Once upon a time, cleaning supplies were simple. After the first synthetic detergent was introduced in 1946, a host of other synthetic cleaning products came on the market. Today, there are more than 10,000 household cleaning products of various brands.
Some ingredients are linked to health concerns including asthma, cancer, and neurological damage. Other ingredients lack full data on health effects. Because manufacturers are not required to list all ingredients, it’s hard to know the hazards.
You can save money and protect our air and water by using fewer ingredients to do the job.
- DIY Green cleaning KitYou may already have the five key ingredients for a green cleaning kit in your cupboard! See ingredients and what they do.
- Green Cleaning RecipesStove, bathroom, floors—most cleaning can be done with simple ingredients. See recipes.
- Chlorine Bleach SafetyChlorine bleach vapors can be hard on the lungs. Find out how much bleach you need to kill germs, according to health experts. It’s not much: if you can smell it, it may be too strong!