Australian Cleaning Brands

In Australia, cleaning brands don’t need to legally disclose their ingredients. This means manufacturers have less reason to avoid risky chemicals that happen to clean well. [1]

Hidden Ingredients

Hidden Ingredients

  • The ACCC does not administer a mandatory standard for cleaning product ingredient labelling.
  • This makes it extremely difficult to make an informed decision when purchasing cleaning products for your home.
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS

MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS

  • By federal law, MSDSs for cleaning products must provide hazardous chemical information.
  • However, they are not required to list chemicals strongly linked to serious toxicity if under 1% in volume. [1]
  • Some chemicals can be harmful even if under 1% in volume.
Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets

  • MSDSs can legally omit hazardous chemicals if they are part of mixtures the company claims to be trade secrets. This means purchasers risk using products containing unknown levels of harzardous chemicals. [1]
Harmful Chemicals

Harmful Chemicals

  • The truth is that people don’t know what is in their everyday cleaners and wrongly assume that just by wearing gloves they will be protected from any harmful effects.
  • Cleaning chemicals are only removed from the market if there is overwhelming evidence that it is harmful. As the effects of chemical related disease can sometimes only be seen years, or even decades after exposure, this may happen far too late.

The Chemicals in ouR homes

Australian families are unknowingly cleaning surfaces and contaminating the air in their homes with toxic chemicals.

Chemical Residue

Chemical Residue

  • Many household cleaners contain harmful chemicals. When you spray or use these cleaners on your household surfaces they leave behind a toxic chemical residue.
  • Skin is like a sponge, so if you or family members touch or prepare food on these surfaces, chemical residue can be transferred to your food or skin.
Exposure

Exposure

  • With continual exposure everyone in your household will ingest or absorb these chemicals.
  • Even very small doses of some chemicals can cause disease, children and developing babies are often most vulnerable. [2]
Chemical Related Disease

Chemical Related Disease

  • As chemical use has grown in industrialized societies, so have chemical-related diseases, including cancer, asthma, birth defects, developmental disabilities, endometriosis, and infertility. Mounting scientific evidence links the incidence of these diseases, in part, to environmental toxicants. [2]
Increased Asthma Risk

Increased Asthma Risk

  • A study of 13,000 children over a 16 year period has found exposure to the chemicals contained in household cleaning products was linked to a 41% increase in a child’s chances of developing asthma by the age of 7 years. [3]
Hidden Truth

Not as green as you think

Many cleaning products marketed as natural / green / eco are not as ‘green’ as you think.

Landfill

Landfill

  • There’s nothing green about landfill and contaminated waterways. Most cleaners don’t re-use their packaging.
Plant-Based Cleaners

Plant-Based Cleaners

  • ‘Natural’ doesn’t always mean ‘safe’. In fact, plant-based cleaners can be just as toxic as chemically-based ones. [4]
Avoid Fragranced Products

Avoid Fragranced Products

  • A recent Melbourne study has found that common cleaning products, including those marketed as ‘green’, ‘all-natural’, ‘non-toxic’, and ‘organic’, emit a range of compounds that could harm human health and air quality and most of these ingredients are not disclosed to the public.
  • The study also revealed emissions of carcinogenic hazardous air pollutants from ‘green’ fragranced products were not significantly different from regular fragranced products. [5]
  • A separate study found that some of the same chemical reactions producing atmospheric smog are taking place in your house when using cleaning products with pine, lavender, and citrus scents. [6]
  • Terpenes are identified as the fragrance pollutant and are the main ingredients for many natural essences and essential oils. Limonene, which smells of oranges, is a type of Terpene.

The spread of germs and bacteria

Did you know most anti-bacterial cleaners aren’t as effective as you expect?

Slow Kill Time

Slow Kill Time

  • Most existing Anti-Bacterial products which claim to kill 99.99% of germs are only effective when left on the affected area for 10 minutes or more.
  • This slow kill time is often not taken into consideration when cleaning, which could leave germs to spread within the home.
  • In comparison, Nue Clean’s Anti-Bacterial solution kills 99.999% of germs and bacteria in under 30 seconds.
Less Effective

Less Effective

  • Many supermarket bought anti-bacterial cleaners are made with toxic chemicals as some ‘green’ cleaners don’t effectively kill viruses and bacteria.

Sources

  • [1] EWG - Cleaning Supplies: Secret Ingredients, Hidden Hazards.
  • [2] CHE Toxicant and Disease database
  • [3] Brunel University: Use Of Cleaning Products During Pregnancy Increases Risk Of Asthma In Young Children
  • [4] Choice: Chemicals and Cleaners
  • [5] Anne Steinemann: Volatile emissions from common consumer products.
  • [6] Drexel University: Clean smell doesn’t always mean clean air.