Have you ever wondered what chemical ingredients are in those cleaning products we all keep under the sink or in the garage? Here at EPA, we want to ensure that the products Americans are using in theirs homes are as safe as possible.
Until recently, choosing ingredients to make a safer and effective product has been challenging for manufacturers, requiring lots of research and educated guessing. No single resource existed to help manufacturers select safer ingredients.
EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program has taken much of the guesswork out of safer ingredient selection by making available the Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL). EPA just added close to 50 chemicals (including 40 fragrance chemicals) to this dynamic database bringing the tallies to nearly 650 chemicals in all. The list will continue to be updated with chemicals that meet the DfE safer ingredient criteria in key ingredient classes such as solvents, surfactants, and fragrances. These ingredients help make products including household cleaners, laundry detergents, car care products, floor finishes and even a firefighting foam. More