Elva Aguilar, housecleaner

Clare Major, Thomas Shomaker, Sybile Penhirin

#ComeClean About What Hard-Working People Deserve

This housecleaner had some serious health problems — and she's not alone.

As a participant in Seventh Generation’s Come Clean campaign, NationSwell is asking that cleaning and hygiene product companies do the same thing that Seventh Generation has done for the last 27 years: disclose all of a product’s ingredients so consumers can make educated choices about what they bring into their homes.

To do this, we teamed up with activists and environmental advocates, including Richmond, Calif.-based housecleaner Elva Aguilar. Several years ago, she began having a variety of health problems that she eventually traced to the cleaners used in her daily work. After changing what products she used and her habits, Aguilar’s health recovered. Now she is advocating on behalf of other housecleaners.

Watch the video above to see Aguilar speak out on behalf of her colleagues.