How Safe are Green Cleaning Products

Los Angeles Times, April 28

[...]Martiné’s interest in green cleaning stemmed from reading that mopping agents might harm her new puppy — and coming home one day to find that her husband had passed out while cleaning their unventilated bathroom. He had been using a combination of products and had hit his head as he fell to the floor. He was just coming to when Martiné, a food photographer, returned home to San Francisco[...]

Like her, a growing number of Americans are seeking so-called green cleaners — products made with natural, nontoxic, biodegradable ingredients. Few consumers may be going the straight DIY route, but sales of natural cleaning products totaled $105 million during the last 12 months, up 23% over the previous 12 months, according to SPINS, a Schaumburg, Ill.-based market research and consulting firm for the natural products industry.

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