24 Apr '12, 1pm

These toxic household cleaners can cause asthma or burn your lungs

Ah, America. The country where you’re allowed to buy products containing hazardous chemicals that other countries have banned. The Environmental Working Group, the people who brought you the Dirty Dozen list of foods to buy organic, are taking an extensive look at the chemicals in more than 2,000 cleaning products. The group’s researchers are months away from being done, but they have already found a slew of products that contain chemicals that are banned abroad, emit toxic fumes that can burns your lungs or eyes, or can cause asthma. One of the creepier problems that EWG has identified: Some products contain little or no information about their contents. Target’s Up & Up and Walmart’s Great Value products fall into this category. Similarly, some products, like Comet Disinfectants Cleanser Powder and Febreze Air Effects, released dozens of different contaminants — the wors...

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