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What are some common products made from petroleum?

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Petroleum, or crude oil, is a fossil fuel that is frequently associated with the production of gasoline, kerosene, and diesel oil, but it has many uses. Some household products, such as detergent and candles, are made from petroleum. Synthetic fibers, CDs and DVDs are other products made from petroleum.

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All plastics, such as those used in the manufacturing of DVDs, are made from petrochemicals, which is composed mainly of oil. Many medicines, such as vitamins, are made from chemicals that are created from petroleum. Some other common products that utilize petroleum are tires, ink, cosmetics, chewing gum, nylons, paint and asphalt, to name a few.

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