Formaldehyde is used in the production of many everyday products. From shampoo to cleaning products to furniture, this colorless, strong-smelling gas is everywhere.
The dangers of exposure to this cancer-causing chemical are extensive: sore throat, cough, nosebleeds, scratchy eyes, sinus congestion, dizziness, coughing, skin irritation, nausea, in addition to many rare types of cancer. Despite its status as a known carcinogen, formaldehyde is still widely used, especially in building materials.
Here are 7 products common to the trades and construction industry that may contain formaldehyde:
Formaldehyde can be used as a preservative in paints, paint thinners, and coatings.
Pressed Wood Products
Formaldehyde is used as an adhesive in pressed wood products.
Urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) is a product that releases a great deal of formaldehyde.
Paper, fiberglass, and cotton are all made using phenol formaldehyde resins.
Laminate flooring and other high-pressure laminates are manufactured using urea formaldehyde.
Some fire retardant coatings are made using formaldehyde.
E-Cigarette Vapor & Tobacco Smoke
Formaldehyde is a by-product of fumes and vapors from both e-cigarettes and tobacco smoke.