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By: Debbie | March 15 2010 | Category: NIH Resources, Tidbits for Teachers


Household Cleaning ProductsIn just five days, spring will officially arrive. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to enter into a season of renewal. I plan to focus on my out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new Spring-cleaning ritual. Some of the not-so-fun tasks ahead include, cleaning out my garage, and my over-stuffed craft and kitchen cabinets. Many items have been in there so long, they are starting to rust and leave nasty residues. I have motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizer, paint, solvents, stain removers, and home office supplies that I no longer use. What am I supposed to do with them? How do I dispose of them safely, without harming the environment?

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a Web site that can help me and other spring cleaners out there. The NLM’s Household Products Database links over 9,000 consumer products. It allows you to research products based on chemical ingredients and is designed to help answer the following typical questions:
  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • How do I handle and dispose of specific products?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic health effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?
If you are a spring cleaner, or a teacher or student looking for in-depth information on specific products, or environmental health and toxicology information, these NLM links can help.

Now… get cleaning!

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