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Dirty Secrets: Do You Know What’s In Your Cleaning Products?

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What Can You Do?

Start by protecting yourself and your family. You can get some recipes for making homemade cleaning products from Healthy Child, Healthy World or Women’s Voices for the Earth.

Healthy Child, Healthy World also suggests contacted the companies whose cleaning products you use and like and asking them about some of the ingredients you are concerned about. Ask them to disclose all ingredients and ask them to remove dangerous toxins and allergens.

Share this story and the report with your friends and family, so that they can protect themselves and take action.

Finally, let your political representatives know how you feel. You can contact your representative directly via Women’s Voices for the Earth’s website and you can sign the Care2 petition asking Congress to support the Cleaning Products Right to Know Act.

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1:24PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

scary

9:55PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

scary

10:55PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Thanks for this good information.

12:59PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Thanks.

2:27PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

Note: Nellie's washing soda was always in a cardboard box and was the safest product for laundry. Now, Nellie's comes in a "HE" labelled heavy plastic bag, and includes other chemicals to make it qualify for the new front load washers that need "HE" laundry detergents. Arrgghh! Even Nellie!

11:52AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

I've used vinegar as long as I've been keeping house, as my mother and grandmother did before me, and a simple biodegradable soap...so no problems here.

2:36AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Vinegar, peroxide and bon ami are my cleaning agents, and scent free biodegradable dish soap and laundry soap from Seventh Generation. I have chemical sensitivities, therefore rid myself of this horrible stuff they advertise as "safe" a loooong time ago. They should be illegal.

9:49PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:37PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Although I knew some of this, I thought that by law, companies Had to List All Ingredients....
silly me. I knew about some of the Simple Green products awhile ago, but not about
the Tide "Free and Clear". How do they get away with being deceptive?? :(

2:48PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Yes I do know what is in these nasty concoctions which is why I stopped using them years ago. I also edit my food labels. We need to encourage our government to hold corporations to the truth in all labelling. I do so via writing the FDA and by supporting Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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