Clorox Making Progress…

Good news! Clorox just announced that alkyl phenol ethoxylatess (APEs) and phthalates — chemicals linked to reproductive harm, birth defects and fertility problems — will no longer be included in their products’ fragrances. APEs are surfactants found in laundry detergents, stain removers, and all-purpose cleaners. Often detected in rivers, they have been found to reduce embryo survival in fish and alter tadpole development. Phthalates carry fragrance in many household products, including glass cleaners, air fresheners, laundry detergent, fabric softeners, shampoos, and lotions. Phthalates have been linked to adverse effects on male children, reduced sperm count in adult men, and increased allergic symptoms and asthma in children. Let’s be grateful that at least one corporate giant recognizes the danger of these chemicals and removed them from their product line-up!

Also, Clorox just announced a new corporate social responsiblity website that will disclose ingredients in all of their products (with the exception of dyes, preservatives, and fragrances).

While I applaud Clorox’s recent efforts, I do think they stop short. Full ingredient disclosure needs to be directly on the product label, where it helps consumers the most. And, the ingredients found in their dyes, preservatives and fragrances must be listed, too. Full transparency from ALL consumer product companies should be the norm.

While large corporations get their acts together, why not try making your own cleaning products? So much safer, healthier and cheaper!

Avoid static cling without fabric softener
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Homemade Dusting Spray
Eco Friendly City Living
Homemade Bathroom Cleaners
Homemade Liquid Hand Soap
Bar Soap vs Liquid Body Wash

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3 Comments for this entry

  1. Erin says:

    I'm going to attempt the homemade laundry detergent this month….i will probably end up bombarding you with questions as my soap bubbles over 😉

  2. HomemadeMother says:

    Erin, you will love the laundry detergent! It works great and its so cheap!! Let me know if you have ANY questions!

    P.S. I love your blog!

  3. Gloria says:

    It's great that Clorox is making progress, but I do agree about full disclosure. How can you tell what you're using?! Regarding phthalates, do you know that they are also used in crib mattresses? They make PVC pliable so it can be used as a waterproof covering. Three phthalates were banned in this type of product not too long ago, although there may still be products on the shelves. But that only took care of three of them, there are several more. They are being investigated by both the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the EPA. If someone is looking for a safe alternative, they should check into Naturepedic crib mattresses. They not only don't use phthalates, they've been certified by Greenguard. With any luck, phthalates will be banned in the near future – as they have been in Europe for over 10 years.

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