What do you look for in a household cleaner? Consumers generally look for something that works, smells nice, and isn’t going to kill you. But how many people take that last one for granted? A lot of people probably assume that if a product has been approved for sale, that it is also safe.
That’s not the case, according to a new report by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) called Dirty Secrets: What’s Hiding In Your Cleaning Products? According to WVE:
Cleaning product companies tell you that to keep your home clean and smelling fresh, you need to rely on an army of cleaning and air care products. Sprays, wipes, powders, liquids and more are sold with the promise of improving your home and your health by removing dirt and germs. More often than not, these products are also infused with fragrance to add a pleasant sensory experience to your everyday chores and to give your home that “clean” and “fresh” smell of lemon or pine forests.
What companies are not telling you is that cleaning products can contain toxic chemicals that may harm your health. Manufacturers often recommend frequent and repeated use of their products, but this also translates to frequent and repeated exposures to potentially harmful chemicals. You may inhale these chemicals by breathing indoor air and some of them can be absorbed through the skin. Long-term exposures to certain chemicals found in household cleaners have been linked to serious health problems like pregnancy complications, breast cancer, birth defects, asthma and allergic reactions.
The study by WVE looked at a wide range of products from major companies like Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson and Son, and Sunshine Makers (Simple Green). They found reproductive toxins, carcinogens, and allergens that were not listed on the product label.
Continue reading to find out who is hiding what…
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