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School Cleaner Test Results

November 3, 2009

Greener School Cleaning Supplies: School Cleaner Test Results

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Pine-Sol Brand Cleaner (Original)

The pine-based household product Pine-Sol Original Cleaner emitted 18 air contaminants, including formaldehyde. On smoggy days, pine oil cleaners react with air pollution to produce formaldehyde. See below for detailed results of EWG's air pollution test of this school cleaning supply.

Made by: Pine-Sol / The Clorox Company

Green Certification: None

Form/Use

Product Type: cleaner & disinfectant

Product Form: liquid

Product pH: 3.0 - 4.0


Directions

It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. General Cleaning and Floors: Use 1/4 C. per gallon of water. No rinsing required, except on rubber or asphalt tile. For extra tough jobs, use full strength and rinse immediately. Toilet Bowls: Pour 1/2 C. into bowl and brush thoroughly, including under the rim. Laundry: Rub in full strength on grease spots or heavily soiled areas before washing. For extra cleaning and deodorizing power, add 1/2 C. to load. Use only on white or colorfast fabrics. General Disinfecting: Apply this product with a sponge or cloth full strength. Wet surface, let stand 10 min. them remove excess. Heavily soiled surfaces, preclean first.


Ingredients

Disclosed on the bottle label: Active Ingredient: Pine Oil 8.7% Other Ingredients: 91.3% *Includes Detergents and other cleaning agents. Contains biodegradable cleaning agents.


Claims

All purpose cleaner and disinfectant. Kills germs. Removes tough grease and dirt. Deodorizes and has a clean, fresh scent. Broad spectrum disinfectant against Salmonella Choleraesuis, Staphylococcus aureus and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. Contains Biodegradable agents.


Warnings

Keep out of reach of children. Hazardous to humans and domestic animals. Eye irritant: Causes substantial but temporary eye injury. Do not get in eyes, on skin or on clothing. Wear protective eyewear (safety glasses). Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling and before eating, drinking, chewing gum or using tobacco. For sensitive skin or prolonged use, wear rubber gloves. Remove and wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Physical or chemical hazards: Combustible. Do not use or store near heat or open flame. Do not mix with other household cleaners.


18Air Contaminants Detected
4Ingredients disclosed by manufacturer

Concerns of the chemicals detected

Key health concerns highlighted by major agencies (Study Methodology)
1Chemicals cause asthmaFORMALDEHYDE
1Chemicals on California's Prop 65 List for cancer and reproductive toxicityFORMALDEHYDE
1Chemicals linked to cancerFORMALDEHYDE
0Chemicals linked to reproductive toxicity
0Chemicals that disrupt hormones
1 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
No Corrosive concentrate or dangerous pH  

The chemicals detected

Laboratory Data Qualifiers

# Indicates AQS database match with a probability greater than 99%.
**** Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 95%.
*** Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 90%.
** Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 85%.
* Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 80%.

Disclaimer: The conclusions and findings that appear on this page reflect EWG’s research at the time of publication stated above. In light of evolving market conditions, subsequent product reformulations, and other factors, they may no longer be current. EWG makes no representations or warranties about any of the products that may appear on this page. EWG hereby disclaims all warranties with regard to any of the products that may appear on this page, including express, statutory, implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular use.

Waxie informed EWG on Jan. 7, 2013, that the Waxie-Green Floor Finish has been discontinued. EWG has not reviewed for the purposes of this report the company's new formulation, Waxie-Green Hi-Solids Floor Finish.