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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Toxic cleaning product ingredients might be missing on your bottle's label

S.O.T.T: We recently shared a list of hazard symbols to look out for on your cleaning products. These warning signs are issued on cleaners to help protect you and your family from injuries. However, there is one thing that isn't always listed on the bottle: product ingredients. The Federal Hazardous Substances Act does not require household products to include a list of contents. The manufacturer is just responsible for labeling their product if it is caustic, toxic, an eye irritant or if the chemical make-up of the product could pose such a hazard. So what does this all mean? Well, consumers may be cleaning their homes with chemicals they wouldn't normally use. But that doesn't mean you're out of luck when it comes to giving your home a good scrub without exposing yourself to problem ingredients. If you visit the National Institute of Health's Household Products Database, you can search for the name of the product you're using and read all about its health and safety information. According to The Record, the American Lung Association at lung.org, suggests consumers should choose products that don't contain (or, at the very least, have reduced amounts of) volatile organic compounds (VOCS), fragrances, irritants and flammable materials...read more>>>...

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