Greener School Cleaning Supplies: CA School Cleaner Test Results

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NOVEMBER 3, 2009

 

School Cleaners Test Results

EWG tested over 20 cleaners used in schools in California, and detected hundreds of air contaminants not listed as ingredients by manufacturers.

Further testing shows that cleaning a model classroom using 3 widely used, certified green products produces far less air pollution than cleaning the same classroom with 3 common conventional cleaners.

Test Results

CLEANING PRODUCTS USED IN CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS AIR CONTAMINANTS DETECTED INGREDIENTS DISCLOSED BY MANUFACTURER ASTHMAGENS DETECTED CARCINOGENS DETECTED

AIR FRESHENERS

Febreze Air Effects (Hawaiian Aloha) 89 3 0 1

BATHROOM CLEANERS

3M Brand Bathroom Cleaner (Product No. 44, Twist ‘n Fill System) [Green Seal] 10 6 0 0
Comet Disinfectant Powder Cleanser (Regular) 146 6 1 7
NABC Non-Acid Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner 13 5 2 0

DISINFECTANTS

Alpha HP Multi-Surface Cleaner (disinfectant strength) 6 6 0 0
Clorox Regular Bleach 8 2 0 0
Virex II 256 3 4 1 0

FLOOR CLEANERS/FINISHES/POLISHES

Ripsaw 7 9 1 0
Shineline Seal Floor Sealer/ Finish 31 8 1 2
Twister 10 2 0 0
Waxie-Green Floor Finish*[EcoLogo] 58 1 1 2

GENERAL PURPOSE CLEANERS

Alpha HP Multi-Surface Cleaner (cleaner strength, results estimate) [Green Seal] 5 6 0 0
Citrus-Scrub 90 56 3 0 1
Marauder Environmental General Purpose Cleaner[Green Seal] 8 5 0 0
Pine-Sol Brand Cleaner (Original) 18 3 1 1
Pioneer Super Cleaner 13 3 2 2
Simple Green Concentrated Cleaner/ Degreaser/ Deodorizer 93 1 1 3

GLASS & SURFACE CLEANERS

3M Brand Glass Cleaner (Product No. 1, Twist ‘n Fill System) [Green Seal] 16 3 1 0
Glance HC Glass and Multi-Surface Cleaner 4 5 0 1
Glance Non- Ammoniated Glass & Multi- Purpose Cleaner [Green Seal] 1 5 0 0
Waxie 21 Glass Cleaner 6 3 0 1

GRAFFITI REMOVERS

Goof Off Cleaner (CA VOC Compliant) 86 6 0 2

 

CLEANING SCENARIO AIR CONTAMINANTS DETECTED INGREDIENTS DISCLOSED BY MANUFACTURER ASTHMAGENS DETECTED CARCINOGENS DETECTED
Conventional Classroom Cleaning 66 5 1 2
Green Classroom Cleaning 15 7 1 1

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.

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