Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Find Out If Your Cleaning Products Pass or Fail the Safety Test

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I learned about a website a couple of weeks ago when I attended my friend's Norwex Facebook party: EWG's Guide to Healthy Cleaning.

According to the website, it's an "online safety guide for household cleaning products, launched in 2012 to help people find safer products that fully disclose their ingredients and contain fewer ingredients that are hazardous or that haven’t been thoroughly tested. The database combines product ingredient lists gleaned from product labels, company websites and worker safety documents with information in more than 16 standard toxicity databases and extensive searches of peer-reviewed scientific literature. The database provides easy-to-navigate safety ratings for more than 2,000 cleaning products."

When I visited the website to see if my new Norwex cloths could be washed in my ALL Free and Clear laundry detergent, I was shocked to find that it received a big, fat F! I use All Free and Clear because I can't stand those chemical, flowery smells; they make my nose all itchy. I also choose ALL Free and Clear because it fits in my budget. I wasn't expecting an A or anything but an F? Wow.

So, since it is important for Norwex products to be washed in certain kinds of detergent (Norwex makes one, but it's pricey to me), I was hoping to be able to buy Seventh Generation Free and Clear powder detergent, which scored an A, on my next grocery shopping trip. Fry's didn't have it in the powder form, so I grabbed the liquid thinking it would be just as fine. Grrrr. EWG gave it a D. :(

I guess it's Amazon to the rescue!

Since my hubby's the one with Amazon Prime, I'm going to have him order this laundry powder for me ASAP! In about a week or so, I'll have quite a few more Norwex items to wash thanks to my hostess package and to all my friends who ordered from my Norwex Facebook party. :)

EWG works for me! Check it our for yourself to see what grade your cleaning products get.

Norwex works for me, too. Did you know you can purchase Norwex on Amazon? You can!

Never heard of Norwex? Feel free to watch the video below to find out more. YouTube has lots of other Norwex videos, too.

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Becca @ The Earthlings Handbook said...

I love that database! It is grading products not only on their safety for your health but on their environmental impact. It's shocking how some of the "green" products aren't really any better than the "regular" stuff. My favorite discovery there is that Colgate toothpaste (the plainest version they make) is one of the safer toothpastes, because it's also one of the least expensive.

EnviroClean Technologies said...

Thank you, Brandi to share an important information. non toxic degreaser

Erin | A Welder's Wife said...

This is extremely helpful for products I have been trying to switch to safer products. My dish detergent is all that I have left to switch, because Cascade works so well! I have tried making my own with no success. This website will definitely be a huge help to finding a replacement! Thank you for sharing at the Thoughtful Thursday Link Party!

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Brandi said...

I tried making my own dishwashing detergent, too, but I didn't like it either. Same with homemade laundry detergent. I do still use a not so healthy brand of dishwashing detergent since I can't afford to use everything I want. I feel like switching some thing are better than no things!


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