Tips for determining if Your Organic Cleaning Products are Truly Eco-Friendly

Anybody who values the environment tries to use as many green products as possible. To such people, identifying and using the best green products is almost a matter of life and death. To an extent, they are correct. The problem is more of them buy or use any product labeled “green.” They do not take time to discover whether the products designed for organic cleaning are really eco-friendly as advertised.

Even those who want to check if the products are eco-friendly have no idea where to start. However, you don’t have to be a scientist to tell if your products are truly eco-friendly. Below are some tips to assist you check whether the products are truly eco-friendly or not.

Check for Chemicals

Organic or green cleaning has many benefits. However, the benefits will be non-existent if the products’ contents are not as natural as claimed. The presence or mention of chemicals as some of the contents already makes the product unnatural and inorganic. Therefore, you would be wrong to proceed to use the product for green cleaning. Check if the label has specific rather than generic information.

Do not spend money on any product labeled “all natural” without paying attention to the ingredients. Instead, look for products labeled “Made with 100% all-natural ingredients”.

Educate Yourself

Education has no equal. In this era, when the Internet is the most easily accessible source of tons upon tons of information, educate yourself. The focus of your education should be the language applied in green products. Many companies purport to make green cleaning products. They are able to get away with such false claims because of customers’ ignorance. Some of the terms they include on the labels are:
– All natural
– Non-toxic
– Organic
– Carbon neutral

The companies know they can publish such terms and get away with it.

Do a Bit of Research on the Manufacturers

The companies also need a bit of your attention. For example, taking time to research companies that claim to make organic products would be a good starting point. Once again, use the Internet as your tool for conducting the research. Much of the work happens behind closed doors. Companies that truly make green products will often publish the information on their websites. Use the Internet wisely to check if their claims are correct.

Stop Focusing Entirely on the Packaging

The last thing that you should allow to deceive you is the packaging. Companies invest a lot in packaging. They seek to impress gullible customers with excellent packaging. Eco-friendly products are where the money is, and big companies know this. They’re ready to do what it takes to pull you in – even if it means investing in the best packaging. Instead of focusing on the packaging, your attention should be on reading the labels to make informed decisions.

Lastly, do not buy any so-called green product that lacks the appropriate certification.
Some of the most trustworthy certifications include:
a) Energy Star
b) USDA Organic Seal
c) Green Seal
d) Forest Stewardship Council

Research the certification you see on any green product to confirm its objectivity. Researching the products, their contents, and certification will save you a lot of money.