Green Living Expo, Part III: Green Cleaning


Meet Margaret Foss, owner and founder of Green Clean Solutions. She began her green cleaning products out of necessity. As a professional house cleaner, Margaret used to purchase conventional cleaning products to get the job done. However, it didn’t take long before the potent and often toxic fumes of the products (like bleach) started to get to her. She also realized how wasteful her work was: she found herself buying plenty of plastic cleaning bottles, paper towels and disposable wipes several times a week. Soon, she started mixing simple household ingredients like baking soda, borax and vinegar. She also started buying micro-fiber cloths and noticed how well they performed together with her simple solutions:

“I started experimenting and mixing solutions in my kitchen using organic oils and pure castille soaps: eucalyptus, lavender, mint, citrus, tea tree oil…it all smelled so good and these oils possess strong disinfecting and cleansing qualities, too. I was having more fun working, knowing that I was being greener on the environment and saving more green, too! I came home tired from a long day, and feeling good about it!”

In a year’s time, Margaret changed her business to be entirely organic and as eco-friendly as possible. She also started being conscious of schedules and routes to burn less gasoline. All of her products are natural, non-toxic, septic and ground-water safe and completely biodegradable. They have a long shelf-life, are super concentrated so you only have to use a little bit at a time, and are low on suds so you use less water for rinsing. Whatsmore, she mixes, bottles and labels her products all by hand in a converted tractor barn! In addition, Margaret sets up booths at local farmer’s markets and events in Minnesota where she offers refills and deposits on bottles so packaging can be reused.

I love the bright and fun designs on her labels. I was particularly drawn to her toilet bowl cleaner because of the cute koala on the front and the fresh, eucalyptus smell. I just had to buy it! I used it in my bathroom and was very happy with the results. My toilet bowl stayed cleaner, longer and a lot fresher, too! And at only $6.00, it’s worth every last drop.

“Many hours were spent working on the formulas, getting them just right and smelling delicious. It has truly been a lot of work, but its well worth it. I know I am offering a product that I can stand behind and believe in.”

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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