Safe Cleaning Products

Safe Cleaning Products

The Issue:
Certain chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to fertility problems, birth defects, increased risk of breast cancer, asthma and respiratory disorders, and hormone disruption. What’s more, there is no federal law requiring cleaning product companies to list all the ingredients in their products on the label.  Which means companies can keep toxic chemicals a secret from you.

The bottom line: Products used to clean our homes and public spaces shouldn’t contain toxic ingredients in the first place.

Coronavirus Resources

The majority of the popular disinfectants contain harmful chemicals with health concerns ranging from chemical burns to reproductive harm. The good news is there are alternative disinfectant chemicals that are as effective (or more) in killing viruses and other germs without these health hazards. Get answers on safer and effective disinfectants, which ingredients to avoid, and other solutions to protect your health. Learn more.

Español – Desinfectantes más seguros en estos tiempos de coronavirus. Aprende más.

Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Cleaning Products

Did you know that some cleaning products contain hidden toxic chemicals that don’t appear on labels but are linked to cancer, birth defects, fertility problems, asthma, and more? Check out these resources to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.


Cleaning with pesticides? #QuitQuats

Quats are disinfectant chemicals commonly found in household cleaners like disinfecting wipes and sprays and are designed to kill germs. Unfortunately, quats don’t actually reduce household illness and instead can cause harm to our health. Learn more.

Español – El Enfoque del Exceso de Desinfectantes en los “Cuates”

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Cleaning Products and Your Health

From acute to chronic health effects, to cleaning chemicals of greatest concern — we combined some of the most important highlights from our safe cleaning reports into a simple, easy-to-share overview on cleaning products and your health. Read more.

Español – Productos de Limpieza y Su Salud



Infographic: Safer Cleaning & Disinfecting at home in the times of Coronavirus

Keep your home safe from COVID-19 and safe from toxic chemicals. Get the facts to help you find safer and effective solutions to protect your health! View infographic.

Infografía: Desinfectantes mas seguros en la casa en estos tiempos de Coronavirus

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Health First: A Cleaning Products Industry Roadmap for Selecting Safer Chemicals

What is your definition of “safe” when it comes to your health, your family, your pets, and the environment? How do you know whether the company whose products you’re buying shares that definition? WVE’s Health First Roadmap is designed to address these questions by outlining a path for companies to improve how they evaluate and select chemicals. Learn more.



toxic ingredients in cleaning products

Alternatives to Fragranced Cleaning Products

Common fragrance ingredients used in cleaning products, such as phthalates, synthetic musks, and allergens, have been linked to health impacts ranging from eye and skin irritation to hormone disruption, increased risk of breast cancer, and reproductive and developmental harm. Learn more and find safer alternatives.

Ingredients for DIY non-toxic cleaning products

DIY Green Cleaning Recipes

A few of our favorite non-toxic, DIY recipes including laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, toilet-bowl cleaner and more that use simple ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. Follow the directions or experiment a little with the ingredients to make your own! See how-to videos.



People Against Quats (PAQ) is a national action group of concerned people who want to take action to eliminate or reduce public exposure to quats in places like schools, childcare facilities, gyms, apartment buildings, public work places and more. PAQ members are from around the country, who are working locally to make change in their communities. The PAQ action group meets regularly by phone (or video) to brainstorm ideas, coordinate local strategies, and support each other. In addition to the PAQ action group meetings, you will also talk separately with WVE staff to get tailored support.

As a member, you will be a leader in your community. The action group provides a support system so you don’t feel like you’re working alone! JOIN TODAY!

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