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Poisonous Substances Found at Home

Updated on September 26, 2012
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When you think of poisonous chemicals, your home is the last place you’ll consider. You may not be storing weapons grade plutonium or any chemical weapons at home, but you’ll be surprised at the dangerous chemicals you are keeping. Some of the most common household items are actually very dangerous. Moreover, they are so common that homeowners rarely think about them as potential health risks. But allow me to keep your guard up to prevent accidents from happening. Here are some of the most common poisonous substances found in your home.

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Poisonous substances found in your kitchen and Laundry area:

  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Drain cleaners
  • Floor cleaners
  • Laundry detergent
  • Oven cleaners
  • Metal cleaners
  • Fabric softeners
  • Dish-washing liquid
  • Insect killers

These poisonous substances are often within reach of anyone (even children and pets). Proper safekeeping of poisonous substances is a key in home safety. Child-proofing and pet-proofing your home is obviously important.

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How safe is your bedroom? | Source

Poisonous substances found in your bedroom:

  • Air fresheners and sprays
  • Hair styling products and sprays
  • Mothballs
  • Makeup
  • Toilet bowl cleaners
  • Nail polish and nail polish removers
  • Medications
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap (liquid or bar)

Even your bedroom has numerous poisonous substances. At first glance some of the items in the list look harmless. But with improper use, they can be dangerous.

How safe is your garage?
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Poisonsous substances found in your garage and storage areas:

  • Anti-freeze chemicals
  • Fertilizers and other gardening supplies
  • Gasoline, kerosene and similar products
  • Paint and paint thinners
  • Brake fluids and other automotive liquids
  • Pest control products
  • Pool cleaners and supplies

The garage is a treasure cove of poisonous substances. Many of the items we keep here are likewise volatile. Asides from the noxious fumes, they are fire hazards.

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10 Tips for home safety against poisoning

Apart from accidental ingestion, skin contact and inhalation of many of these household products are actually life-threatening. As such, here are important tips and reminders:

1. Learn first aid (and hope you don’t have to use it in your home).

2. Keep hazardous materials away from children and pets.

3. Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for storage, use and disposal.

4. Label everything for easy identification.

5. Keep volatile substances in air-tight containers.

6. Use the appropriate type of containers for each poisonous item.

7. Post emergency numbers.

8. Educate everyone in your house regarding poisonous products in your home.

9. Set rules regarding handling household products (and implement them).

10. Lock cabinets and drawers that contain dangerous substances.

Perhaps it’s because we are too familiar with these products that we forget the danger they present. Unfortunately, when we let down our guard, accidents can happen. It is imperative that homeowners know how to poison-proof their homes.


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      PapaGeorgeo 5 years ago

      there was a few in there I didn't know about. Great hub, voted up!

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      Renee 5 years ago

      Great and informative hub. This certainly helps as a lot of these can be easily found in homes and there have been cases when accidents happen because the toxic material was put in a different bottle but was not labeled as toxic. Educating our children and everybody at home is definitely a must.Voted up and useful and shared.

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      Arthur Dacena 5 years ago

      I never thought that these substances can be harmful. well, I know they're dangerous but I never really took this seriously. Thanks for the heads up.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello PapaGeorgeo. AS we become aware of how chemicals and substances affect humans, we begin to know more. many chemicals in the past were thought of as safe. But recent researches say that they are actually toxic. Keep your ears and eyes open to new researches on toxic chemicals. thanks for reading and commenting.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello Marie-Renee. Than ks for reading, commenting and voting up. Educating everyone about poisonous chemicals is really important. many manufacturers will not highlight that their products are Toxic or extremely dangerous. This can be really dangerous.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi Arthur. We often neglect to consider how dangerous some products found in our own home. Although we know it is dangerous, we rarely take measures to properly secure them. Thanks for reading the hub. Do share this with friends and family.

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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      This is a very useful article. We forget the importance of reading labels, the best places to store products and how much harmful they can be if used improperly. Taking measures prevent bad events. Thanks. Vote up

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello AnnaCia. I'm glad you found this hub useeful. Many individuals really forget how dangerous some substances found at home. Being extra careful make a huge difference between life and death.

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      ladyfountain1 5 years ago

      Useful information. Great hub.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Thank you for dropping by by ladyfountain1. I'm glad you found the hub informative.

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      Ask Ashley 5 years ago from California

      Some of these are surprises to me. Yikes! Wonderful safety tips!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi Asheley. many products found at home contain toxic and harmful substances. it's really imortant that we pay attention to how we store them. I appreciate the time you gave in reading and sharing your ideas. Thanks for the follow as well. See you around.

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      Joyette Fabien 5 years ago from Dominica

      Great Hub and evergreen! Voted up and useful. Also tweeted. Somehow one does not give a thought to the danger of these household chemicals when throwing them into the shopping cart. Thanks for the heads up, jpcmc.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there Joyette Fabien,

      I was one of those who carelessly put toxic chemicals in in easily accessible places. Good thing nothing bad happened. It pays to know to make changes.

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      Chris Morris 4 years ago from Encinitas, CA, USA

      Such a good reminder that we must pay attention to things surrounding us. If you have a child is even more important to not neglect these substances and store them safely. As a matter of fact I'll sweep my house for these and seal away anything I'll find. Thanks for sharing, much appreciated.

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      Schad 4 years ago

      My wife is pregnant and some of the items here are dangerous to her. Since she is more sensitive nowadays, I'm careful when spraying insecticides around the house. I need to change my habits especially when the baby comes out.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Congratulations Schad. It can be tough on both of you. So hang in there and I hope you keep the article in mind.

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      It is amazing how many toxic chemicals there are. So many new chemical and variations of existing chemicals go to market each year in our household products without ever being tested for safety and toxicity - it's hard for consumers to know what's safe and what isn't! Good article.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello cmorrisseo,

      This is so true. Paying close attention to the substances found at home can improve our safety especially when we have kids around.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi Kris Heeter,

      If you're a parent like me then you the importance of reading the labels. But then again, companies will confuse you with technical terms. It's always best to look for safety certifications on labels. Likewise, it is a good idea to research these chemicals on the net.

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      tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

      Scary reminder about all the hazards in our homes. Keeping substances in their original containers is important. Then you will keep the safety features of the containers, and the instructions for dealing with the substances. Great hub!

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there tipstoretireearly,

      NIce of you to drop by and share your thoughts. When we put our gurad down, that's when bad things happen. Even in the "safety" of our homes, there are still risks. Many materials and substances at home are poisonous. We just neglect to see them as such.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      That's a very helpful hub you've got. Danger is imminent and everywhere even in our homes, so it's important to be careful with our household items, especially those substances, especially if you have little children -- they're curious lots. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there iguidenetwork,

      I have a toddler at home and she can explore all the nooks and crannies. Keeping our home safe requires more diligence in the way we safekeep these poisonous substances in our home. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts. See you around.

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      walter 4 years ago

      thiz iz gayy

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Interesting thought walter. I just hope you or your family don't drop dead because of the poison in your home.

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      Consolacion Miravite 3 years ago from Philippines

      What a list that you've got here! These things if not kept properly, are dangerous when there are little kids around. However, not keeping things in their proper place and not putting labels can be a dangerous thing too. This has happened locally when a caterer cooked spaghetti for a children's party and mistakenly put oxalic acid instead of sugar into the sauce. Hundreds were hospitalized because of it.

      It is always prudent to be always careful to avoid accidents, even in the home.


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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Nice to see you writer_csm. I've heard and read news about kids and adults getting sick because of eating poisonous substances by accident. We have to be really careful with what's inside our home.

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      dam 2 years ago

      i am a prey of poisonous mushroom

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      JP Carlos 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Well, dan you have the choice to live with it or without it.

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