Is inhaling Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner hazardous to my health?Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner
contains surfactants (surface-active-agents) which have the ability to lift grease, oil and soils up off of surfaces. If an excessive amount of mist is breathed in, those surfactants can aggravate the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. This can cause sore throat, sore nose, sore sinuses, coughing and -in rare cases of extreme overexposure- a tightness in the chest. Although uncomfortable, Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner does'nt meet the threshold to be classified as hazardous under the Consumer Product Safer Commission (CPSC) or Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and these are completely reversible symptoms. Persons with chronic asthma, emphysema, or other lung conditions should take precautions and avoid breathing in surfactant mists from any cleaning products.
Care should be taken when spraying Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner above the level of one's head, or using mechanical applicators that create mist (pressure sprayers, steam cleaners, etc.) Additionally, Simple Green products are sold in spray bottles that create a coarse droplet spray that is not easily inhaled. If using a spray bottle other than a Simple Green spray bottle, take care not to breathe in mist. Use Simple Green products in ventilated areas or position a fan into non-ventilated areas. In more extreme cases or cases of impaired lung condition, use a fiber painter's mask (found in hardware and home improvement stores) to reduce the risk of inhalation problems.