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The Toxic Chemicals in Your Home They Aren't Telling You About

Many common household products contain toxic chemicals that are not posted on package labels, an environmental group says. The National Environmental Trust tested 40 products, including hair coloring, lipstick, all-purpose cleaners and paints. The group said 34 of those products contained glycols, organic solvents or phthalates not shown on the labels. These chemicals can affect the nervous system, reproductive system or cause other health problems if exposed at certain levels. Leading toxic chemicals that the group said are likely to be inhaled from household items include:

  • Chlorine
  • Toluene
  • Xylene
  • Methyl ethyl ketone
  • N-hexane

Many people are not aware of the toxic chemicals in their everyday cleaning supplies and other household items, including cosmetics. You can avoid being exposed to some of these by seeking out natural items from your local health food store. For more on safety in the home, you can read my past article How to Avoid the Top 5 Deadliest Household Tragedies.

Excite News July 14, 2004

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