Spring is in the air and I don’t know about you but I’m not so keen on fouling up that sweet fresh air with the scent of chemicals wafting through my house during household chores. This is just one of the reasons I am so pleased to be working on this campaign with Pollinate Media and The Honest Company to begin converting my home into an Honest home. The idea is to start switching out a few of my usual household, kitchen and/or laundry products with non-toxic eco-friendly ones from The Honest Company.
When selecting the products I was going to try, I picked things for different areas of the home & got the ones that seemed like they would reduce toxicity the most. I went with Fruit & Veggie Wash, and Auto Dishwasher gel for the kitchen, as both would directly reduce chemical ingestion by my daughter and I. In the laundry area I chose their dryer cloths. My theory there was that clothes are in contact with dryer sheets last in the laundering process, so most likely to leave residue which would be absorbed through the skin (well, that was my logic anyway). Finally, I ordered a multi-surface cleaner, just seemed like a must have and many typical brands are harsh on skin and have strong chemical odors.
The first product I tried was the Honest Fruit and Veggie Wash. We had just picked up some fruit at the market and Little Foodie was looking forward to eating some plums. I cleaned up the fruit with the new wash and handed it over to her. The bottle is might pretty isn’t it. I don’t mind leaving it out on the counter for easy access.
She approved. I’ve often used a mix of vinegar and water with a little dish soap in it to wash fruit, but as it was standard dish soap it most likely had chemicals in it, and honestly the vinegar smell is not that appealing teamed with your fresh fruit. The Honest Fruit and Veggie Wash does not have that off putting scent that my homemade concoction did.
As I’m sure you can image as a mom to a 5 year old and a blogger with a primary focus on food, I do far more dishes than a typical household of two. I am also a bit extra fussy about spotting and residue, since I don’t want that showing up in pictures… nor in my daughter and I’s mouths. Due to this, the Honest Auto Dishwasher Gel had to go head to head against the most effective dish washing detergent according to consumer reports, and typically the only one I will buy. The competition makes no claims about being non-toxic, so Honest was fighting an uphill battle.
How did this little company devoted to socially conscious business practices and non-toxic eco-friendly products fair against the Goliath of the automatic dish washing world? Pretty well. Clean dishes and no more spots than the detergent I typically use (so very little) in a typical load. I must admit, it didn’t handle hard & crusty dishes as effectively, but considering what I put the Honest Auto Dishwasher Gel up against, the results were not bad and if you are a pre-rinser (I’m too lazy for that), it should do fine.
The Honest Dryer Cloths were the item I most looked forward to trying. The last package of standard chemical laden dryer sheets I bought were dreadful (staining clothes and leaving a funky film). I tossed the remainder of that package in the trash when I ordered the non-toxic dryer sheets from The Honest Company, and skipped using any until they came in. I did two loads of laundry with these over the weekend, and I am quite pleased with the results: no staining, no weird feeling residue, just soft less wrinkly clothes. What do the clothes smell like after being dried with the cloths from Honest? Nothing … exactly the way clean clothes should smell.
Last, but certainly not least, I have the Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner to tell you about. It has a light fresh lemon scent to it, which is perfect for kitchens and baths & it gets the job done effectively. I’m pleased with it.
The Honest Company (what they are about)
Now that we have determined that the products work well, here is a little about the company. The company was founded by a couple concerned about the chemicals in common household cleaning products, and the effect these chemicals could have on their family. After finding that the more eco-friendly and non-toxic options were often pricey, they created The Honest Company to offer affordable, safe and conscientious products, which would be readily available to everyone and delivered right to your home.
The Honest Company is very proud to be a Certified B Corporation, which in real world terms means the company has demonstrated it’s devotion to making a positive social and environmental impact, not just given it lip service. A portion of proceeds go to a charitable organization which helps cloth under privileged children.
Honest Company Customer Service
The company has also dedicated themselves to a goal of exceptional customer service, which I got to experience myself due to a shipping damage issue. I noticed on my tracking that my order had been damaged during shipping, I called The Honest Company to inquire about reshipment, and was pleasantly greeted by a service rep who was quite obviously an “on-shore” person. I wasn’t run through an annoying automated maze to get to a human, nor was I redirected to anyone else after the lady I spoke to picked up. The woman who answered the phone was a congenial American employee, who fixed the issue promptly herself. The experience was very refreshing, and sadly so rare these days.
Handy Info, for Trying Out Honest Company
First off if The Honest Company interests you, I suggest you sign-up to get their emails.
For families wishing to try products from The Honest Company they have put together a couple of free trial bundles to streamline the process and get you started:
The company has also kindly provided a reader discount for first time customers.
To get $10 off a $40 purchase at The Honest Company use code Pollinate$10off$40. (Expires May 1, 2013)
For those interested in keeping up to date with The Honest Company, and share their philosophy, I’ve included a list of all the spots you can find them online. This way you can follow in your preferred way 🙂