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6 Surprising Places Formaldehyde Hides

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6 Surprising Places Formaldehyde Hides

By Rachel Cernansky, Planet Green

Everyone knows formaldehyde exists, but not everyone knows they probably come into contact with it on a daily basis, if not several times a day.

So here’s a list of some of the more surprising places you might find this “probable carcinogen,” which can have multiple adverse effects on the body.

Children’s Bath Products
A 2009 report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that 23 of 28 baby products tested contained formaldehyde.

The Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetics Database has all kinds of baby shampoos and soaps listed as potentially containing formaldehyde.

Hair Products
Including a highly popular hair-smoothing treatment, the “Brazilian Blowout.” Hair gels and other personal products also contain formaldehyde.

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9:38AM PDT on May 17, 2011

Yucko! Thanks for the info.

9:15AM PDT on May 15, 2011

Useful information.

1:09AM PDT on May 15, 2011

we not safe anywhere

8:40AM PDT on May 14, 2011

Thanks for the article. I had no idea...

8:12AM PDT on May 14, 2011

Those types of products sound toxic, even the toothpaste, most people do not realise how dangerous swallowing toothpaste is to your health.

Thanks for posting.

5:07AM PDT on May 14, 2011


6:26AM PDT on May 11, 2011


6:49PM PDT on May 10, 2011

do they use their own products? Unlikely! Grow our own, make our own and co-op with our friends and neighbours. It's the safest and eco friendly way to go.

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