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.


Christine Jones
Christine J2 years ago

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.

Bea W.
Bea Wilson3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Dale O.

Sue H ponders:

"Whatever happened to Truth in advertising??"

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

Sue H.
Sue H4 years ago

Whatever happened to Truth in advertising??

Nicole H.
Nicole L4 years ago


Karen F.
Karen P4 years ago

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

Kristen Belue
Kristen belue4 years ago


Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder4 years ago

thank u

Catrina Therrien
Catrina Therrien4 years ago

This is very interesting, thanks for the info =)

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago