The fact that you've been exposed to toxic substances for a long time and not had any ill effects isn't a good argument against being cautious. It is completely logical to try to minimize your exposure to carp that's bad for you. Given the nature of carcinogens and how cancer develops, that one "small" exposure might well have been the tipping point. To be clear I'm NOT saying if you use petroleum products you're going to get cancer, but IMO there's nothing wrong with a healthy degree of risk management.
That said you're probably better off using toxic solvents/oils with proper ventilation and gloves compared to using something like FrogLube with your bare hands then makin' a sandwich... you're still getting lead and other carp on your hands even if the cleaner itself is nontoxic.
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Last edited by MalC; 01-19-2013 at 10:07 PM..