Household Products That Could Be Harming Your Health

We are regularly exposed to a number of toxic chemicals on a daily basis. However, some of this exposure actually occurs in the comfort of our own homes, as some household products and items contain high levels of harmful toxins that can encourage a decline in one’s health.

So instead of waiting for spring, read on to find which household products you need to toss out immediately.

1. Air fresheners

Anything you inhale will make its way to your bloodstream.

As air fresheners are regularly sprayed to make our homes smell sweeter – the toxins they emit soon accumulate in the body. The toxins in question are formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, p-dichlorobenzene, and aerosol propellants – all of which are strong irritants to the senses and have been linked to affecting hormonal health.

So if you’re looking to leave your home smelling sweet without harming your health, simply adorn your abode with plants as they can provide a number of benefits. You can also use essential oils.

2. Common household cleaners

Considering how they smell, it should come as no surprise that a lot of household cleaners contain toxic chemicals.

When used, the ingredients in the cleaners – particularly ammonia, sodium hypochlorite, and trisodium phosphate – can irritate the skin, eyes, nose, and throat and direct skin contact can also lead to dermatitis. Aside from never, ever, ever mixing two different types of cleaners together; you should always make sure to wear rubber gloves when working with said cleaners. Also, open a window to prevent excessive inhalation of the product.

Nonetheless, you can ensure the cleanliness of your home and your health by using natural household products that are already in your home. Baking powder, vinegar, lime, lemon juice and vegetable oil all make great natural household cleaners.

3. Mothballs

These small balls are meant to keep moths and mold out of your clothing, but they could also be harming your health.

Mothballs contain the pesticide naphthalene which has been linked to health issues such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and convulsions. In fact, naphthalene has been categorized as a possible human carcinogen. As mothballs are often brightly coloured, the accidental ingestion of them by small children can cause bleeding in the digestive tract. Moreover, as mothballs turn from a solid to a vapour over time – the risk of inhaling the fumes from mothballs and having to deal with the serious health effects is heightened.

If you really want to protect your stored clothing from moths and mold – there are safer, more natural ways to do it. Cedar blocks or balls, cloves, and airtight containers or bags are all great alternatives to dangerous household products.

4. Non-stick cookware

While it they may save you some dishwashing time after a big dinner, you could be sacrificing your health just so you can hit the sack early.

Polytetrafluoroethylene is the coating that makes your cookware non-stick. However, when used at high temperatures, polytetrafluoroethylene releases gases that have been linked to birth defects, cancers, reproductive problems and other health issues.

Therefore, when channeling your inner Jamie Oliver, be sure to use stainless steel or cast iron cookware.

5. Plastic food containers

As if you needed even more reason to reduce your plastic consumption. Plastic breaks down over time, meaning that the continuous use of plastic containers as food storage can result in the accumulation of toxins in your food. These chemicals can cause a number of health issues, particularly hormonal disruption.

If you’re looking to store last night’s dinner in a safe place, simply store it in in glass containers with lids. Not only are they easier to clean, but they can be permanently used without the fear of toxic chemicals.

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