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My Blueland Review - Do Green Cleaning Products Measure Up?

My Blueland Cleaning Review

Do green cleaning products really work?

5/5 stars

Pros:

  • Less plastic waste
  • Simplified, color-coded cleaning
  • Cheap refills that run $0.10/oz.
  • Safe for children, women who are pregnant, and pets
  • No liquid to ship

Cons:

  • Only one scent available for each product
  • Higher cost to get started

Verdict:

Blueland offers a simple line of non-toxic products that get the job done while smelling nice and reducing waste. It’s hard for me not to love cleaning with them.

by Marne Orenich, MSA Reviewer, Cleaning Enthusiast
August 27, 2019| 15 comments

If you’ve read my reviews of Grove Collaborative or Brandless, you know I have a strange obsession with cleaning products. I also want the products I use in my home to be as natural as possible. Blueland is a non-toxic cleaning product brand focused on reducing the amount of single-use plastics we dispose of for the sake of our Earth. They offer sturdy, reusable “forever” bottles and tablets that you dissolve to create cleaning product refills. This system cuts down on the amount of packaging and waste that households typically use, thus keeping a clean environment both inside and outside the home.

Keep reading for a more in-depth review of these green products for cleaning your home! If you’re into nesting, whether it be through cleaning or decorating, check out our list of the best subscription boxes for your home!

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Quick Facts

Cost

  • The Clean Up Kit is $29.00

Products

  • 3 x 20 oz. “Forever” Bottles
  • 3 x Cleaning Tablets (Bathroom, Glass + Mirror, Multi-Surface)

Perks

  • BPA-free bottles
  • Non-toxic
  • Cruelty-free
  • Pet-safe
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • pH-balanced
  • Recyclable or compostable packaging
  • Certified by several different environmental agencies

Here are the ingredients in the products featured in this review:

Bathroom Cleaner: Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, D-Glucono-1,5-lactone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Polyethylene Glycol, Leucine, Fragrance, Hydrated Silica, Alcohol Ethoxylated, MCT Oil, Polymeric Pink

Glass + Mirror Cleaner: Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, D-Glucono-1,5-lactone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Polyethylene Glycol, Leucine, Isopropylidene Glycerol, Polymeric Blue

Multi-Surface Cleaner: Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, D-Glucono-1,5-lactone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Polyethylene Glycol, Leucine, Fragrance, Hydrated Silica, Alcohol Ethoxylated, MCT Oil, Polymeric Yellow

Unboxing the Clean Up Kit

  • Blueland Cleaning Review

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  • Open Blueland box

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  • looking down into the Blueland box with three bottles

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    The Clean Up Kit, like all Blueland products, arrived packaged in 100% compostable or recyclable materials.

    • front of Blueland info booklet

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    • back of Blueland info booklet

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      They included a short ‘n’ sweet booklet in the box, which goes over how to get started with my Clean Up Kit. I like knowing that I’m helping to eliminate some of the 5 billion cleaning bottles that are thrown away each year. Phew! That is A LOT of unnecessary waste!

       

      What’s in the Clean Up Kit?

      Blueland offers just three products: a bathroom cleaner, glass and mirror cleaner, and multi-surface cleaner for everywhere else. (Although as of writing this, they’ve just launched a fourth product: hand soap. You can check out more about that one here, but I won’t be reviewing it in this article.)

      The Forever Bottles

      • Pink Bathroom Forever Bottle

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      • Blue Glass + Mirror Forever Bottle

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      • Yellow Multi-Surface Forever Bottle

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        Blueland calls their recyclable, reusable bottles “forever” bottles because they’re intended to be used over and over again. The bottles are BPA-free, shatterproof, and rated “platinum” by the environmental agency Cradle 2 Cradle. Yes, they’re made of plastic, but this is heavy, durable plastic that is meant to last. I have to say, I really enjoy the weight of these bottles in my hand. So far, I haven’t had any issues with breakage, either.

        • Close up of top of bottle

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        • close up of nozzle in "ON" position

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        • close up of nozzle in "OFF" position

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          Each bottle has a white plastic spray nozzle with a color-coded end, so I always know which nozzle goes with each bottle. The tip of the nozzle can be twisted “on” when you’re ready to clean and “off” when you’re done and want to prevent accidental sprays or leaks.

          The Cleaning Tablets

          Three Blueland tablets in wrappers

          My package included three tablets to match the three bottles: 1 “Multi-Surface” tablet, 1 “Bathroom” tablet, and 1 “Glass + Mirror” tablet. Each is individually packaged in a compostable wrapper.

          • Pink Bathroom Cleaning Tablet

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          • Tablet in Marne

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            The website says that each of the tablets are the size of a nickel, but mine were closer to oblong-shaped quarters. All of the cleaning tablet formulas are vegan and cruelty-free. That means they’re made without any animal products nor animal testing. They remind me of bath bombs with their dense, gritty texture.

            The tablets are safe to handle, since they’re made with non-toxic, natural, or naturally-derived ingredients. All of the products are safe to use around children, pets, and women who are pregnant.

            Using the Tablets

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            • close up of tablet submerged in bottle of water

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              Mixing my three new cleaning products was super duper easy. I just filled each bottle with warm water, dropped in the tablet, and let it dissolve for about 5 minutes. That’s it! When I run out of a product, I can just order a tablet and follow the same steps to create my refill. My first tablet was a bit hefty and didn’t easily fit into the opening of the bottle, but with a little elbow grease, I smooshed it in there!

              Do the products work?

              Short answer: YEP! I found that the non-toxic products Blueland offers work just as well as the cleaners I was using previously for my daily use. Having two cats, I prefer to use the most natural products I can to keep things sparkling clean around my home and these fit the bill without skimping on fighting grime.

              Pink Bathroom Forever Bottle

               

              Blueland Bathroom Cleaner, 20 oz. – Retail Value $12.00

              The bathroom cleaner forever bottle has a pink tint to it that matches the pink tablet. The fact that everything is color-coded makes using these products super easy. There’s only one scent for each product, but the bathroom variety comes in a eucalyptus mint fragrance that I like. It’s not nearly as strong as my beloved Iowa Pine scent from Mrs. Meyer’s—while I do miss the intensely fresh smell of that product, I think this Blueland formula worked just as well (and is probably kinder to my scent-sensitive visitors). This product has done well getting the soap scum out of my sink. I used it in the shower, as well, with a gritty sponge and some elbow grease.

              • Blue Glass + Mirror Forever Bottle

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                Blueland Glass + Mirror Cleaner, 20 oz. – Retail Value $12.00

                Do you want to hear something wild? I don’t think I’ve ever cleaned my windows in the five years I’ve lived in my house, and I never realized it until now. I’m used to getting toothpaste splashes off of my bathroom mirror or wiping down the glass on the hutch in my dining room, but somehow, the windows have escaped me. This bottle has changed things. I first used it in my car, actually, to get rid of streaks left behind by a different glass cleaner I used when I wiped it down. It was nice to finally see through a streak-free windshield. I also used this cleaner on the little nose marks that my cat, Gregg, has left on the back window of my house while intently bird-watching. Unlike the bathroom cleaner, this formula is unscented. An unscented cleaner feels unusual to me, but I’m completely okay with it.

                • Yellow Multi-Surface Forever Bottle

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                  Blueland Multi-Surface Cleaner, 20 oz. – Retail Value $12.00

                  The final product in the set is the multi-surface cleaner. The only ingredient differences I spotted between it and the bathroom cleaner were the dye and the fragrance. I assume the reason to have two different products here is simply for cross-contamination. Bringing the bottle from the bathroom into the kitchen probably doesn’t make much sense. The yellow color of this formula matches its light lemon scent. I’ve been using it mostly in my kitchen but also to clean up hairball situations that my kitties leave behind. (TMI?) It’s been helpful on various surfaces in my bedroom, living room, and dining room, too. I’m pretty good at cleaning as I make messes, so I haven’t gotten to test this out on anything heavy-duty like caked-on stove crust, but it’s been doing a bang-up job on little daily clean-ups.

                  Value

                  Since the Blueland Clean Up Kit is only $29, I got each of the three bottles with matching tablets for $9.67 instead of the $12 they cost to buy separately. Each bottle yields 20 ounces of cleaning product, which for a single gal like myself, will take quite a while to use up.

                  Comparing these formulas to my usual Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products, which run $3.99 for a 16 oz. bottle (or $0.25/oz.), this first round of Blueland was just a little more expensive—they cost $0.50/oz, but that includes the cost of the reusable bottles. Fast forward to when I need a refill—I’m looking at a mere $0.10/oz. since I only need to purchase the $2 tablets. Granted, Mrs. Meyers also offers concentrated refill options, but they come packaged in yet another plastic bottle. Plus, if I get the liquid refill bottle shipped, there’s the potential of things leaking in transit, a bigger shipping box I’ll have to deal with, and so on.

                  Overall, Blueland is certainly a better way to go for reducing single-use plastic waste, since traditional cleaners require I purchase a new bottle each time.

                  Verdict

                  I love the idea of only buying one set of bottles that are super sturdy to last me the rest of my cleaning days. I’m also a fan of getting a small tablet as a refill instead of a large refill bottle that I have to find somewhere to store, or multiple smaller bottles. If you’re not into just making your own cleaning products at home, then I think Blueland is a great option that reduces waste while still delivering on natural, quality cleaning products that work well.

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                  Written by Marne Orenich

                  Marne Orenich

                  Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

                  15 Comments

                  1. Hi. Can anyone tell me about the scents of these products? I am allergic to most scents, unfortunately. If these are strong and overpowering, I would not be able to use. Don’t want to spend the money if it’ll be a waste for me. Sounds like a good thing though.

                  2. I saw a YouTube blogger review these a month or so back. She is trying to reduce her use of disposable plastics as well. YMMV, but she didn’t have great reviews of the cleaners. Unfortunately, she didn’t find that they really cleaned all that well. Her kids also managed to somewhat shatter one of the bottles (obviously not on purpose). It wasn’t in pieces, but it was full of cracks.

                    • I probably don’t have the same standards as a fuller household with children would have, so that’s a good perspective. Thanks for sharing!

                  3. Since they call them “forever” bottles, does that mean that they will replace the pump if it breaks?

                    • Hi Jen-
                      Great question! I just checked with their customer service and they said: “In the event that a nozzle or a pump were to break, we would be happy to send you a replacement for that specific part so we don’t have to recycle the entire Forever Bottle.”. Wonderful news.

                  4. I’ve been waiting for this review, thank you! I love the concept here. I have several bottles of cleaner to work through first, but I’ll be trying these out once I do. I really don’t see the point of the starter kit though since the refills can be used in spray bottles you already have. I really hope this takes off with other brands as well.

                    • Hey Ruby- you can certainly use bottles you already have with their tablets. Just note that the tablets are made for use with 20 ounces of water to get the correct ratio! Using BPA-free bottles is a good idea too!

                  5. Any idea if the multi-surface cleaner is safe for vinyl plank flooring? My cat also likes to leave me presents around the house, haha.

                    • Hi Erin,
                      While I can’t say for sure, my gut thinks that these should be safe on vinyl flooring.
                      This is what their customer service had to say: “The only thing I would say to avoid with our sprays (particularly the Multi-Surface Cleaner spray) is unsealed surfaces. Any sealed surface will not be damaged by our cleaning sprays.”

                  6. I don’t need a glass cleaning liquid as I use eCloth, which requires nothing but water. Talk about reducing waste! Multi-purpose cleaner is all-right, but I only use it to wipe counters. It’s the bathroom cleaner that upset me, really. Unfortunately, it’s nowhere as good as a traditional product I’ve used. It just doesn’t remove the dirt and soap scum from my bathtub. It spreads it around. I was surprised to see that. On the bright side, this failure has inspired me to finally try my Meliora cleaner I had gotten in my Mighty Fix. It did the job. Same idea – empty (glass) bottle, dry refill.

                    I love Blueland’s aesthetic. But let’s not forget we still need a least a toilet bowl cleaner, a dish soap and other products. While they have introduced a foaming hand soap, I won’t use it because I prefer various soap dispensers that match my decor.

                    All in all, I like the idea, but I will only use “green” products if they are at least as affective as traditional ones and offer variety.

                    • I use baking soda on my tub. Works great!

                      • Can you tell me how ?

                  7. Marne this was a great review. I’ve looked at this a couple of time but hadn’t made a decision. I’m signing up today!

                    • What a great review! I jumped on after Liz sent out thay earlier email asking whether to not to do a review. A complete set shipped for $29, can’t beat that.

                    • Thank you, Lisa! I hope you like them!

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