June 4, 1997 |
People striving to sterilize their homes and hands with anti-bacterial soaps may be fueling the development of dangerous organisms that defy known drugs, according to an authority on drug-resistant strains. Dr. Stuart Levy of Tufts University, president of the Alliance for Prudent Use of Antibiotics, said last week that the popularity of disinfectant cleaners could not come at a worse time--an era when hospitals are discharging patients earlier to complete their recoveries at home.
February 11, 1997 |
Armor All Products Inc. may be leaving, but Orange County still is home to a bunch of car care products companies. Armor All was recently purchased by Clorox Co., which says it will consolidate the business with its other operations in Oakland. Clorox plans to close Armor All's Aliso Viejo headquarters later this year and to lay off most of the 100 workers. And at least three other local car wax and polish makers are gearing up for a spate of job applications from Armor All's staff.
January 2, 1997 |
Irene White used to avoid dry-cleaners because she couldn't tolerate the solvents they used to clean her clothes. "I had a sensitivity to the chemicals. I occasionally broke out in a rash, and I didn't like the smell," says White, a Huntington Beach resident. Until recently, White was resigned to wearing cotton garments and other fabrics that didn't have to be dry-cleaned; she hand-washed her sweaters and fine clothing.
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September 14, 1996 |
Breaking its three-year impasse in enacting major rules to fight smog, the region's air quality board ordered about 32,000 Southern California businesses Friday to stop using high-polluting, petroleum-based cleaning solvents. The new mandate, effective in two years, is one of the single most efficient anti-smog measures that the South Coast Air Quality Management District anticipates adopting over the next two decades.
November 24, 1995 |
A distinct marketing phenomena has emerged in food magazine ads and package labeling the past few years. Producers of everything from cleansers to fresh turkey now tout their products' ability to prevent, destroy or minimize harmful bacteria. One industry trade magazine calls food safety among the hottest trends in product introductions this year. Some of the most aggressive claims come from makers of products familiar to every home. Clorox Co.
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October 11, 1995 |
President-to-be or not, Richard Nixon had to clean his room. Curators at his museum say his mother, Hannah M. Nixon, was a strict housekeeper who kept a well-maintained home and made sure little Richard did his chores. Seventy-three years after he left the home, that responsibility now falls to the museum staff, which exercises great caution in the semi-annual cleaning of the presidential birthplace. On Tuesday, staffers used special cotton gloves and soft cloths to dust the house.
June 6, 1995 |
Buying soap used to be so simple. Find your brand--switch brands if there's a sale--then toss it in the cart. Of course, that was before "germ warfare" struck the soap-and-detergent aisle with a vengeance. Now, antibacterial is the industry buzzword--imprinted on the labels of bar soaps, liquid soaps and kiddie soaps.
March 3, 1995
The maker of Simple Green all-purpose cleaner is changing the product's label as part of a settlement ending litigation brought against the company last year by district attorneys of three Northern California counties. The label will warn consumers not to pour rinse water into storm drains or open waterways. Though Simple Green is nontoxic, substances it removes from items such as engines are not, said Joleigh Ernst, spokeswoman for parent company Sun Makers Inc.
June 17, 1994 |
With a plastic squeeze bottle in one hand and an RCA Victor long-playing record in the other, Randy Cooley demonstrates the Nitty Gritty Record Cleaning System, contained in a modest plastic and wooden box. "It won't get rid of scratches, but the pops, clicks and surface noises will fade away," he says, carefully placing the LP onto a spindle in the machine.