Glade: Stop Keeping Toxic Secrets (you’ve upset Emma and parents everywhere!)

SC Johnson, makers of Glade air fresheners, say they’re committed to transparency: “We know you value transparency, and we’re committed to sharing what’s inside our products.” 

Except when it comes to fragrance ingredients.

Women’s Voices for the Earth’s product testing shows allergens and hormone disruptors like synthetic musks hiding out in Glade air fresheners. But you won’t find these chemicals on the label, because the makers of Glade keep fragrance ingredients a secret from consumers. What else is Glade hiding?

We have a right to know what’s in the products we bring into our homes. And we have the power to convince Glade to put an end to this secrecy. They’ve said it themselves: “As a family company, listening and responding to consumers is [our] top priority.

Hmmm. Let’s review what’s in Glade air fresheners that has baby Emma (and us) all upset:

Toxic Chemicals Found in Glade
(These are just a few of the hundreds of fragrance chemicals that may be part of a Glade fragrance)

Synthetic musks. Test results in WVE’s 2011 Dirty Secrets report found one of these toxic chemicals hiding out in Glade. 
Musks are:  
  • persistent (they don’t break down in the environment); bioaccumulative (they build up in our bodies) 
  • potential hormone disruptors 
  • may break down the body’s defenses against other toxic exposures 
  • showing up in our blood and breast milk 
Allergens. Test results in WVE’s 2011 Dirty Secrets report also found several allergens in Glade products. Tens of millions of people are sensitized to these chemicals, which cause reactions that range from red bumps, itchiness and wheezing to severe breathing problems.

SC Johnson’s Fragrance Palette SC Johnson, makers of Glade, has published a master list of nearly 1,500 ingredients they use in their fragrances. However, these ingredients aren’t product-specific, which means that SCJ fragranced products may include any of those chemicals. This massive list is all but useless to the consumer.

Some chemicals of concern in the fragrance palette:

  • Synthetic musks: Galaxolide and Tonalide. 
  • All 26 of the allergens currently disclosed on SCJ product labels in the European Union (EU). SCJ doesn’t disclose these allergens on product labels in the US because they’re not required to by law. 
  • Several additional allergens, which have been deemed of concern in the EU. 
  • Several chemicals of concern identified by an EU panel as having no publicly available human safety data. 
  • Terpenes, which can react with ground level ozone in the air to form cancer-causing formaldehyde. 
  • Petroleum – the same compound in gasoline 

So, you can see the problem. That’s why we need YOU! Let’s put parental pressure on Glade to do the right thing and list (and eliminate) the harmful toxic chemicals used their air fresheners (and all products).

What can you do? Quick and easy steps:

Action 1–LIKE/SHAREthis image to help us make the images go viral on social media to spread the word to as many people as possible.

Action 2–TAKEACTION: Post image to Glade’s Facebook page and tell them you have a right to know what you’re spraying in your home.

See? These are easy steps even for the most sleep deprived parents among us!

How can you avoid toxic air fresheners and chemicals in your home? See this great resource for tips, and share your thoughts here in the comments.

We are finally able to open up windows in our house and clean out all the stagnant winter air. We also use air filters with a HEPA filter, clean with non-toxic ingredients, and vacuum (ah, sometimes) with a HEPA filter. What are your tips?

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