Top 10 Worst Household Chemicals

Common household chemicals are prevalant in our modern world today and ongoing use of synthetic chemicals can be potentially hazardous to a persons health. However, there is good news because household chemicals are now available as environmentally friendly cleaning products.

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Here are the 10 worst household chemicals by alphabetical catagory:

Automotive Products

  • #1 Antifreeze - While it is widely known that dogs may ingest antifreeze and can become very sick, it is not as well-known that it is considered a hazardous waste if drained from a motor vehicle.
  • #2 Gasoline - It is important to treat gasoline with a lot of respect as it is extremely flammable and can even explode under certain conditions. Gas should always be stored away from the house in an approved container in good condition. Containers which leak or are damaged in any way should be replaced immediately.
  • #3 Motor Oil and Lubricants - All oils and related lubricants are usually highly flammable and can ignite very easily. They should also be stored in a closed container away from all products containing bleach or chrlorine as a spontaneous combustion fire can occur when mixed together.
  • #4 Old Batteries - Old batteries have sulfuric acid which can cause severe burns. Batteries should be recycled immediately upon replacement by a new one.
  • #5 Solvent Based Products - Solvent-based cleaners, spray paints and lubricants are just a few solvent containing products which should be used with caution. They all may be highly flammable and can ignite very easily. They should also be stored in a closed container away from all products containing bleach or chrlorine as a spontaneous combustion fire can occur when mixed together.

Household Products

  • #6 Bleach (a.k.a. Sodium Hypochlorite) - Bleach is normally a safe product to use indoors. However, bleach can create dangerous airborne gases when mixed with certain other chemicals and it will corrode exposed metal surfaces very rapidly if left standing.
  • #7 Corrosive Cleaning Products - Common products such as oven cleaners and drain cleaners are highly corrosive and can cause severe burns if used incorrectly. They can also create dangerous gases when mixed with certain other chemicals.
  • #8 Solvent Based Products - Furniture polishes, spray paints, stains and lubricants are just a few solvent containing products which should be used with caution. They all may be highly flammable and can ignite very easily. They should also be stored in a closed container away from all products containing bleach or chrlorine as a spontaneous combustion fire can occur when mixed together.

 Pesticides

  • #9 Powder-Based Pesticides - All pesticides which are powder-based should not be used indoors as they can become airborne and breathed in easily. Breathing these pesticides over the long-term can accumulate in the human body and cause chronic illnesses. Consider applying pesticide products to the outside of the house structure as a barrier against insect and bugs.
  • #10 Liquid-Based Pesticides - Liquid-based pesticides should be carefully considered before using in the indoor environment as they may eventually leave a powder-like residual which can become airborne. Consider applying pesticide products to the outside of the house structure as a barrier against insect and bugs.

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