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oven cleaningBy Leah Zerbe for Prevention.com

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Cleaning labels are notorious skimpy on ingredient details, making it hard for consumers to know what’s actually inside of those colorful bottles.

The reality is, about half of the most popular brands on the market cause lung damage, among and other ills. “You name the heath effect related to cleaners and I’ve seen it,” says Anne Steinemann, PhD, professor of environmental engineering at the University of Washington. “People have lost consciousness from certain cleaning ingredients, along with suffering migraines, asthma attacks, rashes, or even seizures.” And “green” doesn’t necessarily mean safe when it comes to cleaning products.

In its new Guide to Healthy Cleaning database, Environmental Working Group dishes out grades to more than 2,000 cleaning products based on ingredient information from company websites, labels, and published scientific studies.

The breakdown asserts that DIY cleaning products made from simple ingredients like white vinegar, washing soda, and baking soda are safest, but also offers less toxic alternatives when it comes to cleaners you’ll find in the store. An important point? Many green cleaning companies received both positive and negative grades, depending on the product. That means it’s important to shop on a product-by-product basis and avoid assuming all of a green brand’s products are safe.

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