Generally I have been disappointed with eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaners because they just didn’t clean as well at the ozone-busting, poisonous solutions. Begrudgingly, I opted for the safer and greener formulas and accepted that I had to sacrifice cleaning power in order to save the planet and my family; that is until I discovered JAWS. Not the great white, but the great multi-colored solutions. JAWS, which stands for Just Add Water Systems, is a new line of Earth-saving mix-it-yourself cleaners that actually do the job.
I recently tried out the JAWS Kitchen Degreaser and Hardwood Floor Cleaner, and I was pleasantly impressed. The first striking feature is that it is fun to mix. I almost want to run out quickly so I can do it again. It is a bit science experiment, with the beauty of lava lamp, as the pod is placed into the neck of the bottle, and the dark colored liquid concentrate begins to infuse the water below in the container. Within a minute, the cleaner is ready to go.
While it is entertaining to stir up your own cleaners, and this may be a great ploy to get my 2nd-grader to help with cleaning tasks, there is a better reason for the refill system than amusement. I was happy to hear that the biodegradable bottles can be refilled with the pods on average 26 times, or 50,000 sprays. This design saves filling up our landfills with plastic waste.
Additionally, JAWS reduces its carbon footprint and shipping costs because the bottles ship empty, without water, so it cost less to transport. Not to mention JAWS materials are not imported and made in good-old Toledo, Ohio, in the US of A.
So I could feel good about my contribution to reduce, recycle and reuse, but the most important question is, does it work? This I set out to learn.
The two varieties I sampled were agreeably scented — not too strong and not to au natural. I tried the Kitchen Degreaser on my old Wedgewood stove, and it managed to liquefy old stains on the appliance’s front that I easily wiped away. Also, the degreaser made quick work of my chrome trashcan that shined up easily without streaks.
It did not remove coffee stains from my sink or those grey-black skid marks from metal pans scrapping the sides of my white porcelain sink, but otherwise the cleaner did an excellent job on refrigerator shelves, the inside of the microwave, and countertops.
The Hardwood Floor Cleaner was equally efficient as its Kitchen Degreaser brother, though I kept reaching for the wrong bottle and spraying my floors with the brown-bottled Kitchen Degreaser, as it made logical sense that the Hardwood Floor Cleaner be in the brown wood-colored bottle, but it was actually in a green bottle. Go figure.
My only other complaint is that the bulbous-bottom shape of the bottle took up extra space in my cleaner cabinet. The good news is that now that I found JAWS, I can get rid of half of the others.
Jaws is available at retailers nationwide or at jawscleans.com. Each reusable JAWS bottle ships empty with 2 pod refills for $4.99