Xylene is found in and can be emitted from items such as laptops, chargers, games consoles, ovens, hairdryers, television sets, inks, aerosols and air fresheners.

Some of the health problems which scientists have associated with xylene exposure include: arrhythmia, memory problems, learning difficulties, attention deficit, mental retardation, delayed development, fetotoxicity, hearing loss, hormonal imbalances, menstrual irregularity and scleroderma. Some studies have also linked exposure to this chemical to: acute damage to liver cells, adult brain cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, growth retardation and peripheral neuropathy.