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Hazardous Household Chemicals

Posted by John on September 13th, 2008

Are you aware of the dangers lurking in your cabinets? I found an informative list of the most hazardous household chemicals at consumerlawpage.com:

Air Fresheners – Many air fresheners actually release a nerve deadening chemical agent! Others interfere with the ability to smell by coating nasal passages with an oil film. Air fresheners may include formaldehyde, a highly toxic known carcinogen, as well as phenol, an irritant that could lead to death.

air purifiers for odorsTip: Instead of air fresheners, use odor control air purifiers that will not only deodorize but also clean the air.

Ammonia – Highly volatile, ammonia can damage the eyes, lungs, and skin.

Bleach – This strong corrosive can irritate or burn the skin, eyes, and lungs; it could cause pulmonary edema or coma if ingested. NEVER mix bleach with ammonia because it could produce deadly fumes.

steam cleanersTip: Eliminate many chemical cleaners by investing in a chemical-free vapor steam cleaner.

Dishwasher Detergents – Most detergents contain highly concentrated chlorine, the number one cause of child poisoning.

Drain Cleaners – Most drain cleaners contain either lye, hydrochloric acid, or trichloroethane. Lye can burn the skin and eyes and cause major damage if injested. Hydrochloric acid is an eye and skin irritant that can also damage the kidneys and liver. Trichloroethane may damage the liver and kidneys, too, and it is also a nervous system depressant.

Furniture Polish – Petroleum distillates are not only highly flammable, but they’re also linked to lung cancer. Nitrobenzene, another common ingredient, is highly toxic and easily absorbed by the skin.

Over Cleaners – Most contain sodium hydroxide (lye), a strong irritant that can inhibit reflex and cause severe tissue damage if swallowed.

Antibacterial Cleaners and Soaps – Triclosan, a common ingredient in antibacterial products, has been tied to liver damage.

Laundry Products – Several laundry chemicals – sodium hypocrite, calcium hypocrite, liner alkylate sulfonate, and sodium tripolyphosphate – may lead to health problems after being absorbed from clothing by the skin.

Toilet Bowl Cleaners – Hazardous chemicals include hydrochloric acid and hypochlorite bleach.

Pesticides – Most pesticides contain suspected carcinogens that accumulate in your body. Avoid chemical pesticides! Use traps and natural pesticides instead.

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