I got schooled by Mrs. Meyer, and now I clean like the dickens.

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wasn’t a very good housekeeper. Then she flew to Minnesota–which is cooler than she could have imagined–and met a fairy grandmother who taught her that cleanliness is next to just-plain-goodness, because it can actually be pleasant to clean the house if you’re using products that smell awesome and work, too.

Did I mention that this is a true story?

First of all, there’s a real Mrs. Meyer–that’s her, in the photo, teaching me how to clean a burned-out pot when I took a trip to their headquarters recently.

The Real Mrs. Meyers

Her name is Thelma, and her old fashioned values and timeless charm inspired her daughter to create the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day line of eco-conscious cleansing products.

Everyone at CMP has always been fans of their simple philosophy: keep your home clean and happy by using reliable tools that are good for you and good for the environment. I like that they use natural ingredients in their cleaning products wherever possible and make sure that everything is biodegradable and recyclable, from sprays and scrubs to soaps and candles.They’re also allergen-free and safe around babies and pets so you never have that “open the windows, I just used bleach!” moment.

I also am happy to learn that the products aren’t made and tested far away in some secret, underground bunker by stuffy old guys in lab coats. The lab is right inside the Mrs. Meyer’s headquarters in Minneapolis (that’s it in the pic, below), and the testing is done on-site by discerning staffers willing to wash towels eight times in a row before running blind fabric softener tests on unsuspecting reviewers.

(Here’s a hint: Even with my eyes closed, I picked Mrs. Meyer’s fabric softener as the #1 softest towels three times in a row.)

Mrs. Meyers lab

Inside scoop: There are some awesome holiday scents coming up. The Snickerdoodle and Iowa Pine are to die for. While I did ask about unscented products, I was told that although Mrs. Meyer’s tried that, it didn’t go over so well. Good thing I love the Basil.

Let’s just say heading home with a suitcase full of their products, I’ve cleaned my kitchen more in the past month than…um…ever. On behalf of my entire family, Thanks, Thelma. –Delilah

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products can be purchased from their website or from our affiliate, Amazon.

If you think Thelma is as cool as I do and want some cleaning tips that have turned my life around and unclogged my drains, check out her book, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home.

Ed Note: Delilah was flown to the headquarters on a press trip for the purpose of learning more about Mrs. Meyers products. It worked–she learned that she loves them.

PS. If you read this study on 1,4 dioxane and are concerned about carcinogens in Mrs. Meyer’s products, we asked about that, too. Mrs. Meyer’s has severed their relationship with the suppliers in question and now thoroughly test their raw materials to insure safety. You can read their environmental information here.


Senior Associate Editor Delilah S. Dawson puts the chic in geek. Ask her anything about Star Wars. Really.


  • Reply September 10, 2010

    lindsay r

    i tried to enter the contest..is it contests@coolmompicks.com??

  • Reply September 10, 2010


    whoa whoa whoa….back up there deliliah. you can’t just dangle that “teaching me how to clean a burned-out pot ” and then not tell us the magic secret! i love mrs. meyers and love it even more knowing it’s from minnesota AND that there’s a real mrs. meyers! their baby blossom scented stuff is great!

  • Reply September 10, 2010


    Wow! Mrs. Meyer had 9 kids? I can’t imagine- I can’t seem to clean up after two! I love the Lemon Verbena scent, and I didn’t know they had the Baby Blossom scent. Our local stores only carry The Lemon Verbena and the Geranium. Thanks for the chance to win and clean!

  • Reply September 10, 2010

    Christine Wellner

    I’m really appreciating the more in-depth descriptions of some product lines – this one for Mrs. Meyers as well as the one for Wedela that was featured several weeks ago. The choices for accessible eco-friendly products are growing (hooray), but when you’re rushing through the aisles of Target trying to wrangle your screaming kids, its often difficult to take much time to think about what you are grabbing. And pre-shop research time – also limited. Getting more background about these companies and how they do their business and manufacturing has been enlightening and helpful, thank you!

  • Delilah
    Reply September 11, 2010


    Glad you guys liked hearing about the trip! I love learning that the philosophy behind some of our favorite brands matches the hype.

    Here’s what Thelma told us about cleaning burned-out pots (and confirmed by her awesome book): fill the pot with equal parts water and white vinegar, plus a little salt. Heat it on medium until it boils, then let it sit overnight.

    Hope that helps!

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