Our Green11 Filling Station

 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Our Filling StationReach And Teach now offers a Green 11 Filling Station at our shop in San Mateo at 144 West 25th Avenue - San Mateo CA 94403.

Bring your own container to fill up on hand soap, dishwashing liquid, and laundry detergent. All of our products are good for your body, good for the environment, and good for your budget. Jack Benny would be green AND cool if he were with us today (for those young folks who have never heard of Jack Benny, take a look at the YouTube at the end of this article). 

On this page we'll provide you with comprehensive information about each of the products we offer in our shop. We're partnering with an amazing team from Green 11, a company launched in 2009 with a store in San Francisco. They will soon be opening a second San Francisco shop, a shop in Berkeley, and we are their very first filling station partner and the only place on the peninsula where you can get these products in bulk. 

Ecos Laundry Soap

The first customer to walk into our shop the day we started filling soaps took one look at the laundry soap and said "That's the brand I already use. It's wonderful." Ecos has created a fantastic line of earth-friendly laundry soaps that do a great job of cleaning laundry using LESS soap that most traditional detergents. Rated for HE (High Efficiency) machines, the soap also works well in older washing machines.

We offer four varieties of laundry soap. Here are the ingredients for each:

  • Magnolia & Lilly - 100% natural anionic coconut kernel oil-based surfactant, horsetail plant, essential oils of magnolias and lilies, purified water.
  • Baby - Vegetable an coconut based soap, earth salt, coconut based fabric softener, N.O.P. certified chamomile and lavender essentials oils, water.
  • Lemongrass - 100% natural anionic coconut kernel oil based surfactant, horsetail plant, coconut based fabric softener, essential oil of lemongrass (NOP Certified Organic), purified water.
  • Free & Clear - 100% natural anionic coconut kernel oil based surfactant, purified water.

Earth-Friendly Dish Soap

The second customer to walk into our shop thought we were selling BYOC (Bring Your Own Container) Olive Oil. Yes, we sell olive oil through our friends at the Rebuilding Alliance, but their oil comes already bottled or in tins. "What else do you have?" our visitor asked. We showed him the soaps and he said "Well, my wife expected me to come home with something so I'll try the dish soap." He filled his container with our Earth-Friendly Dishmate Pear dish soap. We offer three types of powerful hand dish washing products that are naturally hard on grease and not your skin. We recommend that you squirt only a small amount into your sponge for cleaning dishes so you can experience the power of this concentrated formula. Dishmate also acts as a great cleaner for hand washable clothes too.

  • Pear - Purified water, 100% natural anionic coconut kernel oil-based surfactant, salt, pear essential oils.
  • Grapefruit - Purified water, 100% natural anionic coconut kernel oil-based surfactant, salt, N.O.P. certified organic grapefruit essential oil. 
  • Free & Clear - Ingredients:Water, coconut oil derived surfactants (Does not contain SLS)

Green 11 Hand Soap

Our friends at Green 11 cooked up a wonderful hand soap that we're so thrilled to have in our shop. Our third customer, who happens to run a car window repair shop, walked over to the refilling station and poured a dab of the hand soap into his hands, coated both hands with it, took a deep whiff and said "This is really nice!" I asked if he wanted to wash his hands off and he said "No way! This is the best my hands have felt all day."

The ingredients will make you feel good too! We offer two types, Lavendar and Lemongrass. Ingredients are Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycerin, Lavendula Augustfolia (Lavender) Oil*, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool.

*N.O.P. Certified Essential OilBiodegradable and non-toxic.


At just 12 cents an ounce for laundry detergent, 13 cents an ounce for dish soap, and 26 cents an ounce for hand soap, these soaps are not only great for your body and good for the planet, they're also pretty good for your budget. Frugal meets green meets healthy! As young Drew Durham likes to say "Sweet!"

Jack Benny - Frugal, Green, and COOL!

Of course the Reach And Teach team is aging itself by talking about Jack Benny at all. So many of our partners in peacemaking are too young to know him. But, we're wondering... did anyone recognize the guy delivering the telegram? (And if you dare to ask "What's a telegram....!!!"). That man was Mel Blanc, the voice of:

So to close this article with soapy style...... That's All Folks!

Green America approved