Tuesday, November 3, 2009
What's the problem with cleaning supplies?
According to today's Environmental Working Group e-newsletter, the shocking truth is that nearly any chemical can legally be used in cleaners, and ingredient lists are not required on labels. Our health, and the health of our children, is at risk when we breathe air clouded with chemicals, including some that can cause asthma and are known or possible carcinogens.
Ordinary school cleaning supplies can expose children to multiple chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, and other documented health problems and to hundreds of other air contaminants that have never been tested for safety, a study by the Environmental Working Group shows. Laboratory tests done for EWG found that a typical assortment of cleaning products released 457 distinct chemicals into the air.
Lax labeling requirements mean that schools often don't know what they're purchasing. Many would be alarmed to learn that when used as directed, Comet Disinfectant Powder Cleanser, a product commonly used in both schools and private homes, released more than100 air contaminants, including chloroform, benzene, and formaldehyde.
For information about more cleaners used in schools, and how you can help schools out, check this out.
For safe cleaning tips, go here. You'll notice that baking soda and vinegar are mentioned a lot, as good, safe household cleaners. Check out these baking soda and vinegar cleanser tips!