Monday, June 9, 2008

Is There Peanut in that Polish?

I've become very accustomed to reading food labels for contains and may contain statements. Heck, I'm a pro at checking labels on lotions, soaps, and makeup.

But cleaning products - I must admit that I haven't read them. Ever. Which is silly, considering how much Bella loves to help me 'clean up'. Or just wash her hands at the kitchen sink. I never thought I could be exposing her to something that could cause an allergic reaction.

Without knowing that some cleaning products could contain nuts or gluten, I started using Mrs. Meyers' products over a year ago and I LOVE THEM. I was in my local Elephant Pharmacy looking for dish soap and, I must admit, couldn't resist the packaging - so old skool! I picked up a dishwasher detergent and dish soap and haven't looked back. I thought the products would be weak (they are 'earth friendly' which in my mind equated to 'not strong enough' in my book). But they work like a charm. They cost a bit more, but even so I kept buying them.

I was checking out their site recently to see what they are up to, and any new products they have. And I found lots of things that caught my eye.

But I found something else that converted me into a lifelong customer. Their 'allergen' statement:
Allergy Specific Information
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products do not contain any tree nut derived ingredients, and are not exposed to peanuts in the manufacturing process. With the exception of our Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Oatmeal Pet Shampoo, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products are also gluten-free and do not contain any oat, barley, or wheat-derived ingredients. We do not use any artificial colors in any Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products.
Who knew that I was on the right track without even knowing it!?!?

My favorite 'flavors' are: Lemon Verbena and Geranium. But they also have other scents that are divine like Basil and Lavender. I first tried the Geranium scent for my dish liquid, but found it's a little strange for that purpose. Makes your dishes a bit 'flowery'. So now I use the counter spray in that scent instead.

You can buy Mrs. Meyers products across the country. Or online.

Looking for other safe cleaning products? See this page for some suggestions (not all claim to be peanut/nut/gluten free). I'm definitely going to be more aware of the presence of possible allergens in everything my hands touch in my house.

You can't assume anything is safe, unfortunately. At least this products solves one of my problems.

**And no, they haven't sponsored this post nor have they sent me samples. I just hope you love this product as much as I do.**


ChupieandJ'smama said...

LOVE Mrs. Myers! Their stuff is great. And the allergen statement makes it even better.

Jennifer B said...

I was checking out Mrs. Meyers recently...and now will definitely buy some since you've had good experiences with their products. Thanks for the tip!

April said...

I also love Mrs. Meyers. I have been using stuff from Trader Joe's out of convenience, but I love Mrs. Meyers. Espcially her dish soap!

Patty said...

I faced a similar situation after purchasing ant traps. Guess what they bait the ants whith? PB.

Had them all over the house one spring.

Now, I see they label them with allegen statements, but It shows that we need to read the labels on everything!

Hippy Goodwife said...

gah! I have found nut warnings on nearly everything. I love Mrs. Meyers but find the dish soap too strongly scented. I love DaddyVan's beeswax polish for furniture.

Jen said...

Thanks for posting about this. I've been looking for products that are peanut-free!