The number of toxic chemicals in commercial cleaning products that most of us are exposed to on a daily basis is breathtaking. Sometimes literally.
Some commercial cleaning products contain toxic chemicals cause asthma, contact dermititis, irritation to skin and eyes, and inflammation or fluid in the lungs. And some bring with them bigger dangers like cancer, heart disease and reproductive damage.
"A fraction of the tens of thousands of chemicals in commerce in the United States are used in consumer goods like household cleaners. Chemicals are regulated as they enter commerce rather than at the product level. This means that there is no seal or label given to cleaners by an independent, nationally recognized organization."
Manufacturers selling safe consumer goods can use the EPA's Design for Environment (DfE) logo. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is updating a document known as "Green Guides".
Look for labels that specify what makes a commercial cleaning product a safe one. Check for things like recycled, recyclable and refillable containers, consumer goods using less packaging, chlorofluorocarbon (CFS) free products, and packaging that is degradable, biodegradable and photodegradable.
Product claims boasting greater safety for consumer goods should be specific. Vague generalizations tell you nothing.