National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Household Products is the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
The products you use for cleaning, carpentry, auto repair, gardening, and many other household uses can contain ingredients that can harm you, your family, and the environment. These include
Toxic substances in these products can cause harm if inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. People respond to toxic substances in different ways. At high doses a toxic substance might cause birth defects or other serious problems, including brain damage or death.
To avoid problems, keep products in the containers they come in and use them exactly as the label says. Follow label directions or get medical help if you swallow, inhale or get them on your skin.
Environmental Protection Agency
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)