Published on September 11th, 2012 | by No Artificial
The Most Harmful Cleaners For Your Home
The Environmental Working Group have released the list of the most hazardous household cleaners on the U.S. market.
The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, general public lands, and corporate liability. According to their website, their mission is “to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.”
In a ground-breaking project to present the truth about toxic chemicals in common household products, the Environmental Working Group has uncovered convincing proof that hundreds of cleaners, even some of those marked as “green” or “natural,” can cause serious harm on unwary customers. After 14 months long research, the organization have published their Cleaners Hall of Shame list.
According to the EWG study, 53 percent household cleaners in America contain lung-harming ingredients. Furthermore, well-known carcinogens like formaldehyde and chloroform were found in several cleaning products. The list has presented products loaded with extremely toxic chemical substances banned in some countries. Some of their components are known to cause cancer, blindness, asthma and other serious health problems. Perhaps most surprising about the EWG study’s findings was the use of numerous chemicals of concern in items marketed as “green” or “natural.”
To reduce the negative effects of some popular cleaners, EWG suggests products that are better for your health and the environment, for instance Whole Foods’ Green Mission brand. Also common household goods, such as lemon, vinegar or baking soda, can often be nontoxic alternatives for cleaning chemicals.
To learn more about the impacts and negative effects of popular chemical cleaning solutions visit the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning.
You can download Cleaners Hall of Shame list here.