I Cleaned My Whole House with Grove Co. Plastic-Free Cleaning Products. Here’s My Review.
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Could Grove Co. cleaning products clean my home and leave behind a pleasant scent? I tried the plastic-free cleaners to find out.
Reducing plastic use in my kitchen and home is important. Less plastic is better for the earth, and my health. Along with replacing single-use snack bags with washable silicone bags, I decided to switch from plastic-based cleaning products to cleaning concentrates in refillable glass bottles. I wasn’t willing to compromise on cleaning results, however, and I really wanted the cleaning products to smell good. Enter: Grove Collaborative. Spoiler alert: I’ve been using their cleaning products since April 2021 and it’s still my preferred brand of eco-friendly cleaning products. Here’s my Grove Co. review.
What is Grove Collaborative?
Grove Collaborative is an online retailer that specializes in natural household and personal products. Along with their own line of household cleaning products, the retailer carries everyday favorites from eco-friendly brands like Mrs. Meyer’s, Method, Stasher and more. Everything from hand soap to shower cleaner and lip balm, meet strict standards for being non-toxic, effective, sustainable and cruelty-free, so it’s a great place to discover new brands and must-have favorites.
Grove Co. cleaning products take both cleaning and eco-consciousness seriously. The brand champions its products as free from plastic and harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates, phosphates, formaldehyde, ammonia and chlorine bleach. In 2020 alone, Grove customers kept 1.93 million pounds of plastic from getting tossed into landfills. The cleaning concentrates and hand soaps prevented another 994,776 pounds of waste. That’s a really good start!
The Grove Co. cleaning collection includes multi-purpose kitchen and bathroom cleaners, glass cleaners and dishwashing liquid in delicious fragrances. The cleaning concentrates (which come in a pack of two one-ounce glass bottles) and reusable glass spray bottles are sold separately. The idea is that you buy a spray bottle once and refill it with cleaning concentrates over time—which saves plastic, money and shipping costs.
The products are also free of synthetic fragrances. And they smell really, really good thanks to essential oils like orange, rosemary, citron and white rose (there’s even cozy fall scents and festive holiday scents!). Grove Co. recently launched at Target and offers a customizable cleaning subscription option so you can pick and choose what products you want delivered to your door and when. Love the accessibility!
How We Tested Grove Co. Cleaning Products
Grove Co. cleaning products sound like a smart eco-friendly cleaning solution. But do they actually tackle stains, residue, dust and grime? And, would they leave my home smelling clean for more than a few minutes? I’ve been using Grove Co. since April 2021. I rely on their eco-friendly solutions for my usual weekly deep clean, laundry and window washing. Here’s how it holds up.
Grove Co. Refillable Multipurpose Cleaning Concentrates
Megan Wood/Taste of Home
I use this cleaning spray multiple times a day. Coffee spill on the white quartz countertop? Spritz and wipe. Olive oil splatter on the glass range after dinner? Spritz and wipe. Toothpaste in the bathroom sink? Spritz, spritz and wipe. I’ve gone through almost every multipurpose cleaning spray in the cleaning aisle, tossing out a plastic bottle every time its empty.
For my initial test of the Grove Co. Refillable Multipurpose Cleaning Concentrates, I emptied the contents from the one-ounce glass bottle concentrate into the reusable glass spray bottle, added tap water and gave it a good shake. Then, I cleared all the small appliances off the countertops and sprayed them down. Immediately, the citron and white rose scent gave a wonderful savory floral smell that was clean without the chemicals.
I waited a few seconds and wiped the cleaner off with a microfiber towel. The formula immediately cut the grease and residue that gathers on my kitchen surfaces. I moved on to the stainless steel refrigerator and watched fingerprints disappear without streaks. Same thing on the stainless steel sink fixtures and even inside the microwave, which had some icky baked on food stains.
Impressed with the kitchen results, I took the Grove Co. Multipurpose Cleaner to the living room and bedroom to dust furniture and appliances. The essential oils didn’t leave residue behind and smelled fresh. I even spritzed some cleaner on a spot on the vinyl floor. Success!
If you’re going to take just one product from this Grove Co. review, the Multipurpose Cleaner is it.
- Cuts through grease and fingerprints on a variety of surfaces
- Smells amazing, and the scent lasts for hours
- Multiple scents available
- Two pack of concentrate lasts multiple months
- Glass spray bottle sold separately
Grove Co. Reusable Cleaning Glass Spray Bottle
Grove Co. cleaning products are free of plastics. That’s a good thing! But it also means the cleaning concentrates and glass spray bottles are sold separately. Though it seems like one more thing to buy, the practice cuts back on plastics and shipping costs since you’re not paying for the added weight of shipping bottles mostly filled with water. And you only have to buy the refillable bottle once, instead of tossing it in the trash and starting from scratch with a new bottle every few months.
Of course, you can buy Grove Co. cleaning concentrates and put them in any spray bottle. But here’s why I like the Grove Co. reusable cleaning glass spray bottle.
The silicone sleeve is available in multiple colors so you can color code your glass cleaner bottle from your tile cleaner bottle. The bottles are labeled, too. The silicone sleeve also prevents slips and breakage.
Some refillable spray bottles have a cheap spray top. Not with Grove Co. I’ve use these bottles daily and haven’t had any issues with leaks or drips. The spray is strong and evenly applies product, which is extra important for the glass cleaner when you don’t want an inconsistent spray.
- Keeps plastic out of landfills and oceans
- Silicone sleeve prevents slips and breakage
- Sprays a steady flow of product without dripping or leaking
- Available in multiple colors
- The trigger can pinch your skin slightly if you hold the bottle wrong
Glass Cleaner Concentrates
I’ll admit, cleaning glass is my least favorite cleaning chore. The streaks drive me crazy. So of course I went ahead and bought a seven-foot tall three-foot wide leaning accent mirror that seems to attract every dust molecule in my living room. I’d given up on keeping it shiny. I was honestly stressed I had to clean the mirror for this Grove Co. review.
Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about. The Grove Co. Glass Cleaner Concentrates formula is almost thick, but buffs out to a streak-free shine with paper towels. I was shocked how quickly I cleaned my enormous mirror, and moved right along to removing water spots from the bathroom vanity mirror. I even went all in and cleaned my interior windows—a chore I usually skip.
- Quickly removes smudges and spots without leaving messy streaks
- Smells wonderful
- Multiple scents available
- Slightly higher price point than other glass cleaners
Grove Co. Tub and Tile Cleaner Concentrates
Megan Wood/Taste of Home
I really worry about using harsh chemicals to clean the shower. The combination of a steaming hot shower, toxic chemicals…and me just feels unsafe. Plus, bathrooms don’t have the best ventilation. But cleaning soap scum is a serious job. Would Grove Co. Tub and Tile Cleaner Concentrates be up to the task?
Just like the multipurpose and glass cleaners, the Tub and Tile Cleaners come in two one-ounce glass bottles to be poured into a spray bottle and mixed with water. To test the product, I removed all of my shampoo bottles from the shower shelves and liberally spritzed the whole shower down. Out of habit, I held my breath to avoid breathing in chemicals. But the white rose and citron smelled refreshing! No burning eyes or coughing lungs.
As for performance, the tub and tile cleaner got rid of soap scum on the stainless steel faucet, dried purple shampoo on the white tile walls and made quick work of dust and debris that gathered on the shower floor. I wiped everything down with a sponge, and was done in a manner of minutes. The trick with this stuff is to use it a few times a week to prevent soap scum buildup. And since it smells good, that’s an easy ask.
- Quickly cleans soap scum and residue from tile and faucets
- Smells fresh and light
- Strong spray for precision application
- Probably won’t take out really tough water stains and buildup
Grove Co. Laundry Detergent Sheets
The house isn’t truly clean unless the hamper is empty. To test Grove Co. laundry detergent sheets, I did multiple loads of laundry in my top-loading washing machine. For the first test, I tossed a single laundry detergent sheet in the machine’s drum and turned the washing cycle to whites with hot water.
The laundry sheet dissolved completely in about 30 seconds, and created sudsy bubbles scented with lavender. I added the soiled white towels, closed the lid and waited for the cycle to finish. I really liked how fast and mess-free it was to use the laundry sheets—no measuring or pouring required.
I pulled the wet towels from the washing machine and immediately noticed a subtle lavender scent. A few spots of black mascara smears were cleaned from the towels. After drying the towels with the same wool dryer balls I always use, the towels felt fluffy and soft.
I also washed sweaty workout clothes and a load of denim in cold water with the Grove Co. laundry detergent sheets. Sometimes I have issues with laundry detergent not completely dissolving in cold water and leaving a white film on my dark clothes—grrrr. But that wasn’t a problem in my Grove Co. laundry detergent sheets tests. The laundry sheets are my go-to for washing sheets and towels that I want lightly scented with lavender.
One note, I wash smaller loads of laundry because my washing machine isn’t very big. If you were doing large loads of laundry with bulky items you’d need to use two laundry detergent sheets.
- Formula thoroughly cleans and lightly scents clothes
- Zero-waste packaging and formula
- The lavender scent is lovely and safe for sensitive skin
- Larger loads require two sheets
- The lavender scent isn’t super strong (a pro for some)
Is Grove Co. really non-toxic?
Yes! Cleaning products sold on Grove Collaborative meet standards that rule them non-toxic, ethically made and cruelty-free.
How does Grove Co. work?
The beauty of Grove Collaborative is orders are completely customizable. You can subscribe to recurring deliveries for household cleaning products like the cleaning concentrates so they arrive before you run out. Or, buy what you need now and come back when it’s time to stock up. Whatever you choose, Grove Co. makes it easy to edit shipments you’re subscribed to and discover more eco-friendly cleaning brands.
What Other Reviewers and Experts Had to Say
I’m not the only one who loves Grove Co. In fact, multiple Taste of Home staff and freelancers are obsessed with the eco-friendly online retailer.
“I’m truly impressed with every product I’ve ordered from the Grove Co. brand,” shares Taste of Home writer, Camryn Rabideau. “The reusable glass bottles are sleek and well-made, and I thought the scents of the various products were pleasant without being overwhelming. It’s an added bonus that Grove offers items beyond cleaning products. In a past order, I remembered that we were low on dog waste bags, and I was able to get a package of Earth-Rated Pet Waste Bags—my preferred brand. In addition to pet supplies, Grove also sells bath and body products, makeup, baby supplies and more!”
“Grove Co. has seriously helped me cut back on my plastic consumption,” adds Associate Shopping Editor, Madi Koetting. “What keeps me coming back is the refreshing scents of their cleaning concentrates. I’ve tried other plastic-free cleaning concentrates and tabs, but nothing compares to Grove’s fresh aroma of essential oils. I even use the retailer to stock up on organization bins, reusable bags and Swedish dishcloths.”
Okay so the real test. After my first round of cleaning my entire house with Grove Co. Cleaning products, I took the dog for a walk and ran some errands. When I returned home a few hours later I opened the door, took a big whiff and smelled…essential oils! I love returning home to the scent of a freshly cleaned house, and Grove Co. delivered.
Since my first test in April 2021, it’s still my preferred brand of cleaning products, especially the multipurpose cleaning concentrates. One refill lasts multiple months, and I’ve experimented with the holiday scents, which are also lovely. The refillable glass bottles get daily use between the bathroom and kitchen, and still hold up with a strong spray—no broken or chipped glass either. Before Grove Co., I’d always assumed eco-friendly cleaning products had to either be prohibitively expensive or not work well. Grove Co. proved me wrong. In fact, I estimate these sustainable products have saved me from tossing about a dozen plastic bottles in the recycling bin.
Where to Buy
Ready to join me and make the switch to eco-friendly cleaning? Grove Co. cleaning products are available through Grove Collaborative via an easy subscription model. You can also find Grove Co. cleaning products at Target. The collection is pretty affordable, too. Prices range between $5 and $15.
In the last year, I’ve also used Grove Co. to try new products, like Molly’s Suds oxygen whitener as a safer alternative to bleach. Happily, I found low prices on household essentials like dishwasher detergent packs, Method stain remover and Bee’s wraps for leftovers. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with making the switch to Grove Co. Happy cleaning!
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