Common household products, including laundry detergents and floor cleaners, contain harmful chemicals that could induce health problems in adults and infants, a new report says. Five chemicals, present in popular brands like Pine-Sol, Formula 409, and Tide, may lead to asthma attacks, developmental problems, and infertility but often are not listed on packaging, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
The law requires manufacturers to list only chemicals that are hazardous, a system an industry spokesman says isn’t perfect but helps protect trade secrets. Critics of the industry urge more testing and disclosure of chemicals used in cleaners. Concerned consumers can purchase “green” kits that allow them to make their own cleaners using nontoxic ingredients.