What is it?
Monoethanolamine is found in detergents, polishes, pharmaceuticals (i.e. antidepressants and antihistamines), and corrosion inhibitors.

How can I avoid it?
You should avoid contact with this substance. Avoidance require reading labels, package inserts, Material safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer.

Skin contact with Monoethanolamine is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Monoethanolamine should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the US for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is no information ask your pharmacist or call the company directly. At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

  • Household cleaners
  • Detergents
  • Skin care products / cosmetics
  • Deodorants
  • Hair colorants / permanents / relaxers
  • Moisturizers (lotions and creams)
  • Nail polish removers
  • Sprays
  • Conditioners
  • Soaps / cleansers
  • Self tanners
  • Household products
  • Polish stripper
  • Mildew and mold control
  • Marble cleaner
  • Gum remover
  • Stainless steel cleanser
  • Wood preservative
  • Scrubbing soap

Other names for Monoethanolamine:
  • 1-Amino-2-hydropxyethane
  • 2-Amino-1-ethanol
  • 2-Aminoethanol
  • 2-Hydroxyethanamine
  • 2-Hydroxyethanamine
  • Aminoethanol
  • Colamine
  • Ethanol, 2-amino-
  • Ethanolamine
  • Ethylolamine
  • Glycinol
  • Glycinol (monoethanolamine)
  • MEA (alcohol)
  • Olamine
  • beta-Aminoethyl alcohol
  • beta-Hydroxyethylamine

How safe is it?

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