How to Read Labels On Cleaning Products

How to Read Labels On Cleaning Products

How to read labels on cleaning products

Here at Nimble HQ, we take the safety of babies and children- and you!- very seriously. Behind the scenes, lots of intensive research and rigorous safety checks take place so that we can bring you the very best in child-friendly cleaning products- products that actually work, too! A few weeks was Child Safety Week here in the UK, and it got us thinking. We know that lots of parents are often confused or anxious when it comes to cleaning products and how safe they are to use around kids, so we thought we’d share some tips and advice to help ease your mind. Read on to find out about our top tips on how to read labels on cleaning products- so that you can make sure your daily housework isn’t putting your precious little people at risk!

Reading labels is important

Wondering why it’s so important to be able to read and understand product labels? Quite simply, the labels on the cleaning products you buy are there to inform you of not only what the product is claiming to do, but the ingredients it contains, the safety precautions you need to take and much more. 

Nimble Babies was created after our founder, Von, happened to check the label on cleaning products being used after his niece was born. Long story short, he was shocked by the amount of harsh chemicals being used, and decided to make it his mission to develop a range of products that were not only child-friendly and earth-friendly, but effective for use too.

It really is important to read the labels before you use any cleaning products around your home- so here’s a breakdown of what they’re likely to contain, and what bits you need to make sure you don’t skip over!

Ingredients list

Pretty self-explanatory- this will tell you what’s inside the cleaning product. You might find (depending on what you buy) that this is a list of very complicated-sounding chemicals, but don’t let that put you off reading through- some products might not be recommended for use with other chemicals or products, or they could contain potential allergens, so it really is important that you check.

If there isn’t a list on the product you’re using, look online or get in touch with the manufacturer to check. Here at Nimble, we use plant-based ingredients and we never test on animals- you can find ingredients for each of our products on our website.

Instructions for use

Instructions for use are vital components of the label- always follow them carefully as they’re there to make sure you’re able to use the product effectively. 

Cautionary advice and hazard information

It’s there for a reason! Some products might not be safe for use around pets or children, or may have specific instructions for use and storage, plus directions for safe disposal too. There may be symbols that need to be deciphered too- it’s worth googling them before you use the product so you know what precautions you need to take.


Storage instructions

All cleaning products should be stored away from children, but there might be additional information regarding conditions in which they should be stored. Always check to be on the safe side. 

Disposal instructions

The label should tell you about the correct way to dispose of the cleaning product once you’ve used it. 

First aid advice 

Always read what to do if the cleaning product comes into contact with the skin, eyes, or mouth. Knowing what you need to do and being able to do it quickly can make all the difference if an accident occurs

Contact info

If you need to contact the manufacturer, that information should be readily available on the label- or check online if you cannot locate it.


And if you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a message, we'd be delighted to help you. 

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