What are the uses of butoxyethanol?
Butoxyethanol is a solvent in spray lacquers, enamels, varnishes, and latex paints due to its ability to clean grease and dirt. It is also a common ingredient in in liquid soaps and cosmetics, as well as industrial and household cleaning products.
Is butoxyethanol harmful or dangerous to people?
According to ATSDR, inappropriately or accidentally swallowing large amounts of cleaning agents containing butoxyethanol can cause harmful effects. These could include breathing problems, low blood pressure, lowered levels of hemoglobin, blood in the urine, and metabolic acidosis (high levels of acid in the body).
There are no data on whether butoxyethanol causes reproductive effects, birth defects, or cancer in people, according to ATSDR. Some harmful effects of 2-butoxyethanol have been seen in animals such as rats and rabbits. No studies have been found that tested butoxyethanol for causing cancer in animals, according to ATSDR.
Cleaning products with butoxyethanol can be effective in cleaning grease and dirt, and can be used safely by following instructions on a product’s label. As with other cleaning products, keep household products containing 2-butoxyethaol out of the reach of children to avoid accidental ingestion.