EWG scientists reviewed Listerine Antiseptic (2009 formulation) for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Listerine Antiseptic (2009 formulation) is 2.
|Enhanced skin absorption, Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions|
|Enhanced skin absorption, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)|
|Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Use restrictions|
|SODIUM BENZOATE||Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions|
|BENZOIC ACID||Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions|
|POLOXAMER 407||Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation|
|Multiple, additive exposure sources|
About the ratings
EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government.
The ratings below indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. Learn more
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