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What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a colorless, reactive, strong-smelling gas at room temperature. It is one chemical in a large family of chemical compounds called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The term volatile means that the compounds vaporize or become a gas at room temperature. Formaldehyde can be manufactured as a liquid (formalin) or a solid (paraformaldehyde). Formaldehyde is an important industrial chemical used to make other chemicals and different types of products, such as: home furnishings, household cleaners, paints, textiles, landscape and yard products, medicinal and personal care products, and pesticides. Chemicals that are created with formaldehyde or have formaldehyde added to them include the following:

  • resins and lubricants
  • polyoxymethylene plastics
  • 1,4-butanediol
  • methylene diphenyl diisocyanate

Formaldehyde can be released into the air (off-gas) from materials and products made with it. Formaldehyde can also be released into the air by automobiles, cigarettes, and burning wood, kerosene or natural gas. It is also a naturally occurring substance.

Formaldehyde & Cancer Risk

It might surprise you to know that much of the furniture, wall finishes, carpet, cabinetry and flooring in your home usually contains dangerous chemical called FORMALDEHYDE. It's colorless toxic chemical widely used in furniture, medical, timber industry and is an obligatory component of plastics, glues, MDF, plywood and chipboard.

The dangers of using products containing FORMALDEHYDE

The substance can adversely effect you causing watery, burning eyes, nose and throat, asthmatic attacks, skin irritation, headaches and nausea are all possible short term side effects of formaldehyde exposure. Long term effects include cancer and possibly leukemia.

What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a colorless, reactive, strong-smelling gas at room temperature. It is one chemical in a large family of chemical compounds called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The term volatile means that the compounds vaporize or become a gas at room temperature. Formaldehyde can be manufactured as a liquid (formalin) or a solid (paraformaldehyde). Formaldehyde is an important industrial chemical used to make other chemicals and different types of products, such as: home furnishings, household cleaners, paints, textiles, landscape and yard products, medicinal and personal care products, and pesticides. Chemicals that are created with formaldehyde or have formaldehyde added to them include the following:

  • resins and lubricants
  • polyoxymethylene plastics
  • 1,4-butanediol
  • methylene diphenyl diisocyanate

Formaldehyde can be released into the air (off-gas) from materials and products made with it. Formaldehyde can also be released into the air by automobiles, cigarettes, and burning wood, kerosene or natural gas. It is also a naturally occurring substance.

Formaldehyde & Cancer Risk

It might surprise you to know that much of the furniture, wall finishes, carpet, cabinetry and flooring in your home usually contains dangerous chemical called FORMALDEHYDE. It's colorless toxic chemical widely used in furniture, medical, timber industry and is an obligatory component of plastics, glues, MDF, plywood and chipboard.

The dangers of using products containing FORMALDEHYDE

The substance can adversely effect you causing watery, burning eyes, nose and throat, asthmatic attacks, skin irritation, headaches and nausea are all possible short term side effects of formaldehyde exposure. Long term effects include cancer and possibly leukemia.