Use of Cleaning Products
Given our growing interest in a sanitary home environment, a staggering amount
of cleaners and cleaning chemicals are used in the U.S. each year. While overall
statistics are difficult to obtain, the following figures help demonstrate the scope of the $14 billion cleaning product industry. • Americans wash approximately 35 billion loads of laundry each year. • Nationally, the institutional cleaning industry is estimated to use five billion pounds of chemicals each year.
• On the state level, data from California show that in 1997, 34 tons of air fresheners5, 74,000 tons (147 million pounds) of all-purpose cleaners, 109 tons of toilet bowl cleaners and 102 tons of glass cleaners were sold EACH DAY in California.
• A study on chemicals used in household products in New Jersey and Massachusetts showed that in those two states alone, 28 million pounds of chemicals that are known or suspected neurotoxins, carcinogens, or reproductive or developmental toxicants were used in soaps and other detergents. An additional 259 million pounds of these chemicals were accounted for in specialty cleaners and polishers. If you're ready to make the switch to a chemical free home, IM me.
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