The Real Cost of Going Green

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-04-20T22:39:48Z

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Cleaning Products

You can clean with white vinegar, but if you want to buy packaged cleansers, look for products with labels such as "low COV," "readily biodegradable" and "bio-based." Laundry detergent makes up 11 percent of sales to consumers who buy green for the home, according to GfK. According to the Natural Marketing Institute, Americans spent $735 million on green cleaning supplies and laundry detergent in 2008.

$9: Clorox Green Works All Purpose Cleaner, 32 oz. --
$5: Tub-N-Tile Bathroom Spray Cleaner, 28 oz. --
$13: Unisource, one gallon, to clean floors --
$5: Clorox Green Works Natural Dishwashing Liquid --