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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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Citrus-Scrub 90

The heavy duty citrus-based cleaner Citrus-Scrub 90 released 56 air contaminants, include trichloroethylene, a probable human carcinogen. On smoggy days, citrus 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: Hillyard / Hillyard Industries, Inc.

Green Certification: None


Product Type: cleaner

Product Form: liquid


DIRECTIONS: Remove oil, grease, road tar, rubber burn marks, engine grease, carbon, and adhesives. Replaces dangerous petroleum solvents. Use to safely remove soils from machinery, tools, concrete floors, metal surfaces and more. Heavy Duty Use - Apply Citrus-Scrub 90 undiluted with a mop, sponge, sprayer or scrub brush. Allow product several minutes of dwell time to dissolve heavy build-up. Scrub surface and rinse with clean water. Extremely heavy soil may require a second application and additional dwell time. Normal Use - Dilute Citrus-Scrub 90 1:1 with water and apply immediately. Product will separate if allowed to sit for extended periods. Wipe surface clean with wipe dry industrial wiper. Parts Washing and Dip Tank Use - Submerge parts in Citrus-Scrub 90 in parts washer. Rinse with clean water when finished. Apply a corrosion inhibitor to parts as a finishing step to prevent rust. NOTE - Do not use on floor surfaces other than concrete. Citrus-Scrub 90 may dull or remove conventional floor seals and finishes. Do not use Citrus-Scrub 90 prior to coating concrete. NOTICE - Do not store product above 120 degrees F (49 Degrees C). Improper storage may expand container and rupture the package. In case the container expands, carefully vent the package through the cap or bung. All handling equipment should be electrically grounded. Emptied containers may retain hazardous residues and explosive vapors. Keep away from heat, sparks and flames. Do not cut, puncture, or wield on or near this container. Follow label warnings until container is thoroughly cleaned or destroyed. DISPOSAL - Buyer assumes all risk and liability associated with disposal of this product (original concentration or dilution in violation of applicable law. Soiled rags should be dampened with water before disposal or discarded in special containers.


Disclosed on the bottle label: CONTAINS: d-LIMONENE (CAS #5989-27-5), WATER (CAS #7732-18-5), LINEAR PRIMARY ALCOHOL ETHOXYLATE (CAS #68439-46-3),


Natural solvent asphalt/rubber mark remover. FLOOR COATING AND FINISH MATERIAL AS TO SLIP RESISTANCE ONLY. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY. Seller makes no warranty of any kind, express or implied, except that this product shall be of seller's standard quality.


DANGER. Do not take internally. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, and clothing. Prolonged contact may cause eye and skin burns. Wash thoroughly after handling. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents may be harmful or fatal. Some individuals may be sensitive to ingredients in this product. Before use read product label and MSDS. If questions remain, consult your employer or a physician. Keep away from heat, sparks, flames, or other sources of ignition. Reports have associated repeated and prolonged occupational overexposure to solvents with permanent brain and nervous system damage (sometimes referred to as Solvent or Painters' Syndrome). Prevent build-up of vapors by opening all windows and doors to achieve cross ventilation. Use only with adequate ventilation. Do not breath vapors or spray mist. Ensure fresh air entry during application and drying. If you experience eye watering, headache, or dizziness or if air monitoring demonstrates vapor/mist levels are above applicable limits, wear an appropriate, properly fitted respirator. (NIOSH/OSHA approved) during and after application. Follow respirator manufacture's directions for respirator use. Close container after each use. If spilled, contain spilled material and remove with inert absorbent. Dispose of contaminated absorbent, container, and unused contents in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations. Use solvent-resistant eyewear with splash guards. Solvent-impermeable gloves, apron, or clothing and boots are recommended to prevent skin contact. FIRST AID: If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Call a physician immediately. If you experience difficulty in breathing, leave tee area to obtain fresh air. If continued difficulty is experienced, get medical assistance immediately. In case of skin contact, wash thoroughly with soap and water and get medical assistance immediately. For eye contact, flush immediately with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, lift eyelids and flush with water and get medical assistance immediately. Thoroughly clean contaminated shoes. See Material Safety Data Sheet for additional information.

56Air Contaminants Detected
3Ingredients disclosed by manufacturer

Concerns of the chemicals detected

Key health concerns highlighted by major agencies (Study Methodology)
0Chemicals cause asthma
1Chemicals on California's Prop 65 List for cancer and reproductive toxicityTRICHLOROETHYLENE
1Chemicals linked to cancerTRICHLOROETHYLENE
0Chemicals linked to reproductive toxicity
0Chemicals that disrupt hormones
1 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system TRICHLOROETHYLENE
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.