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How to Shop for Green Cleaning Supplies
Some guidelines for shopping for nontoxic household cleaning products; avoid falling victim to “greenwashing” — the marketing of conventional items as eco-friendly.
- Read ingredient lists. Avoid petroleum-based solvents, chlorine, ammonia and phosphates.
- Avoid products that have “danger,” “poison” or “warning” on the label.
- Choose products that list all ingredients.
- Look for products that make specific claims regarding biodegradability, e.g., such as within 14 days.
- If a product is marketed as “natural,” read the label more closely (petroleum, too, is “natural”).
- Avoid products with synthetic fragrances. If you need a scented product, choose one that uses essential oils.
- Buy in bulk or concentrated form (there’s no reason to pay for added water).
- Choose products that have the least packaging.
- Try castile soap, a mild, liquid, vegetable-based soap traditionally made from olive oil. (Taggart likes the Dr. Bronner’s brand.)
Some brands that make nontoxic cleaning products:
- Seventh Generation
- Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Planet
- Bright Green
- ecostore USA
- Clorox (Green Works)