Tips for Greener House Cleaning

10 ways to make cleaning less hazardous to your health
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Read labels

It may sound like a no-brainer, but anything that says “poison,” “danger” or “fatal if swallowed” should be used with caution. Childproof packaging is also usually one big clue that what’s inside is pretty toxic. Some cleaning chemicals have been called into question due to studies that show possible ill effects from their use. These include triclosan, an antibacterial/antifungal agent, and disinfectants known as quaternary ammonium compounds, or “quats.” The added challenge is that cleaning product manufacturers don’t always list all their ingredients, so you can’t be sure of what’s in that bottle.