Walgreens has recently launched Ology, a line of healthy home products. I was quite intrigued with this product line, since you normally wouldn’t associate a large-chain drugstore with “green” products. The Ology brand features a line of baby and personal care products, household cleaners and even home products such as CFL bulbs and “tree-less” office paper.
I had the opportunity to try the Ology All Purpose Cleaner and Glossy Streak-Free Finish Glass Cleaner. First up, the All Purpose Cleaner: My 8-year old daughter was excited to help me clean after seeing the pink spray nozzle. She inherited my migraines and I do my best not to expose her to chemicals. But after reading the 5 ingredients, I felt comfortable to supervise as she assisted in wiping down the counters. The scent was wonderful — my daughter said, “it smells like Miss Pam’s house.” Our dear friend, Pam, grows and harvests lavender and citrus for projects and home use—the all-purpose cleaner had that same “natural” scent. So how well did it clean? It did it’s job just as well as any other multi-purpose cleaner on the market. But the best part is that I’m not exposing my family to harmful chemicals.
The Glossy Streak-Free Glass Cleaner also had a few ingredients, one of which was acetic acid (aka vinegar). Growing up, my mother would make us clean all the windows in the house with her tried-and-true mixture of vinegar, water, and lemon. Just like my “mom’s mix” from when I was a kid, the Ology glass cleaner did a stand-up job making our mirrors sparkle. Considering that the glass cleaner had vinegar (known to dissolve limescale), I decided to to really put it to the test on our shower doors. As I mentioned, I get migraines. I LOATHE cleaning our shower doors because the build-up of soap scum and hard water meant that I’d have to use some kind of chemical to get it off. It must be a sight to watch me as I close myself in the shower, scrub down the doors while holding my breath then poke my head out to get a whiff of fresh air every few seconds. This is the main reason why I don’t clean the doors… and they look like frosted glass with all the build-up from months of not touching them (don’t judge… I told you I hate cleaning them).
Enter Ology and their Glossy Streak-Free Glass Cleaner…I sprayed the doors and allowed the cleaner to sit for a few minutes. I was happy that I was able to stand in our shower (with closed doors) and scrub off the scum and lime easily. YES… Easily. The glass cleaner is definitely a winner. It distinctly smells like vinegar but it dissipates pretty quickly so all you’re left with is a shower door that you can see through.
I’m a stickler for industrial design and packaging and I appreciate when companies are considerate of how everyday people will handle their product. I was appreciative of the design of the Ology spray bottles. Not only were they nice to look at, the spray nozzle is comfortable to hold—which makes a difference when you’re power-cleaning. The bottles are also made from 100% post-consumer materials — another thumbs up for Ology.
I hope more large chain stores follow Walgreens’ lead and offer more chemical-free products that work.
Photos courtesy of Walgreens.