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Environmental Safety
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The soap and detergent industry is committed to understanding the impact of its products and packages on the environment. With this understanding comes the ability to reduce their impact and improve their environmental quality. Learn more about industry risk assessment and the breakdown of products during water treatment.


Product Disposal

People don't typically dispose of cleaning products — they use them up. Empty packages can then be recycled or discarded with other household waste. Unused amounts of cleaning products can generally be safely disposed of down the drain or in the trash.


Mix-at-Home Cleaners

While you often read advice about making your own home cleaning recipes, there are important safety facts about these recipes to consider. Ignoring these considerations may mean missing some safety assurances, spending more, getting less performance, and even losing the important health benefits of cleaning.


"Natural" Cleaning Products

The use of the terms "natural" and "synthetic" to describe cleaning products has led to some confusion among consumers. The best advice is to avoid making assumptions about safety or performance based on a "natural" label alone.


Stopping Waste Before It Starts

Resource reduction is the conservation of resources and reduction of packaging waste, while continuing to provide performance, value and convenience to the consumer. You too can participate in resource reduction with 4 Ways to Reduce Waste.


Recycle It!

Find out how to properly recycle your laundry and cleaning products.


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Cleaning News You Can Use
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a widely used surfactant in cleaning products, cosmetic, and personal care products. SLS's uses in these products have been thoroughly evaluated and determined to be safe for consumers and the environment.


Author Distorts the Facts about Cleaning Product Safety

The book "Everything Goes With Green" unfairly attacks cleaning products that are used safely and effectively by millions of people every day, according to The Soap and Detergent Association.


Ten Ideas For Keeping Kids Safe While Cleaning

SDA, a long-time member of the Poison Prevention Week Council, shares ten simple year-round reminders for consumers to help keep their families safe while cleaning.


Survey: Americans Say Cleaning Products Are Safe When Used As Directed

Nearly nine out of ten Americans believe the cleaning products they buy are safe when used as directed, according to a survey conducted for The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA).