Quiz: Fact or Fiction: Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products: HowStuffWorks
Fact or Fiction: Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products
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The old way of cleaning with homemade supplies did require a little more elbow grease, but it was cheaper and easier on the environment than many of today's high-powered cleansers. Can you tell fact from fiction when it comes to green cleaning?
In the United States, the government regulates cleaning products and how they are marketed to consumers.
Manufacturers are not legally required to report the ingredients in their products. However, the FTC can take legal action if a product is marketed in a deceiving or false manner.
The DfE seal found on some cleaning products stands for Designed for Ecology.
The Environmental Protection Agency offers the DfE seal for products that meet a certain standard of environmental and human safety.
There are about 65 synthetic chemical products in the average American home.
Those 65 synthetic chemical products add up to 10 gallons (38 liters).
Electrolyzed water makes a great cleaning solution.
If you pass electric current through salt water, sodium ions become a base, while the chloride ions transform into an acid. The base acts like a detergent, and the acid disinfects.
The U.S. Geological Survey conducted a study that showed 45 percent of North American streams contain broken-down chemicals from laundry detergents.
Most North American streams are contaminated by the chemicals in laundry detergent
Your homemade salad dressing can double as an economic and Earth-friendly cleaning supply. The Sierra Club says olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice make a great wood polish.
The simple mix will keep your wood shiny -- no need for anything else.
Milk by itself will remove a red wine stain.
Milk and seltzer water will take away that red stain. Just make sure to treat the stain when it's fresh.
Asthma, reproductive issues (for men and women), cancer, and ADHD have all been linked to chemicals found in cleaning supplies.
Studies have found connections between cleaning products and all of these conditions, especially in professional cleaners.
Vinegar is the only natural ingredient that will kill mold.
Versatile tea tree oil concentrated with water also kills mold effectively.
D-limonene is an all-natural, completely safe product added to cleaning supplies.
Derived from orange peels, this substance can become toxic if it mixes with ozone. It can also irritate the skin.
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