May 6, 2015 Leave a comment
Last week, I explained some things to consider before subscribing to household product deliveries. Now I’m going to tell you about my experience with one particular subscription service and the specific products I bought from them. This is not a sponsored post. Aside from the special offer of $10 discount plus a free bottle of dish detergent, I received no special consideration from ePantry or any of the product manufacturers, and I did not tell them I was going to write a review. After evaluating each product, I’ll tell you what else I recommend in this category–not all products are available through ePantry. If you’re just starting to switch from conventional cleaning products to plant-based ones, I hope to help you choose cleaners you’ll like!
I first heard of ePantry from a blog that was raving about it and offering a special introductory offer. My first thought was that I don’t need to subscribe to green products because I’m able to buy them by the case to save money or to buy them in my local stores when I’m there buying groceries anyway. Still, I spent some time looking around ePantry’s site. Most of the products they carry are just a few brands–Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, and Method–all of which I can buy at Target, for gosh sakes; they didn’t have the more interesting brands that my local crunchy hippie store sells, let alone anything I’d have to buy by mail. Prices were okay but not all that exciting. Oh well. I decided it wasn’t for me, but I was glad that other households who don’t shop in crunchy hippie stores would be using green products for more of their cleaning because they could get them so conveniently (which seemed to be the gist of the comments on that blog).
Four months later, I saw the same special offer on Jaimie Ramsey’s blog, and this time I took it. Why? Well, our springtime calendar was beginning to fill up with special events, and when that happens, I have to scale back the grocery shopping, planning menus based on what we have in the pantry supplemented with strategic forays to stores when Daniel or I have time to get there–it’s not possible to time our shopping as well as we normally do, and that can mean running out of something. Also, I realized that because we have been using plant-based cleaners since 1997, we are well-qualified to evaluate which ones work better than other similar products, to help our readers find the best ones. Although we can buy Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and Method products at Target, we hadn’t actually gotten around to trying any of those products except Method foaming hand soap. (Seventh Generation, on the other hand, is a brand we’ve bought frequently since 1997; we’ve tried most of their products.) I decided to use ePantry’s special offer as an affordable way to motivate myself to write some product reviews!
First, here are the pros and cons of the ePantry service, in my opinion. Read more of this post