If you are somewhat confused as to which are the safest and most effective cleaning products to use in your home, you are not alone. With increasing numbers of organic and “healthy” cleaning products hitting the market and a slew of conventional products battling for customer votes, it is super easy to become baffled.
One of the biggest problems with regards to cleaning products is that consumers do not receive all of the information that they need to make an educated decision. Because of labeling laws, it is increasingly easy for manufacturers to sneak in ingredients without making full disclosure on the labels.
One place where you can locate information is by searching the Environmental Working Group Guide to Healthy Cleaning or checking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment Program. You may still be confused because each site uses different criteria to meet its unique “green” standards.
Regardless of where you head for the information, keep the following in mind when choosing the safest products for your home and family:
· All ingredients must be displayed on the label.
· Product should be made from plants and minerals.
· Product must contain no petroleum or petrochemical ingredients.
· Information about any fragrance used – it must be natural.
· Product must be safe for grey water and septic tanks.
· No animal testing, or animal-derived ingredients can be used.
· Product must be free from any known human carcinogens, endocrine disruptors or teratogens.
Neways avoids more than 3000 harmful or potentially harmful ingredients in more than 200 products.
Make Your Own
Keeping up with the list above can be exhaustive. A simpler, and much less costly approach is to actually make your own cleaning solutions from non-toxic ingredients. Here are some easy-to-make options for keeping your home clean while protecting your family and the environment.