Some do, but most don’t. For example, Pine-Sol contains pine oil, which is used as an disinfectant.
I’m guessing she specifically meant “petroleum” not plant or essential oils ;o)
There are many petroleum-based chemicals in cleaning products. Many of the products do not include all of the petrochemicals on their labels however. There are non-toxic, or less toxic, alternatives for cleaning products available, mostly household products such as: baking soda, lemon, salt, vinegar…
How can companies get away with including petrochemicals in their products but not including them on the labels? Isn’t that what labeling is all about? Is this is legal loophole or something?
Hey, thanks for your inquiry and interest. I know it is ridiculous and nearly unbelievable, but I found this quote on http://www.naturalpureorganics.com/petrochemicals.htm , “There is no government law that requires manufacturers of cleaning products to list ingredients on their labels, or to test their products for safety. ”
Here is another site that attests to this claim, http://greenliving.suite101.com/article.cfm/chemical_ingredients_to_be_revealed_in_2010
Pretty scary stuff. This is why we need to breed conscious consumers and educate our youth to ask questions, to understand the value of knowledge and alternative ideas to the given norms.
I’m going to second freedomtoasts answer and add that many of the plastic bottles (PET, PVC, ABS, PE…) that the cleaning products come in are made with petroleum as well.
wow, I hadn’t really thought about that. I usually try to buy 7th Generation but I hadn’t thought about petroleum in the packaging. I wonder if they use different/better packaging than the non-green companies, or if it is all the same?
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