mother nature network
February 17, 2012
Do you have any idea what ingredients are used in your favorite cleaning product? If you’re a dedicated ‘make-your-own cleaners’ kind of greenie, then I’m sure you do. But what if, like me, you rely on store brands to get your counters and clothes clean?
Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national eco-watchdog group, recently tested a sampling of 20 cleaning products from major corporations, including Clorox, S.C. Johnson & Son, and Procter & Gamble to determine what chemicals are used in each product. Their report on the testing, entitled “Dirty Secrets: What’s Hiding in your Cleaning Products?” revealed a number of allergens, phthalates and carcinogens in some of the country’s most popular cleaning products, including at least one that is marketed as a “healthy” alternative to other products.