Do You Know What’s in That Household Product?

Cleaning SuppliesMost of us go to the store and never think twice about of the possible health hazards of the seemingly innocuous products that we are bringing into our homes.

Yahoo has re-posted an article, “10 Harmful Chemicals to Avoid in Your Home,”that was originally published on The article discusses common items that contain chemicals such as arsenic, formaldehyde, and lead, and how you can minimize or avoid exposure to them.

If you want to know “What’s under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom,
and on the shelves in your laundry room?” The US Department of Health and Human Services/ National Library of Medicine has compiled information in the Household Product Database.

This database links over 12,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Visit the site to learn more about what’s in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling.

posted by – Susan, Health Reference


This entry was posted in Arsenic, chemical ingredients, exposure to household chemicals, formaldehyde, Home Safety, Household Products Database, lead, Material Safety Data Sheets, National Library of Medicine,, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Yahoo. Bookmark the permalink.

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