The Dirt on Cleaning Product Companies provides an in-depth review of how well five of the leading cleaning product manufacturers stack up on toxic chemical and consumer right-to-know issues. Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) evaluated Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Sunshine Makers, Inc./Simple Green and The Clorox Company based on information gathered from company websites and direct correspondence with WVE. (See Appendix B for more detailed information on how we scored each company.)
As their grades indicate, these industry leaders could and should be doing much more to protect the health of their most valued customer – you! There are few existing uniform standards to require companies to disclose ingredients, toxic or otherwise, on product labels. And likewise, no government agency tests the toxicity of products before they go to market. In the face of inadequate government oversight, this report card challenges the industry to prove their commitment to consumer safety by dramatically improving their own policies on consumer right-to-know issues and toxic chemicals screening.
At the same time, this report card is a call to action for consumers like you to tell companies that their grades are unacceptable. WVE encourages you to demand that companies come clean about what’s in their products.