Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Squeaky Green

You scrub. And mop. And spray, wipe and swiff to keep your place sparkling. But many of the detergents that keep your house clean can dirty the environment with toxic chemicals and pollutants. 

Leave it to a Hawai‘i company to find a way to make cleaning products, well, cleaner.

Hawaiian Soap Factory products, made right here on O‘ahu, are non-toxic, biodegradable and contain no marine pollutants. But they're also industrial-strength - many of Hawai‘i’s hotels, restaurants and other businesses use them every day.

The company has been making commercial-grade soaps and cleaners since the 1930s, and only recently started selling residential cleaning products out of their My Clean Home store on Ala Moana Boulevard. The bright little boutique carries every eco-cleaning accessory you’d ever want, in addition to the numerous locally tailored cleaning products.

There’s Red Alert, made just for getting out stains caused by Hawai‘i’s red dirt. It works on concrete, carpet, and even walls. Neutralle Pacific is a multitasking detergent that can be used on just about anything – countertops, stainless steel, leather, carpet, laundry stains, and soap scum are just a few. And there are others for mopping floors and washing clothes, as well as fabric softeners and dishwashing detergent.

Which means cleaning your house won’t be such a dirty job anymore.

My Clean Home, 680 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, 808.566.8000. Open Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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