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Biokleen: A Soap With Many Uses and How It Rates

Updated on May 17, 2015
Not just another dish soap - this stuff is versatile!
Not just another dish soap - this stuff is versatile! | Source
Just one cap-full does a sink-load of dishes.
Just one cap-full does a sink-load of dishes. | Source


You try to be "green" and use the right products, but it's so frustrating when you spend all that money only to discover that they don't really work or are too weak to really do a good job. I have tried many different brands of green cleaners.

Sometimes I make my own products, but it's nice to support a green company and not have to always make my own products, especially when I'm short on time.

I came across this great product in the health foods store the other day: Biokleen. I promise I'm not promoting their product because they're paying me or anything like that - they're not. In fact, I couldn't care less if their name was Bio-banana, Bio-splat or Super-biodegradable Stuff.

I just want a product that actually does what it says it's going to do, but not infuse my skin with a bunch of bad-for-you chemicals that I can't pronounce.

When I do find a good product, I'll tell my friends about it.

Why on earth would I rave about a cleaning product? Who cares, right?

Read on: you just might care.

Use in the Kitchen

This product is sold as dish soap. As I said above, I've been frustrated trying to find a biodegradable soap that actually works and you don't feel like you have to pour half the bottle in the sink for it to work.

With Biokleen, that doesn't have to happen. Now, if you just squirt some on your dishrag, and try to wash dishes, you won't get very far and you won't get very many suds. However, if you follow the directions and fill the sink with warm water and add one cap-full of this soap, you will find plenty of suds.

The orange scent reminds you of those powerful citrus cleaners; you won't be disappointed in its ability to get your dishes clean. I actually found myself wanting to do the dishes the other day when I purchased this dish soap. I volunteered to do dishes three different times that day so I could smell the yummy orange-scent and see how well this stuff worked. A wee-bit neurotic, I know, but I like how this soap works.

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Make your own hand sanitizer/hand soap with Biokleen.  Pour a small amount into a spray bottle.Then, grab some colorful markers.  Get the kids involved - they'll be curious about being green and they can have fun making pretty designs.  This might make them use it more!All done.  The regular dish soap and my hand soap are ready to go.
Make your own hand sanitizer/hand soap with Biokleen.  Pour a small amount into a spray bottle.
Make your own hand sanitizer/hand soap with Biokleen. Pour a small amount into a spray bottle. | Source
Then, grab some colorful markers.  Get the kids involved - they'll be curious about being green and they can have fun making pretty designs.  This might make them use it more!
Then, grab some colorful markers. Get the kids involved - they'll be curious about being green and they can have fun making pretty designs. This might make them use it more! | Source
All done.  The regular dish soap and my hand soap are ready to go.
All done. The regular dish soap and my hand soap are ready to go. | Source

Biokleen: Surprise! It Has Other Uses

If you look on the bottle, you'll see suggestions for other uses. If you squirt just a little bit into a spray bottle and fill up with water, you have instant hand-sanitizer and hand soap. The great thing is, the ingredients in this soap are earth-friendly, so you know it's not going to hurt you or the planet.

Another use for Biokleen is a bubble bath! How many dish soaps out there have you read that are safe enough for a bubble bath? This stuff does do a good job of bubbling up. Plus, its ingredients are known for helping to moisturize the skin. (More on that in a minute.)

If you're ever itching to take a nice, warm bubble bath and you've either run out of your favorite bubble bath solution or you want to go the green route where you know that what's inside this product you can use this soap to "take you away". (Remember those Calgon commercials?)

Don't forget: you can use it as a pet shampoo! Who knew? It's safe to use on dogs or cats. Get rid of those pesky fleas and have your dog smell like oranges, too? Yes!

These guys have no idea that I'm about to give them a bath.
These guys have no idea that I'm about to give them a bath. | Source

Ingredients and Information

Surfactants - conditioners from coconut and corn

  • These are vegetable-based. What they do is help to reduce the surface tension of water, allowing the surface of the dish and its dirt/grime to get wet more quickly and aid in washing.

Orange peel extract

  • Orange peel is known the world over to be good for skin. I've heard that people who work with oranges in the orange juice industry have incredible skin, especially their hands. Plus, it's a great cleaner, too.

Grapefruit seed and pulp extract

  • Though scientifically unproven, nutritionists and holistic practitioners often cite the anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties of grapefruit seed extract. Even if it's not scientifically proven, I'd rather go with the natural stuff and find out for myself than use products that I know to be harmful for skin and health.

Aloe

  • Who among us hasn't heard of the wonderful healing and skin-conditioning properties of aloe?

Vitamin E

  • This is another ingredient that is kind to the skin and helps to moisturize and heal.

Linear Sulfonate

  • This is a blend of vegetable-based surfactants to help further condition the water.

Filtered Water

  • Ah, good old filtered water.

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The Verdict

While using this product, I would say that the only thing I would change is the amount of suds - I would love even more suds. The reason is that I can tell more easily what surfaces I have thoroughly washed.

I have yet to try caked-on food (I've been volunteering to do dishes too much, so food hasn't had time to dry), but I imagine that since it's so concentrated, it will clean off caked-on food if you let the food soak in a solution of Biokleen for a spell. There are instructions on the bottle on how to clean odorous plastic food containers. Basically, you use it full-strength and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.

My favorite part of this is how I can see that the ingredients are familiar (and the one that wasn't - the linear sulfonate, was easy to find and read about on Biokleen's website).

I try not to put anything on my skin that I wouldn't eat. For years I've heard this piece of advice because your skin is the largest organ in the body. It absorbs everything you put on it and doesn't have the benefit of the liver to filter out toxins. Many bad chemicals in regular creams, lotions and other things that you put on your skin can make it to the bloodstream if you're not careful.

Some other perks about this company:

  • It's based in the USA (it's always nice to support your own country)
  • It's a good bet for those who have chemical sensitivities or other allergies
  • The bottle itself is #1 plastic, and is made from recycled materials (as much as possible).

I'm sure there are other great companies out there (I've also heard good things about Ecover, for example), but it's nice to see when someone has personally tried a product and can offer a real review of it.


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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Cyndi, this is great information! I have bad allergies and so the smell of all the big industrial products sometimes gives me a horrendous headache. But I agree actually seeing and knowing the ingredients is a big reassurance for me. Great hub!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      *Awesome!* Alecia, I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I'm sorry that you get those headaches! I have a friend who gets them every time she smells the cleaners at school where I work. I feel ya there. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Your unsuspecting pups are funny :) I bet they had no idea they were about to smell orange-y. The thing I like best about this product is that it has many uses. I was looking into a company that made green cleaning products but you had to buy a different item for windows, a different one for tile, a different one for the tub and toilet, and so on.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Nice pic there, Ardie. :) Hehe...yeah, I had to add the pups. I'm always looking for that element of "interest" in a hub. Hehehe. Now...if I could just get this next one together...

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      this sounds a like a great product, being allergic to many soap powders, only the other day I thought I had flu all because of washing powder! I wish we could get it over here! I like reviews that really show you there is something out there so versatile, great stuff! and I love your photos! lol! rated up and shared!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, Nell! Hmmm...I'll be on the lookout for stuff you can get over 'yonder. :D I read about you being sensitive to different products. Hmmm...keep out the baking soda and lemons, and I'll keep looking for international products. :D

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for sharing this! I am always on the lookout for new green products. This one is awesome!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Sounds like a great environmental alternative and you get your dishes clean and bubble bath from the same bottle, but hopefully not done at the same time! ha ha

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Tammy - aw, thanks for stopping by! I think there's an "Earthfare" where you are, right? That's where you can get it in NC. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hehehe...take a bubble bath while doing dishes...hehehehe, Brett, now that's an interesting vision. No, really, this stuff is awesome. I kid you not: my hubby just volunteered to do the dishes. It's like it has a magical spell on it. :D

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I made a note to self to try Biokleen.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      B. Leekley - thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I hope you like it; let me know your thoughts when you do - it's always nice to get another person's perspective. :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This certainly sounds like it's worth trying out, given your unbiased consumer review. I like that it's strong enough for the kitchen and yet mild enough to use as hand sanitizer. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Hi Cyndi, thanks for this useful hub. I like anything that smells good and also works. Besides the fact that it's eco-friendly I like that it can be used as a hand sanitizer. Voted up, useful, and shared. Kelley

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Kelley - thank you so much for your feedback. Yes, I do love the fact that this stuff is eco-friendly. It really is so versatile!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      Great product Cyndi! You are so good with this stuff. I'd like to see a pic of you and the dogs AFTER the bath. I'm a perfect mess after I bathe Ollie...lol Anyway, I really enjoy all the eco-friendly topics. Thanks for sharing your insight.

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      jponiato 4 years ago from Mid-Michigan

      Good product information, thanks.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      MO - hehe, that was entirely not fun, giving those doggers a bath. haha. But, this stuff works wonders. Hehe. Thanks for commenting. :)

      Jponiato - thanks for coming by to another hub of mine! Cheers!

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