You know when you try a new product and it immediately becomes one you can’t live without? I have found just the product. Well, a whole line of them actually. I received the Better Life starter kit to review, and I am really swept away with these products. When I first learned of their products, I was sold – just by the names – they made me giggle. With names such as “what-EVER” all-purpose cleaner, and “I Can See Clearly, WOW!” glass cleaner, I found myself giggling while I was cleaning. Oh, and I also found myself humming the “I Can See Clearly Now” song the whole time I was cleaning my windows, which also made me laugh. Anybody passing by me who heard me humming must have thought I really like to clean!
Before I tell you the rest of my thoughts on Better Life products, here is a little information from their website:
Better Life formed out of a life–long friendship between the founders. They played as kids, were classmates, and now have kids that are practically hours apart. As parents, Tim and Kevin simply wanted products that would be good for their kids, your kids, and our planet.
Our household cleaning products aren’t just made for moms and dads; they’re also for Mom Earth. We want a safe place for our families to live in and a safe planet to live on. Better Life products can make that happen. Maybe it’s only a scrubber. Or just a nursery cleaner. Still, the wisdom is spot on: One person can make a difference. That’s how clean happens.
All Better Life cleaning products use agents which are free of petrochemicals and ethoxylates; the power behind our green cleaners comes directly from plants and vegetation that Mother Nature provides. This means all Better Life natural cleaners rapidly biodegrade. In fact, all Better Life green cleaning products far exceed both U.S. and European biodegradability standards. Cleaning with Better Life products means that you are using safe cleaners that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sulfates, and other chemicals which are irritants to the skin and respiratory system.
On to my thoughts: First of all, these products arrived in a cute collapsible green bag with compartments. It will be perfect for toting the cleaners from room to room. Every cleaner you could possibly need is included in this handy-dandy tote. I had fun pulling out each product to see what it was. The bottles were large and will last a long time, which is nice – one will definitely get their money’s worth with these!
I first tried the “I Can See Clearly, WOW” window cleaner. Can I just say that this is literally THE BEST window cleaner I have ever used? Who would have known that a window cleaner with all natural ingredients would work so well? There were no streaks and I didn’t have to keep wiping – the smudges literally disappeared, with very little effort. I was so excited after cleaning the kitchen window (it sits RIGHT behind our sink and always gets gunk on it, so I am constantly cleaning it), that I walked around the entire house cleaning windows. I actually had fun. After finishing the inside, I went outside to clean the two sliding glass doors we have (still humming the song the whole time).
I am enjoying the “what-EVER” all-purpose cleaner equally well. This is available in Scent free or Clary Sage and Citrus. I have used it to clean counter top and all kinds of other surfaces. It works incredibly well, with minimal effort on my part…I love that. Use this safe cleaner on any washable non-porous surface, including: counter tops, appliances, sinks, toilets, baseboards, walls, floors, tables, chairs, showers and tubs. It did a super job on my bathtub, especially for a natural cleaning product!
I was especially anxious to try the “Simply Floored!” ready-to-use floor cleaner, as our kitchen floor gets grimy so quickly. I have two older kids (who still do not seem to know how to wipe up a spill), and three indoor cats (who, well, don’t know how either). I am constantly cleaning the floor, as it gets dirty so quickly. I was thrilled that application was so easy, and there was no need to go back over the floor with water. Just apply, wipe, and voila! It left my laminate and tile floors shiny, clean and without that “sticky” feeling (you know those floor cleaners – when you are done and you walk across the room, you feel like you are walking through dried soda and your feet stick to the floor? YUCK!). The “Simply Floored!” all-natural floor cleaner can be used for spot cleaning too – those little spills that happen through the day. Just apply a little bit, wipe with cloth and you are done. This product can be used on hardwood, tile, marble, bamboo, vinyl, laminate, and other sealed floors.
Lastly, I tried the “Even the Kitchen Sink”. Again, I am incredibly impressed. I have used this in my sink every night and it leaves the sink shiny and SO CLEAN, and it DOES NOT SCRATCH! The possibilities are endless – this naturally powerful gentle cleaning scrubber works wonders on tubs, tile and grout, toilet bowls, shower doors, stovetops, glass cooktops , stainless steel sinks, porcelain, ceramic, enamel, stone, cultured marble, non-polished solid countertops, and laminate. Think about this: You can use it to clean your toilet and you will not be flushing harmful chemicals into our waterways…I love it!
Also included in the Better Life Starter Kit were “Twist” Sponges – Euro Sponge and two Loofah sponges…these are very stylish for sponges and can be used for just about everything. These are very durable and also biodegradable!
Another item from Better Life that would be a must if you have babies or small children is the 2am Mircle Nursery Cleaner. It is the nursery cleaner that works when you’re pooped. And your baby already has. Perfect for the three P’s (poop, pee and puke), 2am Miracle™ takes on everything your wee one (pun intended) dishes out. Any–surface safe (cribs, changing tables, etc.), with essential oils for natural cleansing and aromatherapy properties. This product was not in the starter kit, and I didn’t try it, but if I still had little ones, I would have to have this!
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I am so in love with Better Life products. They are gluten-free and not tested on animals, which is a big deal for me. I feel good knowing I am using a safe (yet effective) product that will not harm myself, my family, the earth, or animals. I love all they stand for, and they truly have come up with the most amazing products. I was doing some figuring in my head (okay I am not a math whiz), but I did come to the conclusion that the Better Life Starter Kit (especially if you take advantage of the $10 coupon for signing up for their newsletter), is less expensive than buying separate cleaners in a store. Much less expensive. The products included in the Better Life starter kit will handle all of your cleaning needs, thus eliminating the need to buy a cleaner (probably toxic) for every single cleaning job.
EIGHTY MPH MOM gives a big thumbs up to Better Life. I am going to tell everyone I know about these, because I really do feel that strongly about them. This may sound silly, but I am actually enjoying cleaning now!
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Where to purchase: You can find Better Life products at these retailers: Whole Foods, drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, Schnucks Supermarkets, Delight.com among others. You can also buy Better Life products online at the Better Life website, and at other online retailers.