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anyone know if TSP is safe to use while pregnant? 
6th-Sep-2009 05:07 pm [is it safe?]
anyone know if TSP is safe to use while pregnant?
6th-Sep-2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
I thought it was banned? Where's you get your hands on TSP? I was looking for some a couple years ago when I found out our old apartment had lead paint issues and found that no one carries it anymore. In any case, I was pregnant when I needed it. I couldn't find any, but if I had, I would have used it because I bought the proper mask.
6th-Sep-2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I've seen it in all our hardware stores.
6th-Sep-2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Are you in the US? I never did any extensive research but when I asked around at stores, I was told it was banned here.
6th-Sep-2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, in Wisconsin. You can get it online from Ace Hardware, it would seem.
6th-Sep-2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Good to know, if I should ever have a need for it in the future!
7th-Sep-2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
yep, I've bought it in WI in hardware stores.
6th-Sep-2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm in Canada but I had no problem buying it when we needed it before a kitchen reno this spring.
6th-Sep-2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, must just be a US thing?
7th-Sep-2009 12:07 am (UTC)
I just bought some in March at Home Depot in the paint supply section. I agree with using the proper mask and gloves if you are going to use it while pregnant.
7th-Sep-2009 12:16 am (UTC)
That's so strange. I don't know why people told me it was banned (I was told this by someone at Menard's and Target).

To the OP, if you're going to use it, use heavy duty gloves and a mask specifically for that purpose. Just a random mask used for dust and such won't be enough, even if you weren't pregnant. TSP is some nasty stuff!
7th-Sep-2009 12:19 am (UTC)
I thought it was banned as well. I've only been able to find TSP substitute and it works just fine.
7th-Sep-2009 01:25 am (UTC)
I read this as "teaspoon". What is TSP?
7th-Sep-2009 01:37 am (UTC)
trisodium phosphate. you use it to wash walls before you paint. normally i don't bother but these walls seriously need it.
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