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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

3M Brand Bathroom Cleaner (Product No. 44, Twist 'n Fill System)

3M Brand Bathroom Cleaner is a certified green product that emitted just 10 air contaminants. See below for detailed results of EWG's air pollution test of this school cleaning supply.

Made by: 3M

Green Certification: Green Seal

Form/Use

Product Type: bathroom cleaner

Product Form: concentrated liquid

Product pH: 0.9 - 1.5


Ingredients

Disclosed on the bottle label: Water (7732-18-5), 1-Octyl-2-pyrrolidinone (2687-94-7), Hydrooxyacetic Acid (79-14-1), Malic Acid (6915-15-7), Ethoxylated C9-11 Alcohols 68439-46-3


Claims

Green Seal Certified, 44 READY-TO-USE. Description: Mild-acid bathroom cleaner. Use on all hard surfaces in the bathroom including bowls and urinal. This produce meets Green Seal's environmental standard for industrial and institutional cleaners based on its reduced human and aquatic toxicity and reduced smog production potential.


Warnings

CAUTION! May cause eye, skin, nose and throat irritation. Precautions: Avoid eye and prolonged skin contact. Wear safety glasses when contact with eyes is possible due to splashing spraying or misting. Avoid breathing dust, vapors, mist or spray. Use only with adequate ventilation. Do not ingest. Wash thoroughly after handling. Close container after each use. For industrial use only. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. SUGGESTED FIRST AID: Eye Contact: Flush eyes with large amounts of water. If signs/symptoms continue get medical attention. Skin Contact: Wash affected area with soap and water. If sign/symptoms develop get medical attention. Inhalation: Remove person to fresh air. If sign/symptoms develop get medical attention. If Swallowed: Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so by medical personnel. Give person two glasses of water. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Get medical attention. ADDITIONAL PRODUCT SAFETY AND HEALTH INFORMATION SOURCE: MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET (MSDS 22-4877-1). IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 651-737-6501 OR 800-364-3577. NOTE: Floors may be slippery when wet.


10Air Contaminants Detected
6Ingredients disclosed by manufacturer

Concerns of the chemicals detected

Key health concerns highlighted by major agencies (Study Methodology)
0Chemicals cause asthma
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
1 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system CYCLOHEXANONE
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 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.