Beware — Some ‘Green’ Cleaners are Deceptive and Toxic

green cleaner componentsThe manufacturers of the “Green” cleaning product Simple Green’s claim that it is non-toxic, biodegradable, non-hazardous, non-flammable, and non-corrosive.  But the Material Data Safety Sheet for Simple Green reveals that the formula contains 2-Butoxyethanol — a petrochemical solvent.

2-Butoxyethanol is defined as “harmful” by the European Union classification system. Environment and Health Canada has recommended that it be added to the Schedule 1 toxic substances list, and the state of California lists it as a hazardous substance. 

According to Green Med Info, the chemical’s effects include:

“Inhalation: … Symptoms may include sore throat, coughing, headache, nausea and shortness of breath … Skin Contact:  May cause irritation with redness and pain. May be absorbed through the skin with possible systemic effects.  Eye Contact:  Vapors are irritating and may produce immediate pain, redness and tearing. Splashes can cause severe pain, stinging, swelling. Chronic Exposure:   … [C]an cause damage to the liver, kidneys, lymphoid system, blood and blood-forming organs.”

It is thought that 2-butoxyethanol contributed to the significantly shorter lifespan of Exxon Valdez clean-up workers, which is why Corexit 9527, which also contains the chemical was banned in the United Kingdom.

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