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November 13, 2009 03:40 PM

Contact: Brian Sansoni, 202-662-2517 / 202-680-9327 or

SDA: Activist Group Report Sends the Wrong Message on Cleaner, Disinfectant Use

  • During H1N1, Cold & Flu Seasons, Proper, Effective Use of Hygiene Products is More Important Than Ever
  • Find Fact-Based, Science-Based Information at
  • Checkout SDA's Hard Surface Hygiene Fact Sheet:

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2009 – A new report attacking household cleaners and disinfectants completely distorts their long track record of safe and effective use in homes, workplaces and daycare centers, according to The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA).

SDA expressed disappointment that Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE) would discourage the use of beneficial cleaning and disinfecting products, especially during the middle of the H1N1 pandemic and at the start of cold and flu season. The concerns WVE cites in its attack are not supported by science but the benefits of the products are. Discouraging the use of these products at a time when they are more critical than ever is irresponsible.

Scientific and medical experts understand that proper surface cleaning and disinfecting are important factors in reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

When it comes to everyday cleaning products and disinfectants, the most important advice for consumers is: use as directed. Use the right product for the right job.

The product label provides information on proper use and storage and appropriate warnings that the consumer needs to use them safely. EPA-registered disinfectant products provide details on what bacteria or viruses the product is effective against.

Regrettably, the WVE report rehashes a group of unrelated studies that simply that have little or no connection to everyday use of these products and adverse health effects.

The report ignores the fact that products undergo research and safety assessments before they hit the store shelves.

For factual, science-based information on the safety and effectiveness of cleaning and disinfecting products, visit

SDA also offers an online fact sheet on the benefits and proper use of sanitizing and disinfecting product at

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The Soap and Detergent Association (, the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry®, represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. SDA members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. SDA and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.