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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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Clorox Regular Bleach

Clorox Regular Bleach released 8 air contaminants, including one linked to hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. See below for detailed results of EWG's air pollution test of this school cleaning supply.

Made by: Clorox / The Clorox Company

Green Certification: None


Product Type: disinfectant

Product Form: liquid

Product pH: ~11.4


DO NOT use this product full strength for cleaning surfaces. Always dilute strictly in accordance with label directions. For prolonged use, wear gloves. * It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Laundry Use- Sort Laundry by color, add 3/4 cup Clorox Regular Bleach add detergent to wash water or 1 1 1/4 cup for extra large washer. Add Laundry. (For Best results dilute 3/4 cup or Clorox Regular Bleach in 1 quart of water. Add to wash 5 min. after wash cycle begins.) Household Use- Kitchen and Bathroom sinks, countertops, bathtubs, showers, floors, vinyl and tile: Wash , wipe or rinse w/water. Apply disinfecting solution of 3/4 c. Clorox Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Let stand 5 min. before rinsing thoroughly, let dry. Toilet Bowls: Flush toilet. Pour 1 c. of Clorox into bowl. Brush entire bowl and rim. Let stand 10 minutes then flush again. Plastic Cutting Boards: Wash board. Apply santizing solution of 1 tbsp Clorox per gal. of water . Let stand 2 min, air dry. Wooden cutting boards: Wash board. Apply solution of 3 tbsp/gal of water. Let stand 2 min. Rinse with solution of 1 tspn per gal of water and let dry. Do not rinse or soak equipment over night.


Disclosed on the bottle label: Active Ingredient: Sodium Hypochlorite 6.0% . Other Ingredients 94.0% ( Yields 5.7% available Chlorine).


Kills 99.9% of common household germs*. ( *- Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Salmonella Enterica, and Escherichia Coli 0157-H7)


Precautionary Statements: Hazards to humans and domestic animals. DANGER - Corrosive. Keep out of reach of Children. PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL HAZARDS- Product contains a strong oxidizer. Always flush drains before/after use. DO NOT mix with other household chemicals such as toilet bowl cleaners, rust removers, acids or products containing ammonia. To do so may release hazardous, irritating gases. May cause severe irritation or damage to eyes and skin. Harmful if swallowed. Protect eyes when handling. For Prolonged use wear gloves Wash after contact w/product. Avoid breathing vapors and use only in a well-ventilated area. First Aid if in eyes: Hold eye open and rinse slowely and gently for 15-20 min. Remove contact lense, after first 5 min, then continue rinsing. If on skin or clothing; Take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin immediateley with water for 15-20 min. If swalled: Call Poison Control Center for treatment advice. Do not induce vomiting unless told so by PCC or doctor.

8Air Contaminants Detected
2Ingredients 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
1Chemicals that disrupt hormonesN,N-DIMETHYLFORMAMIDE
1 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system N,N-DIMETHYLFORMAMIDE
Yes 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 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.