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Greener School Cleaning Supplies

Research Links Air Quality to Cleaning Supplies

November 3, 2009

Greener School Cleaning Supplies: School Cleaner Test Results

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Waxie 21 Glass Cleaner

The primary ingredient in Waxie 21 Glass Cleaner is 2-butoxyethanol, a possible human carcinogen specifically prohibited in green products. See below for detailed results of EWG's air pollution test of this school cleaning supply.

Made by: Waxie / Waxie Sanitary Supply

Green Certification: None


Product Type: glass & surface cleaner

Product Form: concentrated liquid

Product pH: 10.0 - 11.0


DIRECTIONS: Pour 1 quart of 21 into a five-gallon dispensing container filled with 4.75 gallons water (7 ounces of 21 to 1 gallon water or 1:19). Spray on surface to be cleaned. Wipe off and polish with a clean cloth. Before using, consult supplier for further information and precautions, including Material Safety Data Sheets. Container Disposal: Rinse three times with water. Then offer for recycling or reconditioning or puncture and dispose of in a sanitary landfill (dump), or by incineration, or if allowed by state and local authorities, by burning. If burned, stay away from smoke.


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


Streak and film-free glass and hard-surface cleaner. 21 Glass Cleaner Concentrate is excellent for fast, easy, streak-free and film-free cleaning of glass and other hard surfaces. 21 cleans and shines appliances, countertops, fixtures and everything made of glass, chrome, stainless steel, plastic, vinyl, tile, porcelain, ect. It is widely used by car care professionals.


WARNING: Contains Ammonium Hydroxide and 2-Butoxyethanol. Store only in a cool, dry place. Use only in well ventilated areas. Causes eye and skin irritation. Do not get in eyes or on skin. Wear safety goggles and Latex, Nitril or neoprene gloves when handling. May be harmful if swallowed. FIRST AID: Skin: Wash off with soap and water. Remove and wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Eyes: Flush with water for 15 minutes. If irritation persists, call a physician. Ingestion: Drink large amounts of water. Call a physician. Inhalation: Get person to fresh air. If unconscious, call a physician. Keep out of reach of children.

6Air Contaminants Detected
3Ingredients 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
1Chemicals linked to cancer2-BUTOXYETHANOL
0Chemicals linked to reproductive toxicity
1Chemicals that disrupt hormonesETHYLENE GLYCOL
1 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
Yes 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 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.