For individuals with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, gluten is a problem when it has been ingested and has contact with the gastrointestinal tract. Since cleaning products are not meant to be ingested, gluten free (GF) status should not be a concern. Furthermore, gluten is not commonly an ingredient found in these products. But to err on the side of caution you might want to be aware of GF status if it is a spray product that you might inadvertently inhale (which is best avoided, regardless of gluten status) or if a product is used on a surface – such as a kitchen counter – which might then have food placed directly on it. If some of the cleaning product remained on the counter it could then transfer to any GF food placed on it. You’d also want to wash your hands well after any contact with a gluten-containing cleaning product.

If you include soap or shampoo in the category of cleaning products, it’s worth paying extra attention to GF status if young kids will be using the products as they may inadvertently (or even sometimes intentionally) get some of the product in their mouths. If you think this is a possibility in your family/household, this is a time it would make sense to choose GF versions. Read more about gluten-free skin and beauty care products:

  1. Do I have to use gluten-free skin and body care products?
  2. I am looking for body lotions and hair spray, shampoos, conditioners and mousse that are gluten free. Can you help me?
  3. Are gluten-free skin and body products important for people with celiac disease?

The bottom line is that GF status of most cleaning products (except soap and shampoo as noted above) is not a significant concern, so there is no need to spend extra energy or funds on finding GF versions.

Published February 7, 2024