When it comes to cleaning products, a clear and informative label is not just about compliance. It’s an important tool for ensuring user safety, providing usage instructions and building trust with consumers.
Cleaning product labels are regulated under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), and apply to anything that might be stored in a home, garage or similar structure—even if you don’t plan to sell these products directly to consumers. Other regulations may apply, depending on whether the products are designed to be used in industrial/workplace settings, and where the products are sold. For example, California has stricter standards than many other states.
Here’s a general overview of what your household cleaning product labels should include:
- Product name and brand: The first thing customers notice is the product name and brand. Clearly state the name of the cleaning product, and ensure that your brand logo is prominently displayed.
- Usage instructions: Provide detailed instructions on how to use the cleaning product effectively. Include information on application methods, recommended surfaces and any safety precautions. Clear instructions help users achieve the best results while ensuring their safety and the longevity of the product.
- Ingredients list: Transparency about the ingredients used in your cleaning product is key. Include a comprehensive list of all ingredients, using clear and easy-to-understand language. This is especially important for consumers with allergies or sensitivities.
- Safety information: Clearly communicate any safety hazards associated with the cleaning product. Include symbols or warnings for flammability, toxicity or other potential risks, which are governed by the FHSA and other federal/state laws. Highlight proper storage instructions to maintain the product’s effectiveness and safety.
- Environmental impact: Because environmental awareness is on the rise, consumers are increasingly looking for eco-friendly cleaning options. If your product is environmentally friendly or has certifications (such as being biodegradable or cruelty-free), make sure to include this information on the label.
- Net quantity: Indicate the net quantity or volume of the cleaning product. This information helps consumers understand how much product they are getting for the price and allows for easy comparison with other products.
- Batch number and expiration date: Including a batch number and expiry date is essential for quality control and traceability. It ensures that consumers are using a product that meets safety standards and is within its recommended shelf life.
- Contact information: Provide contact information for your company, including a customer service hotline or email. This allows consumers to reach out with questions, feedback for information or in case of emergencies.
- Efficacy claims: If your cleaning product has specific efficacy claims (such as killing certain types of bacteria or viruses), clearly state these on the label. Ensure that any claims made are backed by scientific evidence or certifications.
- Barcode or QR code: Including a barcode or QR code on the label streamlines the purchasing process. It allows retailers and consumers to access additional information about the product, such as reviews, promotions or sustainability initiatives.
While it’s a manufacturer’s responsibility to adhere to all state and federal regulations, a well-designed cleaning product label is an invaluable tool for both manufacturers and consumers. Most importantly, be sure that you have a labeling system that can handle your labeling needs—reach out to Quadrel’s staff today to learn more about our labeling systems.