The latest generation of cleaning products is rewriting the rules, using everyday ingredients to out-clean their chemical-heavy rivals. And picking the best products has never been easier.
Crazy as it may sound, there are virtually no regulations in the U.S. that require cleaning product ingredients to be listed on the label.
Up until recently, shopping for a household cleaning product often meant choosing one that relied heavily on chemicals to be effective. It got the job done, but at what cost to people’s health?
Manufacturers have taken advantage of the lack of regulations, adding more and more harsh chemicals so that they can make bolder and bolder claims about their product’s cleaning ability.
Today, those regulations are still nowhere to be seen, and labels are still as confusing and misleading as ever, but the good news is that things are looking up.
A new generation of cleaning product has emerged, getting the tough cleaning jobs done without the health impacts.
These next-generation cleaners are using ingredients that are not created from chemicals, but from non-chemical sources. The selection is ever-growing, and getting easier to spot the safe choices from the not so safe ones. To help the process of making the switch, we have put together a simple guideline.
Firstly - Any product that doesn’t list its ingredients in full is usually hiding something, it’s a good rule to just disregard any product that makes its ingredients hard to find.
Avoid antibacterial ingredients like Triclosan (recently banned by the FDA but still in products until late 2017) and Triclocarban, studies have shown that they can disrupt the endocrine system and alter the body’s production of hormones
Choose fragrance-free products. The label "fragrance" on a product can hide dozens of ingredients, like synthetic chemicals such as phthalates, that can be harmful to health
Avoid DEA and TEA. Diethanolamine (DEA) is reported by the California EPA as a possible human carcinogen. Triethanolamine (TEA) is a known skin, respiratory and immune system toxicant
Avoid Ammonia and Chlorine. Ammonia can irritate or burn skin and mucous membranes, and is toxic if swallowed, and chlorine has been linked to asthma.
Avoid SLS and SLES. Short for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, both are known skin irritants.
This quick guide will help you to narrow down your choices when selecting your next cleaning products. At TrueClub.com, we rate all cleaning products we stock based on the guidelines above (amongst others), so the hard work has been done for you. Free registration gets you access to all of our product scores and analysis and up to 50% off retail prices.