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Do Common Items Also Contain Asbestos?

As much as 5,000 consumer products including small appliances and building materials contained asbestos as per the National Cancer Institute.

answered by Gary Anderson

Asbestos has been commonly used in construction, heavy industries, and shipbuilding but a few companies have integrated it into manufacturing of household items

Before the 1980s, most appliances including electric ovens, stoves, toasters, cookers, coffee pots, popcorn poppers, washing machines, dishwashers, heaters, hair dryers, ironing boards, and automatic bottle warmers contained asbestos as insulating material.

Other domestic items that contained asbestos include textile products and asbestos paper. Few types of oven mitts, placemats, pot holders, and dish towels also had asbestos fillers. Electric blankets and fire blankets were also made from asbestos-containing cloth. Heat resistant types of millboards, which were sold as iron pads and cooking mats contained asbestos. Most of these items are still used posing a high risk of exposure to asbestos when they are handled or repaired.

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