Q: I was wondering if you had any online or offline recommendations for learning the ins and outs of knowing which products to use from both a hypoallergenic and green perspective. My daughter is 3 years old and I've become particularly concerned about reducing her exposure to all the unnecessary chemicals I was raised while growing up...
...Is there some definitive list I can reference to give me some sort of assurance the cleaning product I use (I plan to try some DIY solutions, but as a working mom, time is of the essence), whether it be laundry, household cleaners or soap, is safe?
Sent by Concerned Mom
Editor: Concerned Mom, check out some of these links from past posts here on Re-Nest and Apartment Therapy to help guide your journey to a healthier lifestyle for both you and your daughter:
- Best Green Cleaning Products 2009
- Best Green Cleaning Tips and How-Tos
- ATLA's library of Simple Green posts have numerous green recommendations and information particular to a product or product line.
- Chemicals to Avoid in Household Cleaners lists several chemicals to avoid according to National Geographic's Green Guide.
- Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home recommends a step-by-step guide (book) about non-toxic cleaning.
- AT Chicago lists their top ten eco-cleaners.
- ATDC addresses how to Figure Out if a Product is REALLY Green.
We also highly recommend the iPhone app called GoodGuide, which has a database of over 65,000 products, ranging from toothpaste, shampoo, household cleaners, rating each of them according to their green friendliness. We're telling everyone we know with an iPhone or Touch to load this up onto their handheld since it's free and easy to take around with you while you're actually out and about making these informed purchases.
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