Online guide helps consumers get the dirt on hundreds of cleaning products

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  • dailynews Augusta, GA
    Oct. 1, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    I'm all for having cleaner, healthier environments but I don't think the Environmental Working Group is as unbiased as they appear to be. For example, just take a look at their board of is full of people associated with liberal organizations. And then they only promote cleaners that are sold at grocery stores that are notoriously liberal! I don't smell germs.....I smell a smelly political rat. Before we know it Dawn liquid soap, which was rated poorly on this list, will be banned from grocery stores - yet it was the only thing that was able to clean animals caught in oil spills. The irony of it all!

    For now, I sticking with my baking soda and vinegar. They don't vote democrat or republican.

  • Ace Farmington, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    Newsflash: Don't drink household cleaners.

    Personally, I want my cleaning products to be toxic and powerful. They are, after all, supposed to kill germs on the surface you spray them on.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Oct. 1, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    I have promoted more conservative use of cleaning products for a long time. Why risk harm to family members, and others, to think your kitchen and bathroom are pristine if allergies are aggravated or lungs can be compromised? Sprays especially concern me, but I'm sure other products are contributing to various health issues. Our ancestors reused dish cleaning water to clean the floors, and reused laundry products through several loads, and thereby put far less cleaning ingredients into the rivers and streams. In fact, much of what they used went into home "septic" systems that filtered the soap before it ever reached streams where fish, amphibians and other aquatic life would be affected.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 3:47 a.m.

    A step in the right direction and a thanks for the efforts and time involved to work through and explain the hidden secrets of industrial sabotage of the lives of victims.

    Though certain chemicals have certain known side affects, no one has yet to come up with a suitable guide to explain what the combined interactive affects are and accumulative affects are of the chemicals in products and food consumers are ingesting.

    This website has just touched the tip of the iceberg and it must be the responsibility of the FDA, EPA, OSHA, and drug companies to publish information on indredients in lamens terms and lamens can understand. Hieroglyphics and dead language disclosures are not suitable methods for consumer communication for hazardous products.

    Labels must provide consumer information, but they are not required to use specific language or scientific terms. Often times scientific acronyms and vocation slang are used to put on labels and this kind of information limits consumer research. Labels should be written so a 3rd grade reading skill can understand it.