Toilet cleaners


Ethical shopping guide to toilet cleaners, from Ethical Consumer

Ethical shopping guide to toilet cleaners, from Ethical Consumer


This is a product guide from Ethical Consumer, the UK's leading alternative consumer organisation. Since 1989 we've been researching and recording the social and environmental records of companies, and making the results available to you in a simple format.

This product guide is part of a Special Report on Cleaning Products.  See what's in the rest of the report.

 

This product guide to Toilet Cleaners includes:

  • Ethical and environmental ratings for 16 toilet cleaning brands
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • What's in these cleaners

 

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Best Buys

as of May/June 2012

As our ratings are constantly updated, it is possible that these companies will not always come out top of the scorecard.

 

Bio-D is the clear best buy.

It is followed by Earth Friendly Products, Ecoleaf, Ecozone, Bentley Organics, Lilly's Eco Clean and Sodasan.

For making your own, Dri Pak score well on the table.

These brands are all available online or from some health food shops.

The best scoring widely available green brand is Ecover because of their company-wide approach to using green ingredients and they are certified cruelty-free.


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Published May 2012

  

 

Toxic ingredients

 

Most people think that the toilet bowl must be one of the dirtiest places in a house, which is not helped by the number of adverts which play on this belief. In fact, it’s probably not the case because of the constant flush of running water.

Toilet cleaners usually contain strong acids, bleach and detergents.  

Chlorine bleach (aka sodium hypochlorite) – disinfectant or whitener in cleaners and fabric bleaches. It is a corrosive chemical; toxic if ingested; eye and respiratory irritant, can irritate the lungs and eyes and in waterways can become toxic organochlorines.

Disinfectants and antibacterials - For more on these see 'The danger of antimicrobials'.

Surfactants and perfumes - For more on these see our Laundry Detergents buyers' guide.

 

 

 

Company Profile

 

SC Johnson own Duck, Glade and Mr Muscle to name a few.  SC Johnson is a global company with operations in 13 oppressive regimes and several tax havens. They are also a member of several powerful corporate lobby groups including The USCIB (United States Council for International Business) and the World Economic Forum. They score Ethical Consumer’s worst rating for supply chain management, environmental policy and animal testing policy.

A study by Women’s Voices for the Earth found that their products contain chemicals known to be allergens, affect reproduction and neuro-development, and cause hormone disruption (1)
 

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References
11 Disinfectant overkill – Women’s Voices for the Earth, November 2009 39 ActionAid: FTSE 100 tax haven tracker 
40 www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Business-News/Unilever-ceo-s-executive-greed-slammed-as-Unite-strike. Last viewed12/3/2012 
41 SOMO - Unilever - overview of controversial business practices 2010 

 

 


 

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