Here’s a little known truth: The federal government does not require cleaning product manufacturers to disclose their ingredients to the public. Often, you literally can’t find out what’s in the bottle.

Some of the ingredients that aren’t listed on the label can be toxic, even when used according to the directions.

There are a number of cleaning products to avoid, but there are also healthy alternatives. For more information, check out EWG’s Top Tips for Healthy Cleaning.

For more EWG resources on cleaning products, check out EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning and the cleaning products section of our Healthy Living: Home Guide.

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