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Dirty Secrets Test Results

What cleaning product companies are hiding in their ingredients could be hazardous to your health.

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Cleaning product companies aren’t required to disclose the ingredients they use in their products, and what they’re keeping secret from you could be hazardous to your health. Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) commissioned an independent laboratory to test twenty popular cleaning products for hidden toxic chemicals from five top companies: Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson and Son, and Sunshine Makers (Simple Green). We found reproductive toxins, carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and allergens, and none of these chemicals were listed on the product label.


Consumers deserve to know what chemicals they are being exposed to, so that they can easily avoid products that may cause allergic reactions or serious long-term health impacts like cancer, birth defects, or pregnancy complications. WVE is calling on Congress to pass new federal legislation that requires cleaning product manufacturers to disclose all the ingredients they use in their products directly on the product label.

Dirty Secrets Testing Results

Product Name Chemical Detected Health Concern*

Clorox

Clorox Green Works Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner Original Scent Limonene Allergies
Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent Original Scent Limonene Allergies
DL-Citronellol Allergies
Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with Bleach Chloroform Cancer
Carbon tetrachloride Cancer
Limonene Allergies
Original Pine-Sol Toluene Pregnancy complications
Limonene Allergies
Carbon tetrachloride Cancer

 

Product Name Chemical Detected Health Concern*

Procter & Gamble

Tide Original Scent 1,4-dioxane Cancer
Limonene Allergies
 Tide Free & Gentle (fragrance free) 1,4-dioxane Cancer
Limonene Allergies
 Bounce with Febreze Fresh Scent Spring & Renewal Limonene Allergies
DL-Citronellol Allergies
Linalool Allergies
Bounce Free & Sensitive (fragrance free) Limonene Allergies
Linalool Allergies
1,4-dioxane Cancer
 Febreze Air Effects Spring & Renewal Linalool Allergies
Galaxolide Hormone disruption

 

Product Name Chemical Detected Health Concern*

Reckitt Benckiser

Lysol Disinfectant Spray Spring Waterfall Limonene Allergies
DL-Citronellol Allergies
Eugenol Allergies
Lysol Neutra Air Fabric Mist Crisp Linen Limonene Allergies
Linalool Allergies
 Air Wick Scented Oil Lavender & Chamomile Limonene Allergies
Linalool Allergies
Eugenol Allergies
Coumarin Allergies
 Air Wick Fresh Waters Air Freshener Limonene Allergies
Linalool Allergies

 

Product Name Chemical Detected Health Concern*

SC Johnson & Son

Glade Plug In Scented Oil Hawaiian Breeze Limonene Allergies
Linalool Allergies
Eugenol Allergies
Glade Tough Odor Solutions w/Oust Refreshing Citrus Air Sanitizer Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) Reproductive harm, hormone disruption, neurodevelopment problems
Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate  (DEHP) Reproductive harm, hormone disruption, neurodevelopment problems
Diethyl phthalate (DEP) Reproductive harm, hormone disruption
Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) Reproductive harm, hormone disruption
Galaxolide hormone disruption
Limonene Allergies
Linalool Allergies
Pledge Furniture Spray Dust & Allergen Outdoor Fresh Limonene Allergies
DL-Citronellol Allergies
Pledge Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner Fragrance Free Hypoallergenic None N/A
Windex Original Limonene Allergies
Linalool Allergies

 

Product Name Chemical Detected Health Concern*

Sunshine Makers

Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner Non-Toxic Biodegradable Toluene Pregnancy complications
Limonene Allergies
Simple Green Naturals Multi-Surface Care Lemon Verbena Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate  (DEHP) Reproductive harm, hormone disruption, neurodevelopment problems
1,4-dioxane Cancer
Limonene Allergies
Linalool Allergies

*Health concerns listed are those which have been determined in the scientific literature through exposure to the chemical listed, by at least one route of exposure: inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption. In most cases, research has never been conducted to determine if exposure to the chemical through use of the cleaning product is associated with the health outcome.

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