hair conditioner, sunblock, nail polish, deodorant, mineral oil, lip gloss, gasoline, fertilizer, furniture polish, pesticides, plastics, paint thinners, motor oil, fuels (propane, butane, diesel), petroleum jelly, art supplies (oil paints- JOY, great news for someone who majored in studio art), paste and liquid car waxes/polishes, kerosene, paraffin wax, tar, and adhesives (SixWise.com).
According to the Right To Know Hazardous Substance Facts Sheet, petroleum distillates are carcinogenic and can also affect the nervous system causing headache, dizziness, nausea, and loss of balance and coordination. Higher levels of inhalation may cause coma and death. As for reproductive hazards, it may affect female fertility (2011). Now let's take a survey- are all these dangerous side effects worth having dazzling furniture? If you say yes, you've probably inhaled so much of it in your lifetime that your judgement is beyond permanently impaired and you don't count. Ever.
There are all kinds of natural alternatives for cleaning products that we can use instead of cleaning products that tell us we'll drop dead if we use it improperly. I've said it before but I have to say it again, REMEMBER- don't be fooled by the products labeled "green"- it's an advertising scheme. Always read the labels on your products. Check out the links below for some natural cleaning alternatives.
DIY and natural cleaning products
National Geographic- DIY cleaning products
25 DIY cleaning recipes
Clean up your act- natural cleaning solutions
"Petroleum Distillate in Your Lip Gloss and Furniture Polish Shown to Cause Tissue Disease!." SixWise.com. N.p., 2009. Web. 16 June 2013. <http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/03/08/petroleum-distillate-in-your-lip-gloss-and-furniture-polish-shown-to-cause-tissue-disease.htm>.
"Right To Know Hazardous Substance Facts Sheet." N.p., Aug. 2011. Web. 16 June 2013. <http://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/2648.pdf>.