Published May 2012
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.
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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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