Airborne toxicity of a non-ionic alcohol ethoxylate surfactant and wetting agent used in cleaning chemicals

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Abstract

Information on the bioactivity of the surfactants present in cleaning chemicals and their effect on the indoor ecosystems of buildings are needed to provide safe cleaning practices and healthy indoor air. In this study, in vitro (murine neuroblastoma cells and porcine kidney epithelial cells) and ex vivo bioassays (boar sperm) were developed to measure the airborne toxicity of genapol X-080 (polyethylene glycol monoalkyl ethers), used as surfactant and wetting agent in indoor environments. The diffusion and toxicity of airborne genapol X-080 dilutions were demonstrated using two-compartment Petri dishes. Resazurin was also added, to test airborne diffusion of genapol X-080. This preliminary method proved that airborne diffusion of genapol X-080 was possible and toxic toward mammalian cells. Moreover, the ex vivo bioassays were ten times more sensitive. The resazurin + genapol X-080 test showed potential for developing a new and easy method to track the airborne diffusion of polyethylene glycol monoalkyl ethers used in buildings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Indoor Air 2018: The 15th international conference of Indoor Air quality and Climate Philadelphia, USA, July 22-27 2018
PublisherInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventConference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate - Philadelphia , United States
Duration: 22 Jul 201827 Jul 2018
Conference number: 15
http://www.indoorair2018.org/

Conference

ConferenceConference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Abbreviated titleISIAQ
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period22/07/201827/07/2018
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Keywords

  • indoor air quality
  • non-ionic surfactant
  • genapol X-080
  • boar spermatozoa
  • somatic cell lines
  • Bioassays

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