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The Best Green Cleaning Products (As Recommended by Professional Housecleaners)

Taste of Home Logo By Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal of Taste of Home | Slide 1 of 10: The war against germs—and ridding our homes from every last one—can feel like a neverending battle. Whether you have kids, pets or just a general fear of contracting whatever is "going around" there are endless options of industrial strength cleaners to rid your home of whatever you fear. The issue? Using those cleaners can pose bigger problems that can directly affect the health of everyone in your household. As reported by the Environmental Working Group, disinfectants that contain ammonium compounds have been linked to asthma and fertility issues; soaps with triclosan can cause allergies to flare up and may affect thyroid function, while cleaners made from ammonia or chlorine beach are harmful to the environment and the air you breathe. But there are ways to safely clean your home without harming the health of your family or the planet. It starts by ditching the harsh chemicals and seeking out green cleaning products. Start by reading labels and looking for green cleaning products that are certified by Green Seal or Ecologo and are free of fragrance, triclosan and quaternary ammonium compounds. Psst! These are the dirtiest areas in your home.

Why use green cleaning products?

The war against germs—and ridding our homes from every last one—can feel like a neverending battle. Whether you have kids, pets or just a general fear of contracting whatever is "going around" there are endless options of industrial strength cleaners to rid your home of whatever you fear. The issue? Using those cleaners can pose bigger problems that can directly affect the health of everyone in your household. As reported by the Environmental Working Group, disinfectants that contain ammonium compounds have been linked to asthma and fertility issues; soaps with triclosan can cause allergies to flare up and may affect thyroid function, while cleaners made from ammonia or chlorine beach are harmful to the environment and the air you breathe. But there are ways to safely clean your home without harming the health of your family or the planet. It starts by ditching the harsh chemicals and seeking out green cleaning products. Start by reading labels and looking for green cleaning products that are certified by Green Seal or Ecologo and are free of fragrance, triclosan and quaternary ammonium compounds. Psst! These are the dirtiest areas in your home.
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