Friday, 16 November 2012

"Green" Cleaners Hall Of Shame

In a ground-breaking initiative to uncover the truth about toxic chemicals in common household products, the Environmental Working Group has unearthed compelling evidence that hundreds of cleaners, even some of those hyped as “green” or “natural,” can inflict serious harm on unwary users. Many present severe risks to children who may ingest or spill them or breathe their fumes. Some of their ingredients are known to cause cancer, blindness, asthma and other serious conditions. Others are greenwashed, meaning that they are not, as their ad hype claims, environmentally benign. For a list of some of the most toxic cleaners on the shelves today and what to look for and avoid on the label, follow this link One company trying to make a difference in the products they carry is EcoSolve Americas. EcoSolve has developed a line of paint removers and cleaners that have been certified Eco-preferable and labeled as a safer option to chemical stripping. Their labels are transparent only certified claims can appear on their products. MSDS info is readily available and customers are welcome to call and speak with informative staff for best practices and use for each product. Various social media platforms have been designed to share safe work practices and procedures to as many that will listen as well as breakthrough info on Eco-friendly building materials and products for better sustainable building and cleaning. Check out their website for info on the great safer products they carry and links to Facebook, Twitter, and more. Subscribe to this blog for links to other great informative articles, pictures, and instructional videos or just to stay up to date with innovative products and projects.


  1. Oh say that "Simple Green" isn't one of these! :-/ Love that stuff, -the smell mostly. And it works...

    1. Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner is actually at the top of the list. It’s labeled “non-toxic” and “biodegradable.” It contains:

      • 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent absorbed through the skin that damages red blood cells and irritates eyes;
      • A secret blend of alcohol ethoxylate surfactants. Some members of this chemical family are banned in the European Union.

      Worse, the company website instructs the user to dilute the product significantly for even the heaviest cleaning tasks. Yet it comes in a spray bottle that implies it should be sprayed full-strength. Such use would result in higher exposures. Sorry but its better to know what your using in your home.