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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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Comet Disinfectant Powder Cleanser (Regular)

Comet Disinfectant Powder Cleanser released 146 air contaminants, more than any other product tested. 7 chemicals may cause cancer in people, including formaldehyde, chloroform, and benzene. See below for detailed results of EWG's air pollution test of this school cleaning supply.

Made by: Procter & Gamble

Green Certification: None

Form/Use

Product Type: bathroom cleaner & disinfectant

Product Form: powder


Directions

It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. To Clean: For most problems, sprinkle on wet surface or sponge, let sit for 15 seconds, rub and rinse. If problem remains, wet surface, sprinkle again, let stand for one minute. rub and rinse. To disinfect non-porous surfaces: Sprinkle on wet surface, rub gently to cleanse, let stand 5 minutes, and rinse. To disinfect toilet bowls: flush, sprinkle 4 oz. onto bowl surfaces, scour thoroughly, let stand 10 min. and flush.


Ingredients

Disclosed on the bottle label: Active Ingredient: Sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione dihydrate 1.2% Other ingredients 98.8%


Claims

Disinfects & cleans tough stains. Scratch Free. Use for tough cleaning problems all around your house. This all-purpose cleanser cleans and disinfects porcelain, stainless steel, fiberglass, Corian solid surfaces, natural marble and glazed ceramic tile without scratching. Wipes out most household germs including Staphylococcus arueus, Salmonella choleraesuis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Package contains at least 75% recycled materials. The surfactants in this product are biodegradable. Contains NO phosphate.


Warnings

Keep out of reach of children. HAZARDS TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS. Caution: Causes moderate eye irritation. Avoid contact with eyes or clothing. Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling. For unfamiliar surfaces, test small area first. do not use on silver, painted surfaces, walls, soft plastic, aluminum or rubber items (except tires). Do not mix with other products, especially toilet bowl cleaners or products that contain ammonia. Store in a cool dry place.


146Air Contaminants Detected
6Ingredients disclosed by manufacturer

Concerns of the chemicals detected

Key health concerns highlighted by major agencies (Study Methodology)
1Chemicals cause asthmaFORMALDEHYDE
7Chemicals on California's Prop 65 List for cancer and reproductive toxicityFORMALDEHYDE, TOLUENE, ACETALDEHYDE, CHLOROFORM, BENZENE, 1-CHLORO-2,3-EPOXYPROPANE, N-ETHYL-N-NITROSO-ETHANAMINE
7Chemicals linked to cancerFORMALDEHYDE, QUARTZ, ACETALDEHYDE, CHLOROFORM, BENZENE, 1-CHLORO-2,3-EPOXYPROPANE, N-ETHYL-N-NITROSO-ETHANAMINE
2Chemicals linked to reproductive toxicityTOLUENE, BENZENE
2Chemicals that disrupt hormonesBENZOPHENONE, 1-CHLORO-2,3-EPOXYPROPANE
5 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system METHYL ETHYL KETONE, TOLUENE, CHLOROFORM, BENZENE, BENZONITRILE
No 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 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%.

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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.