Our History

Meliora Cleaning Products is on a mission to provide families with the information and products they need to have a clean, comfortable home without exposure to toxic and environmentally damaging chemicals.

“What do you mean, Proctor & Gamble agrees to reduce the amount of cancer-causing chemicals?"

That was our founder Kate’s reaction when reading about the 2012 reformulation of Tide Free and Clear, a product marketed to parents as "free of harmful chemicals." 

She quickly learned that a chemical titled “1,4 dioxane,” previously found in Tide Free and Clear, is also a classified as a cancer-causing contaminant. This was disturbing in itself, but as Kate dug deeper, she was shocked to find out the 1,4 dioxane is present in many conventional laundry detergents - even those without dyes and fragrances.

Aided with a background in materials and environmental engineering, Kate navigated complicated cleaning product disclosure laws and massive ingredient lists to simply find out what people are using in their everyday lives.  Her conclusion? You should be able to know what's in the products you're using... and not need an advanced degree to understand them.

Propelled into action, Kate began formulating her own laundry detergent and cleaning products based on simpler ingredients, ones that anybody would recognize as familiar, like… vegetable soap or baking soda. Knowing that socially-focused businesses can create huge change in the market, she founded Meliora K, LLC in 2013 to illustrate that a cleaning company doesn’t need to rely on secret formulas and mysterious chemicals. In 2016 the name was updated to Meliora Cleaning Products. 

Sharing full ingredient lists in the cleaning products industry places Meliora Cleaning Products among the top responsible companies. Sharing the full recipes means the business goes beyond best practice to prioritize human and environmental health over the traditional profit model in the cleaning product industry, a distinction that has earned the company accolades including first place in the 2013 Quinlan Social Enterprise Competition. in 2015 the company formalized these practices and had them audited by a third party, becoming a Certified B Corporation.  

We are proud to do the right thing right now. Try our products out - make them yourself -and tell us what you think!