What's At Stake

Reports have linked methylene chloride to nearly 60 deaths.

In a matter of minutes, this lethal chemical—found in paint strippers—could turn home projects into a tragedy. Its noxious fumes can cause liver toxicity, cancer, and even trigger fatal heart attacks. It’s harmful to the nervous system and easily transfers into breast milk.

Despite these risks, anyone can walk into home stores and purchase methylene chloride–based products. No one should have to worry about unknowingly exposing themselves to a known poison and suspected carcinogen—especially when safer alternatives already exist.

NRDC and our allies are calling on CEOs to put consumer safety first and remove this dangerous ingredient from store shelves.

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