GREEN AND TOXIN-FREE

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You're no stranger to cur­rent health trends: From choos­ing or­ganic foods to shop­ping for cleaner per­sonal care prod­ucts, you have prob­a­bly tried and adopted at least one healthy habit in the re­cent months. But how does green clean­ing com­pare with the rest of your pri­or­i­ties? If you care about what goes into your body, shouldn't you care just as much about the en­vi­ron­ment that sur­rounds it?

Be­cause the govern­ment doesn't re­quire clean­ing prod­ucts to be la­beled with their in­gre­di­ents (or even that those in­gre­di­ents and prod­ucts are tested for health and safety), it might be tricky to de­ter­mine which clean­ing prod­ucts are best for your home. Be­ware of mis­lead­ing la­bels that claim the prod­uct is “all nat­u­ral,” “green,” or “eco-friendly.” Although th­ese la­bels sound promis­ing, com­pa­nies some­times use th­ese terms sim­ply as mar­ket­ing strate­gies to mis­lead cus­tomers into pur­chas­ing prod­ucts that don't ac­tu­ally live up to their claims—a term called green­wash­ing.

An easy way to check is to visit the En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group's Guide to Healthy Clean­ing, type the prod­uct name in the search bar, and check out both the in­gre­di­ent list and safety rat­ing. Find the Guide at ewg.org/guides/clean­ers. Sam­ple some of our fa­vorite prod­ucts from Grab Green, ap­proved by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group. Find ’em at grab­green­home .com & phar­maca.com.

AU­TO­MATIC DISH­WASH­ING DE­TER­GENT Th­ese pods are made with nat­u­rally de­rived in­gre­di­ents—no phos­phates or chlo­rine.

3-IN-1 LAUN­DRY DE­TER­GENT Pre-mea­sured pods make laun­dry day easy, and the eco-friendly for­mula works with both high-ef­fi­ciency and stan­dard ma­chines. ROOM & FAB­RIC FRESH­ENER SPRAYS Per­fect for clothes, cur­tains, linens, rooms, rugs, fur­ni­ture, and car in­te­ri­ors.

ETHANOLAMINES, tri-ethanolamine

SYN­THETIC FRA­GRANCE, ph­tha­lates

PINE OR CIT­RUS OIL, be­cause on smoggy or high ozone days, com­pounds in the oils can re­act with ozone in the air to form the car­cino­genic chem­i­cal formalde­hyde

QUA­TER­NARY AM­MO­NIUM COM­POUNDS, such as alkyl dimethyl ben­zyl am­mo­nium chlo­ride (ADBAC), ben­za­lko­nium chlo­ride, and dide­cyl dimethyl ben­zyl am­mo­nium chlo­ride

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