The Environmental Working Group released a report called Cleaners Hall of Shame, detailing potentially harmful chemicals in household cleaners across just about every family. Many entries on the list were taken directly from the products' labels, such as warnings that people should not ingest cleaners. The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) responded strongly, calling the campaign irresponsible and labeling it as an attack.
The ACI urges consumers to review cleaning products' labels and warnings and also the ACI's own ingredients database to determine any risks associated with a particular chemical. It also reminds consumers to follow any label's main instruction, "Use as directed."
"An enormous amount of resources are dedicated to assuring the safety of products, including many millions of dollars in research, development and testing before products ever hit the shelves," says Brian Sansoni, ACI's vice president of communication.