Truman's Tale

We started Truman's because, while we’re somewhat obsessed with cleaning, we’re totally obsessed with reducing waste and clutter. Nowhere could we have a bigger impact than in the overcrowded world of home cleaning products, where so many specialized cleaners in plastic bottles clamor for our dollars with fresh new scents, trendy colors and green cleaners that don’t actually clean.

Nobody needs a gazillion cleaning products with harsh chemicals cluttering their cabinets, and our planet certainly doesn’t need the plastic empties. That's why we offer non-toxic products that reduce shipping and plastic waste while effectively cleaning your clothes, dishes and home surfaces. It's a concept so novel that Fast Company has honored Truman's as a World Changing Idea.

So that's Truman's: cleaning glass and taking names.

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Co-founders Jon Bostock and Alex Reed aren’t bashful about what they saw when they started Truman’s: a mess. Hear all about it straight from the horses’ mouths. (Sorry for calling you guys horses, but we are headquartered in Derby City, after all.)


We don’t really have a calling to clean. But we did see a lot of messes in the industry that we could tackle.

  • Green cleaners that actually clean.Green cleaners are great (as long as your standard for cleaning is as low as your carbon footprint). We’ve created formulas proven in 3rd party tests to outperform many of the brands you know.
  • Good, clean pun.We love engaging with the actual users of our product here on the website, through social media and via text messaging. (Don’t believe us - hit the chat icon in the corner of the site and lay your best cleaning pun on us.) It’s so important to us, every single Truman’s employee starts in customer service regardless of experience level and background.
  • Break the (supply) chain.We produce our formulas in the US and focus on simple supply chains. We elaborate on this long-winded topic here.
  • Clean things come in small packages.We believe in creating one really good product for every cleaning application, and we cut waste in product and packaging design whenever possible. We’re neat-freaks in a way, even if our sinks and closets are a mess.

A cleaning subscription? Really??

It’s not an exaggeration to say there’s a subscription for everything today — even cars! So why would you want a subscription for cleaning products? You wouldn’t. Well, not traditional cleaning products.

Shipping ready-to-use spray cleaners is expensive and taxing on the environment. Think about it — a pallet of ready-to-use bottles (~750) weighs more than 15 times as much as the same number of refill cartridges...and features a lot more plastic! Truman's Starter Kit gives you a 45-day trial for just $15 and free shipping. A standard refill plan (4 cartridges per cleaner type every 6 months) activates after the trial, and you can pause or supplement based on your cleaning habits.