Healthy Living with MADE SAFE: Best Practices

We’ve pulled this go-to resource together with some of our best tips for healthy living, for anyone looking to cultivate healthier lifestyle habits and a safer home environment.


Body & Mind

Care for yourself with healthy habits

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Sleep: aim for 8 hours every night
  • Hydrate: although individual needs can vary based upon lifestyle, aim for eight 8-ounce glasses per day
  • Eat whole foods
  • Exercise regularly
  • Choose nontoxic products
  • Take care – mentally & emotionally
    • Incorporate laughter into your day
    • Make space for play and creative expression
    • Get moving
    • Be involved in community.

Hand sanitizer
Use when soap & water is not available. Look for:

  • Simple non-active ingredients like water, glycerin, and plant oils
  • Safer active ingredients such as ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol
  • Avoid: hand sanitizers with parabens, PEGs, “fragrance,” or colors or dyes listed on labels.

Handwashing The How

  • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Fully dry hands

The What

  • Look for: plain old soap and water
  • Avoid: parabens, phthalates, triclosan & other antibacterials, PEGs, isothiazolinone preservatives.

Face coverings

  • When choosing a face mask, look for high-quality natural materials, such as organic cotton
  • Avoid “stain resistant” or “wrinkle-free” fabrics
  • Avoid materials labeled as “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial”
  • Wash the mask regularly using nontoxic detergent.


Keep your indoor air healthy

  • Open your windows for at least 10 minutes a day, when air quality is good
  • Use safe cleaning products
  • Use proper ventilation if utilizing conventional cleaners
  • Vacuum with a HEPA filter often
  • Avoid fragranced products
  • Dust frequently with a damp cloth
  • Properly vent your appliances.


  • Cleaning vs. disinfecting
    • Cleaning = the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. By removing germs, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
    • Disinfecting = using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. The process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs.
  • Choose safer cleaning products
    • Look for the MADE SAFE® seal
    • Choose products with all of the ingredients listed on the label
    • Choose a multi-purpose cleaner
    • DIY your own cleaners.
  • When to clean
    • Prior to disinfecting
    • After using a harsh cleaner
    • On a regular basis for general cleanliness.
  • What to clean with
    • Wipes – 100 percent biodegradable materials like cotton or bamboo. Make sure the wipe itself is NOT plastic
    • Paper towels –natural fibers like paper and bamboo, whitened without the use of chlorine bleach
    • Reusable cloths – natural fibers such as cotton (even better if it’s organic). Old cotton tee-shirts make great cleaning cloths!


  • Choose safer disinfectants
    • Citric acid
    • Hydrogen peroxide
    • L-lactic acid
    • Alcohol (ethanol & isopropanol)
    • Thymol
  • Where to disinfect in the home
    • High-use surfaces such as doorknobs, remotes, faucets, etc.
    • Surfaces touched by ill household members.
  • How to disinfect
    • Properly ventilate the room (especially if using harsh cleaners)
    • Wear gloves
    • Follow label instructions
    • Clean surfaces prior to disinfecting
    • Clean surfaces with a nontoxic cleaner after using harsh cleaners
    • Disinfect properly based on your surface type.
Find MADE SAFE certified household cleaning products and wipes on our website.


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