I’m pretty picky about the cleaning products that enter our home. This is mainly because cleaning products are one of the easiest things to grab that have toxins in them. A lot of them contain ingredients that aren’t needed or fragrance which hides just a ton of stuff. However, I also strive to be very budget conscious. Okay, I’m cheap. Whatever way you want to say it, I look for cost friendly options. When I found out that Azure had cleaning products I was immediately intrigued. Could I finally have a place where I ordered groceries and cleaning supplies? Could it be? I decided to order some to test and also do some research on what was in them too. Here is my definitive review of Azure Clean products.
The toilet bowl cleaner was actually the very first of the Azure Clean products that I ordered. I always opt for the pine scent because it makes me “feel” more clean when it smells better. It doesn’t have a really strong scent to it which I also like. Too much scent will give me a headache. Even better, the scent in this comes from essential oils as stated directly on their ingredients list. Here is that list: “main ingredient: deionized water, plants: citric acid, alcohol ethoxylate, xanthan gum, iso 9235 certified natural essential oils.”
The only concerning ingredient is the alcohol ethoxylate, which the EWG gives a D. From what I’ve read on it the toxicity is mainly because of it’s impact on aquatic wildlife. Okay, so I don’t love that it could possibly get into our water streams and therefore impact the wildlife around us. It does seem to clean fairly well though. Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars because I try to keep it pretty toxin free in our home.
I can only speak from experience on the glass cleaner concentrate, to be fair. I absolutely hate buying one bottle of glass cleaner. It just seems like a waste of plastic to me. That is also why I was pretty excited when I found out that they actually had a concentrate and not just a time use spray bottle. In fact, I’m always on the lookout for cleaning concentrates because I’ve found them to be so much more affordable than the other one time use type.
The ingredients listed on the glass cleaner concentrate are: “water, ethanol (plant), lauryl decyl glucoside (plant), isopropylidene glycerol (plant), methylglycinediacetric acid sodium salt (synthetic, EPA safer chemical listed).” There is some toxicity in isopropylidene glycerol but from what I’m seeing it’s only when it’s inhaled via an aerosol. Everything else rates an A or B on the ewg website. Since I’m not using this as an aerosol, I’m going to consider this a win in the non-toxic category.
The last thing I judge it on is how well it works. In my humble opinion, it works pretty well. When we moved I made it a goal to keep our windows more clean. In fact, I have it on my calendar for the first of every month to at least clean the windows that get all the dog nose prints on it. I had previously used the thieves cleaner concentrate for window washing and it worked great. I would say Azure clean concentrate works just as good and it’s much cheaper. 5/5 would definitely recommend.
Confession time… I really prefer my laundry soap to have a scent. I dislike when my clothes smell like nothing. Seems weird because they are still clean but I prefer them to have some sort of scent. That makes it a little bit harder because, as I mentioned, fragrances are one of the worst things that you can have in your cleaning products. Thankfully, Azure Clean products give the following discloser about their fragrances: “Any fragrances used are ISO 9235 and 16128 certified natural essential oils, isolates, and extracts (plant).” That makes me feel much better about using them.
Here are the remainder of the ingredients: “water, lauryl methyl ester sulfonate (plant), alcohol ethoxylate (plant), glycerin (plant), coco glucoside (plant), sodium citrate (plant), lauryl decyl glucoside (plant), propanediol (plant), carboxymethyl inulin (plant), protease (plant)citric acid (plant), potassium cocoate (plant), potassium hydroxide (mineral), benzisothiazolinone & methylisothiazolinone (synthetic, EPA safer chemical listed), phenoxyethanol (synthetic, EPA safer chemical listed), amylase (plant), calcium chloride (mineral), natural fragrance (plant).”
Potassium hydroxide can be a controversial ingredient. This can be a 2-5 according to the EWG. Thankfully they note that when it is used in a soap or cleaner the rating is lower, so I don’t consider it toxic since it’s in laundry soap. Benzisothiazolinone also ranks pretty low on EWG. The biggest issue is allergies and immunotoxicity and it’s actually banned in cosmetics. The thing that saves us is that it’s an EPA safer chemical. For reference:
- “The Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL) is a list of chemical ingredients, arranged by functional-use class, that the Safer Choice Program has evaluated and determined to be safer than traditional chemical ingredients.”
Now, you have to decide what is safe for your family. For our home, this gives it a step or two up on the EWG scale (just my estimation) which makes this an okay ingredient. Methylisothiazolinone is the same. This is also heavily restricted in cosmetics and can be a neurotoxin. Again though, it’s listed as the EPA safer chemical which means that the risks are significantly lower. Phenoxyethanol ranks pretty low if it is being ingested. I don’t intend on ingesting any laundry soap so I’m not too concerned about that one.
This one ended up being a pretty lengthy review due to the amount of ingredients. Overall, most of them aren’t too concerning because they aren’t being used in cosmetics and they aren’t being ingested. In addition to that, the chemicals that are used are the EPA safer ones which makes me feel better. Performance wise, I think it works pretty well. I do wish the scent was a little more prevalent but some others might be okay with it. Overall I’d give it a 3 out of 5. I’m a little more partial to the Attitude laundry soap but the Azure Clean is more cost friendly and also easier to order.
In Summary: Azure Clean Products
Cleaning products seem to be the most greenwashed products and I know personally how easy it is to fall into the trap of thinking a product is clean but it’s really junk. I jumped into Azure Clean products without researching first. I just wanted to give Azure the benefit of the doubt and it was so easy for me to just add them to my order and move on. After using them and doing the research, I’m positive that I will continue to order them as needed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure I will splurge on other products and I will always be looking for cost effective products that work too!
What are your favorite cost effective cleaning products? Are you concerned about the toxins in your cleaning products? I’d love to hear what non-toxic options that you use!