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Fact or Fiction: Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products
by Staff
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.

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  • almost fact: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can regulate the usage of words and phrases like "green" and "less plastic."

The DfE seal found on some cleaning products stands for Designed for Ecology.

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  • almost fact: DfE stands for Designed for Environment.

There are about 65 synthetic chemical products in the average American home.

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  • almost fact Most American households have only about 30 synthetic chemical products in their home.

Electrolyzed water makes a great cleaning solution.

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  • almost fact: Water with electrolytes makes a great solution. No need to add the electricity.

The U.S. Geological Survey conducted a study that showed 45 percent of North American streams contain broken-down chemicals from laundry detergents.

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  • almost fact: The actual percentage of streams that contain laundry byproducts is closer to 70 percent

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.

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  • Almost fact: Substitute the vinegar or lemon juice for baking soda.

Milk by itself will remove a red wine stain.

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  • Almost fact: After blotting with milk, blot with some detergent.

Asthma, reproductive issues (for men and women), cancer, and ADHD have all been linked to chemicals found in cleaning supplies.

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  • almost fact: ADHD has not been linked to household chemical exposure.

Vinegar is the only natural ingredient that will kill mold.

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  • almost fact: Vinegar needs to be combined with lemon juice for mold to die.

D-limonene is an all-natural, completely safe product added to cleaning supplies.

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  • almost fact: D-limonene can combine with ozone to create formaldehyde.