General Purpose Cleaners
Scrub, squirt, splash, scour. We could be winning the war against filth and grime . . . but at what cost to the environment?
Cleaning products are among the most hazardous chemicals you will find in your home or office and are
therefore regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. These cleaners are part of our burgeoning hazardous waste stream. …
Because the chemicals found in cleaners are not as easily dispersed indoors
as outdoors, concentrations of toxic chemicals may be higher in your home or
office than outside. A recent 5-year EPA study found the concentrations of 20
toxic compounds to be as much as 200 times higher inside homes and offices than outdoors. General purpose cleaners can be toxic, corrosive, irritating,
- Green Seal surveyed manufacturers of general purpose cleaners and these
products are available in the market at competitive prices. You should be
able to find an environmentally responsible product that does the job without
paying more for it.
- In this report we identify environmentally responsible general-purpose
cleaners. These are cleaners currently available on the market which have a
reduced impact upon the environment and upon human health. This report also
reviews the information you will need to look for when buying cleaners.
- All of the 11 recommended general purpose cleaners recommended in this
Choose Green Report are labeled as biodegradable; are non-toxic to both
humans and aquatic life; do not contain EDTA or NTA, do not contain chlorine
bleach or sodium hypochlorite; do not contain phosphates or derivatives of
phosphates; have acceptable packaging; do not contain phenolic compounds; do
not contain glycol ethers; do not contain petroleum or petrochemical
compounds; are concentrated and work optimally in cold water; have an
acceptable pH when diluted; have an acceptable VOC level when diluted.
To read Green Sealís environmental rating of 11 name brand general purpose
cleaners, download their Choose Green Report on General Purpose Cleaners!
Adapted from a Green Seal Choose Green Report, by Green Seal. Copyright (c) by Green Seal. Reprinted by permission of Green Seal.
A Green Seal Choose Green Report, by Green Seal