XYLENE

Found in: Used in some spot removers, floor polishes, ironing aids and other products. Health Risks: Xylene has significant neurotoxic effects, including loss of memory.  High exposure can lead to loss of consciousness and even death.  It may damage liver, kidneys and the developing fetus. It is a severe eye and moderate skin irritant.

TURPENTINE

Found in: specialty solvent cleaners, furniture polish and shoe products. Health Risks: This chemical can cause allergic sensitization, and kidney, bladder and central nervous system damage. It is an eye irritant.

METHYLENE CHLORIDE

Found in:  Used in stain removers. Health Risks:  Methylene chloride is a carcinogen, a neurotoxin and a reproductive toxin. On inhalation, it can cause liver and brain damage, irregular heartbeat, and even heart attack. It is a severe skin and moderate eye irritant.

FORMALDEHYDE

Found in:  Used in a wide range of products, including some furniture polishes. Formaldehyde may be released by other chemicals, eg.quaternary 15. Health Risks:  In lab tests, formaldehyde has caused cancer and damaged DNA.  Formaldehyde is also a sensitizer, with the potential to cause asthma. Several laboratory studies have shown it to be a central […]

D-LIMONENE

Found in: It is used as a solvent in many all-purpose cleaning products, especially ‘citrus’ and ‘orange’ cleaners.  Also listed on labels as citrus oil and orange oil. Health Risks:  This chemical is produced by cold-pressing orange peels. The extracted oil is 90% d-limonene. It is a sensitizer, a neurotoxin, a moderate eye and skin irritant, […]