What do you mean all of our cleaning products aren’t safe? That’s right, before my green beauty/living journey I thought products on the market, including cleaning products were safe. Many of us believe that there are State or Federal laws protecting us and workers against harmful ingredients in our cleaning supplies. However, these laws have been basically non-existant. Now California is leading the way for safe cleaning products with Senate Bill 258 (SB 258) The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017. This requires ingredient labeling on product labels and online for cleaning products sold in the state of California. So, what does safe really mean anyway?
Black’s Law Dictionary defines “safe” as:
The amount of exposure that will cause no harm or damage after exposure.
Well safe products sounds good to me. How about you? I think we all expect our products not to cause any harm or damage to any one. One of the first steps in making sure there is no harm is knowing what is in products we buy. Although, I could argue the first step would be to stop making products with potentially harmful ingredients, but that is an entirely different rabbit hole to go down.
SB 258 will require manufacturers to list all the ingredients in Cleaning Supplies such as:
- dish soaps
- stain removers
- laundry detergents
- air fresheners, disinfectants
- all purpose cleaners
- glass cleansers
This Bill was introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara February 18, 2017 due to the awareness that cleaning products can contain thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic and have been associated with cancer, asthma and other respiratory damage, skin allergies, and reproductive, developmental and hormonal changes.
This is such a great step in the right direction to have transparency about ingredients. This allows all of us to make an informed decision whether we want to use a particular product.
We have the right to know what ingredients are in our cleaning products. Actually, there should be transparency of ingredients with all of our products everywhere. Hoping other states and industries, such as cosmetics and fragrances will follow SB 258 with transparency. Until then, let’s continue to vote with our dollars, read labels and demand companies at least tell us what ingredients are in their products and then we can make the decision whether we want to purchase and use their product or not.
“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity”
~ Dalai Lama
Senate Bill 258 https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB258
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners https://www.bcpp.org/resource/ca-cleaning-product-right-to-know-act/