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Nov 15, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 20)

Household Products Database

URL:householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/index.htm
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I remember hearing the old saying, "what you don't know can't hurt you," when I was growing up. OK, I wasn't surrounded by very many educated people then. In a world where hazardous chemicals abound and bioterrorists supposedly lurk, there is no refuge in ignorance. That said, the most hazardous materials you'll probably come in contact with on an average day are things you willingly bring into your house. Yep, we're talking household chemicals, and the best place to learn about them is this very informative site. The Household Products Database stores information in records that looks like a rap sheet. On it, visitors can learn of everything from the manufacturer of ferret ear wash (yes, that is, indeed, a strange household) to the toll-free number of Chlorox. This is a gold mine of information tightly organized and very much to the point. A superb collection.
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