Back in 2008, when I first started this blog and began pushing my family toward a greener lifestyle, one of the first changes we made was our cleaning products. Perhaps that’s because this was an obvious change. After all, when you’re almost knocked out by the fumes emanating from the products you use to clean your bathroom, there’s a clear need to do something differently.
That’s not to say the change happened overnight. It took us a while to find green cleaning products that were equally as effective as the ones we were used to. Then it was a challenge finding those products in stores at all. But I’m happy to say that more than four years later, there’s really no excuse for me to use traditional cleaning products, because there are a few eco-friendly options available most grocery stores. Among my favorites of those readily available products is the Mrs. Meyers product line, which, I now can happily report, is available at many Walmart stores throughout the country as well as online. This is the kind of change that made me want to become a Walmart Mom, because now, products like Mrs. Meyers will be available to the average shopper who may never have considered buying an eco-friendly cleaning product otherwise.
Anyway, Mrs. Meyers has a real knack for making products that make me want to clean. Because frankly, they smell awesome! My favorite scents are lavender and lemon verbena, and I would happily use either in every room of my home for any cleaning task. For example, this past weekend, my hubby and I cleaned the kitchen with the lemon verbena counter cleaner, shown below with the lavender laundry detergent. I wish I could bottle the scent and send it to you through the computer. My husband left the house and returned hours later, and the first thing he said when we walked through the door was how great the house smelled.
Now, I’m not saying that awesome scents alone make a cleaning product effective, but if you add a lasting, naturally derived fragrance to a product that is already incredibly effective, you’ve pretty much got my dream product. At least in my mind, my house doesn’t “feel” clean if it doesn’t smell good too, and peroxide, baking soda and vinegar fail miserably at making the house smell good.
The best part? ALL of the Mrs. Meyers products are like this. The hand soap? Awesome. The all purpose and toilet bowl cleaners? Fantastic. But the products that truly surprised me were the laundry products. The lavender laundry detergent is so concentrated that it requires just a single tablespoon per load. Yes. A tiny tablespoon. I’m not going to lie: I couldn’t wrap my mind around that for the first load and I used quite a bit more than that. But to give the product a fair shot, I used it as directed. Just one tablespoon for my next full load of laundry. And lo and behold, it worked just as well as when I’d used a lot more. Having used it for several loads, I have to admit that my habit is still to use more than the recommended amount, but that’s a habit I’m working hard to break, because it’s an unnecessary waste of product.
I also tried two Mrs. Meyers cleaning products that I’d never used before: The surface scrubber and the toilet bowl cleaner. Check out this video to see how they did:
Add to all of this the fact that I can easily pick up Mrs. Meyers products when I’m already shopping for groceries, and that they’re reasonably priced, and it’s easy to understand why we’ve been using them for years and why we will continue to use them to keep our home clean and smelling fabulous without toxic chemicals and noxious fumes.
If you’re looking for Mrs. Meyers products in your area, you can actually use the store locator at their website to find out which Walmart stores carry at least 5 of their products. If all else fails, though, you can order them at Walmart.com. Trust me when I say that they’re worth trying. (aff)
DISCLOSURE: I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing Mrs. Meyers products with you. Participation in this program is voluntary. As always, all opinions are 100% authentic and mine.