Overall Effectiveness, an Example
To illustrate an example of how answers to are green household products more effective than conventional vary, we can look at scouring powders. These powders are commonly used for bathroom tile, tough stains on kitchen counters, and other cleaning jobs that require scrubbing. Conventional products normally contain some form of bleach for stain removal and antibacterial properties, as well as a granular consistency intended to aid scrubbing. Unfortunately, they are often toxic, can discolor some surfaces, and possibly scratch others.
There are green products, both ready-made and homemade that are just as, and in some cases more. effective. For example, there are tub and tile cleaners from companies such as Seventh Generation and Simple Green that users report work wonders. Some of these products are simply sprayed on, allowed to soak, and wiped away. Others require a little elbow grease to scrub away stains.
However, the most effective scouring powder is a simple homemade recipe of baking soda, water, and other common kitchen ingredients like a dab of eco-friendly dish washing liquid. You can also opt for a splash of Dr. Bronner’s castile soap (peppermint or lavender) for both scent and antibacterial properties. Baking soda-based scouring powders do not easily scratch sensitive surfaces like ceramic, glass, or plastic because the granules are so small. They are also non-toxic.