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The Worst Household Cleaners in America

Posted: June 22, 2012 |  Comments

A squeaky-clean, spotless house brings a sense of pride to many Americans, but here's the toxic truth: something that should be making us feel good is actually making us sick. From cleaning ingredients powerful enough not just to cut through grease and grime, but also human bone and tissue to products labeled "nontoxic" and "green" that are in fact laced with hazardous ingredients, more than a few of the products on the market made Environmental Working Group's recent "EWG Database Cleaners Hall of Shame" list.

The release of this list of some of the worst cleaners sold in America comes several months before EWG is slated to unveil a first-of-its-kind database that will rank the safety of cleaners on the market. Due to be released this fall, the database will be similar to its popular Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, unveiling problematic chemicals and rating products on toxicity.

While taking matters into your own hands and using green cleaning recipes is a great way to start detox your cleaning routine, it's also important to check under the sink to make sure you don't have any of the most dangerous products on the market in your home.

Here are some of the most toxic cleaning products on the market, according to EWG.




  • All-Purpose Cleaners
    Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner - This product is anything but green. It contains 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent that soaks through the skin and damages red blood cells; even more dangerous is that some people miss the fine print and don't dilute it.


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