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Greener School Cleaning Supplies

Research Links Air Quality to Cleaning Supplies

School Cleaner Test Results

November 3, 2009

Greener School Cleaning Supplies: School Cleaner Test Results

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The floor stripper Ripsaw contains ethanolamine, a chemical that can cause asthma to develop in otherwise healthy people. See below for detailed results of EWG's air pollution test of this school cleaning supply.

Made by: Buckeye / Buckeye International, Inc.

Green Certification: None


Product Type: floor stripper

Product Form: concentrated liquid

Product pH: 12.9 ± 0.2


FOR USE IN COLD OR HOT WATER. For removing Floor Finishes and sealers: Using ADI (Automatic Dilution Indicator) add RIPSAW to water in mop bucket until it turns cloudy, which is approximately 30 fl. oz./gallon water (250 ml/l), (1:4). 1. Wet floor. Allow to stand for 10 minutes. Do not allow to dry on floor. 2. Machine scrub. 3. Pick up solution. 4. Rinse floor at least twice with cold water. 5. After floor is dry, apply finish.


Disclosed on the bottle label: No ingredients were disclosed on the label.


Automatic Dilution Indicator. Liquescent. Water based stripper for floor finishes and sealers.


DANGER: CORROSIVE, WILL CAUSE BURNS TO EYES AND SKIN. HARMFUL OR FATAL IS SWALLOWED. PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: Avoid contact with eyes and skin. Wear after or chemical resistant footwear. FIRST AID: For eyes: Flush with cool water for 15 minutes. See physician. For skin: Flush with cool water for 15 minutes. If irritation occurs or persists, see physician. For Ingestions: Give two large glasses of water. Do NOT induce vomiting. Call physician immediately. For medical emergencies only, call 800-303-0441. Outside North America call 651-632-8956. SEE MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. FOR INDUSTRIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL USE ONLY. NOTE: PRODUCT IS WHMIS CLASS E.

7Air Contaminants Detected
9Ingredients disclosed by manufacturer

Concerns of the chemicals detected

Key health concerns highlighted by major agencies (Study Methodology)
1Chemicals cause asthmaETHANOLAMINE
0Chemicals on California's Prop 65 List for cancer and reproductive toxicity
0Chemicals linked to cancer
0Chemicals linked to reproductive toxicity
0Chemicals that disrupt hormones
2 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system BENZYL ALCOHOL, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
Yes Corrosive concentrate or dangerous pH  

The chemicals detected

Laboratory Data Qualifiers

#† Denotes quantified using multipoint authentic standard curve (post-calibration). Other VOCs quantified relative to toluene.
# 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 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.