Did you know that most cleaning products don’t even list their ingredients on the label? Thank goodness EWG is on the job! Their recent analysis found that many cleaning products contain asthma and cancer-causing chemicals. They’ll be releasing a new database next month with more than 2,000 household cleaners ranked on how hazardous their ingredients are and how much information is on their labels.
You can get a sneak peek right now at the most hazardous products on the market in their Hall of Shame report. I just took a look and I’m already in shock. I can’t imagine what’s to come of the full database! Even more bothersome: products claiming to be green, natural and non-toxic aren’t necessarily any better.
Another startling fact is that several cleaners sold on the shelves of stores here in the U.S. contain ingredients that have been banned in other countries, including Spic and Span Multi-Surface and Floor Cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner, Extend-a-Clean mega Shower Foamer, Mop & Glo Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner, DampRid mildew Stain Remover Plus Blocker and EaSY-off Fume Free Oven Cleaner.
Wow! They seem so innocent, don’t they? Don’t worry, we can clear this hurdle with a little help from EWG. You’ll find helpful tips for reading labels, avoiding damaging chemicals like nonylphenol ethoxylates and 2-butoxyethanolin, and substituting safer alternatives in their downloadable pdf.
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