Everyday household products could be killing us!



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.



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


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


Known carcinogen

Carpet backing and adhesive


Eye and respiratory irritation, allergic reaction.



Anaemia, headaches, nausea, sweating, and vomiting

Soap, shampoo, cosmetics, air fresheners


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


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


Suspected carcinogen and teratogen (which causes birth defects.)