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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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Conventional Classroom Cleaning

Cleaning a model classroom using ordinary school cleaning supplies like Twister, Waxie 21 Glass Cleaner, and Simple Green resulted in emission of 68 air contaminants. Overall air pollution was six times higher than a classroom cleaned with green products. See below for more information about the chemicals detected.

This classroom was cleaned using:

Green Certification: None

68Air Contaminants Detected
5Ingredients disclosed by manufacturer
15Chemicals that may arise from combined product use - not detected when products were tested separately (2,6-DIMETHYL-7-OCTEN-2-OL, ANETHOLE, BENZOIC ACID, CITRAL, LINALOOL, NONANAL, ETHYLHEXANOL, FENCHYL ACETATE, beta-PINENES, DODECANE, 2-METHYL, (+)-CAMPHENE, DODECANE, 4-METHYL, 1-HEPTANOL, 2-PROPYL, ACETIC ACID, TRIMETHYLSILYL ESTER, 2-HEXEN-1-OL, 2-ETHYL-)

Concerns of the chemicals detected

Key health concerns highlighted by major agencies (Study Methodology)
1Chemicals cause asthmaFORMALDEHYDE
1Chemicals on California's Prop 65 List for cancer and reproductive toxicityFORMALDEHYDE
2Chemicals linked to cancer2-BUTOXYETHANOL, FORMALDEHYDE
0Chemicals linked to reproductive toxicity
3Chemicals that disrupt hormonesETHYLENE GLYCOL, NONYLPHENOL ETHOXYLATE, PHENOL
2 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, PHENOL
No Corrosive concentrate or dangerous pH  

The chemicals detected

Chemicals found in the separate product chamber tests, but not in this cleaning scenario: DIETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOETHYL ETHER, ACETALDEHYDE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL BUTYL ETHER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL PROPYL ETHER, TERPINEOL, ALPHA-, ALLYLANISOLE, BUTYL FORMATE, DIPROPYL KETONE, HEXADECANE, ISOBUTYL PROPIONATE, ISOCINEOLE, MYRCENE, PROPIONALDEHYDE, BENZENE, 1,2,4,5-TETRAMETHYL, 1-PROPANOL, 2-(2-HYDROXYPROPOXY), 1-PROPANOL, 2,2'-OXYBIS-, PROPANE, 1-(ETHENYLOXY)-2-METHYL, FORMAMIDE, N,N-DIETHYL-, BENZENE, 1-ETHYL-4-METHYL (4-ETHYLTOLUENE), ETHYLENE GLYCOL MONO-2-ETHYLHEXYL ETHER, PENTADECANE, 2-METHYL, 2-(SALICYLIDENEAMINO)NAPHTHALENE, 1-PROPANOL, 3,3'-OXYBIS-, PENTADECANE, 4-METHYL, PENTADECANE, 3-METHYL, NAPHTHALENE, DECAHYDRO-2-METHYL, UNDECANE, 4-METHYL, DODECANE, 2,6,10-TRIMETHYL, CYCLOHEXANE, 1-METHYL-4-ISOPROPYL, CIS, DECANE, 2,6-DIMETHYL, 1-PROPANOL, 2-(2-METHOXYPROPOXY)-, UNDECANE, 3,8-DIMETHYL, UNDECANE, 4,8-DIMETHYL, NONANE, 3-ETHYL, HEPTANE, 4,4-DIPROPYL, UNDECANE, 2,4-DIMETHYL, 1,5-CYCLOHEXADIENE-1-METHANOL, 4-(1-METHYLETHYL)-, OCTANE, 4,5-DIPROPYL-, TETRADECANE, 4-METHYL, HEXENAL, 2-ETHYL-, HEXADECANE, 7-METHYL-, DODECANE, 2,6,11-TRIMETHYL, OCTANE, 2,3,6,7-TETRAMETHYL-, 2-BUTANOL, 3,3'-OXYBIS, DODECANE, 2-METHYL-8-PROPYL, DODECANE, 4,6-DIMETHYL, OCTANE, 3-ETHYL-2,7-DIMETHYL, 3-ETHYL-4-OCTANOL, CYCLOPROPANE, 1,1-DIMETHYL-2-(3-METHYL-1,3-BUTADIENYL), DODECANE, 2,7,10-TRIMETHYL, 3,5-DIMETHYLDODECANE, DECANE, 5,6-DIPROPYL-

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.