Common Misconceptions About Household Cleaning Products

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                                                                                                                                                      “environmentally safe,” “eco-friendly,” and     home, or if it will leave carcinogens in your
                                                                                                                                                      “biodegradable,” are not legally regulated.     body while the cleaning agents do their
                                                                                                                                                      Until standards are created, be aware that      duty, the first place to look for potentially
                                                                                                                                                      such terms can be simply marketing hype         hazardous materials is on the product label.
                                                                                                                                                      and not necessarily user-safe. Just because a   When that is not available, such as when a


                                                      Misconceptions                                                                                  substance is derived from plant-based
                                                                                                                                                      materials, biodegrades, or is labeled “eco-
                                                                                                                                                      friendly” or “all-natural” doesn’t
                                                                                                                                                      automatically mean it is safe to use.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      product formulation is considered a
                                                                                                                                                                                                      proprietary trade secret, the next best source
                                                                                                                                                                                                      is the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS),
                                                                                                                                                                                                      which is technical, but provides a wealth of


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                                                                                                                                                                                                      information. Go to www.hazard.com/msds/
                                                                                                                                                                                                      for information and toxicology reports on
                                                                                                                                                               Misconception Three:                   specific chemicals and a number of
                                                                                                                                                               Using environmentally friendly,        products by name. For example, the MSDS


                                                      Cleaning Products                                                                                        user-safe products means less
                                                                                                                                                               effective products at double the
                                                                                                                                                               price of national brands.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      for Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl ether, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                      chemical used extensively in household and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      industrial cleaners, states: “Warning!
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed
                                                                                                                                                                                                      through the skin. Causes eye irritation.

                                                      What You Don’t Know                                                                             When alternative cleaning products were
                                                                                                                                                      first introduced, many were not as effective
                                                                                                                                                      as their petrochemical counterparts, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Affects central nervous system, blood and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      blood-forming organs, kidneys, liver, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      lymphoid system. Combustible liquid and

                                                      Can Harm You                                                               By Fred Farmer,
                                                                                                                                 Health MinisterSM
                                                                                                                                                      gave rise to environmental products having
                                                                                                                                                      a bad reputation as being less effective. But
                                                                                                                                                      a few decades have passed since then, and
                                                                                                                                                      health-conscious companies have done
                                                                                                                                                                                                      vapor. May cause irritation to skin and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      respiratory tract.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                      That’s quite a list of health hazards. If
                                                                                                                                                                                                      you saw that on the label of your food,
     As we become more and more aware about           ingredients on the package label.               common household cleaning products don’t        independent testing to ensure that the latest
                                                                                                                                                                                                      would you eat it? Doubtful. So pay
     the things we can do to be healthy, we take                                                      produce immediate symptoms does not             generation of cleaning products are user-safe
                                                      According to the World Resources Institute,                                                                                                     attention to what you breathe and absorb
     care to eat the proper food, drink fresh juice                                                   mean they are safe. One cigarette may not       and eco-friendly while being effective and
                                                      “Of the 17,000 chemicals that appear in                                                                                                         in your home as much as you do to what
     and pure water, exercise, and get adequate                                                       give you cancer, but repeatedly puffing them    cost-efficient at the same time. You can
                                                      common household products, only 30%                                                                                                             you eat and drink. Audit your household
     rest. These are critical elements to good                                                        will. Long-term exposure to toxins degrades     check with your local health food store or
                                                      have been adequately tested for their                                                                                                           cleaning products, get rid of the ones
     health – and there is another one that is                                                        our immune system and overloads the             Hallelujah Acres® for more information
                                                      negative effects on human health; less than                                                                                                     that are hazardous, and replace them
     often overlooked.                                                                                body’s detoxification system, making the        about where to find these products.
                                                      10% have been tested for their effect on the                                                                                                    with environmentally friendly and user-
                                                                                                      body more susceptible to getting sick and       To see if your product will simply clean your   safe products. "
     Environmental toxins are not just those that     nervous system; and nothing is known
                                                                                                      developing diseases like cancer.
     we’re exposed to outside; many of us have        about the combined effects of these
     plenty of them inside our homes, too, and        chemicals when mixed within the body.”          Consider this: workers are often required to
     we unknowingly breathe them into our                                                             wear gloves, goggles and respirators when
                                                      What’s more, manufacturers often disguise
     bodies and absorb them through our skin.                                                         using the exact same products we use at
                                                      ingredients by using trade names for
     Just as we eat organic produce and drink                                                         home. We use these chemicals with no
                                                      chemicals with nasty reputations. Harsh
     distilled water to avoid accumulating toxins                                                     protection or ventilation. What’s the
                                                      and dangerous ones may be listed under
     in our bodies, we must be just as diligent                                                       difference? Workplace safety is regulated.
                                                      “inert” (not active) ingredients, implying
     when it comes to the household cleaners we
                                                      that they are not toxic or harmful. However,




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     use. Even the ones labeled as “natural” and
                                                      inert ingredients can sometimes be more
     “non-toxic” can contain ingredients that are                                                              Misconception Two:
                                                      harmful than the active ones. Even
     detrimental to our health.                                                                                Products designated as
                                                      suspected carcinogens can be hidden
                                                                                                               “environmentally safe,” “green,”




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                                                      under the “inert” designation.
                                                                                                               “natural,” “eco-friendly,” or
              Misconception One:                      Most shocking is what can be called “non-                “biodegradable” means that
              If they’re in the store, they           toxic,” a term that appears on many                      they are safe.
              must be safe because surely             consumer products. According to the
              cleaning products are tested            federal definition, something can be
              for health effects.                     designated as “non-toxic” when up to 50%        There is much confusion over what these
                                                      of animals exposed to products through          words mean, and most consumers assume
                                                      ingestion or inhalation die within two          that products labeled as such are safe while,
     Did you realize there are no laws requiring      weeks. This means 49 out of 100 animals         in actuality, they may not be. Natural
     manufacturers to test cleaning products for      could have died in those two weeks, and         cleaners are derived from renewable plant
     safety and health effects? There are no          the product can still be labeled “non-toxic”!   materials, and while these materials are
     government agencies that review or approve                                                       inherently more user-safe and friendly to the
                                                      If that wasn’t bad enough, long-term or
     ingredients before they are sold, and no                                                         environment, aquatic and animal life,
                                                      chronic effects are not considered in the
     laws that require manufacturers to list exact                                                    product terms, such as “all-natural,”
                                                      non-toxic specification. The fact that
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