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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
  • Pesticides
  • 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

Start Here

  • (Department of Homeland Security) Also in
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)

Diagnosis and Tests

  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in

Prevention and Risk Factors

  • (University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Toxics Use Reduction Institute) - PDF
  • (American Veterinary Medical Association) - PDF Also in
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health) Also in
  • (Environmental Protection Agency) - PDF

Related Issues

  • (American Red Cross)
  • (Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste)
  • (Environmental Protection Agency) - PDF - In English and Spanish Also in
  • (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
  • (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)


  • (Consumer Product Safety Commission) - PDF

Statistics and Research

  • (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
  • (Safe Kids Worldwide)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Find an Expert

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  • From the National Institutes of Health Also in
  • (American Association of Poison Control Centers)


  • (Nemours Foundation)