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Published October 20, 2020Last Updated October 19, 2020

Household Chemicals Part 2

Household Chemicals Part Two

Last week we talked about household chemicals and the dangers they pose to your family. We covered laundry room and kitchen chemicals; we will expand on that today!

Numbers to Save in Your Phone:

Cincinnati Poison Center- 513-636-5111

Dayton Poison Center- 937-222-2227

Central Ohio Poison Center- 800-222-1222

Chemicals Found in the Bathroom

Toilet bowl cleaners — Toilet cleaners contain sodium hypochlorite or hydrochloric acid or bleach. Most disinfectant cleaners are very irritating to your eyes and skin and will burn your throat.

Mold and mildew removers — Chlorine and alkyl ammonium chlorides are the common fungicide chemicals found in mold and mildew removers. Cleaners with mold and mildew removers may cause breathing problems and, if swallowed, can burn your throat.

Drain cleaners — Lye and sulfuric acid are the main ingredients used to unclog drains, with lye being the same highly-toxic ingredient in oven cleaners. Sulfuric acid irritates the skin and eyes and can damage the kidneys, liver, and digestive tract. Together, these chemicals produce dangerous fumes, can cause skin burns and can cause blindness if they come in contact with your eyes, and it can be fatal if swallowed.

Chemicals Found in the Garage

Antifreeze — This should NEVER be ingested. Ethylene glycol, the main hazardous ingredient of antifreeze, is extremely poisonous and can cause severe damage to the brain, heart, and kidneys.

Motor oil — Used oil can become saturated with wastes burnt off from an automobile engine. This oil contains chemicals that can cause nerve and kidney damage and is suspected of causing cancer.

Latex paint — Exercise caution: If ingested, water-soluble latex paints will not be fatal in small quantities; however, some latex paints emit formaldehyde when drying, which can give you a headache and irritate your eyes, nose, and throat.

Oil-based paint — Oil-based paint can irritate the skin and eyes because they contain organic solvents. Similar to latex paints, if oil-based paint fumes are inhaled, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue can result. Long-term effects include kidney, liver, and blood problems.

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