Skip to main content

Advertisement

Table 2 Concentrations of 2-butoxyethanol (2-BE) and Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) measured simultaneously during 10 minutes tasks

From: Quantitative assessment of airborne exposures generated during common cleaning tasks: a pilot study

Environment/Task Product type Product dilution status Conc. of 2-BE in the product (% by weight) Average 2-BE air concentrations in ppm (sd)B TVOC average concentrations ppm (sd)C TVOC peak concentrations ppmD
Small Bathroom A       
Sink cleaning General purpose Ready to Use (RTU) 5-7 21.27 (2.96) 6.49 (3.56) 11.11
Sink cleaning General purpose 1 part RTU: 1 water 2.5-3.5 13.32 (2.54) 2.54 (1.51) 4.31
Mirror cleaning Glass cleaner 1 part concentrated form: 4 parts of water 6-10 13.08 (1.45) 5.26 (3.54) 11.36
Mirror cleaning Glass cleaner 1 part conc .form: 19 parts of water 1-2 2.96 (0.23) 0.74 (0.39) 1.46
Toilet bowl cleaning Bathroom cleaner Ready to Use (RTU) 1-3 3.74 (0.36) 0.96 (0.28) 2.2
Toilet bowl cleaning Bathroom cleaner 1 part RTU: 1 water 0.5-1.5 2.70 (0.34) 0.56 (0.16) 0.71
Large Bathroom       
Sink cleaning General purpose Ready to Use (RTU) 5-7 6.27 (0) 1.36 (0.51) 2.13
Sink cleaning General purpose 1 part RTU: 1 water 2.5-3.5 3.30 (0.1) 0.61 (0.30) 1.37
Mirror cleaning Glass cleaner 1 part concentrated form: 4 parts of water 6-10 1.98 (0.12) 0.30 (0.19) 0.74
Mirror cleaning Glass cleaner 1 part conc .form: 19 parts of water 1-2 0.32 (0.01) 0.02 (0.03) 0.14
Toilet bowl cleaning Bathroom cleaner Ready to Use (RTU) 1-3 3.05 (0.81) 0.32 (0.27) 0.95
Toilet bowl cleaning Bathroom cleaner 1 part RTU: 1 water 0.5-1.5 2.76 (0.45) 0.11 (0.08) 0.29
  1. A) Tasks were performed without using the bathroom fan
  2. B) Each value is the average of two side-by side breathing zone samples collected and analyzed according integrated sampling method EPA TO-17
  3. C) The 10 minute average TVOC concentrations measured using a photo-ionization detector (PID)
  4. D) The highest TVOC concentrations recorded by the PID during 10 min tasks.