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School Cleaner Test Results

November 3, 2009

Greener School Cleaning Supplies: School Cleaner Test Results

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Simple Green Concentrated Cleaner/ Degreaser/ Deodorizer

The primary ingredient in Simple Green is 2-butoxyethanol, a possible human carcinogen specifically prohibited in certified green products. When used at full strength, this product released 93 air contaminants, the second highest number released by any product tested. See below for detailed results of EWG's air pollution test of this school cleaning supply.

Made by: Sunshine Makers / Sunshine Makers, Inc.

Green Certification: None

Form/Use

Product Type: general purpose cleaner

Product Form: liquid

Product pH: 9.5 +/- 0.3


Directions

General Use: Heavy cleaning use 1:1 to 1:10 dilution ratio (1oz. Simple Green to 1 to 10oz water). Always spot test on a hidden area. Light cleaning: use 1:30 dilution ratio (1oz. Simple Green to 30 oz. water). 1) Apply Simple Green, heavy soil or grease may require some scrubbing. 2) Wipe or rinse clean. When spot cleaning carpet and upholstery, blot dry. 3) Repeat if needed. Note: For best results, mix dilutions in a clean, employ spray bottle or bucket. Dilutions are approximate. Laundry Use: Washing Machine: To boost cleaning effectiveness, add 1/4 cup to water-filled washtub. Spots/stains. Wet fabric or carpet with water. Pull out foaming spray tip and spray 1:1 solution. Rinse or wash immediately. Do not use on plastic instrument panels, leather, suede, unfinished wood, opals or pearls.


Ingredients

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


Claims

Concentrated, all-purpose cleaner. Non-toxic. Biodegradable, and safer alternative to toxic cleaners, solvents and bleaches. Removes grease, oil carbon, dirt, pet stains, coffee and juice stains, lipstick, food, soil, wet nail polish, soap scum, inks, crayon, blood, smoke, soot, adhesives, chocolate, and much more from any washable, indoor/outdoor household surface. Saves you money- Bottle can make 5 gallons of general cleaner. Product is safe and non-toxic for general health. Bottle 100% recyclable.


Warnings

Irritant. May Irritate eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eye contact. Mild eye irritation after contact may occur associated with polyethyleneglycol ether derivatives. Use in well ventilated areas. Individual with with sensitive skin should take appropriate precautions. Do not dispose of degreasing rinseates into or near storm drains, oceans, lakes or streams.


93Air Contaminants Detected
1Ingredients disclosed by manufacturer

Concerns of the chemicals detected

Key health concerns highlighted by major agencies (Study Methodology)
1Chemicals cause asthmaFORMALDEHYDE
3Chemicals on California's Prop 65 List for cancer and reproductive toxicityFORMALDEHYDE, ACETALDEHYDE, ALLYLANISOLE
3Chemicals linked to cancer2-BUTOXYETHANOL, FORMALDEHYDE, ACETALDEHYDE
0Chemicals linked to reproductive toxicity
2Chemicals that disrupt hormonesETHYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOL
1 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system PHENOL
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%.

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.