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How To Find Safer Cleaning Supplies

Mar 18, 2015

To clean: Remove excess dirt. Wipe surface clean with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. Let surface dry. To Disinfect and Deodorize: Remove excess dirt. Wipe surface, using enough wipes for the treated surface to remain visibly wet for 4 minutes. Let surface dry. For surfaces that may come in contact with food, like appliance interiors, a portable rinse is required.

Going on the later this spring, look for cleaners with the Environmental Protection Agency’s new “Safer Choice” logo on more than 1,000 products sold in stores such as CostcoHome DepotStaples,Target, and Walmart.

To earn the seal, cleaning products are screened by EPA scientists for potential health and environmental risks, and are considered to be a safer alternative; they cannot contain Ingredients such as triclosan, for example, which is found in some antibacterial dish detergents.

Consumer Reports’ experts have evaluated the label and rated it as meaningful. For a list of products, go to epa.gov/safer choice. For more on labels, go to Greener Choices. Org.

Safe to use on stainless steel or chrome appliances. Always read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products. Store out of reach of children.