Bean & Lily’s floor cleaner is for use with a variety of hard surfaces, including: wood, stone, rubber, cork, ceramic, laminate and vinyl. Its neutral pH is a stark contrast to strongly acidic or basic cleaners that can irritate your skin upon contact or ruin surfaces. It’s safe for people and pets, and an ecofriendly option with ingredients that are largely biodegradable. And, all of us cruelty-free consumers can take a sigh of relief – Bean & Lily products are not tested on animals, ever!
Bean & Lily’s motto is “Do the job, do no harm”. They aim to create natural, effective home cleaning and laundry products that don’t leave you or the planet at risk of toxin exposure or harmful irritants.
In contrast to other natural and eco-friendly cleaners, this company exclusively offers pH neutral home cleaning products. This means they won’t break down or disintegrate your hard surfaces, and similarly they won’t damage your skin cells upon contact!
For instance, chlorine bleach is a very strong base with a pH around 12. Bean & Lily’s pH neutral products have a pH in between 6-8, right around the pH of pure water (7). Many products rely on the corrosive nature of strongly acidic or basic solutions to “clean” away contaminants. Instead, this company employs nature’s natural cleaners to do that job.
The 24-ounce clear bottle proudly displays a clear, simple message:
pH neutral, safe, and effective
This particular product is scented with cedar and cypress for a fresh, clean aroma.
To use this product, simply apply to the floor surface. If you prefer, you can use a mop and bucket. No water rinses necessary! It also comes with a spigot that can replace the solid cap for ease of dispensing.
Let’s put it to the test!
I tested this product out on my vinyl floor and bathroom tiles. Not only are they covered with watermarks and dander, but they usually have a dull appearance to them.
Here are a few before shots:
After applying one coat of Bean & Lily floor cleaner to the vinyl floors, I can see a clear increase in shine! The smell is positively wonderful and leaves a strong cedar aroma in its wake.
The formula suds up nicely, combats dirt effectively and seems to be more powerful compared to other superficial topical cleaners I have tried.
One potential issue – the bottle looks strikingly like a water bottle. I have had two visitors over to my house and both mentioned that they almost drank this bottle!! (Note: the label cautions to keep away from children and to seek medical attention only if adverse reactions occur. The product contains no toxic ingredients however and therefore shouldn’t lead to a serious situation).
My floors look great, how does it work?
All of the ingredients used in Bean & Lily products have a brief description listed on their website. In this floor cleaner, 7 natural ingredients are used. After our careful internet search, none of the ingredients appear to be known carcinogens, irritants or allergens.
The first one is a plant-based biodegradable non-ionic surfactant detergent called laureth-7. Laureth 7 is a low health risk ingredient although one of its potential byproducts, 1-4 dioxane, is a known carcinogen. For this reason, Bean & Lily only use purified versions of this compound.
The other cleaning agent Lily and Bean use in this formulation is Dimethyl 9-decenamide. This plant-based detergent is marketed as Steposol MET-10U and is a gentle surfactant that helps boost water’s organic solvent properties, similarly purified to not contain 1,4 dioxane.
Next on the list: Polyquaternium-95 is a biodegradable compound that helps prevent streaking and spotting during the drying process to achieve that polished finished look. This ingredient is marketed as Polyquart Ecoclean and is partially derived from petroleum. Little is really known about this ingredient in terms of environmental impact, however, if this cleaner is anything to go by, it cleans well.
Sodium Propionate is an allergen-free preservative to keep the solution fresh, while sodium gluconate is used as an ion-binding substrate. Both are natural derivatives of biochemical degradation. Naturally-derived sodium citrate is also used as a pH solution buffer.
Natural fragrance is used in lieu of artificial flavors, though the composition of these natural fragrances are unclear – though, given the aroma, sources of cedar and cypress are likely added.
Bean & Lily also indicate which chemicals are not added to their cleaners. Keep in mind competitor products frequently include them: alcohol, dyes (could damage certain surfaces), ammonia, bleach, chlorine (potentially toxic!), and formaldehyde, MEA, DEA, TEA (carcinogenic).
I love this cleaner. The cleaning power is excellent, it smells great and the ingredients are as transparent and gentle as they come. This is a well-designed and well-executed cleaner.
The only ingredient to watch out for is fragrance. While Bean and Lily insist the fragrances are natural, without any insight as to what they mean by that, we can only warn. There are a couple of unknowns in there too, but nothing to be alarmed about at this stage.
Fragrance aside, this is an excellent, well-formulated cleaner. Just keep it away from children – it really does look like a water bottle.