Household Chemicals that Cause Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
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Household Chemicals that Cause Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Sunday, July 07, 2013By Richard Alexander

AIR FRESHENERS: Most air fresheners interfere with your ability to smell by coating your nasal passages with an oil film, or by releasing a nerve deadening agent. Known toxic chemicals found in an air freshener include:  Formaldehyde which is highly toxic and a known carcinogen;  Phenol which when it touches your skin can cause it to swell, burn, peel, and break out in hives and can also cause cause a host of personal injuries:  cold sweats,convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma and even wrongful death.

AMMONIA: It is a very volatile chemical, it is very damaging to your eyes, respiratory tract and skin.

BLEACH: It is a strong corrosive. It will irritate or burn the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. It may cause pulmonary edema or vomiting and coma if ingested. WARNING: never mix bleach with ammonia.  The  fumes can cause wrongful death.

CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY SHAMPOO: Most formulas are designed to over power the stain itself, they accomplish the task but not without using highly toxic substances. Some include: Perchlorethylene, a nown carcinogen that causes personal injuries including damage to the liver, kidney and nervous system. Ammonium Hydroxide is a corrosive, extremely irritable to eyes, skin and respiratory passages.

DISHWASHER DETERGENTS: Most products contain chlorine in a dry form that is highly concentrated and a leading cause of child poisonings, according to poison control centers.

DRAIN CLEANER: Most drain cleaners contain lye, hydrochloric acid or trichloroethane. Lye is caustic, burns skin and eyes, if ingested will damage esophagus and stomach. Hydrochloric acid is corrosive and causes personal injuries to the eye and skin, damages kidneys, liver and digestive tract. Trichloroethane is an eye and skin irritant, nervous system depressant and damages the liver and kidneys.

FURNITURE POLISH: Petroleum Distillates are highly flammable, can cause skin and lung cancer. Phenol: (see Air fresheners, Phenol.) Nitrobenzene is easily absorbed through the skin and is extremely toxic.

MOLD AND MILDEW CLEANERS: Chemical components include: sodium hypochlorite a corrosive that irritates or burns skin and eyes, causes fluid in the lungs which can lead to coma or death. Formaldehyde is highly toxic and a known carcinogen. It is an rritant to eyes, nose, throat, and skin and its additional personal injuries include nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, memory loss and shortness of breath.

OVEN CLEANER: sodium sydroxide (Lye) is caustic, strong irritant, burns both skin and eyes. Inhibits reflexes and will cause severe tissue damage if swallowed.

ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANERS: may contain Triclosan.  Absorption through the skin can cause liver damage.

LAUNDRY ROOM PRODUCTS: Sodium or calcium hypocrite are highly corrosive, irritates or burns skin, eyes or respiratory tract. Linear alkylate sulfonate is absorbed through the skin. It is a known liver damaging agent. Sodium tripolyphosphate irritates skin and mucous membranes, causes vomiting. Easily absorbed through the skin from clothes.

TOILET BOWL CLEANERS: Hydrochloric acid is highly corrosive, irritant to both skin and eyes. Damages kidneys and liver. Hypochlorite bleach is corrosive, irritates or burns eyes, skin and respiratory tract. May cause pulmonary edema, vomiting or coma if ingested. Contact with other chemicals may cause chlorine fumes which may be fatal.


PESTICIDES: Most pesticides have ingredients that affect the nervous system of insects. Dimpylate which is better known as Diazinon is extremely toxic. It impairs the central nervous system. Chlorinate hydrocarbons are strongly suspected carcinogens and mutagens. It accumulates in food and in fatty tissue. Will attack the nervous system. Organophosphates are toxic and poisonous. If you can smell it, your lungs are absorbing it.

FLEA POWDERS contain carbaryl which is very toxic, causes skin, respiratory and cardiovascular system damage. Chlordane accumulates in the food chain, may damage eyes, lungs, liver, kidney and skin. Dichlorophene causes skin irritation and suspected as causing damage to the liver, kidney, spleen and central nervous system.

LICE SHAMPOO: Children are especially vulnerable. Lindane inhalation, ingestion, or ABSORPTION through the SKIN causes vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and circulatory collapse. May cause liver damage, stillbirths, birth defects and cancer.

CAR WASH AND POLISH: Petroleum distillates are associated with skin and lung cancer, irritant to skin, eyes, nose and lungs. Entry into the lungs may cause fatal pulmonary edema, most are marked Danger, Harmful or Fatal.


Warning terms used are significant:

DANGER - Harmful or fatal if swallowed A taste to a teaspoonful taken by mouth could kill an average sized adult.

WARNING - Harmful if swallowed A teaspoonful to an ounce taken by mouth could kill an average sized adult.

CAUTION - Harmful if swallowed An ounce to over a pint taken by mouth could kill an average sized adult.

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