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3 Lies Cleaning Product Labels Tell You

3 Lies Cleaning Product Labels Tell You

Household cleaning products make all sorts of claims on their labels—but some may not mean what you think they do. Here’s the dirty truth:



You probably see products labeled “natural” in the cleaning aisle fairly often—but it turns out, it doesn’t mean much…and it doesn’t even guarantee that the product is any less toxic than “non-natural” ones. That’s because there’s no official definition for the term “natural” for anything except meat and poultry. Which means that other products can use the term pretty much whenever they please, with no organization regulating what a natural cleaning product must be made up of.



The “non-toxic” label on a cleaning product may put you at ease, implying that you probably won’t experience any adverse health effects using the product. Unfortunately, there’s no official standard for the term “non-toxic,” and there are also no organizations that verify the use of the word on products.


Environmentally Friendly

Trying to be greener? Don’t pat yourself on the back just yet for buying “environmentally friendly” cleaning products. Just like products labeled non-toxic, there’s no official standard for using the term on a label—it’s basically marketing. Household cleaning products are also not required to disclose their ingredients in most cases, making it hard to play detective yourself.


Want to be sure you know what’s in your cleaning products? Make them yourself with the help of our guide to making your own cleaning kit.

Read more: Eco-friendly tips, Green, Health & Safety, Home, Household Hints, Non-Toxic Cleaning

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Diana Vilibert

Diana Vilibert is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. You can find her at, or tweet her at @dianavilibert.


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1:26AM PDT on May 3, 2015

I like using vinegar and bi-carb soda. I figure if it's safe enough for me to eat, it must be fine for the planet.

11:48AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

Thanks for the info.

8:57PM PDT on Mar 21, 2014

Sue H ponders:

"Whatever happened to Truth in advertising??"

It sort of got lost between the quest for profits and the CEO's bonus.

8:41PM PDT on Mar 21, 2014

Whatever happened to Truth in advertising??

5:18PM PST on Feb 13, 2014


1:50PM PST on Feb 10, 2014

All the more reason for using the old faithfuls like vinegar and bicarb of soda - not to mention so much cheaper.

6:46AM PST on Feb 9, 2014


11:52AM PST on Feb 8, 2014

thank u

8:31PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

This is very interesting, thanks for the info =)

11:42AM PST on Feb 5, 2014


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Make your own, it's easy :)

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