In the past, eco-friendly cleaning products have held a bad reputation for being ineffective. As the demand for green products has grown, there’s been more innovation and better choices for consumers. Going green is great for your health and your home because not only do these items clean just as well as the chemical-laden options, but there’s also less chance that their ingredients will harm you—and the environment. With interchangeable labels—like natural, eco-friendly, organic and green—it can be confusing to know what to buy and what’s best for your latest kitchen mess. Federal regulations don’t require proof for environmentally friendly claims, unlike FDA certifications for food, and companies can slap labels on products even if they include chemicals and environmental hazards. To complicate matters, there are also a fair number of companies that qualify as green, even though they lack environmental buzzwords on their packaging. Here are some tips for choosing your household cleaning products, along with product recommendations that will tackle most messes while minimally impacting the environment. How to Know if a Product Is Eco-Friendly For starters, research cleaning products on a site like Environmental Working Group (EWG). This nonprofit evaluated more than 2,500 cleaning products and […]

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