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Websites Reveal Chemicals in Major Cleaning Products

By Paula MeltonTwo of North America’s largest cleaning product manufacturers, Clorox and SC Johnson, have disclosed nearly all the ingredients in each of their products. Consumers can now go to www.cloroxcsr.com to find out what’s in Clorox bleach, 409, Pine-Sol, Liquid-Plumr, and other Clorox products, and to www.whatsinsidescjohnson.com to learn the ingredients of brands including Windex, Drano, Glade, Ziploc, and Fantastik. Although smaller companies specializing in green household products have been disclosing ingredients for years, full disclosure by major manufacturers has been slower to materialize. Product-specific information on some of the most toxic and allergenic ingredients—the fragrances—still does not appear. The Clorox site lists more than 1,200 possible fragrance ingredients that might be in its products, while SC Johnson’s promises that “fragrance information will be added soon” on each product’s ingredient list.

Published March 30, 2011

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