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Chemicals and Newborn Kids' Stuff

A year ago, my father got an extremely rare form of cancer and died. Now my wife's pregnant, and we’re very excited. The experience has left us concerned about things my wife and I never would've given ten minute of thought to before my father got sick; we’re worried about chemicals and the kid. [more inside]
posted by thursdaystoo on Jul 25, 2014 - 16 answers

Nail polish that is free of chemicals but won't chip

Do you know a nail polish that is fee of chemicals like formaldehyde, etc.? I think they call it the 4 free or 5 free.........I tried the polish called "Butter" but it chipped right away. I'm willing to even just have 2 or 3 free if I can have a polish that does not chip the next day. I'm just trying to find something with "less" chemicals than the normal polish. Thanks.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jun 3, 2014 - 19 answers

Does lying in bed feel like this for everyone else?

This is possibly the dumbest/strangest question I've ever asked, but it's one of those "is it like this for everyone, or is this actually unusual?" things. Everyone has trouble getting out of bed in the morning, I know. But I experience what I can only call a drug-like chemical high while I'm lying there. [more inside]
posted by naju on Apr 7, 2014 - 31 answers

Shelf life of Household Chemicals?

What is the shelf-life of common household chemicals? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Feb 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Insecticide related freak-out

Worrying about long-term exposure to insecticides in my home - what to do now? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Sep 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Hazardous waste: it's a gas!

Please suggest some funny stuff to write on (fake) hazardous waste labels to decorate the office of the hazmat safety guy who's coming back from sabbatical. The labels look similar to this. [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Jun 4, 2013 - 23 answers

Does a potentially 9 year old bottle of Pine-Sol still work?

I wanna take a bath but the tub hasn't been cleaned in years. I've got a bottle of Pine-Sol but the label says © 2004 and there are now Pine-Sol "crystals" sitting at the bottom of the bottle (they're like Pop Rocks). Will this bottle of Pine-Sol still do it's job / could it be harmful to use at this point? I've also got a bottle of 409 (© 2004) and a bottle of Clorox (© 2002). Both of these bottles don't have crystals in em and look/smell fine.
posted by defmute on May 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Mixing cleaning products: just how bad can it be?

Help! I mixed cleaning products in my oven. Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Apr 21, 2013 - 5 answers

How worried should someone be about TCE in their housing complex?

[Asking for a friend] I'm a renter on the second floor of an industrial loft conversion condominium. There are notices up from the state [Massachusetts] EPA about "imminent hazard" levels of TCE (a chemical solvent) for "women of childbearing age" (I am one) in the first floor (partially belowground) apartments. How concerned should I be? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow on Mar 19, 2013 - 4 answers

I have a fear of chemicals and microbes, and anything that might harm my health. Is it rational? If not, how do I get over it?

I have a fear of chemicals and microbes, and anything that might harm my health. Is it rational? If not, how do I get over it? [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Nov 8, 2012 - 36 answers

How do I minimize dye leeching from a new/newish pair of jeans?

I'm about to buy a new pair of jeans. For health reasons (see: cautionary principle), I want to minimize the amount of dye that transfers and leeches into my skin from the jeans as I wear them over time. Is there any way to do this besides washing the jeans a bunch of times?
posted by fundamentafriendapendability on Nov 3, 2012 - 6 answers

New hot tub - best "natural" additives to keep it bacteria free?

Recently purchased a hot-tub - don't want to use chlorine / harsh chemicals - what are some more healthy alternatives? [more inside]
posted by audio on Aug 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Are reconditioned factory buildings safe (health-wise) to live in?

Are there health risks in living in an apartment inside a reconditioned factory building in Hoboken, New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jul 9, 2012 - 8 answers

PTBFR Allergy: Wha?

I have just found out I am allergic to paratertiary butylphenol formaldehyde resin (PTBFR). Now what am I supposed to wear on my feet? [more inside]
posted by fiery.hogue on Dec 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Oh new shower curtains, glossy book pages, and auto-body shops: why do I love your aromas so?

Oh new shower curtains, glossy book pages, and auto-body shops: why do I love your aromas so? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Sep 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Herding cats during termite treatment?

Upon the discovery of several live termites attempting to set up shop in my garage wall, I called in a local pest-control company. Following inspection, said company recommended treating the dirt under the garage slab with fipronil (aka Termidor). I have four indoor cats and a fish, and while the termite guys say the fish can stay, they're recommending moving the cats out of the house for the three hours it will take to apply the stuff. Is this really necessary? If so, where the heck can I take four fairly skittish cats for three hours? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Same meat, different bleach?

Is the active ingredient in these household cleaners the same thing? "Exit Mould" and "White & Shine"? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Aug 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Does filtered water have less estrogenic activity?

Does a water filter filter plastics like BPA? Is there a way to test my tap water for them? Are there water filters that do not contain plastic? Does Aquafina or any other filter plastics? [more inside]
posted by vash on Jul 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Looks like it’s our turn for a run-in with that new modern rite of passage: the bed bug.

We are staying at an off-strip suites hotel in Las Vegas. Found bed bugs after our first night, and after an initially good response, we're concerned we're going to get the run-around from the hotel. Additional complications with pregnancy and chemicals mean that we need to be sure we're bug free without poisoning our little one, but I don't think the hotel has the same priorities... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Chemists of AskMe, help me clean my shower

What can I mix with either CLR or Iron Out to make the product stick to the wall of the tub long enough (an hour at least) to do its job? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Jun 27, 2011 - 8 answers

keep your chemicals to yourself please

What can I do if my neighbor's pool leaks into my yard? (USA, VA) [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Apr 16, 2011 - 20 answers

Heavy carpet cleaning chemical exposure in pregnancy

Pregnant, first trimester. My office is having all the carpets, chairs, and upholstery cleaned. I was able to verify with the cleaners that they use a perc "dry cleaning" solution, among several other strong industrial chemicals. Should I be concerned in terms of anything teratogenic/dangerous to my embryo? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Regulatory/ Legal issues for selling a chemical direct to consumers?

Can one sell a chemical over the internet if its not a precursor to meth or an ingredient in explosives? What regulatory and legal issues are there? [more inside]
posted by Twinedog on Mar 14, 2011 - 12 answers

On a quest for pajamas that have not been treated with flame retardants...

Where on earth can I find regular-sized (not the snug-fitting long johns) older kids' pajamas not doctored up with chemical flame retardants? I'm, of course, in the US. This probably wouldn't be a question in another country. [more inside]
posted by sixtyten on Dec 9, 2010 - 19 answers

Carol never wore her safety goggles...

In a few weeks I'll be giving a talk to my research group about chemical safety. Please help me find stories, videos, and photos to make it interesting, awe-inspiring, and informative! [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Nov 2, 2010 - 19 answers

The proper way to clean a futon

Moving and I need to clean my futon VERY WELL! It's been sitting in the garage for 4 months now. The outside looks clean but I don't know about any inside pests. It has a soft removable cover on it. How can I make sure there aren't any creepy crawlies when I move? Any chemicals? Sprays that will get the job done?
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Sep 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me understand hair care chemistry

Help me understand hair care chemistry. When I look at the list of ingredients on bottles of conditioner, what ingredients should I avoid. I can't stand the 'waxy' feeling I get from some conditioners. My old favorite standby conditioner changed formulas recently and it now has the dreaded waxy ickiness. NOT looking for specific product recommendations, only for ingredients to avoid or possibly ingredients to look for. [more inside]
posted by marsha56 on Aug 17, 2010 - 16 answers

everything is killing me

Since having a baby, I've been trying to pay more attention to the types of products we use and now I'm pretty sure that everything is killing us. How do I become better informed about hidden toxins and chemicals and other nasties and learn to eliminate them from my life without going completely crazy and running off to the forest with my tinfoil hat? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Mar 23, 2010 - 31 answers

Is Moroccan Hair Oil Safe To Use?

Is Moroccan Hair Oil safe to use? Is pure Argan oil better, or will it make my hair smell like goat droppings? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Mar 20, 2010 - 7 answers

I need me some white spirit.

I need white spirit. It seems no one has ever, ever heard of it. Am I missing something obvious? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Mar 1, 2010 - 17 answers

How to clean a cat condo?

How can I make a trashed cat condo safe for my cat? [more inside]
posted by zcow on Feb 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Caffiene snooze

Why does one cup of coffee make me sleepy? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Meat Processing and the Chemicals that Go into the Meat

In factory farming, what are the chemicals - additives, preservatives and colorings that are added to poultry? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Sep 13, 2009 - 15 answers

I don't read Chinese, but I do speak Science.

I'm thinking of getting a tattoo of a bunch of organic molecules that represent positive traits, feelings, etc. More along the lines of serotonin representing happiness than ethanol or caffeine representing happiness. What are your ideas for emotions/ traits and their corresponding chemicals?
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Feb 24, 2009 - 21 answers

Methanol will make you blind. The antidote is ethanol. Drink hard liquor if you can't get to a hospital.

Good resources for rules-of-thumb for laboratory dangers and chemical safety? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Jan 26, 2009 - 13 answers

help my kid drop acid (on plants)

ScienceProjectFilter: What household chemicals can my son use to simulate acid rain for a science project? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Nov 15, 2008 - 10 answers

What is a dense/heavy transparant oil or inert/safe non-water-based liquid?

I need a crystal-clear transparent liquid that is as heavy (dense) or heavier than water, not dangerous, and not difficult to obtain. The heavier the better. The catch - it can't be water-based. [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Jul 18, 2008 - 23 answers

Toxins: fear vs. research

Help me find a research-based list of substances and /or ingredients that are or could be harmful to children in amounts normally found in households. [more inside]
posted by paselkin on Jul 14, 2008 - 4 answers

Something nasty in the attic

SilentHillFilter - what would the previous owners of our house want with a large, half-empty bottle of chloroform? [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral on Mar 10, 2008 - 21 answers

Why do cigarettes have 4000 chemicals in them?

OK, so there are apparently 4000 different chemicals in a cigarette, right? But as I understand it, the only substance that makes it addictive is nicotine. So why don't cigarette companies simply not include all these various chemicals? Does their removal lessen the 'joy' smokers get from smoking a cigarette? What's their purpose? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Feb 21, 2007 - 44 answers

Industrial Chemical Usage: 101

Help me learn everything(!) about sulfuric and nitric acid: production, purity and distribution [more inside]
posted by a_green_man on Oct 7, 2006 - 9 answers

What do I do when a medication changes everything?

If you're taking medication that alters your personality, do you let people know? What kind of pitfalls or issues do you face with this kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2006 - 15 answers

Do I want reagent-grade chemicals on my face?

FormularyFilter? Compounding my own salicylic acid facial peels: do I need to use pharmaceutical grade ingredients? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Nov 6, 2005 - 12 answers

Use of Roundup in Sweden

My boss gave me an interesting assignment. . .Do they use Roundup (herbicide) in Sweden? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Sep 27, 2005 - 16 answers

Sticky Stinky Cat

CatFilter: Kitty + Nasty chemicals = Disaster. More inside. [more inside]
posted by eatcherry on Feb 6, 2005 - 9 answers

Can someone please explain to me the argument against genetically-engineered foods?

Can someone please explain to me the argument against genetically-engineered foods? If science can increase our agricultural output, why shouldn't we take advantage of it? What are the hidden consequences of growing GE crops and raising GE animals?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jan 31, 2005 - 39 answers

Constipation - am I ok?

Health question involving constipation. More inside to prevent offending delicate sensibilities. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on May 21, 2004 - 33 answers

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