Our clothes. Our dishes. Our homes. Ourselves. Cleaning is a chore we just can’t escape. The marketplace is awash in products to make quick work of these tasks, but beware: Countless products that purport to help us in our daily lives contain ingredients that really should have no place there.
In fact, many cleaners commonly available in the U.S. contain substances linked to health problems, including asthma and cancer. Despite that, cleaning product labels often don’t provide enough information for consumers to make informed decisions.
That’s where we can help, with these Eco-Friendly Tips to Green Your House Cleaning. Because, let’s face it, cleaning products that are bad for the environment aren’t going to be the best for you, either. And vice versa.
Look for Safer Choice-Certified Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Safer Choice label helps consumers identify products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance. When a product has the Safer Choice label, it means that every intentionally added ingredient has been evaluated by EPA scientists. Only the safest possible functional ingredients are allowed in products with the Safer Choice label.
Look for Refill-Reuse Options
Single-use plastic spray bottles are a major factor in the growing problem of plastic waste buildup in our oceans. As of 2021, there are at least 363,762,732,605 pounds of plastic pollution in the world's oceans. Plastic has even been found at 36,000 feet in the Mariana Trench, meaning not even the deepest part of the world's oceans is escaping contamination. Packaging of ready-to-use household cleaners are part of the problem.
Look for Ways to Reduce Packaging & Shipping
Cleaning products are mostly water, with a small amount of active ingredients. Instead of purchasing ready-to-use cleaners, look for concentrates that offer reduced packaging and avoid the environmental toll associated with shipping. Look for companies that offer concentrates that you dilute with tap water at home, so when you run out of cleaner you just have to purchase a lightweight, recyclable refill pod.
The JAWS (Just Add Water System) reusable spray bottle comes with refill pods of powerful concentrate. When mixed with water, the pods create cleaning products that are effective yet clean without streaking or leaving residue. When your spray bottle is empty, simply refill it with water, reload it with another pod, and reuse it.
JAWS bottles are designed to be reused, and our refill pods, as well as our bottles, are recyclable, reducing plastic in landfills. With our innovative system of eco-friendly cleaning products, you can save money while helping to save the planet.