24 Apr '12, 10pm

5 surprising everyday things that are toxic

5 surprising everyday things that are toxic

The naughty triplets in conventional nail polish — the so-called “toxic trio” — are toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde. Regulators say that exposure to large amounts of these chemicals has been linked to developmental problems, asthma and other illnesses. And thus, nail polish has received enough bad press that a number of manufacturers have worked to develop formulas that are devoid of these ingredients. Great, you say. Except unfortunately, not all nail polish manufacturers are that scrupulous when it comes to labeling. Recently, investigators randomly chose 25 brands of polishes, including a number of products claiming to be nontoxic or free of the toxic trio. They found that 10 of 12 products claiming to be free of toluene contained it, with four of the products having dangerously high levels of the chemical. The report also found that five of seven prod...

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