Packed in Poison: Most Harmful Cleaning Products in your Home

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The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the environment and human health, recently released its Cleaners Hall of Shame list to focus attention on harmful cleaning products that may endanger people and the environment. Many of the cleaning products listed are actually billed as “safe” and “natural” even though they can be very harmful to unwary homeowners or cleaning service employees.

Packed in Poison: Most Harmful Cleaning Products in your Home

According to EWG, the vast majority of cleaning products do not adequately disclose their contents on their labels. Users may be unaware they are exposing themselves to cancerous airborne chemicals, or toxins, that may cause an asthma attack or skin burns.

Here are some of the worst offenders from the Cleaners Hall of Shame. If you have these harmful cleaning products in your home, I suggest throwing them out!

Most Harmful Cleaning Products in your Home

1. Mop & Glo Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner

This harmful cleaning product contains methoxydiglycol, a chemical believed to damage unborn children in the womb. Levels contained in Mop & Glo Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner are an unbelievable 15 times higher than what is allowed by the European Union.

2. Tarn-X Tarnish Remover

The Tarn-X Tarnish remover contains thiourea, a toxic carcinogen according to the state of California. Animal studies found evidence that the chemical cause thyroid and liver tumors. It is listed by the EPA as a possible carcinogen due to incomplete date in humans.

3. Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner

The Simple Green All Purpose cleaner make the claim that it is “non-toxic” on its label, but one of its ingredients is 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent easily absorbed by the skin that may damage red blood cells and irritates eyes. According to Grimebusters Ltd, a maid service in St. Albert, even though the product is concentrated, it is sold to be used as is in a spray bottle.

4. Other Products

Some cleaning products like Walmart's Great Value brands and Target's Up & Up have product labels with very little to no product ingredient information. Many oven cleaners contain potassium hydroxide that can burn eyes, lungs, and skin. Some spray cleaners contain quaternary ammonium or ethanolamine that can cause asthma attacks, or cause the disease in those who currently do not have asthma.

Safe Cleaning Alternatives

Try using baking soda, lemon and vinegar for a more natural clean. You can use safe topical treatments like hydrogen peroxide for stains as well.

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Don't Believe the Hype

Avoiding dangerous well-known harmful cleaning products and finding safer alternatives does involve doing your homework. But spending a bit of your time is well worth the effort when the payoff is a safer home, or workplace free of cancer-causing chemicals, irritants, and asthma triggers.
Packed in Poison: Most Harmful Cleaners in your Home

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