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

Recursos en espanol

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.

quats in disinfectant wipes

Cleaning with pesticides? Quit the Quats!
Español – El Enfoque del Exceso de Desinfectantes en los “Cuates”

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.

Defining “Safe”: 5 Things the Health First Roadmap Means for You:

What is your definition of “safe” when it comes to your health, your family, your pets, and the environment? And how do you know whether the company whose products you’re buying shares that definition?

finding safer cleaning products

Cleaning Products and Your Health:
Español – Productos de Limpieza y Su Salud

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.

safer ingredients

Green Cleaning Recipes:

A few of our favorite DIY non-toxic recipes. Follow the directions or experiment a little with the ingredients to make your own!

Green Cleaning Party

Throw a Green Cleaning Party:

A Green Cleaning Party is a fun get together with friends to make non-toxic cleaners from safe ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. Thousands of women all over the country have hosted Green Cleaning Parties – join them today!

tips on cleaning with vinegar

Oh So Many Ways to Clean with Vinegar!

Affordable, available, non-toxic and packed with cleaning power — vinegar is an absolute must-have in your cleaning arsenal. This infographic offers practical, easy and some out-of-the-box tips to get the most out of that jug of vinegar.

alternatives to fragrance

Alternative to Fragranced Cleaners:

Common ingredients in fragrance, such as phthalates, synthetic musks, and allergens, have been linked to health impacts ranging from eye and skin irritation to hormone disruption and reproductive and developmental harm.

chemicals in cleaning products

How-to Reduce Use of Disinfectants:

Research shows that some of the most common antimicrobial chemicals used in cleaners could have serious health consequences. Great room by room advice on how to reduce exposure to disinfectants.

Reducing Exposure During Pregnancy:

Babies can be particularly vulnerable to toxic exposures during certain windows of development. Get tips on how to avoid toxic chemicals before, during and after pregnancy.

Chemical in SCJ products Galaxolide

Galaxolide: Toxic Fragrance Chemical in Cleaning Products:

Galaxolide is a synthetic musk, and is a commonly used fragrance ingredient in household products. This chemical is highly toxic to aquatic life. Galaxolide pollution is a growing problem to the Great Lakes region.

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