Is there a place on the Net where I can look up which ingredients
there are in domestic products with hazardous ingredients?
For example ... my Kiwi Multipurpose Portector aerosol
spray just has a warning sign. It says it is extremely flammable but
does not tell me the ingredients.
Another product (Tesco Thick Disinfectant) does not this time have a
symbol at. Bll but there are hazard warnings on the label and,
again, no list of ingredients.
Is it possible to look up the ingredients in such products?
Not really, but in some cases you can use Google, put in the product
or (better) ingredient name followed by MSDS (Material Safety Data
Sheet) and use some intelligence to interpret the results.
Propane or Butane, the flammable propellant used in almost all
Do you mean Tesco Thick Bleach by any chance? In which case the key
word is bleach, aka Sodium Hypochlorite, and an MSDS search for that
will bring up many responses.
Using MSD Sheets requires a degree of interpretation however. Both
Sodium Carbonate (washing soda) and Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Soda)
are described as irritants and have the following entries:-
Excessive contact may cause irritation with blistering and redness.
Solutions may cause severe irritation or burns.
Contact may be corrosive to eyes and cause conjunctival oedema and
corneal destruction. Risk of serious injury increases if eyes are
kept tightly closed. Other symptoms may appear from absorption of
sodium carbonate into the bloodstream via the eyes.
Contact with skin can cause irritation or severe burns and scarring
with greater exposures.
Causes irritation of eyes, and with greater exposures it can cause
burns that may result in permanent impairment of vision, even
In reality Washing Soda is relatively benign, Caustic Soda is very
dangerous. The real danger with MSD Sheets is that they are very good
at listing every possible problem which may occur and very poor at
telling you what will really kill you or badly harm you.
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