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How To Ensure That You Are Selling Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

How To Ensure That You Are Selling Eco-Friendly Cleaning ProductsIn recent decades, we have seen a growing number of eco-friendly or “green” cleaning products introduced into the housekeeping and janitorial supply marketplace. These products have become very popular among commercial and domestic cleaning or janitorial services. A number of these products are labeled as environmentally friendly, green, or natural. But can you be sure that the products you are purchasing for resale or use are what they say they are? Here are some tips that will help you determine how truthful their labeling really is.

Be sure there is a full disclosure of the ingredients used in making the product – unfortunately, the list of ingredients on a cleaning product’s label is not listed from the highest percentage to the lowest as it is on a food ingredient label. Unless the product contains certain disinfectants or hazardous ingredients, the manufacturer is not required to list the ingredients. Therefore, you should only look for products that have the ingredients listed on the product label or the manufacturer’s website.

Learn which ingredients are deemed as being risky – there are a number of ingredients that are very common in many cleaning products today. If you know what ingredients are in the cleaners that you are selling or using in your business, you will learn about the associated risks involved with them. You will be able to make a more well-informed decision about the products to include in your inventory. You can learn more about these ingredients by searching the National Institute of Health's website.

Read the environmental claims that are made about the product – manufacturers will use a number of different catch phrases that sound really impressive. These include terminologies such as “biodegradable,” “eco-friendly,” or “environmentally safe” for example. When you are comparing these products, those that are manufactured using ingredients that are 100% plant-based are considerably better than those whose label states that they are “made using only natural ingredients.”


It may be impressive to read the statement “contains no CFC’s,” but the reality is that chlorofluorocarbons were banned in the late 1970s by the EPA. So too is the phrase “phosphate free.” With the exception of some dishwasher detergents, it’s been over two decades since phosphates were used in any cleaning products. Take a few minutes and search the Internet for the Material Safety Data Sheet or MSDS that applies to the product you are interested in. These documents contain all the information that you need to be concerned with.