Can TCP react with any materials? Particularly rubber bath mats?

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So this is probably an odd question but I have OCD and panic/worry about probably impossible scenarios, but I can't stop worrying despite trying to rationalize.

Anyway, I wanted to give the soles of my feet an extra clean by pouring some TCP on the bath mat to step on before I showered. I feel like logically the strong smell was from the amount of TCP used and that most logically caused the mild headache and slight burning in my throat, also probably combined with my anxiety.

But I'm worried the TCP could have reacted with the mat and produced a carcinogen or other toxin that I could have inhaled from the air and was in contact with my feet and then hands when I removed the bath mat later. Is this possible at all?

I googled to check and feel like if it was there would be a warning, but like I said I worry about these possibilities.

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    How on earth could TCP harm you? I'm no dr or medical person, but TCP is a bit like a disinfectant, it doesnt react with a rubber bath mat, so youre quite safe.

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    Hi I agree with vickylou that TCP on a bath mat can't possibly harm you. Generally with tcp as it is quite strong you need to dilute it before you use it. It is good (diluted) for gargling if you have a sore throat. I once had a killer one but a few hours after I gargled with tcp it was gone. Amazing.

    However none of my family can bear tcp or the smell of it as both our parents loved it and used it regularly. There are a lot nicer smelling disinfectants around now which are just as good and tcp is a very old fashioned one. x

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