How to shop for clean home products

by Erika Osurman
How to shop for clean home products

Finding clean products for your home isn’t always as easy as it seems - between greenwashing and clever marketing, products that seem great are actually filled with harmful ingredients. And once you learn more about these harmful ingredients, it’s hard to be okay with filling your house with them! Keeping the spaces where you eat, bathe, sleep, etc clean and free of toxins can have an incredible impact on your health & mindset. Today we’re sharing a few easy steps to get you started and guide your shopping experience.

.:. Learn more about what types of ingredients to avoid - It’s hard to know where to start if you’re not sure what you’re even looking for. Force of Nature has a great list that is easy to understand.

.:. Use an app or list to check common products - Try out EWG’s Healthy Living or Good Guide. Both of these basically rank various common household products and give you insight into the ingredients they contain. Start with the products you’re already using. If you find lots of problem ingredients, explore alternatives.

.:. DIY - Make your own! While there may be some investment with the initial ingredients, it’s easier than you think to make your own effective and natural products. A Beautiful Mess has a great round-up of all of their DIY clean home projects. Bonus: when making your own products you can skip the plastic and use refillable glass bottles. Switching to cloth napkins and towels another easy step!

.:. Start small - Begin with just one product or product category at a time. It’s quite a task to overhaul everything at once - especially if you’re not quite sure yet which products you love or work well in your home. May first just switch out your dish detergent or laundry detergent. Once you find something you love, check out their other cleaning products and replace items slowly. 

We hope this brief list is helpful in getting you started. What kinds of products do you use most in your home? What is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.

Clean & ethical home products can be tricky - and so can fashion & textiles! Check out our 10 Ethical Fashion Terms You Need to Know blog post or Beginner’s Guide to Ethical Fashion to get you started on the right track.

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