I already make a point of pursuing natural and healthy products in my home, my quest for greener cleaning solutions has been renewed. I have recently switched to all Norwex microfiber cleaning cloths in my household, and these heavy duty cleaning machines have microfibers so tiny (1/200th the diameter of a human hair!), that the cloths can stop working if they are washed with harsh or chemically laden ingredients that clog up the fabric. I learned that even some “natural” cleaners can be filled with product that clogs and coats fibers of fabric.
I got curious about what individual chemicals do to fabric threads in the course of washing, and which companies I can trust to clean my microfiber without destroying them.. and that began a spiral of research that eventually led me to the Environmental Working Group website. On the EWG website they list cleaning products ingredients and place them on a sliding scale of “Healthy” to “Ya’ll Gonna Get Cancer”. (Okay, so I am paraphrasing.) This, in turn, led me to the company Sun & Earth.
What I saw on the Sun & Earth website really impressed me! (CLICK HERE to visit the website and become uber impressed yourself!) I reached out to get in touch and learn more about the company, and to try their laundry products in particular on my delicate cleaning cloths and natural fiber delicate clothing (especially my socks.. but more on THAT later!) The company was crazy helpful in getting in touch and providing helpful information. They even let me try a sample of their various products! Check it out!
More About Sun & Earth Cleaning Products
From the Sun & Earth website (CLICK HERE to visit!):
In 1988, Sun & Earth began its quest for a better way to clean. We wanted to rid toxic chemicals with harsh smells and mysterious names from our living rooms, kitchens and baths! We set out to prove that cleaning products made from harmless ingredients could perform as well as the leading brand.
Most major household cleaning brands use abrasive chemical compounds in their products to remove dirt and residue, mask odors, and remove stains. Many of these compounds are known to be toxic to humans and animals, and can leave behind dangerous odors and residues. Sun & Earth’s products are created with living things in mind. We use essential oils and plant-derived cleaning agents that are effective at cleaning but harmless to people and pets. We design all of our products with your loved ones’ health in mind.
We’re committed to sustainable practices. All of our products are made with plant-derived ingredients that are natural and non-toxic. They contain no petroleum- based ingredients, bleach, chlorine, ammonia, dyes, phosphates or perfumes.
Sun & Earth is fully committed to ethically and environmentally responsible practices. The first company in the state to purchase 100% wind power, our factory saves around 76,000 sq. feet of cardboard every month by recycling our own packaging materials. We never test on animals, and use only biodegradable, plant derived ingredients. We believe in making sustainable choices to safeguard the planet and future generations.
My Thoughts on Sun & Earth Products
First off, I already knew that on an intellectual level, I was very much THRILLED with the Sun & Earth company (hence why *I* reached out to *them* in the first place!) I really appreciate their use of superior, natural and safe products. I love the company values and earth friendly business practices. And I am straight up smitten with their customer service!
But how do the products hold up in actual use? I am so glad you asked!
So far… FANTASTIC! They are safe and effective to use on my microfiber, without clogging up the fibers with chlorine, fillers or other yuckiness. And they are very effective at their respective purposes.
I plan to go into more detail on Sun & Earth’s fabric softener when I launch into my “Sock Boot Camp” challenge in January (stay tuned!), but I can tell you right now.. I am LOVING the fabric softener and the dish soap the best so far! (And I am VERY excited about the travel pack they have available.. no need to ditch the green while traveling!)
I especially love the lavender scented products.. it straight up smells like essential oil. Like, the kind of undiluted, pure essential oil smell you would expect right out of the aromatherapy bottle! A dose of aromatherapy with the dishes? YES PLEASE!!
I especially love that I can let my kids take part in household chores, knowing that they are safe from the toxic, harsh chemicals found in most “wear with gloves and goggles” products found in most American kitchens and laundry rooms.
As you can see from these photos, my kiddos had a BLAST trying out the dishwashing soap while cleaning their lunch plates. We usually use Mrs. Meyers in our home, and while it seems that both the products perform on par, the SCENT of Sun & Earth is FAR superior in my opinion. I think our household has found a new favorite!