The National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine maintains the Household Products Database with a wealth of information about these chemicals around you. The Database is “. . . where you can learn more about what is under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room.”
The Database links over 7,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets provided by manufacturers. It allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:
- What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
- Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
- Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
- What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
- What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?