Cleaning products

Cleaning Products (Dry Cleaning included)


Baseline Standards

  • Biodegradable ingredients– best if certified by Scientific Certification Systems or Biodegradable
  • List all ingredients on packaging and website; if proprietary, at least MSD sheets offered
  • Scented with natural essential oils or clear indication of synthetic fragrances at minimum
    • Chlorine-free
    • No animal testing
    • Non-toxic ingredients – watch for following ingredients (from Healthy Cleaning):
Ammonium Hydroxide Corrosive, irritant
Bleach Potentially fatal if ingested
Chlorine Number one cause of poisonings in children
Formaldehyde Highly toxic; known carcinogen
Hydrochloric acid Corrosive, eye and skin irritant
Hydrochloric bleach Eye, skin and respiratory tract irritant
Lye Severe damage to stomach and esophagus if ingested
Naphtha Depresses the central nervous system
Nitrobenzene Causes skin discoloration, shallow breathing, vomiting, and death
Perchlorethylene Damages liver, kidney, nervous system
Petroleum Distillates Highly flammable; suspected carcinogen
Phenol Extremely dangerous; suspected carcinogen; fatal if taken internally
Propylene Glycol Immunogen; main ingredient in antifreeze
Sodium hypochlorit Potentially fatal
Sodium laurel sulfate Carcinogen, toxin, genetic mutagen
Sodium tripolyphosphate Irritant
Trichloroethane Damages liver and kidneys


  • Offer unscented or fragrance-free, essential oil options


Green “Dry” Cleaning Real Green, September/October 2007