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Holiday Cleaning with an Eco-Conscience

By Anna Madrona, November 9, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Anna Madrona
Expecting a houseful this holiday season? Along with planning festive menus, you’ll no doubt want to freshen up throughout the house including the guest room, the guest bath, the extra dishware and more. Get a head start on your seasonal cleaning chores so you won’t greet your guests at the door with feather duster still in hand. While we can’t supply the elbow grease or send holiday elves to help, we can offer up our own brand of effective cleaning products with the added bonus of earth-conscious ingredients. These cleaners contain no sodium laurel sulfate, phosphates, phthalates or chlorine. What’s more, their containers are made from at least 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials and are recyclable. We’ve tried to think through both our ingredient list and the packaging. In other words, these cleaners are healthier for you and your family as well as the planet, and we’re addressing responsible resource use, too. Plus, most of them just plain smell good! For freshening those poinsettia-festooned table cloths and penguin-print flannel sheets:
  • Whole Foods Market 2X CONCENTRATED laundry detergent with enzymes, offered in lavender and unscented. The 100 oz. bottle will wash 100 loads of laundry in a high-efficiency (HE) washer. The mild lavender scent is derived from 100% natural essential oils that won’t compete with the turkey, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie fragrances wafting in from the kitchen.
  • Whole Foods Market 2X CONCENTRATED fabric softener in lavender and unscented. The 32 oz. bottle will cozy up a whopping 64 loads of laundry.
  • 365 Everyday Value® fabric softener sheets. These all natural fragrance lavender-scented sheets are recyclable! At 80 sheets to the box, they just might last through Valentine’s Day.
For washing the snowman cookie plate and Spode Christmas china:
  • Whole Foods Marketliquid dish soap. The 25 oz. bottle will wash hundreds of dishes, bowls, pans and cookie sheets. The spicy ginger mandarin scent is derived from 100% natural essential oils that will blend well with the cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg permeating the kitchen. Also offered in unscented.
  • 365 Everyday Value® dish soap. The 25 oz. bottle in all natural citrus scent will do a great job washing food storage containers for all the make-ahead sides and the leftovers you’ll want to savor after the feast.
  • 365 Everyday Value™automatic dishwasher detergent. This 4.7 lb. box of powerful powder will wash a whopping 75 loads of dishes. That’s enough for several weekends worth of parties and guests. The citrus scent is derived from all natural ingredients.
For wiping up after spilled eggnog on the counter and gravy on the stove:
  • Whole Foods Market® 2X all purpose cleaner. The citrus scent in this spray bottle is derived from 100% natural essential oils that help perk up everyone’s mood with its freshness. The 32 oz. bottle will prove to be your most versatile product of the season (although it isn’t recommended for upholstery—spill that eggnog elsewhere).
  • 365 Everyday Value® Hard Surface Cleaner. For those surfaces that get dirty and spotty and for which you never seem to have the right product on hand that actually works. This concentrated, biodegradable spray will help tackle splatters and spots on ceramic tile, marble, porcelain, laminate, chrome, stainless steel and other non-porous surfaces. The foaming action and grapefruit scent will entertain and energize you while you work.
For cleaning the windows before outlining in LED fairy lights or for a quick wipe of the powder room mirror:
  • Whole Foods Marketglass cleaner. This 32 oz. bottle will be your best friend when you want to clean Fido’s nose prints off the back door, too. The unscented spray won’t compete with the fragrance of snow-dampened dog, either.
Finally, for all those jobs (umm after the New Year’s Eve bash?) requiring a bucket, scrub-brush or refillable hybrid mop:
  • Whole Foods Market™ all purpose concentrated cleaner. This 40.5 oz. bottle will clean many a muddy floor or scrub down a neglected basement shower stall. Find it in our favorite, essential oil-based scent of the season, pine.
Do you have a plan to get ahead of your chore list this holiday season? What are your best tips for keeping everything clean—and in perspective?

 

17 Comments

Comments

Diane Smith says ...
love the product and ideas
11/09/2011 3:15:04 PM CST
Ceil critchley says ...
I would like to buy these products as I am chemically sensitive but I need fragrance free in any cleaning product I use. Please get all products available as fragrance free. I am a regular customer at whole foods.
11/10/2011 9:35:39 PM CST
Ty Shlackman says ...
They're not organic and I think they use an artificial preservative like potassium benzoate in their laundry detergent.
11/16/2011 10:50:04 PM CST
Ashley says ...
@Ceil Not everybody is allergic to everything. So why should all of us have to buy fragrance free?
11/20/2011 4:09:10 PM CST
Michelle says ...
I recently saw these products in store, and I was wondering if they are tested on animals?
01/27/2012 12:31:43 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Michelle The eco-scale rated cleaners definitely don’t animal test per our standards: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/eco-scale/ratingsystem.php Thanks for reaching out!
01/27/2012 2:16:54 PM CST
Jen Fischer says ...
Or - make your own gifts using essential oils/herbs like we do!! http://jennifischer.blogspot.com/2012/08/a-gift-for-grandma-homemadediy-lavender.html
08/07/2012 12:30:29 AM CDT
soap holders says ...
i love your wonderful tips..what a great blog that you have..we should make sure that our home would always look good and it also smells good
08/10/2012 8:11:00 PM CDT
pmp says ...
I need fragrance free too.
01/02/2013 5:22:21 PM CST
Sarah Bee says ...
Are these products vegan friendly? They sound wonderful!!! :)
04/14/2013 1:35:34 AM CDT
Carol Lazar says ...
I need your all purpose cleaner in a fragrance free formula. Is it available?
04/28/2013 8:27:10 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SARAH - The 365 all purpose spray and the wipes are vegan friendly!
04/29/2013 4:49:05 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CAROL - Unfortunately, a fragrance free all purpose cleaner is not available but I did pass along your request to our private label team.
04/29/2013 4:52:23 PM CDT
robert says ...
I use whole foods 2x concentrated lavender when I wash my clothes. today's the second time unexplained stains appeared on a pair of nice shorts I had just bought. i did some research and found that fabric softener CAN in fact stain clothes. that's news to me. I've been washing my clothes with snuggle as my fabric softener of choice, but made a Eco-friendly switch to what I believed was a better product. anyone else having this problem? bummed.
07/14/2013 7:53:52 AM CDT
Bob Kloos says ...
I am not happy with your spray bottle. It does not work. I can put the nozzle on SPRAY or STREAM but the "system" does not work. There is a funky 90 degree bent plastic rod behind the trigger that does not know where to go. The cap that fits over some kind of plunger underneath sometimes comes off track. It's useless. I will ask my wife what is wrong. I will take this thing back to the Whole Foods store where it was purchased. Maybe I'm missing something obvious. It won't be the first time. But this system is dysfunctional.
07/20/2013 2:38:06 PM CDT
shelley Escalante says ...
I am looking for toxin free, specifically 1,4 Dioxane free, laundry detergent. Do you carry anything?? Thank you.
02/01/2014 8:30:01 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SHELLEY - Since our exact products differ between locations, I would suggest reaching out to your local store directly to see what they have in stock!
02/03/2014 1:00:02 PM CST