Shouldn’t Cleaning Products REMOVE Pollutants Instead of ADDING Them?

Here’s yet another scientific report about how dangerous chemicals and VOCs are being released from the everyday cleaning products most people use in their homes!

Environmental Defense (Canada) recently released their report THE DIRTY TRUTH, which found that products from some of the biggest cleaning brands (Mr. Clean, Clorox, Lysol, Windex, and PineSol ) pollute the air in Canadians’ homes with harmful chemicals. (Note that these products are not significantly, if at all different in the US, but the EU does have some bans on ingredient that are still allowed here).

ED’s The Dirty Truth follows hot on the heels of Women’s Voices For the Earth’s DEEP CLEAN report, and while both of these reports name names, they had a slightly different focus.

In Deep Clean, Women’s Voices For the Earth graded four major cleaning product manufacturers based on key indicators to expose their commitment to product safety: Product Ingredient Disclosure, Responsiveness to Consumer Concerns, Toxic Chemical Screening Process and Removal of WVE’s Chemicals of Concern.

Dr. Anne Steinemann’s research from earlier this year did not name product names, but she named numerous harmful volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that the many popular products she tested do release into the air we breathe.

One has to wonder why this is allowed to be going on?

We should not be subjected to harmful industrial pollutants in our own homes!

cleaning pollution 1.

“Our new report found that products from some of the biggest cleaning brands (Mr. Clean, Clorox, Lysol, Windex, and PineSol ) pollute the air in Canadians’ homes with harmful chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds. These chemicals have been linked to respiratory problems such as asthma and lower IQs.”


 Volatile Organic Compounds and Your Health

“High levels of VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, nausea and dizziness. Lower levels can contribute to asthma and skin problems. Higher concentrations can even have neurotoxic effects like causing damage to the liver, kidney, or central nervous system.”


VOCs ED 2015


People with MCS/ES suffer severe adverse effects from low levels of these (and other) pollutants, just like the canaries in the mines did. Places where products like these are used are not accessible to people with MCS/ES. In addition to other health harms, toxic chemicals create barriers to access for people who are disabled by exposures to them.


Cleaning should NOT add harmful pollutants to our air, our bodies, and the environment which provides us with life! Cleaning should REMOVE pollutants.


Does this look like what’s in your cleaning cabinet?

Dirty Truth products(All product details are on page 10 of the report)


Get the full report here:  THE DIRTY TRUTH

Read their blog post here: Uncovering the Dirty Truth on cleaning products



Last year, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne promised to “provide Ontarians with better information about chemicals linked with cancer.” Environmental Defence is calling on Ontario’s government to make good on the promise through stronger product labelling rules.

Demand clear labels for consumer by signing our petition to the Ontario government now.

We are also calling on the federal government to stop the foot-dragging and publish promised regulations for consumer product VOC content. These guidelines were originally set to come out in 2014, but we are still waiting.

Help us make safer products for Canadians a reality and add your voice to the call for federal VOC rules.


From the Women’s Voices For the Earth’s DEEP CLEAN report:

With words like trusted, family, quality, healthy and responsible commonplace throughout their branding and advertising, it’s clear that companies care about gaining the trust and loyalty of the American consumer. But – as our report Deep Clean illustrates – cleaning product companies use the lack of industry regulations as a loophole to keep customers in the dark about how they screen of dangerous chemicals and their overall standards of product safety.

The report rates four major clean product manufacturers on their Product Ingredient Disclosure, Responsiveness to Consumer Concerns, Toxic Chemical Screening Process and Removal of WVE’s Chemicals of Concern. The companies are:

  • SC Johnson & Son (makers of Pledge, Shout, Windex, Glade, Scrubbing Bubbles)
  • The Clorox Company (makers of Clorox, Pine-Sol, S.O.S., Tilex, Liquid-Plumber, Green Works)
  • RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) (makers of Woolite, Lysol, Finish, AirWick, Old English)
  • Procter & Gamble (makers of Tide, Cascade, Dawn, Mr. Clean, Dreft Laundry, Febreze, Gain, Cheer)


I am one of millions of people from around the world who have had our lives radically altered (and restricted) due to the widespread use of toxic chemicals in everyday products and materials. The health problems these chemical pollutants cause now are costing billions of dollars around the world while contributing to ruining the environment we all depend on for life. They are also creating epigenetic changes that will impact the health of future generations in ways that will make their lives very challenging to live. This shouldn’t be happening and it doesn’t have to stay this way.

If you are reading this and still use these kinds of products, please don’t wait until you, your pets, and your other family members are sick before you do something different.

Switch to safer cleaning, personal care, and laundry products now!

Baking soda, non-gmo vinegar, lemons, hydrogen peroxide, plain soap, soap nuts, and water will clean almost everything. Skip the chemicals (and EOs). Clean has no smell.

Tell the product manufacturers and their government representatives (who we vote into office) that you want products that are safe for us now, and that won’t harm future generations either. Together we can push these health protective changes into effect.

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12 responses to “Shouldn’t Cleaning Products REMOVE Pollutants Instead of ADDING Them?

  1. Great post. It’s good to see some research is getting published. Hopefully people will start caring about this as much as what the latest celeb is wearing.

    • I’ve shared all these resources widely and separately on fb before, the latest report came out several weeks ago… I’ve been too brain fogged from pesticides etc., to put this info out before.

      I thought there would be a lot more interest in this now, especially because it shows 3 different views of a very serious issue. Looks like celebrity and political arsehat “news” is more appealing now. And lion killing. Not that trophy “hunting” doesn’t deserve the attention it’s getting now.

      If only people were as outraged at manufacturers who knowingly and for profit, poison and injure people with toxic chemicals they put into everyday products and materials, as they are at those who kill for fun… What’s the difference really?

      Are we not cute or furry enough?

      • Our slow “deaths” are out of the media. By the nature of trying to recover — we are forced to isolate ourselves. Out of sight — out of mind. Cecil was a media “sensation” before he was killed. Therefore a media sensation after his death. If someone famous came forward about MCS — it would get media attention. For now we have to depend on spreading the word one person at a time.

  2. Hi Linda
    I think a lot of people who’re unaffected by chemicals in cleaning products (so far) are under the impression that if they weren’t safe then governments wouldn’t allow them.

    [sigh] I’d like to see the U.S., Canada and Australia follow in the EU’s lead.

    • The laws are seriously outdated, and industry has pushed to prevent any regulations on them as they created more and more toxic stuff to sell to unsuspecting people. WE have to really push hard for better laws, and we (or independent researchers and health professionals) aren’t invited to the table when laws or regulations are created, only industry is… and almost all the time, they have been eroding laws that were in place in the past, instead of strengthening them

  3. I just came across your blog today. Thank you for sharing info. I also suffer from MCS, allergies , asthma , and I feel as if most of the human race and corporations are out to kill us all. I have severe autoimmune disorders and celiac disease. Trying to find food and products that dont make me sick is a daily struggle. Thank you again for your blog and info. I know I will be doing a lot of reading. Wishing you health.

    • Thank you Joni, and sorry you are also experiencing the fallout and the struggles… I really hope and wish that soon enough people will understand how bad things have become, and the growing demand/need means new supply chains will be created for safe, pollutant free food and the other things we need to live. Here’s to a healthier future for all of us <3

  4. Really good article. Thanks for taking the time to explain things in such great detail in a way that is easy to understand.

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