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Beware: Some Green Cleaning Products May Not Be Very Green

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    Demand for safe "green" cleaning products is on the rise, as consumers are increasingly unwilling to risk their health for the sake of a "clean" home.

 The truth is, most cleaning products on the market are toxic chemical cocktails, and when you spritz your bathtub or kitchen counter with that brightly colored liquid you're exposing yourself and your family to endocrine-disrupting phthalates, carcinogenic benzene, and organ-damaging phenols, just to name a few.

 Unfortunately, finding a safer option is not as straightforward as it may seem, because when it comes to cleaning products -- even avowedly "green" cleaning products -- you can't judge a book by its cover.

Popular Green Cleaner "Simple Green" is Actually Toxic

 Simple Green is one of the most widely used, supposedly "green" cleaning products on the market.

 It's named "green" not only because of its color, of course, but because it is trying to promote a safe and natural image.

 In fact, Simple Green's web site calls it "the leader of non-toxic, biodegradable, environmentally safer cleaning products."
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