Which Household Products Are Hazardous?
Read the label
If you see DANGER, POISON, CAUTION or WARNING on the label, the product is hazardous.
Why is this important?
They are harmful
Most can’t go in the trash
What’s not on a household product label?
- A list of all the ingredients in the product.
- An explanation of words such as “natural” and “green.” They have no legal meaning.
- What is in fragrances. Scents may be made up of many hazardous chemicals (external link) finds University of Washington researcher Anne Steinemann.
More detailed product information
- Read the manufacturer’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) (external link) which must list health effects, first aid, storage and more.
- Manufacturers do not have to list ingredients if they are trade secrets (external link).