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Health Hazards of Common Household Cleaners

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Product Type Possible Hazardous Ingredients Potential Health Hazards
Air freshners Formaldehyde Toxic; carcinogen
Bleach Sodium hypochlorite Corrosive, causes burns; mixing with ammonia creates a deadly gas
Disinfectants Phenols Very toxic; flammable; respiratory,circulatory, or cardiac damage
Drain cleaners/ oven cleaner Sodium or potassium hypochlorite Corrosive; causes severe burns and tissue damage if swallowed
Floor cleaners / Wax furniture polish Diethylene glycol
petroleum distillates
Toxic; central nervous system depression, kidney and liver damage.
highly flammable; some are carcinogens
spot removers
perchlorethylene
Ammonia hydroxide
suspected carcinogen corrosive; irritates skin, eyes, respiratory tract
Toilet bowl cleaner Hydrochloric acid Corrosive; Ingestion may be fatal
Window cleaners Ammonia Toxic vapor imitating to lungs, eyes, and skin

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