So I performed a search online to find out reviews on cleaning products. I stumbled upon a Huffington Post that included a report from the Environmental Working Group. Before getting into the list I will mention that many of the cleaners I have never used nor (even before using natural, green cleaners I used minimal cleaners) have I heard of a couple of them. I have provided the link that led me to this list.
It is a very good informative read. What mainly shocked me were the differing standards seen between what the U.S allows and what the E.U allows. I found it eye opening and disgusting. The majority of the following products have been banned in the E.U if they contain a specific percentage over the specified toxin listed in the ingredients, but the limit banned in the U.S is significantly reduced or non existent.
The first three mentioned contain a warning in the way the products is used, the remaining contain banned chemicals in the E.U. Lysol Disinfectant Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Lime & Rust Remover: the label states “harmful or fatal if swallowed. Acid in eye could cause ‘irreversible damage’. ” It also instructs to not squeeze while opening and to wear goggles while using. Air Fresheners: Those mentioned Glade: Air Wick: Both warn “intentional misuse be deliberately inhaling contents can be harmful or fatal”….
. WAIT! isn’t it an air freshener! ?
Contain Formaldehyde (AKA Formalin) that is a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Government and the WHO. Formaldehyde can cause asthma and allergies. Some companies divulge the presence of the formaldehyde as a technical disclosure to the workers. (I definitely do not remember seeing formaldehyde every labeled on bottle!
) DampRid Mildew Stain Remover plus Blocker: contains 2-butoxyethanol/nonylphenol ethoxylate which is banned in the E.U Spic & Span Multi Surface and Floor: contains nonylphenol ethoxylate- this is banned in California, and this chemical cannot be sold in the E.U. This chemical breaks down to nonylphenol which can disrupt the hormone system, it is toxic to equatic life and persists in the environment. Scrubbing Bubbles (we have all used it! ): Contains DEGBE (butoxydiglycol) which is an irritant and can inflame lungs.
At concentrations above 3% it is banned in the E.U, yet it contains up to 10% DEGBE! Mop & Glo Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner: Contains DEGME (methoxydiglycol) which is banned in the E.U. Suspected of damaging unborn children. Contains up to 15 times the concentration allowed in cleaners sold in the E.U. Easy Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner: Contains 5-10% DEGBE and is only allowed with 3% in the E.U. Moral of the story, pay attention to what ingredients are used in the cleaners. Look at the chemicals, plug them into a search engine and see what comes up.
One needs to question what is used in the house to clean. If it burns the eyes…well what could possibly be happening to our lungs when we inhale them? That is why I am much more apt to grab the Baking Soda and Vinegar to do my cleaning than to go and grab a product off of the shelves to clean my home. Just because it is on the shelf does not mean it is safe for our use, http://toxnet.
nlm. nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a? dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+333 I liked in this report where it states that it is only SLIGHTLY hazardous but does require breathing protection. Please let me know any comments or questions.