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School Cleaner Test Results

Greener School Cleaning Supplies: School Cleaner Test Results

November 3, 2009

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Green Classroom Cleaning

Cleaning a model classroom with certified green cleaning supplies like Marauder, Glance NA, and Alpha HP resulted in emission of just 15 air contaminants. Overall air pollution was six times lower than a classroom cleaned with conventional products. See below for more information about the chemicals detected.

This classroom was cleaned using:

Green Certification: Green Seal

15Air Contaminants Detected
13Ingredients disclosed by manufacturer
10Chemicals that may arise from combined product use - not detected when products were tested separately (CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, FORMALDEHYDE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, DECYL ALCOHOL, NONANAL, DODECANE, ETHYLBENZENE, PENTADECANE, UNDECANE, ETHYLENE GLYCOL MONO-2-ETHYLHEXYL ETHER)

Concerns of the chemicals detected

Key health concerns highlighted by major agencies (Study Methodology)
1Chemicals cause asthmaFORMALDEHYDE
2Chemicals on California's Prop 65 List for cancer and reproductive toxicityFORMALDEHYDE, ETHYLBENZENE
2Chemicals linked to cancerFORMALDEHYDE, ETHYLBENZENE
0Chemicals linked to reproductive toxicity
0Chemicals that disrupt hormones
0 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system
No Corrosive concentrate or dangerous pH  

The chemicals detected

Chemicals found in the separate product chamber tests, but not in this cleaning scenario: LIMONENE, ISOHEXADECANE, TOLUENE, OCTADECANE, UNDECYL ALCOHOL, 4-tert-BUTYLCYCLOHEXYL ACETATE, 1,3-DICHLORO-2-PROPANOL, 1-PROPANOL, 2-(2-HYDROXYPROPOXY), 1-DECANOL, 2-METHYL-

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%.

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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.