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3 Apps For Checking Product Ingredients in Food, Beauty, and Cleaning Products

Do you feel like you’re constantly hearing about a new villainous ingredient that’s hiding in your refrigerator, medicine cabinet or pantry?  There’s always a new book, article, or schpeel from a concerned family member — all warning us of why this or that ingredient should be avoided at all costs.

They might be in the food we eat, the makeup we wear, or the cleaning products we use in our home. But how do we interpret this advice – “avoid high-fructose corn syrup”, “always buy organic” – and incorporate these aspirational principles into our real-life shopping routines?

This guide is meant to empower you to shop in a mindful fashion – giving you the lowdown on the most important ingredients to avoid in food, beauty, and cleaning products.

We will be posting checklists of these ingredients in text and image form so you can save or pin these for reference during your next trip to the supermarket or beauty counter.

In the meantime, arm yourself with the following apps for checking the ingredients in the products you’re thinking of buying. Studies have shown 60% of shoppers use their smartphones while in a store.  Put your obsession to good use and check your product ingredients using these handy apps!

For Food and Drinks:

Fooducate: This app lets you scan the barcode on any food item and it breaks down the nutritional information and ingredients. Their goal is to help you track both the quantity and quality of the calories you’re eating. Reviews show lots of satisfied users that learned to eat healthy and lost weight in the process!


For Beauty Products: 

Think Dirty: This app lets you scan a barcode or type in a product name and it will tell you of any potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. We love the app’s interface and easy-to-understand presentation of product information!
think dirty

For Cleaning Products:

GoodGuide: This app lets you scan or search a robust database of over 250,000 products across multiple categories. Search for household cleaning products and get information on the ingredients they contain and 10-point rating based on its health, environmental, and social impact.
good guide
Did we miss any of your favorite ingredient-checking apps? Let us know in the comments!

Stay tuned for our upcoming posts in this series, as we break down the most important ingredients to avoid putting in, on, and around you!

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