Everyday household products could be killing us!

Products

Chemicals

Effect on the Body


Air Fresheners

Cresols, ethanol, phenol, xylene & other nerve deadening agents.

Toxic to organs

Pesticides for termites and ants

Chlorpyriphos. Has been found in the homes up to 10 years after exposure.

Affects the nervous system.

Varnishes

Formaldehyde

Potential carcinogen. Eye and skin irritation, wheezing, coughing, nausea, dizziness, and lethargy.

Polyvinyl wallpaper, floor coverings, adhesive paint, lacquers

Methyl acetate.

Respiratory irritation can cause headaches and impaired concentration

Paints and varnishes

Cadmium, chromates, and other potential carcinogens.

Headaches, memory problems, nausea, skin disease, lung disease, and reproduction problems. Long term exposure can cause brain and nervous system damage

Wood and textile preservatives, glues

Pentachlorophenol.

Toxic to liver, kidney, central nervous system. Can cause sweating, headaches, nausea, loss of muscle control.

Pressed wood products used in built-in wardrobes, shelves, furniture. Carpets

Benzene, dichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, styrene.

Eye and respiratory irritation, headaches, poor concentration.

Carpet cleaners

Perchloroethylene

Known carcinogen

Carpet backing and adhesive

4-Phenylcyclohexene.

Eye and respiratory irritation, allergic reaction.

Mothballs

Naphthalene

Anaemia, headaches, nausea, sweating, and vomiting

Soap, shampoo, cosmetics, air fresheners

Formaldehyde.

Potential carcinogen, eye and skin irritation, wheezing, coughing, nausea, dizziness, and lethargy

Water

Chloroform, trichloroethylene

Suspected carcinogen. Central nervous system and cardiac depression can cause conjunctivitis, liver and kidney toxicity, dizziness, lethargy, loss of consciousness.

Hair spray

Methylene Chloride

Carcinogenic in animals reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen.

Foundation/face creams

Polyvinylpyrrolidone

Suspected carcinogen and teratogen (which causes birth defects.)