How green are your cleaning products? With labels like “eco-friendly,” “green,” and “natural” populating store shelves, it’s hard to know what those titles even mean – and more so why it matters. First, let’s look at why we should care. We know that traditional cleaning products are packed with endocrine disruptors, chemicals that wreak negative effects on both your body and the environment. In the body, they mimic your own hormones interfering with immunity, metabolism, fertility and more. In nature, they can enter through cleaning products residue from waste disposal and can alter whole ecosystems. This makes it doubly important to be aware of what you are using to clean your home.
While vinegar and baking powder are an old stand-by for a reason, there are many other products on the market that tout being “clean” and effective. However, many of these eco-products aren’t all they seem to be, and contain ingredients that are just as toxic as their mainstream counterparts. Household products are very loosely regulated by the FDA, so many companies make claims that do not hold up to testing. Luckily, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tirelessly reviews, tests and grades different beauty, household and other products to help you better navigate a market saturated with “green” products. Their site is a great resource if you ever have concerns about the ingredients in your products and their efficacy and effects on you and your body.
We recommend swapping out your Clorox and Tide for the following “clean” cleaning products, which all received an A rating from EWG:
Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid
Earth Friendly Products Orange Plus All Purpose Everyday Cleaner
Which non-toxic cleaning products do you use? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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