Also known as Dichloromethane or just DCM. Its odor is mildly sweet and is widely used as a solvent because of its ability to dissolve a wide range of organic compounds. It can be found in paint strippers, degreasers, aerosols, hobby cement and foam blowing agents.
Animal testing shows links to liver, lung and pancreatic cancers. It has been proven that DCM also crosses the placenta so the possibility of DCM causing birth defects exists but is inconclusive. The U.S. EPA indicates that the short term effects of inhalation consist of Central Nervous System (CNS) depression, including; decreased visual, auditory and motor functions which are reversable once exposure ceases.Long term exposure to DCM may cause serious CNS problems.
Methods of intake include: breathing contaminated air, skin contact or by drinking contaminated water. The EPA considers methylene chloride a PROBABLE HUMAN CARCINOGEN!