Are there skeletons in your cleaning closet? | Finding Solutions | 2012 | Spring | Publications | David Suzuki Foundation
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Stop right there. Put that microwave cleaner down before someone gets hurt.

Now, take a lemon and cut it in half. Put it in a bowl of water and microwave it for 30 seconds. Then rub the inside of the microwave with the lemon and wipe the gunk away.

It only takes two minutes, and it works just as well as any storebought product. Plus, it won't trigger allergies or cause cancer.

That's right — cancer.

Many household cleaners contain hazardous chemicals — you've probably seen the skull and crossbones sign on some containers. To make matters worse, in Canada, manufacturers are not required to disclose all the ingredients in their products, not even chemicals associated with chronic health problems like cancer, allergies, asthma, and reproductive issues.

That's why we want to find out about the nasty toxics lurking in your cleaning cupboard. We're asking our supporters to take the What's Inside? That Counts Cleaning Survey, and tell us what they're using to scrub down their homes. This information will help us advocate for more transparent labelling on cleaning products. You can complete the survey online until May 31.

Fortunately, you don't need those unnecessary toxins to have a clean and healthy home. According to Lindsay Coulter, David Suzuki's Queen of Green, "There are simpler, cheaper ways to clean that will leave your home sparkling." When you visit us online to take the survey, check the Queen of Green's safe and healthy cleaning product recipes. And while you're there, sign up for the Spring Breakup challenge. You'll receive cleaning tips and tricks and a chance to win fabulous prizes.