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Companies hide toxic ingredients in household cleaners, report finds

Companies hide toxic ingredients in household cleaners, report finds

Free Speech Radio News

November 22, 2011

Household cleaners are commonly marketed as necessary in the fight against germs to make your home safer and cleaner, but many products – including those marketed as “green” alternatives – could be dangerous to your health and include toxic chemicals that companies are not required to list on the label. That’s according to a new report out from Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national non profit and research organization.

The report is called “Dirty Secrets: What’s Hiding in Your Cleaning Products” and it finds that hidden chemicals in laundry detergents, air fresheners and disinfectant sprays are linked to cancer, birth defects and pregnancy complications.

For more we’re joined by the author of the report, Alexandra Scranton. She’s director of science and research at Women’s Voices for the Earth. She joins us from Pullman, Washington.

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