Commercial cleaners are often toxic and dangerous to pets and children. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2017, 41 U.S. workers died on the job after a single episode of inhaling chemicals and chemical products.1
The American Lung Association states: "Household and cleaning products—including soaps, polishes and grooming supplies—often include harmful chemicals. Even products advertised as "green" or "natural" may contain ingredients that can cause health problems. Some cleaning supplies can even be flammable or corrosive."
"Read all labels on cleaning supplies and household products before you buy them. Choose products that do not contain or have reduced amounts of VOCs, fragrances, irritants and flammable ingredients. Avoid using air fresheners altogether. Manufacturers are not obligated by U.S. law to list all ingredients in consumer products. Products that are labeled "green" do not necessarily mean they are safer. Do a little research on the product from a reliable source.” 2
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states "Finding cleaning and other products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment should be easy — that's why we developed our new Safer Choice label. We all play a role in protecting our families’ health and the environment. Products with the Safer Choice label help consumers and commercial buyers identify products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance." 3
“Safer Choice is EPA’s label for safer chemical-based products. Every chemical, regardless of percentage, in a Safer Choice-labeled product is evaluated through EPA’s rigorous scientific process and only the safest ingredients are allowed. For over 15 years, the program has labeled products that are safer for families, pets, workplaces, neighborhoods, and the environment.” More than 2,000 products currently qualify to carry the Safer Choice label. 4
There are eco-friendly cleaning agents you can use to clean your home like vinegar and baking soda. Do your research and avoid exposing your family and pets to harmful chemicals.
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