Glycol ethers are a type of chemical used in some clearning products and these should be avoided. Examples of glycol ethers are  2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME). Glycol ethers are solvents that have been linked to miscarriage and birth defects. Check the ingredients of the products listed below before you buy them. A list of products that may contain a glycol ether: 

  • Resins, lacquers, house paints
  • Dyes, inks, some water based paints
  • Hydraulic fluids
  • Degreasing cleaning agents

A general thing to avoid, not just in pregnancy, is the combination of ammonia and bleach when cleaning. This creates a poisonous gas that can be very harmful to you.