Many Australians are favouring a ‘clear conscious’ approach to household cleaning, with Canstar Blue’s first home cleaning product awards dominated by environmentally-conscious brands.
Earth Choice, from Natures Organics, has picked up three out of the six awards on offer. Orange Power, from Aware Environmental, claimed another.
Head of Canstar Blue, Megan Doyle, said consumers demand effective cleaning products, but they also like the feel good factor that comes with buying environmentally responsible brands.
“There may be a perception from some consumers that environmentally-friendly cleaning products don’t pack the same punch as others, but these results suggest they can be just as effective,” she said.
“Ultimately people want cleaning products that deliver what they promise, but if you can get those results and have a clear conscious, then even better.
“Consumers are becoming more conscious and concerned about the products they use, whether they want to save the planet or just protect their family. Those who buy these environmentally-conscious brands are clearly getting a feel good factor from their purchase, but they’re also getting great cleaning results.”
The Canstar Blue ratings are based on a survey of 3,000 Australian adults who have bought and used various household cleaning products in the last six months, with more than 20 different brands compared across six categories.
Earth Choice topped the table for both bathroom cleaners and toilet cleaners, and also shared the award for multipurpose cleaners with Nifti. Earth Choice cleaning products are made with plant-based ingredients and their bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic.
Orange Power took the title for carpet cleaners. Its carpet and upholstery cleaner is made using orange oil and is Planet Ark accredited.
“Some brands, particularly Earth Choice, scored consistently well across several categories,” added Mrs Doyle. “These results provide a helpful insight into which products consumers rate highly and those that are deemed to be lacking.
“There is no shortage of options when you walk around your local supermarket, so consumers can afford to be choosy. Environmental-friendliness is an appealing point of difference.”