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If you’ve spent any time researching toxin free AND eco friendly products, you know it’s a battle.
Some brands have safe ingredients that come in terrible packaging, and some brands have eco friendly packaging with mediocre products.
That’s why when I found Meliora Cleaning Products, I knew I needed to share!
So far in my journey towards a toxin free and zero-ish waste life, I’ve found Meliora Cleaning Products to be one of the premier brands there is.
It was started by a married couple who wanted better. It has incredibly high standards and elite certifications, and they care about every detail down to the shipping.
Even cooler for me (and other midwesterners), it’s based in Chicago. That means ordering products from Meliora gives me much of a smaller carbon footprint that somewhere across the country.
Because I’m so close to the Meliora Cleaning Products factory location, they offered to give me a tour!
You can jump right to the Meliora Cleaning Products Chicago Factory Tour Video, or keep reading below to learn more about this awesome brand and a few of my favorite products!
Getting to Know Meliora Cleaning Products
The Meliora Cleaning Products brand started as many other toxin free or eco friendly companies do, with the inability to find a safe product. When Founder Kate wanted to make sure the products she was using in her home were safe, she was frustrated that she couldn’t even find an ingredient list.
If you don’t even know the ingredients, how are you supposed to understand if it’s something you want to use around your home, your pets, your family?
So this husband wife duo (a pair of engineers no less) started experimenting with their own products at home.
After formulating simple products from safe ingredients that actually worked, they knew they could offer something better to the world.
Meliora products are made from entirely safe ingredients. As a bonus, their packing is also totally eco friendly. Their products are packaged in paper and tin instead of plastic. They also sell products as refills, so you can keep your original container instead of buying a new one each time.
They even have zero waste products, like their dish soap bar, which gets me totally excited!
Meliora Cleaning Products Certifications
Meliora boasts a lot of certifications. If these don’t help you understand exactly how cool and dedicated they are, we’re not sure what will…
Certified B Corporation
Meliora is a Certified B Corporation which means they meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability. They use their power to help solve social and environmental problems. Ie. They are a pretty cool and responsible company.
Meliora is MADE SAFE certified which means they follow strict guidelines to create health-focused nontoxic products. It’s America’s first comprehensive certification and uses a database to screen all ingredients for harmful chemicals recognized around the world.
1% for the Planet
Meliora is a 1% for the Planet company, which means they pledge at least 1% of their annual revenue to nonprofit partners that help protect the planet.
Meliora is a Leaping Bunny company which signifies that they meet the highest standards and commitments to no animal testing. Meliora, plus all of their ingredient suppliers made a voluntary pledge to make sure no animal testing was involved in any stages of development.
Meliora Cleaning Products Highlights
Meliora offers a variety of cleaning products. I first found their toxin free peppermint scrub while searching for the best quality “safe” products online.
I used it and loved it without even realizing they were a Chicago based company. Once I found out they were so close to home I was even more excited.
Meliora Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub
The Meliora Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub is a toxin free scrub that works great for tubs, tiles, stovetops, and tons of other spots around the house. I’ve used mine on tubs, showers, toilets, bathroom counters, and recently scoured my whole kitchen sink too.
It’s 100% plastic-free, dye-free, preservative-free, palm-oil free, cruelty-free, synthetic fragrance-free, plus 100% biodegradable and septic-safe
Meliora makes all of their products in an unscented version so people with any sensitivities have options, but personally I love the peppermint tea tree scent on this product.
Meliora Zero Waste Dish Soap
The Meliora Zero Waste Dish Soap is a zero waste dish soap option you’ll grow to love.
I keep this on a little dish I thrifted right next to my kitchen sink. It’s handy, and looks a lot nicer than having a plastic bottle sitting out too.
I use my dishwasher a lot. However, especially with kids, I find myself hand washing quite a few items by hand too.
Typically during a week I will hand wash:
- Items we only have a few of (and I don’t have time to wait for the dishwasher to run)
- Our youngest daughters lunch box
- Bamboo cutting boards
- Stasher bags
- Items that will take up too much space in the dishwasher
- Crock pot
Plus, a lot of other random stuff too.
To use the Meliora Plastic Free Dish Soap you can simply wet your rag or scrubber and rub it on the soap bar to generate some suds. Alternatively, if you wanted to fill a tub with soapy water, you can just hold the bar under the water for a few seconds while the water fills.
It’s super easy, works great, and comes in plastic free packaging too.
Learn more by reading our beginner’s guide to zero waste dish soap.
Meliora Laundry Powder
Laundry detergent is another pesky product that typically comes in single use plastic containers. Alternatively, the Meliora version is plastic free!
You can buy Meliora Laundry Powder in a reusable can, and order refills as you need them. The laundry powder is dye-free, preservative-free, palm-oil free, cruelty-free, and synthetic fragrance-free.
It also comes in multiple fragrance options. You can choose:
At checkout you can choose a completely plastic-free experience by selecting “no scoop.” Or you can buy the scoop the first time, and then keep using it time after time.
I personally opted for no scoop and chose to use an extra metal measuring spoon we already in the kitchen.
One neat thing I learned during the factory tour is that they switched the no plastic shipping version to be the first on the website to encourage more customers to select no scooper and go completely plastic free. Smart!
Meliora Laundry Stain Removal Soap Stick
Ah, stain removal. Honestly with little kids, trying to remove stains is the worst.
I didn’t even used to bother half the time!
But now that I’ve found a product I really like and is super easy to use, I’m kind of all over it.
True story, this stain stick even removed stains that I had already set by washing and drying my kids clothes. I tried it just as a test, and I was pretty impressed.
The Meliora Laundry Stain Removal Stick is dye-free, preservative-free, palm-oil free, cruelty-free, and synthetic fragrance-free. And it’s also easy to use.
Probably my favorite thing about it is that I can just run either the article of clothing, or the stain stick underwater for a second and then scrub it in like a marker.
This saves me spraying something all over, and then trying to rub it in with my hands or by rubbing the clothing together (sometimes spreading the stain even more).
This product is a win, win in my book!
They also offer bundles too.
Meliora Cleaning Products Shipping Practices
Meliora Cleaning Products uses responsible shipping practices on all of their orders.
There are so many parts to the eco conscious shopping process, and I’m glad Meliora basically takes care of all of them for me.
They make sure:
- The products are toxin free.
- The products are packaged responsibly.
- The products are shipped responsibly.
One important note! If you are purchasing your Meliora products through Amazon, your shipping practices may be slightly less responsible since Meliora cannot control it.
However, we did just find out that there is a way to adjust your Amazon settings for plastic free packaging which is pretty great!
I hope by now you can see why I love Meliora Cleaning Products so much.
Price conscious AND eco conscious products! That combination makes my heart sing.
For more on purchasing toxin free and eco friendly products, check out our zero waste series: