Benzene Molecule A diagram of a benzene molecule, C6H6

Benzene (also known as benzol) is an organic chemical compound used to make a variety of other materials. Benzene can be found in plastic, rubber, lubricant, drugs, and pesticides.

Because it is a carcinogen, benzene can be quite toxic. It’s difficult to avoid exposure, since we can come in contact with benzene through cigarette smoke, gasoline, or automobile exhaust. Once a person is exposed, it can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, brain, and even DNA. It’s also known to cause cancer and affect fertility.

The maximum permissible level of benzene for water set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency is 0.005mg per liter. While the EPA requires that all accidental spills into the environment over 10lbs be reported, they can’t prevent them.

Refrigerator water filters that can remove benzene include: