There are a lot of cleaning products on the market. How do you choose which ones to bring into your home? Is it a brand your mother always used, the one that’s on sale? While most of us reach for cleaning products without a second thought, there’s a host of research out there about the chemicals lurking in everyday cleaning products — chemicals that can actually harm your family. Here are three things to look out for before you go shopping.
Sure, it’s nice to have your dishes smelling lemony fresh, but at what cost? Over 95% of the chemicals in fragrances created synthetically are made from petrochemicals like aldehydes and phthalates, substances with scary links to things like cancer, birth defects, asthma, and allergens. Yikes!
Many common cleaning products — like dish soaps and detergents — contain petroleum, a fossil fuel. Not so great for future generations inhabiting this planet.
Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Packs are EPA Safer Choice certified as biobased. That means that every ingredient has been reviewed by the EPA to ensure it meets their strict human health and environmental criteria — and the world can keep on spinning along with your dishwasher.
3. Names you can pronounce
Tired of trying to read ingredient lists with words you can’t pronounce or vague terms like “fragrance” that can mask a host of chemicals? Us too. In the United States, manufacturers of cleaning products are not even required to list their full ingredients on their labels… meaning a lot of that scary stuff gets hidden.
That’s one mess you don’t want to sweep under the rug. When it comes to products you’re bringing into your home, labels matter just as much as the product that goes into them. They can tell you a lot about how a company views the intelligence of consumers. Trust your smarts and opt for products that show full ingredient lists.
There you have it; three things to look out for when looking for green cleaning products. What are your favorite cleaning brands that are good for the environment? Let us know in the comments!