When I was in college, majoring in biology up at a small liberal arts university in LA, I spent many hours at the coast studying the noxious effects of human debauchery on the environment. I’d sit at Dockweiler State Beach and admire the 747s taking off from LAX just over my head, inhaling the lovely smell of jet fuel and admiring the rare view of an empty Los Angeles Beach resting in the shadow of the Hyperion Sewage Treatment Plant.
I’d go home, sob a little about the depravity of man into my diet Pepsi, and then toss the can in the trash. I wasn’t very smart back then.
I’ve vowed to do better in my dotage, and although I’m no Ed Begley Jr. I’ve made some strides in the last few years. I compost. We have a little garden. I drive a hybrid. I’m not perfect, but I do what I can to make more environmentally friendly choices.
I was recently sent a sample of Clean + Green’s Carpet and Upholstery cleaner to try out. Normally, when I have some sort of pet related mess to clean up, I douse the stain with a spray of chemically-aerosolized-yuck and pray for the best. After the last incident with a heavily scented carpet powder that induced a near case of asthma in my husband, I’ve been banned from perfumed cleaning products in the house. It’s for the best, really.
The Clean + Green line is a great choice, with all-natural ingredients that are non-scented, pet (and kid) safe, and biodegradable. The propellant is also environmentally-friendly with no CFCs. Even the can is recyclable.
I have to brag a moment- both Brody and Koa are very reliably housetrained. I looked high and low for a stain to try this out on, but the pets weren’t complying. Fortunately, my son chose that moment to dump a cup of apple juice on the rug so I at least had a reasonable test spot. The product was easy to spray on, did not require that loathsome scrubbing and blotting drill post-application, and true to the promise had no odor at all.
Granted apple juice is not urine, but as much as I commit to my reviews I wasn’t about to purposely dump pee on the floor to check out how well a cleaner works. I was happy with its performance, and even happier that when my son started wrestling Brody on the rug 5 minutes later I wasn’t worrying about what sorts of toxic fumes they might be breathing into their lungs in the name of cleanliness. I left the can in the kids’ bathroom, a place of high honor in my house hierarchy of cleaning products I reach for.
In honor of Earth Day, I’m sharing the love with a lucky reader who wants to try a product from Clean + Green’s extensive product line. There’s litter box cleaners, dog mess tile cleaners, cat carpet mess cleaners, ferret cage cleaners, you name your pet, they have something to clean up after it.
To enter: Go to the Clean + Green website. Comment below with which product you would like to try. (Next time I head out to the store I decided I want to try the litter box cleaner- if ever there was a test of odor destroying power in my house, that’s it.) I’ll pick a winner with random.org at the end of the week. Happy cleaning!