Ever wonder if those cleaning products labeled “natural” are actually natural? Well wonder no more.

The Natural Products Association has extended its certification program to include home care products. This means that consumers can now look for the Natural home care seal on household cleaners, laundry detergents and hard-surface cleaners.

What makes a product “natural?” According to the NPA, a certified natural product must be made up of only (or almost only) natural ingredients, it must be safe for human use and safe for the environment, it cannot have been tested on animals (except where required by law) and it must use biodegradable ingredients and “environmentally sensitive packaging.”

I recommend looking for the NPA “certified” seal when shopping for certified natural household products. You’ll feel better about what you’re putting on your countertops (and then eating from when too busy to grab a plate).

Natural Products Association