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Used toilet cleaner instead of dishwasher liquid. Concerned about the intake of chemical residue?

I accidently put Harpic toilet descaler in my dishwasher instead of dishwasher salts. I didn t realise until after my whole family had eaten dinner from the plates and drunk water from the glasses which had been in there. No one has been unwell, but I am worried about any long term damage. Should I be concerned or will the rinising part of the cycle and the 65 degree wash have killed any harmful chemical residue?
Asked On : Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
hi... the washing process itself must have get rid of unnecessary chemicals... and since no oone is experiencing any symptoms now, you need not worry about a long term consequence.. mild amount of chemicals will be effectively washed off from our body through urine and fecal matter..
Answered: Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Sourav Ganguly's  Response
Thanks for posting query.

The household toilet cleaner Harpic contains hydrochloric acid (~10%) as the active ingredient, along with butyl oleylamine. Hydrochloric acid in the cleaner is what causes the symptoms of poisoning. Well, it’s a less violent acid comparatively. It does not cause serious damage to any of the vital organs but can damage the mucus membrane in the stomach causing bleed.
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Dr Sourav Ganguly
Answered: Tue, 31 Jul 2012
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