Toxic chemicals in your home
Many common household products contain:
- Known toxic chemicals, which is why they come with warning labels like (like poisonous, danger, or warning).
- Unregulated toxic chemicals, but many have no label.
Not all chemicals in products are tested or labeled.
Companies can and do use untested, harmful chemicals in products people buy. Even chemicals that studies link to health issues. Our Safer Products for Washington program works to address this gap in oversight.
Learn how you can:
- Spot hazardous products (labeled or not).
- Choose safer products to buy or make your own non-toxic versions (such as cleaners).
- Help our Safer Products for Washington program reduce toxic chemicals allowed in household products.
- Store and dispose of hazardous products correctly.
How do toxic chemicals get into your home?
Toxic chemicals get into our home from items such as furniture, carpeting, clothing, cosmetics, cooking utensils, medicines and pharmaceuticals, and many others. Check out our illustrated story map to learn how toxic chemicals in consumer products move from the store, to our homes, to the environment.