Refinishing a Bathtub Can Kill You

Paint-stripping products containing methylene chloride can be deadly if you inhale them. The highly volatile, colorless and toxic chemical is widely used as a degreaser and paint stripper and is available in many over-the-counter products sold at home-improvement stores. Applied in a confined space like a bathroom, this chemical is particularly dangerous.

An investigation started by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) in 2011 has found that 13 deaths since 2000 — including three in Michigan — have involved the use of paint-stripping products containing methylene chloride.

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Poison is in your Perfume

As lovely as your favorite fragrance may smell, there’s a good chance that it’s a toxic chemical concoction of poisons. The ingredients used to make perfume and cologne don’t stop at natural spices and pure essential oils (no matter what those romantic commercials on your TV may imply).

The list often includes formaldehyde, toluene, methylene chloride, benzaldehyde, petroleum, and phthalates. These chemicals have been linked to a wide range of damaging symptoms, including respiratory problems, nervous system issues, reproductive issues like infertility, and various forms of cancer. Phthalates are also known to be endocrine disruptors. These harmful effects have the most impact on young children Continue reading