According to Dow Corning, silicone is found in many household detergents and laundry products, including laundry detergents, antifoaming agents, fabric softeners and laundry additives. Silicone also is used in polishes, hard-surface cleaners, shoe polish and products used to clean metal, plastic, ceramic and glass. It also is a component in many paints.
Silicone is a ubiquitous substance used in virtually every aspect of daily life. According to Dow Corning, liquid silicone is the base material in many lubricants, sealants, adhesives and resins. Silicone gel is a component of cosmetics, oil-soluble vitamins, sunscreens, antiperspirants and fragrances and is used to maintain the scent of many other products used in the home. According to the American Chemistry Council, silicone also is used in bakeware, such as cake pans, muffin molds and baking mats because it is durable, heat resistant and easy to clean. Silicone is used in textiles to help fabrics retain their shape and texture and as a water-proofing agent on leather and rain gear.
Silicone is often used in medical applications and infant care products because it is resistant to bacteria and easy to sterilize, says the American Chemistry Council. Silicone typically does not irritate body tissues, even when used internally. According to a 2009 article in Allergy, true silicone allergies are unusual; however, silicone implants are believed to be a causative agent in reactions, such as inflammatory processes, foreign-body reactions and rheumatologic diseases.