GREEN AND TOXIN-FREE
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.
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