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5 Common Household Cleaners that are BANNED Abroad but STILL in America! Many people across the country are unaware of the harmful ingredients that are in common home cleaning products. Many of these home cleaners sit in cupboards all over the country, close to children and pets that may be harmed by coming into contact with the home cleaning products. The Environmental Working Group has compelling evidence that about hundreds of home cleaners and home cleaning products. Some of the home cleaning products are advertised as green or natural, and can inflict serious harm on the people that use them. Many of the common home cleaners and home cleaning products present severe risks to children who may accidentally ingest or spill them or breathe in their fumes.

The following list is just some of the common home cleaners that are banned abroad but still used in America. Spic and Span Multi-Surface and Floor Cleaner is just one of the home cleaners that contains nonylphenol ethoxylate, which was banned from home cleaning products manufactured after 2012 in the state of California. Home cleaning products containing this toxic cleaning chemicals cannot be sold in the European Union. The harmful ingredient breaks down to nonylphenol, which can disrupt the hormone system, is toxic to aquatic life and stays in the environment. The next cleaning products is a popular antibacterial bathroom cleaner. Scrubbing Bubbles is a cleaning products that contains up to 10 percent DEGBE, also known as butoxydiglycol, an ingredient that is banned in the European Union at concentrations above 3 percent in aerosol cleaners. This ingredient can irritate and inflame the lungs. Mop and Glo Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner contains DEGME, which is also called methoxydiglycol, at up to 15 times the concentration that is allowed in home cleaners that are sold in the European Union. Next, on the list of toxic home cleaners is DampRid Mildew Stain Remover Plus Blocker. This home cleaners contains up to 10 percent of the hazardous solvent called 2-butoxyethanol. Canada caps the use of this chemical in non-aerosol cleaners at 6 percent. The home cleaners also contain nonylphenol ethoxylate, which is prohibited in home cleaners that are sold in the European Union. Last on the list is EASY-OFF Fume Free Oven Cleaner. This oven cleaner spray contains 5 to 10 percent DEGBE. The European Union also bars concentrations of DEGBE that are greater than 3 percent because it can harm the lungs. Instead of using these toxic home cleaners opt for using eco friendly cleaning supplies and non toxic cleaners.

This list of five common household cleaners that are banned abroad but still allowed in America is just one of the harmful home cleaners and cleaning chemicals lists you will find on the EWG site. The EWG or Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit environmental research organization that is based in Washington, D.C. EWG provides information on home cleaning products from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. This site works at informing consumers on this important information. The home cleaning products industry is a multi-billion dollar business that is largely unregulated. The EWG house cleaners database aims to fill the information gap so they can give people the straight facts as developed by independent scientists. *

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