Everything is going green these days, and cleaning products are no exception. It can be hard to choose, however, between effectiveness and sustainability. Even harder to distinguish between genuinely safe products and those that cause real harm to the environment and health. Here are some tips on what to look for on the labels of cleaning supplies to keep your home clean and safe at the same time.

Water Dilution

Look in the usage directions for products that dissolve in tap water rather than those that require hot water.

Avoid Disinfectants and Sanitizers

For most household purposes, simple cleaning is enough. If you require a sanitizer or disinfectant in areas of heavy use by very young children, then choose citrus or hydrogen peroxide based products over chlorine.

Recyclable Packaging

On the bottom of bottle, look for the recyclable label  or plastics labeled 1 (PET) or 2 (HDPE). Plastic bottles labeled 3 (PVC) are not recyclable.

Toxic Hazards

If a product contains toxic materials, law dictates that there be such a label. Avoid anything labeled toxic as these are very harmful.


Biodegradable materials will decompose naturally into neutral byproducts. If a product is not labeled as biodegradable, you may need to contact the manufacturer to find out.

Ingredients to Avoid

If you find these ingredients listed, consider an alternative product:        
  • Alkylphenolethoxylates  (APEs),        
  • Glycol ethers (2-butoxyethanol),
  • Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA),
  • Chromium, selenium, and other heavy metals, 
  • Phosphates over .5%, 
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Some products may not list all ingredients, so contact the manufacturer if you are unsure. 

Contacting Denver CleanPro is one way to ensure that your carpet is cleaned with products that are safe for the environment and your home. We provide the best eco carpet cleaning in Denver. Check out our website and give us a call at 303-903-1261.

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