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Are products bearing claims like “non-toxic” and “earth friendly” safer?

Not necessarily. Many companies make misleading “green” claims as a marketing tool. There are no regulations in the U.S. requiring manufacturers to back up advertising claims. “Greenwashing” is common in the cleaning supplies industry. Some manufacturers may tout a positive aspect of their product but ignore health or ecological concerns associated with other ingredients. For inexpensive green options, try cleaning with simple kitchen ingredients such as vinegar, lemons, baking soda and water – and a little elbow grease.

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