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I received an email this morning stating that Listerine was great for using as an insect repellent. It also said it was safe and environmentally friendly. I decided to do some research and here is the the material data safetly sheet from Pfizer who manufactures Listerine.

 

MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET
SECTION 1 - CHEMICAL PRODUCT & COMPANY IDENTIFICATION
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
Pfizer Inc
201 Tabor Road
Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950
Emergency telephone
Hours of operation
(973) 385-2000
24 hours
Trade names LISTERINE®
Product name Listerine® Antiseptic-Coolmint
Therapeutic use Prevention of plaque, gingivitis and bad breath
Description Blue Liquid
SECTION 2 - COMPOSITION/INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS
Ingredient CAS Number Amount
Thymol* 89-83-8 0.064%
Eucalyptol 470-82-6 0.092%
Methyl salicylate 119-36-8 0.060%
Menthol* 89-78-1 0.042%
Deionized water 7732-18-5 >50%
Ethanol* 64-17-5 21.6%
Sorbitol solution 50-70-4 Proprietary
Flavor Not assigned Proprietary
Poloxamer 407 9003-11-6 Proprietary
Benzoic Acid* 65-85-0 Proprietary
Sodium saccharin USP* 128-44-9 Proprietary
Sodium benzoate 532-32-1 Proprietary
FD&C Green No. 3* 2353-45-9 Proprietary
*Hazardous
Note: Ingredient(s) indicated as hazardous have been assessed under US OSHA
Hazard Communication Standard for workplace safety (29 CFR
1910.1200).
SECTION 3 - HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION
Signal word CAUTION!
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SECTION 3 - HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION ... continued
Statements of hazard FLAMMABLE!
MAY CAUSE EYE AND RESPIRATORY TRACT IRRITATION.
THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS ETHANOL WHICH CAN CAUSE
LIVER CHANGES, CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM EFFECTS,
AND BIRTH DEFECTS IN THE DEVELOPING FETUS.
Eye effects May cause eye irritation.
Skin effects Not a skin irritant.
Inhalation effects May cause respiratory tract irritation. Exposure to high concentrations
may cause irritation, headache, drowsiness and symptoms of drunkenness.
An Occupational Exposure Limit has been established for one or more of
the ingredients (see Section 8).
Ingestion effects Ingestion of large quantities may cause may cause headache, dizziness,
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and symptoms of drunkenness.
See 'Statements of hazard' and/or 'Other potential health effects' in this
section.
Other potential health
effects
Chronic ingestion of ethanol has been associated with an increased
incidence of cancer, liver cirrhosis, and congenital malformations.
Additional data For a more detailed discussion of potential health hazards and toxicity see
Section 11.
NOTE: This document has been prepared in accordance with the US OSHA
Hazard Communication Standard, which requires the inclusion of all
known hazards of the product or its ingredients regardless of the potential
risk. The precautionary statements and warnings included may not apply in
all cases. Your needs may vary depending upon the potential for exposure
in your workplace. If your workplace is regulated by OSHA, this
document must be used as a part of a complete hazard-training program.
SECTION 4 - FIRST AID MEASURES
Eyes Immediately flush eyes with water for at least 15 minutes. If irritation
occurs or persists, get medical attention.
Skin Remove clothing and wash affected skin with soap and water. If irritation
occurs or persists, get medical attention.
Inhalation Remove to fresh air. If discomfort persists, get medical attention.
Ingestion Do not induce vomiting unless directed by medical personnel. Never give
anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Seek medical assistance if
symptoms occur or persist.
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SECTION 5 - FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES
General hazard Flammable Vapors are heavier than air and can travel to a source of
ignition and flash back. Vapors may form explosive mixture with air.
Fire fighting instructions Wear approved positive pressure, self-contained breathing apparatus and
full protective turn out gear.
Extinguishing media Use carbon dioxide, sand, extinguishing powder. Do not use water.
Flash point 33°C (<100°F)
Hazardous combustion
products
Emits fumes of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrogen cyanide.
SECTION 6 - ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES
General Review Sections 3, 8 and 12 before proceeding with clean up.
Small spill Use non-combustible absorbent material to wipe up spill and place in a
sealed container for disposal. Clean spill area thoroughly.
Large spill Contain the source of the spill or leak if it is safe to do so. Collect spill
with a non-combustible absorbent material and transfer to labeled
container for disposal. Close container and move it to a secure holding area.
SECTION 7 - HANDLING AND STORAGE
General handling Keep away from heat. Use with adequate ventilation. Avoid contact with
eyes, skin and clothing. Avoid contact with skin and clothing. Avoid
breathing vapor or mist.
Storage conditions Keep container tightly closed when not in use. Store in a cool, dry area.
Keep away from heat, sparks, flame, and other sources of ignition.
Temperature range
for storage
Store as directed by product packaging.
SECTION 8 - EXPOSURE CONTROLS/PERSONAL PROTECTION
Exposure limits
Compound Issuer Type OEL
Ethanol ACGIH TWA-8 Hr 1000 ppm
OSHA TWA-8 Hr 1000 ppm
Ventilation Keep airborne contamination levels below the exposure limits listed above
in this section. Engineering controls should be used as the primary means
to control exposures.
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Eye protection Not required for the normal use of this product. Wear safety glasses or
goggles if eye contact is possible.
Skin protection Not required for the normal use of this product. Use protective clothing
(lab coats, disposable coveralls, etc.) in both production and laboratory
areas.
Hand protection Not required for the normal use of this product. Wear protective gloves
when working with large quantities.
Respiratory protection Not required for the normal use of this product. If the applicable
Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) is exceeded, wear an appropriate
respirator with a protection factor sufficient to control exposures to below
the OEL.
SECTION 9 - PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
Physical form Liquid
Color Blue
Molecular weight Mixture
Molecular formula Mixture
pH 4.2 at 20°C
Melting point Not applicable
Water solubility Soluble
Solvent solubility Soluble in alcohol
SECTION 10 - STABILITY AND REACTIVITY
Reactivity Stable
Conditions to avoid Avoid direct sunlight, conditions that might generate heat, and sources of
ignition.
Incompatibilities None known.
Hazardous
decomposition
products
None known
Hazardous
polymerization
Not expected to occur
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SECTION 11 - TOXICOLOGY INFORMATION
Toxicology summary The information included in this section describes the potential hazards of
the individual ingredients.
Acute toxicity
Compound Type Route Species Dosage
Ethanol LD50 Oral Rat 7,060 mg/kg
LC50 10h Inhalation Rat 20,000 ppm
Benzoic Acid LD50 Oral Rat 2350 mg/kg
Sodium benzoate LD50 Oral Rat 4,070 mg/kg
LD50 Oral Mouse 1,600 mg/kg
Eye Not determined for this product. May cause moderate eye irritation based
on components.
Skin Not expected to cause skin irritation
Inhalation Not determined for this product. However, moderate irritation may occur
based on effects of individual components.
Ingestion Not determined for this product. See Acute toxicity table.
Mutagenicity Not determined for this product.
Subchronic effects Not determined for this product.
Chronic toxicity Chronic ingestion of ethanol has been reported to be associated with an
increased incidence of cancer, liver cirrhosis, and congenital
malformations. However, occupational handling of this product is not
expected to result in relevant exposures.
Chronic effects/
carcinogenicity
IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) has classified
Alcoholic Beverages as Group 1 (carcinogenic to humans). However,
occupational handling of this product is not expected to result in relevant
exposures.
Carcinogen status Carcinogenicity of the mixture has not been determined. Alcohol is listed
as a carcinogen by IARC. The IARC monograph examines the
carcinogenic potential of ethanol only as an alcoholic beverage. No other
components are listed as carcinogens by IARC, US OSHA or NTP.
Reproductive effects Not determined for this product.
Teratogenicity Not determined for this product. Developmental effects have been reported
in humans and experimental animals given large doses of ethanol.
However, occupational handling of this product is not expected to result in
relevant exposures.
Target organs Liver, Central nervous system
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SECTION 12 - ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION
Environmental overview The environmental characteristics of this material have not been fully
evaluated. Releases to the environment should be avoided.
SECTION 13 - DISPOSAL INFORMATION
Disposal procedure Waste materials may be classified as hazardous due to the low flash point.
Treatment, storage, transportation and disposal must be in accordance with
applicable national and local regulations.
SECTION 14 - TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
General shipping
instructions
Aqueous products containing ethanol at 24 percent or less are not subject
to the requirements of the EU ADR, IATA, or IMDG. They are similarly
exempt from US DOT requirements provided that they contain no less
than 50 percent water.
SECTION 15 - REGULATORY INFORMATION
EU Classification Irritant
EU Labelling Xi
Risk phrases R10 - Flammable.
R36 - Irritating to eyes.
Safety phrases S26 - In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water
and seek medical advice.
S36 - Wear suitable protective clothing.
Canadian WHMIS Class B, Division 2 (flammable liquid)
Class D, Division 2, Subdivision B
EU Label Pictogram(s)
SECTION 16 - OTHER
Disclaimer The information contained in this Material Safety Data Sheet is
believed to be accurate, and while it is provided in good faith, it is
without a warranty of any kind, express or implied.
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This doesn't read "safe" to me!

A safe, preventative alternative to chemical bug repellents is as follows:

 

2-3 drops of Purification essential oil dropped into 8 oz of distilled water. Safe for infants and pets and very effective!

 

 

Purification will also relieves the itch, pain and swelling of insect stings and bites. It has the ability to neutralize the poison. Especially effective for brown recluse spider bites.

 

#3399

Contains the therapeutic grade essential oils of lemongrass, rosemary, melaleuca, myrtle and citronella.

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Thanks Pam!
Blessings to you :)
Tammy
I found horse mint on my property which is suppose to be great to keep the ticks away also.  I rub the leaves on my arms and legs.  It has a very subtle fragrance of mint.  I am allergic to most bug bites......

Great Research Pam!

Another great Natural Product: Sunjing. All essential oils, camphor, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, eucalyptus oil, lemon oil and orange oil. Each oil is valued for its soothing comfort; as well as its aromatic benefit. Anytime I am outside I use this and all bugs stay away from me! And, I don't leave home without it under any circumstances, I always have a bottle on me. It was developed for pain, but many uses have been found, including cuts and scrapes and as I said a natural bug repellant.

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