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Spring Cleaning with Standards | Whole Foods Market

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I love a clean house. Wiped down countertops. Clean dishes. Folded laundry. That’s my jam, but colder weather kept my two kids and Labrador mostly indoors making a mess of the house. Now the sun is out, my kids are spending more time outside, and it’s time to clean up.

Ever wonder what’s in your cleaning products? Currently, the US government does not mandate full disclosure of ingredients on cleaning products, so it can be hard to know. To help you make informed choices, Whole Foods Market developed the

, a third-party verified rating for environmental impact, safety, sourcing, animal testing and labeling. From this evaluation, products get a red, orange, yellow or green rating.

In order to be sold on our shelves, a product must be certified to meet — at minimum — the baseline orange standard, which means they don’t contain any of the 40+ ingredients we don’t allow in our Eco-Scale rated cleaning products. (And, nope, we don’t sell red-rated cleaning products.) By doing this, we’re the first retailer to establish household cleaning product standards.

From liquid laundry detergents and fabric softeners to all-purpose, glass and toilet bowl cleaners, Whole Foods Market sells hundreds of Eco-Scale-rated products, and these products must list ingredients on the packaging.


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