Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

It’s no longer exotic to use green, eco-friendly cleaning and bath products in the home – it’s incredibly sensible. Here’s a roundup of people-friendly brands that really sparkle and shine:


What’s in a name? For Earth Friendly Products: everything. Founded in 1993 by John Vlahakis, his intention was to provide effective, high quality cleaning products that are absolutely safe for your family, your pets and the environment — made with replenishing ingredients at reasonable prices. He succeeded. The brand now offers more than 100 plant-based household products devoid of toxins, petrochemicals, bleach, ammonia, phosphates or other harmful ingredients. What’s more, Earth Friendly Products is a family business that manufactures in the U.S., and takes pride in the integrity of its product line. Visit for a roster of products and more information, or buy slews of them at Whole Foods, Gristedes and Trader Joe’s stores.


BabyGanics Healthy Home products include an all-purpose cleaner, glass and surface cleaner, tub and tile cleaner and a floor cleaner – and all are non-toxic, chemical-free, 100% organic and all natural. They have no fillers or dyes, work as hard and are as effective as conventional cleaners, and come in lavender and unscented. There are more than 70,000 synthetic chemicals used in commercial production today with no accountability required for products used in the home (only the workplace). Why buy cleaners filled with toxins when you can find superior green products such as the BabyGanics line? Visit for more information on BabyGanics — a member of the Organic Trade Association.


Greening the Cleaning is another green, all-heart cleaning product line that proudly discloses all product ingredients. It offers environmentally responsible, less-toxic household products as an alternative to commercial brands, and utilizes natural or naturally-derived ingredients and ingredients from renewable resources. These award-winning products were developed by The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology at Hackensack University Medical Center, and are used in leading hospitals, schools and businesses across the country. For more information, visit

Indoor pollutants are not as easily dispersed as outdoor pollutants, so concentrations of toxic chemicals can be much greater indoors, which is all the more reason to care about what goes into your cleaning products – and your family’s environment. Green cleaning product founders: take a deep bow, we salute you!

Originally published October 2007
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