My First Experience With Cleancult
By: Meggen Taylor
I am a clean freak.
I have had a longstanding (and unwinnable) battle with dust and dirt for as long as I can remember, which means that I am constantly cleaning, vacuuming, wiping, and disinfecting. But finding effective cleaning products that are eco-friendly and keep my life spotless and germ and detritus-free without exposing me and my loved ones to unnecessary chemicals is a constant challenge.
Luckily, I just discovered Cleancult, a zero-waste cleaning brand that utilizes eco-friendly ingredients shipped to your door in paper-based milk cartons that you then place into beautifully-designed, ergonomic refillable glass bottles that you won’t mind leaving out on your countertops.
I started with the Complete Home Bundle, which includes basic products that address your entire home’s essential needs including laundry, hand soap, dishwasher detergent, dish detergent, bar soap, an all-purpose cleaner, dryer balls, and the accompanying glass jars.
In addition to being a clean freak, I’m also a naturally skeptic consumer.
We’ve all seen products that claim that they are “better” for people and the planet only to come to find that they don’t perform like the alternatives or actually aren’t as “good” for the planet as they profess to be. So as a consumer who is looking to solve problems in her life rather than create more, performance is key.
Since most “clean” dishwasher detergents don’t work half as well as the conventional offerings, that was the most logical place to start. Because I really enjoy pushing products to their limits straight out of the gate, I filled the dishwasher with plates and utensils caked with burnt cheese, peanut butter, and day-old coffee grinds. I was beyond pleasantly surprised to see crystal clean everything at the end of the wash cycle.
From there I moved on to the brand’s All Purpose Cleaner to see just how all-purpose it really was. Again, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked and how versatile the product is. It quickly got rid of lingering soap scum caked on my aquarium shower glass, was an effective pre-treatment for an oil stain my husband got on his shirt, and it also cleaned off the dried saliva on my puppy Jackson’s toys. It worked great on countertops of varying materials, it broke down some unidentifiable gunk on the tile floor with ease, and cleaned the particulate matter that clings to the outside of my sliding glass doors to my apartment.
A few other standouts for me were the Wool Dryer Balls. I have seen them for years and have never chosen to buy them. But, since they came with the bundle I was excited to see what they could do. They definitely fluffed up my clothing and shortened drying times. I also found the brand’s laundry detergent to be highly effective in removing tough stains. After putting several products to the test, I can say with certainty that Cleancult lives up to its promises.
Not only are the ingredients effective, the formulas are free of fragrance, dyes, phosphates, triclosan, and petroleum-based ingredients. The brand instead uses saponified coconut oil, olive oil, and potassium soap that have natural antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Cleancult is that the ingredients also don’t release toxic chemicals into our soil or water supply and the plastic-free cartons help to reduce the demand for petroleum-based raw materials often used for consumer goods packaging, which helps to relieve recycling centers.
With all of the extra hand washing needed today in our new COVID-19 normal, the added oils in the formulations provide my hands with an extra dose of moisturizing benefits from the glycerine and the essential oils in the hand soap also provide additional disinfectant qualities with its natural citric acid.
If you have been sitting on the sidelines wondering if there are better alternatives to your traditional household cleaners that not only work, but are eco-friendly and you and your loved ones— look no further. It has never been easier to go zero-waste than with Cleancult.