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Be Careful of 'Green' Cleaning Products as they May Not Be Very Green

Be Careful of 'Green' Cleaning Products as they May Not Be Very Green

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  • Simple Green claims to be “non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally safe,” but it contains 2-Butoxyethanol, a petrochemical solvent that has been shown to destroy red blood cells and cause reproductive problems and birth defects
  • 2-Butoxyethanol is also in Corexit 9527, a dispersant used during the early days of clean-up in the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Corexit 9527 has been determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be a 'chronic and acute health hazard'
  • 2-Butoxyethanol is not listed on Simple Green’s label, as cleaning product manufacturers -- even those that claim to be "green" -- are not required by law to disclose all ingredients on their labels
  • You can find more information about a product’s ingredients in its material safety data sheet (MSDS), but even these do not always disclose all ingredients
  • The habit of using conventional cleaning products is one of the most unnecessary ways to expose yourself to toxic chemicals. Tried and true items such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can get the job done just as well

By Dr. Mercola

Demand for safe "green" cleaning products is on the rise, as consumers are increasingly unwilling to risk their health for the sake of a "clean" home.


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