How to Tell Healthy Cleaners From Dirty Ones

The EWG is helping consumers make educated decisions about their cleaning products by providing them with a rating system that compares the health impacts of various products.


| September 14, 2012



Cleaners

Cleaning products are not always as harmless as they seem. 


Photo: Fotolia/Antonio Scarpi

This article is posted with permission from Environmental Working Group  

Environmental Working Group (EWG)'s Guide to Healthy Cleaning reviews and rates more than 2,000 popular household cleaning products with grades A through F, based on the safety of their ingredients and the information they disclose about their contents.

In the making for more than a year, EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, the only one of its kind, has found that hazardous industrial chemicals lurk in far too many bottles and boxes under Americans’ sinks and on laundry room shelves.

Just 7 percent of cleaning products adequately disclosed their contents. To uncover what’s in common household cleaners, EWG’s staff scientists spent 14 months reading product labels and digging through company websites and technical documents. We researched ingredients and contaminants in 15 government, industry and academic toxicity databases and numerous scientific and medical journals. Read more at our website.

With EWG’s help, consumers can shop smart – and also change the marketplace by pressing the cleaning industry to come up with safer formulations and to label ingredients clearly and completely.

EWG’s key scientific findings:





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