Full ingredient disclosure on cleaning products – it’s time

I am so passionate about raising the profile and awareness of natural living, namely through simple and achievable DIY. I am also realistic and I don’t assume that everyone will have the time, nor the inclination, to make their own products.

What I do believe is a reasonable expectation, however, that every consumer bears the right to gain full ingredient transparency on the products they choose to purchase. For example, if you buy clothing, you should have the right to know where it was made and by whom, what fabric is used, what dyes and chemicals were used to treat the fabric, etc.

When you purchase products that are considered medicinal, such as pain relief rubs and sunscreen, you should have the right to know every ingredient used, not just the active ones.

When you buy skin and body care products like deodorant, face cream and hand wash, the legislation states that the labels must include a complete list of ingredients, in the order of maximum quantity to least.

However, when you buy cleaning products, there is no legal requirement for companies to be transparent and disclose the complete list of ingredients that they’ve used.

Some companies share this information with you on the package, others list information freely online. But the vast majority won’t tell you, even when you contact them and ask.

I believe this needs to change, and I’d love for you to sign my petition.

Full Ingredient Disclosure | The Inspired Little Pot

My Discussion With Kmart

Recently there was a bit of conversation in my Facebook chat group surrounding the newly rebranded range of cleaning products available at Kmart. A few members were asking whether I thought they were any good, ingredients-wise. I didn’t know, so I sent Kmart an email with the genuine hope that they would give me a complete list of ingredients.

Short version: they didn’t give me a complete list.

Longer version: read on to see what they said…

I kindly asked Kmart, via a Facebook direct message, if they were able to share the ingredient information for their ‘ANKO’ cleaning range. They asked me to contact them via email, so I did.

They replied with the following:

Good morning Krissy,

Thank you for contacting us.

If you would like to send through a list of the products you are enquiring about I can find those details for you.

So I asked to see the ingredients listings for ALL of the range, to which they replied with:

Hi Krissy

Unfortunately, I have been advised that we are unable to provide this information for our cleaning products.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

I replied with:

Thanks for your reply.

Is it possible to get the SDS (safety data sheets) on the following products, please? I tried to find them online but you only have 8 to choose from, and none are for cleaning products.

– Aloe Vera & Clementine Dish Washing Liquid 500ml

– 1L Laundry Liquid

– 500ml Multi-Purpose Spray

– Spearmint & Lemon Rind Liquid Floor Cleaner 1L

Thank you so much!

I was then sent the Safety Data Sheets for these products, within 48 hours.

Here is a cut/paste of the key areas I typically scan over when looking at SDS’s, but I encourage you to email Kmart if you’d like a copy of the full list.

cleaning ingredient disclosure

cleaning ingredient disclosure

cleaning ingredient disclosure

cleaning ingredient disclosure

If I’m honest, these sheets do not provide enough information for us to make informed choices, but they’re a good start. From the information I have been given, I personally cannot give a blanket ‘yes’ answer when it comes recommending this range – some ingredients are automatically a flag, and other ingredient info is too vague and incomplete. 

I remain adamant that the only true way to be sure that what you’re using is safe for you and your family, is to make it yourself, and keep it super simple. And, when ingredients like water, citric acid, bicarb and vinegar can be used to clean most things, I know that’s what I’d prefer to use.

If you want to learn how to read labels, have a read of this blog. Get educated!

Krissy Ballinger

author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness

Krissy Ballinger is an accomplished author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness. Her mission is to gently guide individuals towards holistic wellbeing by providing a wealth of resources and services, ranging from natural living guidance and DIY recipes, to healing therapies that nurture the mind, body, spirit and space. She envisions a world where conscious choices are made that honour the self, humanity and the environment.

With her roots in education and health promotion, Krissy continually expands her expertise. Recently, she obtained certifications in Zone Healing Technique and NeurOptimal Neurofeedback (brain training), qualified as a Reiki Healer, and completed an Undergraduate Certificate in Lifestyle Coaching from Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Krissy dedicates her time to managing her wellness room, offering services in Zone and Reiki Healing, Neurofeedback brain training, and Chemical Awareness Consulting. Additionally, she educates individuals about common and avoidable toxins through her various social platforms. Krissy’s books have collectively sold over 100,000 copies, including the award-winning Naturally Inspired – Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, as well as Make & Play – Natural DIY Recipes for Kids, and The Lifestyle Edit.

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