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Ingredient Glossary

If you want to know what ingredients are in a cleaning product, how should you go about finding out? CCSPA member companies are 100% compliant with our voluntary CCSPA Consumer Ingredient Communication Initiative, so you’ll be able to learn about everything from active ingredients to preservatives. This information can be found:

• Directly listed on the product label
• On the company’s website
• By calling the company’s 1-800 number

Now that you have found the ingredients, how do you find out what they mean and what purpose they serve in your cleaning product? Use the table below (not exhaustive) to explore categories of ingredients, what those ingredients’ primary functions are, and the names of specific substances you might find in a product.

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Safe Disposal of Cleaning Products

The best way to dispose of a household cleaning product is the way that makes the best environmental and economic sense is to use it up! If you can’t, consider giving the product to a friend or organization that can. Just be sure to keep the product in its original container with the label intact.

Most household cleaning products are designed to go down the drain as part of normal usage. They are then treated by the same systems that treat other wastes from your home.

The key to smart use and disposal of any cleaning product is to read the label and follow the directions. If there are no special disposal instructions on the label, then thinking about how you use the product will help you make the right decision.

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Grocery health? It’s in the bag!

Did you know?

  • 30% of Canadian households report always using recycled or reusable grocery bags instead of disposable plastic ones for their groceries!
  • 41% of households report occasionally using these eco-friendly grocery bags.

Reusable grocery bags can help cut down on the waste produced by plastic grocery bags, but these reusable bags require some upkeep to make sure that bacteria from food residue don’t make you sick.

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Safety Tips for Kid’s Lunches

Whether you’re packing lunch or an after-school snack, you don’t want bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses to be your child’s dining companions.

Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association, offers guidelines for packing a safe lunch.

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What is the latest about phosphorous in automatic dish detergents?

What is Phosphorous? It is a naturally occurring element in all forms of life; for example, it is part of the structural framework of molecules such as DNA. All humans and plants contain phosphorus. Phosphorus is the 11th most common mineral in the earth’s crust. It is an essential nutrient and is part of the natural cycle of life.

It has many uses and applications other than just automatic dishwasher detergent, including vitamins, animal feeds, pharmaceuticals, glass, china, detergents and in the manufacturing of steel and plastics. Human and animal wastes are also sources of phosphorous.

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Cleaning for Allergies and Asthma

Asthma affects 3.8 million Canadians – it doesn’t have a cure yet, but by keeping your home clean using the tips at HealthyCleaning101, you can manage it more easily.

If you or your child have allergies or asthma, you already know that many things can bring on, or “trigger,” an asthma flare or episode. Some things that trigger asthma attacks are called allergens. Some people get symptoms from only one allergen – like dust mites. For other people, more than one kind of allergen can trigger an episode.

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Frequently Asked Questions

CCSPA has compiled answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the following subjects so that you can be sure to use the products we represent efficiently and effectively to protect your family:

August 1, 2021

Consumer Products

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Pest Control Products

August 1, 2021

“Natural” Cleaning Products

August 1, 2021

Mix-at-Home Cleaners

August 1, 2021

Air Care Products

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