You check the ingredients labels on the food you buy to ensure that you’re providing your family with healthy, safe options. The same thought process should apply when you buy household cleaners, right? Unfortunately, federal regulations governing chemicals that brands are allowed to use in cleaning products are outdated and weak. What’s worse, makers of cleaning products can legally refrain from disclosing everything that’s in their products. You can read ingredients labels all you want, but you likely won’t get the information you really need.
Some chemicals can be very harmful to human health and to the environment, so you will want to avoid them as much as possible. To do that, you’ll have to conduct extra research on your own behalf to find out which cleaning products are sustainable and safe. One of the ways you can do this is by researching companies to find out which ones are reputable and which ones are not. When Amway, for example, introduced its first original product in 1959, it offered a biodegradable, organic cleaner. Since then, through much expansion and far more product offerings, Amway has maintained its commitment to sustainability and healthy living.
But remember that looking for the word “green” on a label isn’t enough. If enough people start buying better products, consumers can send a message to the government and to the cleaning industry — they want safe, sustainable products. Check out the following infographic to learn more about how to research cleaning products and switch to a more sustainable lifestyle.