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A whole healthy home

When working on a home project do not forget to use safe calks, adhesives, paint strippers, sealants and cleaning products. Traditionally these products have many toxic chemicals in them that can be harmful to your health.

For example, traditional paint strippers often contain methylene chloride, acetone, toluene, methanol, and N-methylpyrrolidone. Methylene chloride is considered to be a potential cause of cancer in humans and has caused cancer in laboratory animals. Immediate effects of inhaling methylene chloride vapors include dizziness, headache, lack of coordination, and irritation to the skin, lungs, eyes and nose. Acetone, toluene and methanol are often used together and can cause drowsiness, dizziness, headaches and even brain damage in extreme cases. N-methylpyrrolidone, another common chemical in paint strippers, can cause skin swelling, blistering and burns with direct contact.

Polyurethane is a common chemical found in caulk and adhesives that can have many harmful health effects. Polyurethane is made up of isocyanates which can cause irritation to skin and mucous membranes, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, and asthma. Polyurethane is also a potential human carcinogen. Using products that contain polyurethane and the other chemicals mentioned is dangerous because the chemicals are released into the air during use and continue to off gas into the air later. As a result, these chemicals cause the indoor air quality to be very unhealthy for those living or working in the environment.

The Green Painter is committed to selling products with the lowest levels of VOCs to keep you and your family safe. The products we offer are often water-based, made with primarily organic materials, and contain as little chemicals as possible.