The products you use for cleaning, carpentry, auto repair, gardening, and many other household uses can contain ingredients that can harm you, your family, and the environment. These include
- Oven and drain cleaners
- Laundry powder
- Floor polish
- Paint thinners, strippers and removers
- Grease and rust removers
- Motor oil and fuel additives
- Arts and craft supplies
Toxic substances in these products can cause harm if inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. People respond to toxic substances in different ways. At high doses a toxic substance might cause birth defects or other serious problems, including brain damage or death.
To avoid problems, keep products in the containers they come in and use them exactly as the label says. Follow label directions or get medical help if you swallow, inhale or get them on your skin.
Environmental Protection Agency
- 3 in 4 Youngsters Exposed to Laundry Pod Detergent Suffer Poisoning (07/21/2016, HealthDay)
- Beware Broken Glow Sticks (07/04/2016, HealthDay)
Diagnosis and Tests
- Poisoning: First Aid (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- What You Should Know about Using Paint Strippers (Consumer Product Safety Commission) - PDF
Statistics and Research
- Injury Statistics (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Particle size distribution of aerosols sprayed from household hand-pump sprays...
- Article: Benzalkonium Chloride: A Known Irritant and Novel Allergen.
- Article: American Contact Dermatitis Society Contact Allergy Management Program: An Epidemiologic...
- Household Products -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Environmental Protection Agency Available in Spanish
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Available in Spanish
- Can I Use Paint and Household Chemicals While Pregnant? (Nemours Foundation)