Toxic List – T


A thinner is a solvent that is used to thin oil-based paints. Exposure to the vapors emitted by thinners can have severe health effects, and many types of thinners are abused as inhalants.

TEA (Triethanolamine) Laureth Sulfate

TEA laureth sulfate is a surfactant that is used to create suds in shampoo, car wash, and other soap products. In laboratory studies, many samples of TEA laureth sulfate have been found to be contaminated with nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic substances.


Widely used as an industrial feedstock and solvent, toluene is a water-insoluble liquid that smells like paint thinner. Toluene has a broad array of industrial uses, but it should not be inhaled because it can cause hazardous health effects, such as memory loss, nausea, decreased appetite, tiredness, and confusion. High volumes of toluene exposure can even lead to unconsciousness or death.


Triethanolamine is used as an elmusfier and surfactant in many household cleaning and personal care products. Triethanolamine is known to cause contact allergy, an increased incidence of tumor growth, and toxicity to aquatic species.

Trihalomethanes (THMs)

Trihalomethanes (THMs) are environmental compounds found in drinking water. They are used as refrigerants and solvents in industrial applications. THMs are a byproduct of the process of disinfecting drinking water with chlorine. THMs are carcinogenic compounds associated with adverse health effects, but they can be removed from tap water through the use of activated carbon filters.