Arm & Hammer’s Empty Bottle

It’s fall cleaning time. Time to take out the air condtioners and put the summer clothes into storage for a few months. In preparation, I headed to the store to pick up some supplies. Walking down the cleaning aisle, I was immediately struck by a new line of Arm & Hammer Essentials cleaning products. 

The concept isn’t new, nor is Arm & Hammer’s presence in the cleaning aisle; but the execution deserves admiration. Arm & Hammer Essentials is a line of eco-friendly, all-natural cleaning products in little refill containers with empty spray-bottles attached. Your first time, you’d purchase the bottle (which stands out because it’s empty on the shelf) and one included cleaning concentrate ‘refill’ (though I don’t think one can consider the first use a refill).  You simply fill the spray bottle with tap water, add the concentrated cleaning formula (they have all-purpose, glass cleaner, and a de-greaser). You then purchase packages of two concentrated refills every time you run out of the product. According to Arm & Hammer’s Website

Americans throw away 60 billion pounds of plastic each year. Each ARM & HAMMER Essentials Cleaners refill pack you buy means 2 less plastic spray bottles in landfills. And the refill pack uses 80% less packaging than 2 pre-filled spray cleaners. The ARM & HAMMER Essentials Cleaners formula is biodegradable and uses powerful plant-based cleaners—and contains no harsh ammonia or phosphates.

Incidentally, the Essentials products also cost a bit less than comparable products. And they’re significantly cheaper than the niche brands like Mrs. Meyer’s, Method, Ecover, and Seventh Generation. I gave the all-purpose cleaner and the glass cleaner a test drive, and they work as well as other products I’ve used in the past. I’ll admit, no ‘natural’ glass cleaning product I’ve ever used does as good a job as Windex, but that’s the trade-off you make for eco-savvy (or eco-irrational, perhaps) purchases.

As far as I can tell, this new line is going head-to-head with Clorox’s GreenWorks line of home cleaning products, both in terms of price and eco-credentials. Arm & Hammer, however, may have upped the anti for all eco-focused companies by taking a major step toward reducing waste. 

Learn more (and download a coupon!) at Arm & Hammer.

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2 Responses to Arm & Hammer’s Empty Bottle

  1. So happy to read such a interesting blog that does not fall back on cheap rhetoric to get the idea covered. Thank you for an enjoyable read.

  2. Blog looks great and I’ve been chugging through content! You share some great opinions and insight here. Always looking for motivating blogs to keep mine going!

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