Ethylene-based glycol ethers

One of the most well-known chemicals in this group is 2-butoxyethanol which can be emitted, for example, from commercial cleaning products.

2-butoxyethanol has also been used as a solvent in paints and wall cladding, inks, acrylic resins, asphalt-releasing agents, fire extinguisher foam, leather protectors, oil spill dispersants, degreasing agents, photographic solutions, dry-cleaning products, liquid soaps, cosmetics, dry-cleaning solutions, hairsprays, varnishes, herbicides etc.

The group of chemicals which 2-butoxyethanol belongs to has been linked by scientific research to health problems such as: sperm damage, fetotoxicity, reduced female fertility, acute tubular necrosis, congenital defects and craniofacial defects as well as congenital cardiac defects, genitourinary defects, hormonal imbalances, immunosuppression, neural tube defects, cleft lip and cleft palate, skeletal malformations or testicular cancer.

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