Wednesday, December 14, 2011

scotch-brite botanical review

I did some cleaning this morning, just like most days, so I thought I'd offer a free product review for anyone who cares about that sort of thing. Chances are, if you're responsible for the shopping in your household, you might. I have been trying to find ways of going "green", like a lot of people these days. While I have been called a tree hugger in my day, my biggest concern is actually just having a safe household for my growing girls. With this in mind, I decided to purchase Scotch-Brite Botanical Disinfecting Wipes.

With so many scary chemicals out there these days, and all the damage they can cause, I am trying my best to make the switch from a few products I currently use. I don't know if a lot of people know this, but many disinfecting wipes used in the kitchen require the surface to be wiped clean of the chemicals after use. The packaging usually states something along the lines of requiring a rinse to the cleaned surface before it comes in contact with food. Not only does it show the concern over the chemicals, but it is extra work for me. No thanks!


I thought I'd start with a less-harsh, no rinse required, but still effective disinfecting wipe. How did I like it? Here is a warning to those who are trying new products. If you are particular about scents, don't buy this. That is my honest opinion. Since I can't actually see how clean things are getting, I can go by durability and scent when I'm choosing a disinfecting wipe. I think it goes without saying (but here I am saying it anyway) that I expect the wipe to disinfect, effectively, so I just go by what the packaging says. The packaging states that it kills 99.9% of household germs (including cold and flu viruses). That's good for me. As far as durability, the wipe works pretty well. I feel like I can get a lot of surface area with the amount of moisture that is present in the wipe. I will say that there is a bit of a sticky feel to them though. Then we come to the scent. I didn't think I was too particular about scent, until I tried these. It isn't so much that it isn't fresh enough or isn't light enough. It just smells slightly unpleasant. It left me feeling like I wanted to wipe down the clean counters again with something that smelled better, just so it could smell clean. I might as well by the stronger ones then, right?

The verdict? Sorry, Scotch-Brite, I don't think I will be buying this product again. For something labeled as having a "breeze" scent, I think what they meant was for you to open a window and let the breeze in because you're not going to like the smell. I'm not the only one in my household who feels that way. My guy doesn't even like to use them because he dislikes the smell so much, and he loves disinfecting wipes. I know that scent might be a compromise when considering a green product, but I don't think it should smell quite so unpleasant.

So, now I will go find a new product to try. Hopefully, the next one will be not only leave the area clean and safe, but smelling clean as well.


  1. Excellent review. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Smell is part of the whole "satisfied vs not" with any product.
    I often wonder who "tested" them for feedback when something like this occurs (off smell). They had to test them -- right?
    I would say that qualifies as annoying. And if it's not the smell they intended ---- has the product been compromised?

  3. Thanks for the input!

    Clancy Harrison

  4. Thanks for the great review. I love all kinds of wipes and the smell is the make-or-break-it factor!