Know what’s in your products.
Unlike food packaging, cleaning products don’t have to disclose the ingredients on the bottle. It’s common not to know what’s in your traditional cleaner.
You’ll notice that true and trustworthy eco-cleaning manufacturers make a point of listing all of their ingredients. This gives the product and you full transparency and peace of mind in what you’re spraying on your surfaces.
But the key to finding natural cleaning products is more than just reading the label: You need to know what makes a formulation safe or unsafe.
Start by scanning the label for terms such as plant-based, organic, clean, biodegradable, chemical-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, synthetic fragrance-free, preservative-free, or hypoallergenic.
Most safe products will have at least one or two of these listed.
Top Tip: If you find the word Non-Toxic used - that’s a red flag, because there is no such thing as nontoxic.
Watch out for greenwashing.
As the green cleaning market is growing and many non-eco brands are hankering for a piece of the green pie.
Labels can be misleading –for example “planet loving” could just mean they have changed their packaging to contain recycled paper. It doesn’t necessarily meant it is not stuffed with harmful, toxic ingredients.
If you can’t find a full ingredient list disclosed or it’s written in a way that is not easy to look up, odds are the manufacturer is trying to hide something from you.