Many cleaning products label themselves “green”, “natural”, or “biodegradable” — but these terms are meaningless alone. Always check the ingredients yourself to see if the product is truly eco-friendly. In fact, 95% of green products have been found guilty of greenwashing: making false, unimportant, or unhelpful environmental claims. For example, ozone-depleting CFCs are illegal, yet some products are still labeled “CFC free” to lure consumers into purchasing them. You’re best off looking for specific details when attempting to verify a product’s eco-friendly status. For example, you know a product calling itself “biodegradable in one week” is more legitimate than one that’s simply “biodegradable” since most substances eventually start to decompose anyway.
Ultimately, switching to greener methods of cleaning will be better for your health, your children’s health, and the environment. Refusing to use conventional cleaning products will also improve the air quality in your home and reduce chance of allergic reaction in your family. Setting a good, eco-friendly example for your children will ensure they have a bright future ahead of them.
Writer: Sally Keys is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and traveling as much as possible.