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Many traditional cleaning products on the market today contain hazardous or toxic chemicals that harm human health. A large number of products are irritating to the lungs and skin, many cause harm if accidentally ingested, and some are endocrine disruptors. Also, once these chemicals enter the environment, many deleterious effects often result. For example, most laundry detergents contain phosphates that cause cultural eutrophication when they enter water-bodies. The effects of cultural eutrophication are becoming more and more obvious each day as lakes and ponds are quickly becoming overgrown with weeds and fish populations suffer. However, there are many phosphate-free detergents available that are just as effective and nearly the same price.
Use the links below to become an educated consumer and business person. Don't poison yourself, children, or the environment by using dangerous cleaning products in your home or business.
At this site you can learn more about products with environmentally friendly labels compared to those that are conventionally produced, examine new products on the market, compare labels quickly with a report card, register for news updates, and much more.
WebMD collaborated with the Healthy Child Healthy World organization to create "Health eHome." In this site, you'll find recipes for kitchen, bathroom, and living room cleaning, as well as recipes for laundry soap, and eco-friendly baby care products.
Healthy Child, Healthy World is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Los Angeles inspiring parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. The organization's primary activities include: educating parents, supporting protective policies, and engaging communities to make responsible decisions to create healthy environments where children and families can flourish. The website is a great source for information on particular chemicals, organized into "danger," "warning," and "caution" categories.
A section of Planet Green’s website is dedicated to informing consumers where eco-friendly supplies can be purchased, and how consumers can “green” their cleaning methods.
The household products database on this site allows users to examine the health effects and ingredients of specific cleaning products on the market, as well as other categories of goods. The database is organized so that exact brands of goods and their corresponding Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) information can be found and viewed.
The Coalition site provides information on the hazards of cleaning products and disinfectants, the suggested disposal of cleaners, and resources to help find safe alternatives.
This file contains useful information on the use of cleaning products by janitors, particularly common harmful chemicals to avoid and information on MSDS’. The document also contains information on how to select green cleaning products.